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What has been your *worst* airplane experience so far?

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So just yesterday Joe posted a video where he reviews Allegiant Airlines. What I found interesting was the "10/10, It's OK -Angry Joe".

Jab at IGN(?). Here's the video though.



But the point of the discussion is for you to post your worst commercial airplane stories.

I'll go first.


I got pneumonia on a trip to Turkey, Alanya, and my insurance company made sure for me to get all of my money back from the trip, then some extra from the traveling company. A gift card which basically gave me access to all their listed hotels for a week, for free. Really got lucky there, and then I thought as a traveling man, I was yet to go somewhere in the US. I invited a couple of friends instead of sitting in a vacation resort for a week, we wanted it to be a little of an adventure. <- insert obvious The Hobbit reference here.

So we packed our bags, and flew Finnair, which is the basic airline service from Finland, direct flight to JFK International in New York, no fuss, no nuttin'. There was a baby, however the parents offered us drinks for free, because the baby cried but only a little.

We arrive at JFK, we rent a car from a from a friends relative that lived in NYC, then set out for the grand roadtrip from NYC, all the way to Los Angeles, with stops like Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, Charlotte, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, El Paso (and Juarez, Mexico! Had trouble with border control who thought we were Mexican, even though we were all Finnish. Does it matter that we had a Mexican family in the trunk? Well it shouldn't! <- joke) and then El Paso again, Tucson, Phoenix, Nipton, Goodsprings, New.. I mean, Las Vegas and eventually Los Angeles. Man it would take tens of pages to explain all of what happened on the the trip and then in Vegas! But you know what they say about that place, save for herpes. Which I don't have, shut the hell up. And it has now become a tradition of sorts, because every three years we do the same trip again, with perhaps alternating routes. The US is such a huge place and changes a lot in terrain from coast to coast, so keeps things interesting.




Now, goddamn I got sidetracked.


We returned the car into a delivery service in Los Angeles and flew back to New York. Now prepare your eyes for something terrible.


We had a little change in flights, so we were now booked to Delta.

Oh God the horror I heard about Delta after the flight.. If only I had known..

The flight was the worst flight I've ever experienced, and I have flown China Airlines. Included 4 hour delay, a mid-flight landing because of a mechanical problem, worst seats in the history of the world, asshole attendants, one of whom spilled my drink on the floor, and proceeded to give me the now half-empty can of Fanta, then charged me 3.50 for it! Unbelievable. I know this might be a little nitpicking, but that wasn't it. The flight was supposed to be direct to NYC, but there was a mid-flight, unplanned landing, like I mentioned. Guess what, there was ANOTHER mechanical problem and we had to fly back to that one town that's name I don't remember. There we were grounded for two hours! There were three babies who cried 24/7, couldn't even dream of sleep, and since our seats were mixed up, I was next to a smelly middle-aged obese man who more than once burped on me (probably intentionally, since I was leaning away from his direction.) a bathroom line half the length of the plane, no service for half of the flight, at all. After painful 8 hours and 50 minutes, we landed in JFK

Oh, but this flight directly from the seventh layer of Hell doesn't end there.

They lost my other luggage bag, which was full of souvenirs, graphics card and a new Intel processor. Yes, I was eventually covered by insurance, but still, I lost my Iron Man T-Shirt with a glow-in-the-dark Arc reactor! I was really pissed about that!

Also, some other crap I had with me.

I gave them zero stars, almost straight up choked the man who INSISTED he searched me because I look suspicious, and if it wasn't for the the other officer, I would have been strip searched for god knows what!

We go to our hotel, which actually had no problems at all, and I took a long-ass shower and then went to sleep, and then afterwards we flew Finnair back to Finland, once more pretty much without problems. The seats sucked though, but I HAVE FLOWN WORSE.



Wow that was a long ass post. Well, I look forward to seeing your stories of airline horror.

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Never had an flight in my life nuff said period... beside my lucky trip to Gamescon last week i dont even wanna say anything cause if i do i will start fanboy war over the airplanes company they liked!

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All of them! I hate flying..

