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The Worst Flight You've Been On?  
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7189 times:

What was the worst flight that you have been on? You could have been a pax, FA, or pilot or anything as long as you were on the flight? Please tell me why it was a bad experience and try to dept if possible  Smile  wave 


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7171 times:

Just a little heads up, but this may get moved to Polls & Preferences


My worst flight was June of 2001, on a Virgin Atlantic 747-200 from ORD-LHR. Horrible aircraft, horrible seats, not very good IFE (but not horrible), so-so crew. At least it was on time, but that's about it.


User currently offlineLawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7159 times:

My worst flight was probably on a 747-200 also, it was great to be on a classic aircraft but I was sat in a seat with no window, luckily it was only a 2.5 hour flight (Faro to Manchester) so I managed  Wink

Lawrence



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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7144 times:

My worst flight was on NW from AMS to Detroit on an aged DC-10. The seating in coach was very crampted, the flight attendants unattentive and the breakfast uneatible. Needless to say, it was a very long flight.

User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7143 times:

My worst flight was on Thai Airways (TG) two years ago!

The service and aircraft was great, but the turbulence was unbearable!

The route was DXB-BKK on a TG A333.

There was turbulence as soon as we hit the Indian Ocean near to the west Pakistani coast righ until landing in BKK! Everytime you tried to move the plane would hit turbulence! At one point we dropped several hundred feet!

Credit to the pilots though, a smooth landing in gusty conditions!

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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7121 times:

Two horrible flights just popped into my head.

1) An Air Europe 757 from ACA-LGW in the late 80's. I had sun-burn, sat next to a chain smoker, there was a refuel stop in the middle of the night, it was cramped and they served out breakfast at 2.30 in the afternoon (our bodies were telling us it was only 8am!) for our 3.30pm arrival into London. I was confused and jet lagged for over a week.

2) I horrid partner operated evening BA flt from EDI-LGW. The cabin was really dim and dismal, the staff indifferent and the meal was a nasty looking prawn curry that stunk the cabin out. I don't eat fish and they had no alternative. No one ate the curry. An hour's flight felt like 4 hours.

All my other flights have been great. Big grin


User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 923 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7104 times:

MSP-RST in a Sob (Saab) 340...in January.

'Nuff said.



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User currently offlineRyGuy From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7102 times:

my worst flight ever would have to be Air Canada 431 YUL-YYZ I dont really know what the problem was but during the landing in YYZ we hit severe crosswinds! So bad that I remember that i was sweating bullets! and I never sweat or even get scared on landings! the plane was wobbling so much that i just wished that the plane would do a go-around and land somewhere else I was really horrified this time around! But thank god for those pilots... they landed the Airbus A320! with a large bounce up though... but that is ok especially when the plane lands safe in the end!!


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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 765 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7080 times:

UIO-MAD with IB last year. The A340 was ok but 13 hours on an IB economy flight is never the best. Then we had to make an emergency landing due to a fight between to passengers so spent another 2 hours on the ground in GRU and were not allowed off the plane. Nightmare


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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7077 times:

VS 747-400 SFO-LHR 10/1998

My wife and I were in the middle two seats in the middle section of the aircraft and it was full.
Oh well, I should not complain at a cost of $35 each.



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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Quoting N908AW (Reply 6):
MSP-RST in a Sob (Saab) 340...in January.

Just curious, that's not a very long flight; what was wrong with it. Obviously service/comfort/IFE won't be found on a short hop like that. Was it weather or something?

Three flights pop in my head:

MG PVR-MSP 3/2001 B722: Not a bad flight on its own, but a fat guy put both lavs out of commission. Not fun.

YV LAS-COS 10/2005 CRJ9: I made the mistake of choosing seat 1A for this redeye flight. The guy in 1B decided to make use of my already limited bulkhead legroom.

YV PHX-MSP 10/2005 CRJ9: I was again in a cramped window seat for a long flight, but at least it wasn't the bulkhead. However, we were in a long taxi queue in PHX, and when we got to the front, *then* the flight crew chose to return to the terminal for MX. We had to go to a different gate and wait an hour for another CR9 to show up to carry us on a long flight for a CRJ.


User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2721 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

Year:1985
Airline:Olympic Airways
Destination:From ATH to Tripoli
Aircraft:Boeing 707
Comments:worst flight ever."Ugly crew,bad catering and terrible turbulence
Alex!!!



