Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2372 times:
From an article in The Sun:
A British couple went on holiday to Thailand, didn't like Bangkok and decided to go to Tenerife instead, went to a travel agent to book a flight to Tenerife, got booked on a flight to Tel Aviv instead, ended up there and got into trouble with Israeli immigration! They thought Tel Aviv was the Thai way of spelling Tenerife... Duh!
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4982 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2174 times:
Dear God this is just ridiculous. How the hell do you let this happen? I once had a guy in my seat on a KL flight ex Schipol, he assured me he was in the right seat so we got the FA involved, turns out the plonker was not going to Dubai but had ended up on my plane somehow. Idiot.
Jetset25j From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2132 times:
It was a freaky moment when the CAPTAIN of a recent CHC-MEL in pre-landing announcements Welcomes you to Brisbane instead of Melbourne (by mistake..leaving the PAX confused and pondering "where are we!" for three minutes before the FA(!) makes a correction), I can't imagine how it would feel to see signs saying "Welcome to Tel Aviv" instead of anywhere remotely near Tenerife.
(Personally, I wouldnt mind )
Really though, how stupid do you need to be..
Air New Zealand-Airline of the world's greatest travellers.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 13): They ended up in Santiago de Chile. As far as I know, this wasn't a mix-up at the airport: they went into a travel agency and booked flights to Sanitago, omitting the "de Compostela" bit.
Plenty of times I sat in a travel agency and had to tell the girl behind the desk what to do. Often they don't know what the airline codes are, or even where the places they offer are located on the globe!
Quoting Jetset25j (Reply 15): I can't imagine how it would feel to see signs saying "Welcome to Tel Aviv" instead of anywhere remotely near Tenerife.
I remember a case from a CRM course where a plane couldn't land in Dresden due to very bad weather and, after a couple of go-arounds, diverted to Leipzig-Halle. The pilots never told the f/a's about it though, so after landing the purser made her "welcome to Dresden" announcement while the pax clearly saw "Leipzig-Halle" written on the terminal building...
Quoting Rossbaku (Reply 16): Have they heard of Phuket, Pattaya etc.? I've been to BKK and although the city is very industrialised and smoggy, I wouldn't change it for Tenerife! I'd rather just book onto a flight to HKT.
They probably just heard of some popular tourist destinations and picked Thailand, not knowing anything about the country. I wouldn't be surprised if they thought the flight would only take an hour or three, four...