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…from Vegas

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A new record! Total accrued flight delays of 18 hours within a single 4-day business trip! First the baggage handlers broke the door seal on the plane in Frankfurt, requiring us to deplane, change aircraft, leave for Denver 8 hours late, miss the last flight to Vegas and finally arrive 15 hours after our original ETA. On the way home the valve that balances the fuel between both wings stuck (fortunately just before takeoff). We sat on the plane for 3 hours while someone hit it with a hammer before…read more

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…from San Francisco

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What’s the worst thing you can imagine happening to your plane? Late arrival? Blocked toilet? How about exploding engine mid-flight? It was already 10pm when we took of from SFO -> Munich, so we could see the flames engulfing number 1 engine as a series of explosions shook the fuselage. There were a lot of “Oh God, oh God”-s and the girl next to me went into full panic attack and required restraining. I broke the rules and wrote a short note to the wife. Fortunately the captain was able…read more

…from NY

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After a good couple of days in Brooklyn that included an evening at Flushing Meadow to see Serena Williams and Federer… …Alitalia went on strike – delaying my Rome -> Genova flight for 9 hours. Groovy. Best option : train. Rome Airport -> Rome -> Milan -> Genova. 6 hours. Then taxi to Genova airport to pick up the car, and finally home.

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…from Detroit

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This one was particularly memorable. The first leg of my 7pm flight Detroit -> Chicago -> Munich -> Genova was delayed due to storms in NY where the plane was coming from. This meant missing the international flight, so United changed my itinerary to Detroit -> Chicago -> Copenhagen -> Munich -> Genova with an arrival delay of just 4 hours. So far so good. Next, SAS cancelled the Copenhagen flight before I made it out of Detroit. Back into the queue for the service desk. To cut a very…read more

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