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Worst Flight You Ever Had?  
User currently offlineCaravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4390 times:

So please tell: What is the worst flight you ever had? Mine was landing on slippery ice at KKN quite a few years back. To get sand to stick to the ice on the runway, they heat the sand. But this day they forgot to heat it. And yes, we did see the end of the runway, that day. It was behind us.

- caravelle


Trains and boats and planes....
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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4328 times:

My worst flight was on Southwest, or on Air Ukraine. I'm just not sure, I received not so good service, and that really gets to me.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200



What now?
User currently offlineTimeForFlight From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

Ryanair...
This past summer on a London-Treviso (Venice) flight we were some of the first to check in and last to board... Chaos at the gate as induced by passengers and employees, horrible service, uncomfortable seats, little leg room, etc. was just the start. Upon approach into Treviso the airport lights went INOP. after circling for an hour waiting for a mechanic to get them working, the pilot made the call to divert to Marco Polo - a decision cheered by half the passengers and booed by the other half... while on final descent into Marco Polo, the lights returned at Treviso and we proceeded to turn back. arriving at 11 PM in Trevsio, we were over an hour and a half late and found ourselves forced to ride a bus into the city... I knew the rumors about Ryanair werent good, but the service was twice as bad as it seems. Everything costs a penny or, in Ryanair's case onboard, quite a few...


User currently offlineShamrock1Heavy From Ireland, joined Nov 2002, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

Aer Lingus/American - Winter 1994

Well we checked in and everything was fine and dandy. Great christmas visit with the family! We said our good byes and made out way to the gate. It said delayed on the screen next to our flight...That changed into "more info at 12:30" I heard my dad say "oh S#it" I knew it wasnt good. Apprently and engine was broken on the aging airplane and we were delayed 8 HOURS!!! we missed out connecting flight to SFO in JFK....We finally boarded at 8:30 pm and I wasnt so sure of the engine...I saw mechanics working on it AS we were boarding...My then 3-year old sister put up a HUGE temper tanturm over her seatbelt and tried to smack a flight attendant! The flight attendant didnt mind much...anyway, okay flight...i slept most of it, my mom told me of some really bad turbulence though. We arrived in New York and we were put in a hotel over night. we woke up at 6 am and made our way to the airport to find our connecting flight had been cancelled due to weather!!!!!! My parents were pissed and started yelling at the check-in agent, telling them that their 4 children had been up for so many hours and we were suppossed to be home yesterday and I thought it was all an act at the time, but I know now it wasnt. They found a flight with United to SFO at 5 pm...I boarded, fell asleep to my sister crying over her seatbelt...again. My dad woke me up to watch the decent into SFO. Nice ending to a really bad trip home

-D



when in hell, we'll do shots at the bar
User currently offlineDanielbk From Israel, joined Feb 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4260 times:

26th of Feb i was on a flight to Tel Aviv (LY 028),
the flight was fine until the last two hours.
i was seatting in the Upper Deck of the 744 (which by the way - had a woman fo - the first for ELAL) and starting with about 2 hours before touchdown i started feeling very bad, and very weak. i eneded up spending the next three days throwing-up every few hours...




cockpit? it's that little room in the front of the plane where the pilots seat.. but that's not important now
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

Worst flight ever for me would have to be on a Southwest 737-200 from LAX to MSY back in 1996. The flight was a 2-stop direct one via ELP and HOU. As it turned out, we had a 3-hour delay in ELP due to heavy storms in the HOU area. Just a terrible, uncomfortable experience. Total trip time was about 8.5 hours. Wayyyy too long on a 737.


Steve in MSY


User currently offlineBeltwayBandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4242 times:

Lloyd Aereo Boliviano flight from Cochabamba, Bolizia to Santa Cruz, Bolivia (1998). 727-100 with open overhead bins, many "unofficial" characters hanging around and inside the cockpit before and during flight.

