For the first time in my life last week, I missed a flight. That set in a degree of panic and frustration I’d not encountered before, and I can completely understand why: nobody wants to be stuck in an airport, especially when you’re thousands of kilometres from home. Especially when it’s your fault.
But there are plenty of things that can go wrong when travelling. So for this week’s Off Topic, let’s talk about airline disasters.
Missing luggage is one of the more common stories, although for most people it tends to be rectified fairly quickly. That wasn’t the case for a colleague in our office, however, whose luggage not only got misplaced, it vanished from the baggage database entirely. It took almost a full week before the luggage was found, but the amount of calls back and forth was a nightmare unto itself.
My bag and I have been round the world many times. We’ve seen and experienced amazing things but none stranger than when we flew to Adelaide from Sydney. Flight QF783 landed in Adelaide on Thursday night, November 10, but the bag didn’t arrive at the luggage carousel. The lady at the baggage office tapped at her terminal and then said. "Oh my God, it’s lost."Read more
For others, the problems are usually associated in-flight. The person behind you decides that their airfare justifies reclining their seat right into your knees, during take-off, after take-off, amidst the food service, and drinks throughout the whole flight. Or you’re stuck in between two people with a liberal attitude to personal space.
Or children. Just in general. But crying children in particular.
What’s the worst experience you’ve had while flying?