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I hate air travel!

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1. Posted by nmessick (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I got screwed several times on several flights with several airlines. The short version is Alitalia forgot to put us on a flight, air frace took 2 hours to board one plane causing us to be late to our next connection, US Air canceled a flight causing us to almost miss our cruise, United issued us a stand by ticket causing my wife and I do be seperated, United trashed my ski bags - but did replace them, United downsized a plane causing my party to nearly be sepearted.

and this has been over three years - literaly every trip we take crap happens.

SO... I started my own airline complaining website - -snip-

If anyone has experiences they would like to share, or ways to avoid these things I would like to hear them.

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

2. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

when you say "screwed" do you mean in the mile high club?

3. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y

Wow are you unlucky or what? Maybe you've been flying the wrong airlines. I'm not familiar with the airlines in US. Have only flown Northwest from Singapore to Toronto and back. Thought some of the flights were quite crappy with a couple of unexplained delays and (fill in the blank) fellow passengers on one particular flight.

I'm from Singapore, but a Qantas convert. SQ is not consistent in its service quality and it depends on your luck who serves you. Some of the experienced stewards/stewardesses are really good but the younger/new ones tend to be a little (fill in the blank again).

4. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

Wow! would you like some cheese with that wine or did they screw you over on the wine as well

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting mally

when you say "screwed" do you mean in the mile high club?

I was thinking the same thing and was considering booking a flight with those airlines.

6. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

i dont like flying either, everytime i get off a plane i get pulled aside so the dogs can sniff me (i must look like a drug smuggler) last time i flew it was with korea air from brisbane to zurich. it was really cheap, and worth every penny. terrible service terrible food, no space and of course sniffer dogs waiting for me in soul. love airports, really i do

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

I love flying, just wish they wouldn't do those silly safety briefs.
1 - as far as I know, there isn't a recorded living sole from a jet airliner crashing into the sea. So why give me a life jacket, so they can pick up the bodies easier? I keep asking for a parachute and let me take my chances at bailing out at 10000ft.
2 - I always ask for an isle seat at the back of the plane. A bit of irony here, previously when you could smoke on planes they were always down the back of the plane. If the plane crashed, generally the ones down the back of the aircraft managed to get out - and who said smoking kills you .
Been on a plane where the engine blew up mid flight and we had to return to where we started.

Just like going to the dentist or doc, don't tell me how your going to screw up, just do your job and i'll be happy - ignorance is bliss

[ Edit: Edited at May 9, 2006 4:15 AM by Guinness ]

8. Posted by drixo (Full Member 48 posts) 10y

Quoting Guinness

I love flying, just wish they wouldn't do those silly safety briefs.
1 - as far as I know, there isn't a recorded living sole from a jet airliner crashing into the sea. So why give me a life jacket, so they can pick up the bodies easier? I keep asking for a parachute and let me take my chances at bailing out at 10000ft.

Absolutely - I'm pretty sure as well that no jet has ever crashed into the sea and left survivors. The life jackets are just there to reassure passengers - rather like the old 'what to do in case of nuclear war' leaflets which encouraged you to hide under the table if world war three broke out.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting drixo

Absolutely - I'm pretty sure as well that no jet has ever crashed into the sea and left survivors. The life jackets are just there to reassure passengers...

A life jacket?? (Okay - I've been on planes with the wimpy life preservers.) Most of the time your seat cushion is to be used as a flotation device. Does that mean if I accidentally grab the wrong cushion I will sink? And who figured out a one square foot of very thin foam rubber was going to keep anyone over the age of 10 afloat? But, I digress... I do watch, listen and look over the safety procedures. It's kind of like watching improv. And, I'll know which exit blocked by panicked passengers I'm suppose to be using. (After I grab my seat cushion, of course.)

rather like the old 'what to do in case of nuclear war' leaflets which encouraged you to hide under the table if world war three broke out.

You mean all those years of "duck & cover" drills in grade school won't come in handy?? Damn! And here I was hoping...

I love air travel too. Next best thing to being re-incarnated as a raptor - hummingbirds have to work too hard. ;)

10. Posted by drixo (Full Member 48 posts) 10y

My favourite part of 'protect and survive' was always, "After a nuclear war there may be some disruption to the banking system."

Nuclear bombs? Who cares! Banking disruption? Now we're panicking!

I am also always highly amused on budget airlines which insist on re-fueling while the passengers are boarding, but don't let you fasten your seatbelt until they have finished fueling. As if you'd have time to get off the plane anyway...