User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

ASA flight from ATL to LYH. Flight 4152. Returning home from Europe. Virbrations and incessent turbulance of the Turboprop upset by stomach. Exhausted from the 24 hours of travel and unable to rest comfortably in the unreclinable seats. Service was great as always, but the day had worn me out.

Ralphed (Puked) when I to my house...nevertheless felt great the next day...back in the states!


DeltaASA16


User currently offlineKorg747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

A Kuwait airways A340-300 from kuwait to Cairo. The captain had to do a go around two times for some reason. The funny thing is I wasn't the only one onboard that felt sick and throwd up every 15min. It was pretty much all the people onboard and flight was full to the max too. When the plane landed every body just got up from their seats and wanted to get off that plane badly,we weren't even at the gates yet.

[Edited 2003-03-15 03:13:38]


Please excuse my English!
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Air India
A310-300
SIN-CGK
May 1999

Dirty plane, worn-out seats, rude flight attendants who basically just threw the food tray to you (and without asking for choices). I was quite fortunate to get a meal with meat (the food sucked btw), but not my seat-mate who got veggie option, although she's not vegetarian. When one of the FAs was offering coffee, I politely asked for tea, and she shouted back to me, "I only have coffee now!! No tea!! If you want tea, wait!! I'll come back later!!" I was shocked to hear that....


User currently offlineBWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4163 times:


My worst flight was JFK to BGI on BWIA 737, the flight was full and my seat was in the row before the window emergency exisits. The seats could not recline my back hurt and the woman infront had her seat reclined all the way back making me feel cramped. After about 2 1/2 hours I started to ge aggitated but was able to clam down, I was never so happy to get off a plane in my life.



Eagles Soar!
User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Worst flight? How about this:

I was flying non-rev on Vanguard from MCI to ATL last June. I got an upgrade to business class for free (helps that I dated the CSA!), and was surprised to find that a beautiful, 23 year old model, who had been in LA after flying from MDW via MCI the previous week, and was on her way to ATL for some kind of fashion show.

I thought I was the luckiest guy in the world, until about ten minutes into the flight, when I found out that this young woman was the most shallow creature I've ever met! Very beautiful, but, shall we say, the "stereotypical inner-city American black girl." Everything was about who she met in LA and hanging out with all the thuga' rappers on the beach and her boyfriend that she knew was cheating on her but it would look bad if she dumped him because he's so cute and on the Illinois State basketball team and on and on and on... After twenty more minutes, I had a massive headache and pulled out my trusty Ibuprofen bottle and downed three tablets.

She didn't get the hint and continued to chatter away. The flight was completely full and so there was no where to move. I got into ATL and got on the MARTA, went to my sister's place and played with my 18 month old neice for the whole weekend! Thank God I didn't see her on my return!



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1636 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

Mine was a Canada 3000 737 flight into Montreal Dorval about 2 years ago.. Winds were so strong the pilot was unable to turn the plane into the direction of the runway... we rocked while the engines grinded... people threw up and everyone was white knuckled and silent.. the pilot aborted the landing and chose another runway where we landed normally.. I was glad to get off safely.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6275 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

Elwood, are you silly? A 23 year old fox with no brain and you spent the weekend paying with your neice? I admire your celibacy and restraint but..........


Don't take life so seriously, you are going to die soon anyway.
User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

DoD charter flight.

Rich International Airlines
DC-8
Feb 96

We were PCSing from Aviano and our flight took us to PHL. There was no running water in the lav (yet a half inch of standing water on the floor). No hot water for coffee. And a kid who puked on the seat in front of me 4 hours into the flight. Try flying the next 6 hrs with that smell.

Not to mention I really had to take a dump also!



...where the rubber hits the runway...
User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Air India on the NRT-DEL-BOM route back in 1995.

Let's see we left Tokyo about three hours late landed in Delhi waited for about an hour when the pilot came on saying there was a technical problem so we left DEL about two hours late than after landing in BOM we had to wait on the tarmac for 40 minutes due to no gates being available for the 747-300 Combi.

I will say Air India has improved a lot since 1995 but flying from Tokyo to Mumbai is not something I would ever do again. It's not fun to be with Air India when your flight is five hours late.


