Have you missed your flight before.. if so how many!?!

@dangaroo (234)
February 4, 2008 6:08pm CST
Here in Europe, I use cheap flights often and with the check in being only 40 minutes before the flight and the tickets very cheap.. it often seems to easy and then something like a traffic jam or a bus not turning up destroys your whole trip. What is your most interesting missed flight story :)
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• United States
5 Feb 08
I have missed my flight a few times. I did not want to fly out that night. So I went to the airport right when the plane was leaving. I had to make the next flight first thing that morning. My ex did the same thing a few times. Missed the last flight out to go home the next morning.
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• Canada
5 Feb 08
I have never missed my flight, and I never intend to. I always book private transportation, I don't take public transportation. I always make sure to be there two or three hours ahead of time, and to plan for traffic. Something lke a flight is way too important to miss.
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@uiwwitch (892)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I have missed one flight and it was my first time to fly from the Philippines to the US. It was a little bit after 9/11. My port of entry was Atlanta and it took me 2 1/2 hours to get into immigration because the computers shut down. I missed my connecting flight to San Antonio, Texas. I only had a few hundred dollars in my pocket and I did not know that my contact in San Antonio had changed phone numbers just 2 days before. I had to be on stand by for the next flight, unfortunately there we a lot of stand by's for that same flight because of the delay. Fortunately (for me, that is) , when they were calling for the last seat, the person listed before me was nowhere to be found, I ended up getting the last seat. Other than that, I've always been on time for all my flights.
@maximax8 (27049)
5 Feb 08
Luckily I have never missed a flight but I have come close to doing this a few times. I was taking my son when he was 5 years old to Italy. The underground didn't give a good service that day. It took ages for a circle line train to come. We got to the London station and we got on a slow train to the airport. It stopped at every station and we got to the airport late. We had to check in then go straight to the gate. We arrived in Italy without any local currency. I had to exchange a bit of money with another traveler. Then I went to a bank but at first the door wouldn't open for me! I had to put my hand bag in a locker first. When I arrived at Tel Aviv Airport in Israel to check in there was no chance of doing this. There were lines of tourists waiting to have a personal interview. I was nervous about missing my flight as time was ticking on! Finally it was my turn but the man asked me many questions but wouldn't let me get my diary out of my bag. He took me to private room and some other people searched my luggage very carefully indeed. They found presents wrapped in newspaper that I had bought in Jerusalem market. They kept asking me who I knew in Israel. Of course, they found I was harmless and let me go. However my flight was ready to go and I only just caught it!
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
5 Feb 08
personally i have been fortunate not to have missed flights. however i have an interesting missed flight story to share. one of my friends was on an official trip and because this was quite a senior staff, she got to use the first class lounge. so she was happily enjoying it and completely forgot the time. so the flight went, and I'm sure there must have been announcements that were broadcast even in the first class lounge but they didn't hear it! so they misseed the flight. and it was terrible because she was not even the most senior in the team going up. ;( and they had to wait many hours before the next flight.
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
5 Feb 08
personally i have been fortunate not to have missed flights. however i have an interesting missed flight story to share. one of my friends was on an official trip and because this was quite a senior staff, she got to use the first class lounge. so she was happily enjoying it and completely forgot the time. so the flight went, and I'm sure there must have been announcements that were broadcast even in the first class lounge but they didn't hear it! so they misseed the flight. and it was terrible because she was not even the most senior in the team going up. ;( and they had to wait many hours before the next flight.
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I am always early with flights because I know the pain of missing them. No funny stories but let me tell you knowing what you have to go through here in the States for check in I will not be late more than likely will be 2 hours early. LOL Aingealicia