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User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6986 times:

My worst flight would have to be FR STN-CIA in April 2004. I remember all the lines at Stansted and getting yelled at by another passenger about seats. I don't think a flight attendant stopped in my row for the entire 2.5 hour flight. I am okay without IFE, but I remember this group of American tourists that wouldn't stop talking for the whole flight. They were even told to keep down politely by another passenger, and they started yelling about Constitutional rights. Approach over Rome was very turbulent, and the touchdown (more like smackdown) was so rough that I hit my head. When I went through customs at CIA, there were many armed guards and I got "randomly" search and got yelled at for wearing a Norweigian shirt and having an American passport. Commute to Rome was horrible, but that is a different story. Overall, a horrible experience with Ryanair and Ciampino, but on the brightside, I was flying and I got a great view of the Swiss Alps.
Happy Flying!



From YVR
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6980 times:

LYS-LGW on either a JMC 757 or A320 (I can't remember) in 2001.

Was booked as part of the package of our skiing holiday. We had to get up at 4.30am having been horribly drunk the night before and sit on a coach for hours to get to LYS. The charter terminal is the worst airport experience one can imagine. Nothing airside and catching buses out to the aircraft to be greeted by criminal pitch, I was 6ft and had nowhere to go and after an hour I felt like DVT was setting in.  Wink The crew were rude and food was dire.

The only positives were I was flying BA F to BKK the following week and the flight was 90 minutes long.



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User currently offlineTimology From Netherlands, joined Jan 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6977 times:

Detroit - New Orleans on NW
Our flight from AMS got delayed by 3 hours, so we missed our connecting flight. We had to wait another 7 hours for the next flight.
During that flight my ears were so closed and hurtfull I couldn't hear a thing (well almost). Besides that I got situated in a windowless seat



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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6969 times:

Quoting EIRules (Reply 8):
UIO-MAD with IB last year. The A340 was ok but 13 hours on an IB economy flight is never the best. Then we had to make an emergency landing due to a fight between to passengers so spent another 2 hours on the ground in GRU and were not allowed off the plane. Nightmare

The flight was UIO-MAD and you had to make an emergency stop at GRU?

It sounds as if flying MIA-LAX and making an emergency stop in YYZ.

Are you sure the flight didn't stop at CCS, BOG, CUR , SJU or some other place along the flight route instead?

Quoting EIRules (Reply 8):
and were not allowed off the plane.

Unless there's a technical problem that does not allow the flight to continue then there would be no reason to let the pax off the aircraft, even more if you are at a country which is not the departure/arrival country. If this was the case then I think the local authorities would have to give authorization first due to immigration laws so it would not depend on the Captain's decision.

Back to the topic, the worst flights I have been on were the following:

LPA-MAD on an IB A340. October 2005. I was tired, sunburnt, sweaty and the passenger in front of me kept the entire flight leaning her nose against the window, breathing deeply and sending me her HORRIBLE stinky breath through the space between her seatback and the window. It felt as if she had been eating raw garlic all day. It was just TERRIBLE and the girl sitting next to me was staring at me with a disgusting face, thinking that I was responsible for that smell until I told her: "don't stare at me like that!!...it's the woman in front of us who stinks".

There was also a big group of football (soccer) players onboard that were flying back to Madrid, and they kept the entire flight playing cards, making LOUD noise, laughing, disturbing people on an entire section of economy class with their rudeness. I went to the front of the aircraft and spoke to the chief purser, who went to that area and dimmed the cabin lights thus not having to argue with all of them and at the same time made it difficult for them to continue palying cards.

Unfortunately a few minutes later another crew member put the lights back to normal upon someone's request so the group went back to their "public square" behaviour.

While this happened, one of the people travelling with me kept the entire flight complaining and whining about everything, even before taking off from LPA. The aircraft was still on the tarmac while passengers were boarding and the whining had already started.

Thank God the flight took just 2 hrs. I was about to EXPLODE in those circumstances.

The other flight was a flight between GUA and FRS on an old/stinky/run down-semi-destroyed Nord 262. The weather was terrible. A typical stormy tropical afternoon when we took off. I think it was not the excessive bumpiness which made me nervous but the fact that the aircraft was falling apart. God it felt like one of those DC3 aircraft shown in comedy movies carrying poultry.

My seat was broken and I had to be careful not to put my back against the seatback or I would end up on the lap of the guy sitting behind.

Other than that, most of my 200+ flights have been between OK and excellent.



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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 765 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 6961 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 15):
The flight was UIO-MAD and you had to make an emergency stop at GRU?

It sounds as if flying MIA-LAX and making an emergency stop in YYZ.

Are you sure the flight didn't stop at CCS, BOG, CUR , SJU or some other place along the flight route instead

Yeah I thought GRU was an odd choice too but thought it maybe had something to do with IB having greater frequency to GRU than to some other south american cities. As for being left on the plane I can understand the visa problems etc it just wasnt very nice to be in one seat for a total of over 16 hours



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User currently offlineSDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 6955 times:

Probably LCA-ARN on a Britannia B757 in August 2001. It was a night flight and the legroom was very cramped. The IFE wasn't very good and we didn't get a whole lot to eat. To add to this, the flight marked the end of a wonderful 2-week vacation and my summer break was almost over.