User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4073 times:

From reading a lot of these posts I see a lot of people getting upset over really pointless things.

Screaming at an airport agent because a flight was cancelled due to weather.
a) At least you're not going to die
b) The agent didn't do it
c) The agent can't fix it
d) If your flight is cancelled due to weather, you're far from the only person experiencing delays. Individual airlines generally do not cancel flights due to weather. This is from a higher level and the airline has no responsibility for your inconvenience - they didn't do it.

Mechanical delays...
a) Would you rather be delayed, or dead?
b) Mechanics working on something whilst the passengers are boarding. I'd personally find this comforting to know the problem is being addressed and corrected.
c) Parts may well take a while to get to the airport. Most airlines aren't in the habit of keeping a plane around for parts, nor stocking every possible piece of an airplane at every airport they service.


This stuff happens, you know it's possible when you purchase the ticket. There is however no excuse for poor or unprofessional service from agents, cabin crews, or any other representatives of any airline or any other company for that matter.

Just remember, no one can change the weather and even the best-maintained machines still have problems once in a while.

BL


User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4082 times:

My worst flight was MAN-ATL on Delta in '97.

Not necessarily DL's fault, but the teachers of the 12 year old schoolkids who entertained everyone with their shouting for 8 hours Sad


User currently offlineAroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

I once experienced a 4-in-a-row flight cancellation string on America West due to....broken toilets. I began to think this was a generic excuse they gave...can anyone from HP confirm or deny this and has anyone else had a rash of malfunctioning lavs on HP planes? The irony to this...they finally repro'd me on NW and they cancelled 3 flights in a row for me due to various maintenance issues, including, yes, a broken toilet..

User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4058 times:

Shitter's full, what can you do? Don't light a match.

BL


User currently offlineAroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Your not suppose to be lighting matches on the plane anyway...so who cares if the shitter is full  Smile

User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

They just said "no smoking," and the person who said it was clearly an open flame.

BL


User currently offlineA350-200 From France, joined Oct 2000, 150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

MIA - LHR (BA 744, Y) beg 2001: the flight was 100% full.
After 2.5 hrs delays we boarded (I had a middle seat, with a guy that caughed all night long. The person in front of me was reclined until landing, I really had a bad time there because even the food was below my expectations (for BA I had much better experiences). And no PTV.
No sleep at all. Very bad working day afterwards !
That's life...


User currently offlineTraveler From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 241 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

Hello,

My worst flight took place on AIR CANADA-February 20, 2003 from YYZ-FCO. It was Old B-767-300 (ex canadian) The flight was delayed for 2 hours, the staff was extremely rude and impatient. The service was horrible, the food was disgusting not to mention that we did not have much to eat.

We were a group and AC did not do anything to sit us together. I tried a few times over the phone, at the airport...nothing was done to help us. The only thing I got was a horrible, rude, ""I don't give a f... about your problem''' service.

No wonder why AC is having problems. Like many people are saying " the only problem with AC staff is us, the passengers. Once again, is is unbelievable how rude the staff is on AC. I have an aeroplan card and believe me, I will use my 2 free tickets and throw it in the garbage. Never again with Air canada

Traveler


User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1538 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

A couple, I wished I'd never boarded:

Ryanair 732 Stansted - Dinard in '01. Oil pouring from r/h engine all the way...despite advising the crew, we watched the plane turn around in 30 minutes, without either the Commander or F.O. taking a walk about.

KLM MD-11 Amsterdam-Montreal in '98. Full flight. We pushed back from the gate and all the way to the holding point the flaps were constantly extended and then retracted...Obviously the captain was cycling them as something was wrong...I was thinking...if those things retract at V1 we're done for. We lined up and after an agonizing 30 seconds, the captain announced we were returning to the gate due to a technical problem...groans from about 300pax; sigh of absolute bloody relief from 1pax. After an hour of tinkering we departed safely, but the MD-11 is a noisy beast if your seated in the back



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