Hell in a tin can: worst flight stories

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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