Hell in a tin can: worst flight stories

Never change your seats



My wife told me that I would pay for the number of times I had changed my seats online. Alas, she was right.

Welcome to bat class

Airline seats

Are shoe horn, bat and hiberation class the next ways to make air travel more comfortable? You tell us.

In-flight racism no joke

Kiwi migrant Mena Bassily thought the bomb quip on a plane was a joke. But this racism isn't funny.

A sodden, swollen mess


I looked like my my face was about to fall off. I had turned into a eye-watering snot-machine.

Flight nightmare lessons

Air New Zealand and Qantas

Pack extra socks when you take a 52-hour journey around the world without showering.

Baby on board me

Plane Sleep Strap

I was shaken awake by an air hostess. Then again, by a baby carrier.

Catching in-flight illness


What's the worst flight you've ever been on? Grant Plimmer's flight to Bangkok gave him a headache.

Boozy, banged up passenger


To her horror, Tina Wemyss was seated by a man who looked - and smelled - like he'd been through hell.

No, no... nocturnal gas

Plane sleep

Cooped up on a longhaul flight, my friend's sleeping pill-induced slumber was no fun for the rest of us.

First class family from hell


A sibling brawl in the aisle before the plane had left the tarmac was just the beginning.

Long 'walk' from LA to NZ

Airline cabin

They were overbooked, but lucky me, I got the last seat. The one with zero leg room.

A stench in cattle class

sick flight passengers

A particularly stinky passenger made for a very long flight to Bangkok for Blair McAlister.

Passed out passenger


After a huge, drunk, sweating man was strapped in next to him, Christopher Howe's flight turned bad.

Long-distance flight nightmares

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