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The last time I was on a plane, it was before 9/11 and I was around 5... maybe, so I don't remember much but my mom hats airplanes now so i must of sucked.

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Actually flying in the plane, I like that. Always have.

All the nonsense on the ground, that's the problem. And, all of it with Delta.

I was living in a different state at the time, and scheduled time to come home and such. Ordered and payed for my ticket online months in advance. Figured that's what I'm supposed to do you know? Have the plan set up early.

So, I get to the airport, go right to the boarding area hours ahead of time, and wait. Again, like I feel like I'm supposed to. Then, the time comes to board the plane. Now, things start to get screwed over. It was a generally hot day out. So, they had an announcement. Get this, for "safety reasons" (remember this part) they couldn't let everyone board the plane. The safety reason being it was too hot out. It was too hot, for people to board a plane and leave. Ok I guess. That really bites. Sure glad I scheduled this so far ahead of time so they know I've been waiting for this.

I show my ticket, and get asked to wait off to the side. They pull people off the plane who paid the least. This is, of course, going to be all the people who got their tickets early before they were far more expensive. Because I was responsible and scheduled ahead of time, I get pulled out of the line and can't get on the plane?

I was pissed. I scheduled this for months in advance. I couldn't change the plan, as I couldn't go back to work and be like "Yeah, can I have those days back since I can't leave?" No, the papers were already in. I'm not gonna get those days back and I know it right there at the airport. I give all my reasons, my anger clearly visible, how this was messed up. So, they give me a ticket for a different plane that leaves 3 or more hours later. I was still angry at this point, but at least they didn't say I was SoL right? Also said they could give me a refund, TOTAL refund, for the inconvience. That sounds awesome right? Well, bull faced lie. 2 minutes later, she said that because it was a "safety reason" (I said remember this part) that I was no longer able to receive that full refund. Instead, I was given a coupon for X amount of money that can only be spent with Delta Airlines within 1 year. 


That was only the first story.

Now, many months later. Guess what. I scheduled another trip home. I used that blasted coupon. 1st plane was delayed. 2nd plane was redirected. 3rd plane had me, and nearly 20 people, sitting for 6 hours into the late night. We sat and watched as literally every store and gate closed as we waited. Then, two attendants go up to the microphone, laughing to each other I might add, saying how that flight won't be ready till tomorrow morning. We just sat there for 6 hours for nothing, and they're standing there laughing. As you can imagine, none of us are happy. So, Delta Airlines gave everyone , you guessed it, a coupon. Now, this coupon was for a stay in a nearby hotel room to be fully paid with a hotel breakfast and 2 meals later as certain airport restaurants. So, being about sometime between midnight and 2 A.M. We go stand out in the cold (I think it was chicago?) and wait for a taxi van thing to show up. I went on the last one as me and another guy were making sure the older lady got onto a van easily (other folk rushed the earlier ones, too impatient I guess but can't blame them too much all things considered). Next morning, we all get back to the airport (same situation with the vans, whatever.) Wait a while for the plane and get going.

And, at the next stop, yes there was another. Guess what? ANOTHER DELAY. I kept reminding myself how I technically got this trip for free. From that first coupon. They paid for all this nonsense. Only solace I had aside from getting home.


In total, they could have fully screwed me over. Given me no coupon for later, or left me and the others out of luck in (Chicago? I think it was there.) with no hotel or anything. But nearly a third of the day waiting on somewhat uncomfortable airport seats only to have them start laughing before giving bad news? What was the deal with that? Just messed up you know? They tried to ease tensions and that is appreciated, but it doesn't fix the whole problem.

Liked actually flying though. That was still fun.

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Never flown before. Well, once, when I was a kid and my old man took me and my brother to fly above our town in an old army plane. Don't remember much of it though. Think I was like four or five back then.

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I swear I thought of this as I wrote my rant up there, but well, if I pay for a service, for example a car wash, then find my windshield covered in pigeon shit, why shouldn't I complain?

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Me and my familly when flying to florida with the jet go company (now bankrupt.) The flight was ok but the landing.... it had a strong cross wind and the pilot try 3 time before managing to land the plane and when the plane land. it land soo hard that i was sure the landing gear would fail...

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