Flights From He11!

@anniepa (27238)
United States
November 21, 2007 8:37am CST
Have you had any of the nightmarish flights or flight delays like what they've been talking about on the news the past few days? Like being stranded overnight at the airport because your flight was delayed or cancelled or missing your flight because of long lines at the security gate? I must say I've been pretty fortunate but it appears things are getting worse all the time. What was your worse experience when traveling? Annie
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@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Most of the things you listed have never been huge factors in my travels. But once I flew off for a ten day seminar and United lost my luggage and it was like pulling teeth to get them to do something about the situation. A year ago I flew to Mexico on a US Airways connecting flight through Phoenix and my bags took a different plane and arrived several hours before I did. My Spanish is not all that great and it was a huge ordeal to find my bags and then get through customs. That was really strange because of security issues the airlines aren't suppose to fly bags without a passenger on board.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
13 Jan 08
You're right, that's not "supposed" to happen but I'll bet it does much more often than we know. Not a very comforting thought, is it? Annie
• Malaysia
7 Jan 08
My flight once was delayed and I have to stay overnight at my transit airport. Luckily the airline provided me accomodation and food, etc at their golden lounge. I think it's the airline responsibility to compensate the passengers if ever their flight is delayed or cancelled.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
That was when my husband was working in Saskatoon during December and Christmas was coming up, so I had to get on the plane in Winnipeg. Well instead of going from the airport, we had to walk all through the slippery snow out into the field to this plane that looked like it belonged in a model shop, only enough room for twenty passengers. When I got to Saskatoon it was the same oh same oh. You see in Canada, and especially in Winnipeg, we are supposed to love the cold. In fact according to mythology, minus 40 degrees is not cold enough. Then we have to wear short sleeves to show how hardy we are. I hated it. I wanted to go from a warm airport into a warm plane, not walk across a large patch of snow topped concrete.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Jan 08
Minus 40 degrees NOT COLD ENOUGH??? Brrrrrrr!!! Nobody would get very far telling me I'm supposed to love the cold, I'm a "big baby" as my husband tells me all the time. I hate those small planes! It just doesn't seem as sturdy as being in a big one. Annie
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
21 Nov 07
I'm afraid that I fit into that category of people, anniepa, who have never set foot on a plane, LOL. The very thought terrifies me. I have heard all the pros and cons in regard to flying, but I have never found the need to try it so far. I would imagine that all the delays could be quite maddening though.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Nov 07
I understand the fear of flying is very real but if you ever have the need or the opportunity to try it relax and enjoy yourself! I know you've heard this before but it really is the safest form of travel and the ability to get to where you're going so quickly is worth it to me. It still amazes me when I leave cold, gray Pennsylvania and two hours later (IF there are no delays...lol) step off in beautiful, sunny Florida and look at the palm trees. Annie
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I haven't had a nightmare flight in the past couple days, but a couple of years ago, I had one. US Air forgot me on the plane; I'm in a wheelchair and need help disembarking and reembarking. I had to wait 12 hours until I vould catch another connecting flight. After that, I didn't fly alone anymore!
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I flew from Texas to Massachusetts with my then 2 year old daughter, and she created a hell flight for the other passengers. I don't know what went wrong. She was a happy, easy going toddler and had flown before without any problems. This trip she tried to walk away from me in the airport, she cried for more than half the flight and she accidently kicked my soda all over the passenger next to me. I was mortified and apologized profusely, but there wasn't anything I could do to prevent or fix what happened.
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• Canada
22 Nov 07
I have had bad experiences on both bus and plane. Plane: We were taking the 10pm our of vancouver going to edmonton everything was fine and we boarded the plane then 2 hours later we were asked to get off the plane because there was something wrong with it. So we went back into the airport. They locked us into the boarding area with no smoking room. about 3 hours later they brought us donutsa and muffins and drinks.All the women smokers were going into the bathroom to smoke because they wouldnt let us out and there was no female security gaurd on duty LMAOby 5 am they were giving us $20 vouchers to spend at the airport and by 6am they were telling us to go to a hotel. So we all went downstairs to get our luggage and the damn flight people called us back to the plane and we got to leave. that was the worst plane trip possible. And by bus: I was coming from Port Alberni, BC going to WHitecourt, Alberta. We all got on the bus and you knwo how that goes people get off and others get on well about 5 hours into the trip our bus gets a flat tire and we are stuck onthe bus for 2 hours because we were on a busy hyway just out of a town so they wouldn't let us off. then everything was fine til we switched drivers in jasper which would have been over 10 hours into the trip. We nearly hit the ditch because the roads had about 5 inches of ice on them. The bus was sitting across both roads. The another bus trip: We were going from Mayerthorpe, Alberta to Campbell River, BC and the bus decided to not be on schedual first off so we almost missed all our transfers then when we got to revelstoke we got stuck there were avalanches on the hwy to and from revelstoke so we got stranded from about 10 pm to 2pm the next day. The snow was literally just under our bums it was nutz. I hate travelling far. I will be driving byself next time LOL
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@michecu (637)
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
I got stranded for like a half day in the airport years before. Our flight was supposed to be at around 11 in the morning. But because the plane ahead of us had trouble, we have to wait for it to be fixed. That plane took off only to be back after a few minutes. That was already late in the afternoon. Then the airlines management decided that the passengers of the plane ahead of us will take our plane instead and we will wait for the next plane. So, finally, we took off at around 7 in the evening. I was about to cry then because it was my first time to be stranded and I felt really mad with how the airlines managed the situation. Anyway, we were given lunch and dinner because of the delay. I also have another experience where our plane had to stay in air for half an hour because the runway for our landing was not cleared yet. I got really nervous because the airport is very small and there are many mountain ranges surrounding it. Anyway, we landed safely.
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@vsraovsr (734)
• India
22 Nov 07
Many times I had this experience.Somes times, with weather conditions are not good and flights delay by hours.If travelling by regular airline , they take care of us, if it is low cost airlines they leave us just like that and we have to make our own arrangements. Once I was forced to travel by road ten hrs to take my next flightin another destination. some times missing the flight because of trafiic jams, fortunately I never missed my flight because of security. Mostly going by low cost airlines is not always pleasant experience.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
22 Nov 07
I take about five or six trips a year to see my daughter in another province. So I have been on a lot of planes. I have only had a delay in my flight twice. And both of them were for very short times, like maybe an hour, if that. I have never been stranded in an airport. I really think this is unusual. It just seems to happen a lot because it gets on the news once in awhile. But when you put it in prospective to the amount of planes that take off every day it really isn't very often.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 07
yup i tried that one, christmas of 2003.... the traffic jam on our way to the pier did it. My sister and i left the my boarding house about two hours and a half before our boat leaves. I was confident that we wouldn't be late. but then, i realize we were already late when it was 20mins after and so we had to run to the pier entrance only to find the boat just left.... huhu and so for me and my sister, we had to refund our fare and take an airflight on a waiting list because it was christmas season ...
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 08
I had a flight's departure delayed for four hours because customs wanted to look it over. So the ten hour flight to St Lucia felt like quite a long journey after so much time waiting around. When I was flying home from Greece my flight was delayed for most of the night. The airport floor was very uncomfortable for sleeping. In Israel I nearly missed my flight home because they gave me a long interview and search. In French Polynesia and the Cook Islands I had flights in the middle of the night and out of the darkness the light went on and flower girls began singing to the passengers that had just flown in.