levent
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Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:37 pm

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!

Link to the pdf.file:
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=5036

Link to the post on Thailand Forum:
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=58629

I know, I know, it comes from The Sun, but still... hilarious!
 
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:48 pm

I'm more suprised they just decided to go to Tenerife from Bangkok!
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:50 pm

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
I'm more suprised they just decided to go to Tenerife from Bangkok!

They probably like the egg and chips there a lot better.
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:59 pm

go to BKK for holiday - dont like BKK - go to Teneriffe?????

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they should get stoned for this one...
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:07 pm

Very strange. Sounds like they have more money than brains.

I once read about a couple from Europe thought they had purchased tickets to Sydney, Australia, but were very surprised when they wound up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada!
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:11 pm

Since when is Tenerife Thailand?
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:16 pm

Levent, I thought you were living in/around Valencia?!

Problems with 'Hacienda'?  Smile
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:23 pm

Quoting Macc (Reply 3):
they should get stoned for this one...

They probably did, when they arrived in Tenerife. Bucket and spade brigade all the way Big grin
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levent
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:38 pm

Quoting Schoenorama (Reply 6):
Levent, I thought you were living in/around Valencia?!

Problems with 'Hacienda'?

I was. Thought it was time for a change...  Wink

Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 4):
I once read about a couple from Europe thought they had purchased tickets to Sydney, Australia, but were very surprised when they wound up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada!

I just don't get it. How on earth could you manage to end up on a plane going in the complete opposite direction???

Wife: "Reginald, I thought Qantas had a big kangaroo on their tail?"
Husband: "Don't worry, dear, airlines fly with each other's planes all the time. Has to do with maintenance schedules and so on..."
 
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:48 pm

Quoting Levent (Reply 8):
Husband: "Don't worry, dear, airlines fly with each other's planes all the time. Has to do with maintenance schedules and so on..."

Sounds like a quote from a typical a.netter Big grin  Wink
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:55 pm

Quoting Atco2b (Reply 9):
Sounds like a quote from a typical a.netter

Not quite.

Your typical a.netter would eventually reach Sydney, Australia, after a 78 hour flight that stopped in Sydney, Ontario; Melbourne, Florida; and Perth, New Jersey.

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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:00 pm

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 10):
Your typical a.netter would eventually reach Sydney, Australia, after a 78 hour flight that stopped in Sydney, Ontario; Melbourne, Florida; and Perth, New Jersey.

... and probably try to take a flight with additional stops en-route...  Wink

I wonder which place name is most common worldwide... and whether they all have an airport. Would be a nice mission: to visit all locations with a similar name  Smile
 
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:01 pm

Wow this takes the prize! Do they even know where they themselves are from??

Quote:
Never seen Tel Aviv spelled before...

 Wow!

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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:59 pm

Quoting Levent (Reply 8):
I just don't get it. How on earth could you manage to end up on a plane going in the complete opposite direction???

A few years ago a couple of Manchester United football supporters wanted to watch their team play in Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

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.

They realised something was wrong several hours into the flight, somewhere over the Atlantic.

They ended up watching their team play from a bar in the Chilean capital.
 
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:04 pm

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.

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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:35 pm

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  Wink)

Really though, how stupid do you need to be..
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:53 pm

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.

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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Sat Feb 25, 2006 9:05 pm

Quoting YOWza (Reply 14):
turns out the plonker was not going to Dubai but had ended up on my plane somehow. Idiot.

I think I'd be more concerned how he got through the gate with the wrong boarding pass.
 
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RE: Couple Ends Up In Tel Aviv Instead Of Tenerife

Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:01 am

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...

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