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User currently offlineNicogagne From France, joined Feb 2003, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 6952 times:

My worst flight was on Delta from YUL to LGA in May 2005. We had a bumpy ride all the way to New York City, we hit a severe (to say the least) thunderstom when descending into LGA, the small CRJ was shaking like a rollercoaster, kids were crying, the pilot aborted the landing, we circled over NYC for another 20 minutes in the middle of thick clouds and eventually landed safely...

Scary...

Nicolas
@ MPL


User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 923 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6933 times:

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 10):
Was it weather or something?

Yeah, saying that weather was happening would be pretty much the understatement of the year. January in MSP = blizzard.



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User currently offlineMrCraigDav From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

When Easyjet used to sell tickets on LTN-LPL - I went up one Friday night - the flight was only about 20 mins on a very fast 737, but the fact that it was delayed for 6 hours defeated the whole point of flying up anyway!

The epitomy of dreadful is usually Virgin EWR - to London - the oldest out-dated planes. I would have been so annoyed if I had paid for Upper Class on that flight - it was so old. My PTV in econ was the size of a credit card, but I suppose there was one at least. It was only in Nov 2004. Out of LHR into JFK is usually divine...?


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6901 times:

Quoting N908AW (Reply 19):
Yeah, saying that weather was happening would be pretty much the understatement of the year. January in MSP = blizzard.

My last flight was on Jan 16th from MSP-PHX, and it was snowing that evening. It made for about a 45 minute delay and a deicing, but other than that it wasn't bad. But on a Saab I can imagine the effects of the weather are more pronounced than on a 757!


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6855 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 15):

The other flight was a flight between GUA and FRS on an old/stinky/run down-semi-destroyed Nord 262.

May I ask which airline? Thanks.


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6799 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 22):
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 15):

The other flight was a flight between GUA and FRS on an old/stinky/run down-semi-destroyed Nord 262.

May I ask which airline? Thanks.

RACSA, fomerly known as "Aerovías" if I recall correctly.



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User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2243 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 6784 times:

Aeroflot, SVO-OVB a few days before 9/11:

We were seated in the B734 at around 10:00 PM, all ready to go. I had a good emergency exit seat with plenty of leg room. We started the take-off roll, but the pilot aborted and taxied back to the tarmac.

We were sitting there for two hours, and they didn't give us any information on what was going on. Then they finally told us to leave the airplane. "We will refuel the plane, and no pax are allowed on board during refueling, so you will stay in the terminal while we do it."

When we reached the terminal by bus, it was soon obvious that they had no plans of putting us back on that airplane again; they brought us out of the secure area very quickly. We were standing there for a long time, without getting any information.

Finally two officials appeared, and asked if anybody wanted the money back. Still no information about when the plane would depart, or if they would give us a hotel and/or meals while we waited. The only information was that we could get the money back if we wanted to.

We spent the whole night sitting around at whatever few seats we could find at Sheremetyevo-1. At around 5:00 AM, they finally decided to give us some food, and we were served a couple of boiled hot dogs with some rice, a typical 50 cent "stalovaya" meal.

At around 8:00 AM, we were ready to board again. The airplane this time was a very uncomfortable IL-62, and they gave us seats without asking where we wanted to sit. I ended up in a very, very cramped place, which was not nice for the four hour flight. All in all, I arrived in OVB some 10 hours late!



Top 10 airplanes: B737, T154, B747, IL96, T134, IL62, A320, MD80, B757, DC10
25 IFEMaster : NW DC-10 AMS to MSP. Middle seat in coach, cramped, way too hot in the cabin, unbelievably rude and stern cabin crew, nasty food, and aged IFE system.
26 AirScoot : UA - LAX-MCO during the Summer of Hell. They cancelled the outbound flight (MCO-LAX) and I didn't find out about it until three hours AFTER the reacco
27 Rocyvr : 1) Air Transat - Was in the middle seat of a 757 flying PTY-BAQ-YYZ. The most cramped seating I have ever experienced and we were not permitted to lea
28 Fanofjets : have two: Rich International DC-8, LHR-JFK, a former Braniff bird. In Braniff service, she was probably a pleasure to fly on, but with RI, the leather
29 Post contains images Nonfirm : My worst flight was on Southwest in winter from ont to oak the turbulence was awful.
30 SK601 : Of course there are many, many, many things in life that are more problematic than a couple of hours of bad service in an aircraft, but since that's n
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