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The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

Old Feb 19, 11, 10:19 am
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upgraded lush

I put my friend in for an upgrade. He got it. Unfortunately, he is an alcoholic. He quickly got inebriated on the free booze. Luckily, instead of becoming violent or abusive, he just passed out. I was able to rouse him at landing notice and all went well.
Clearly, it was a disaster waiting to happen mainly because I wanted to show off a little. Never again--this guys riding in the back!
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Old Feb 19, 11, 10:26 am
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In 2004, during the Athen Olympic Games, I was staying at Le Meridien in Munich. The day before checking out I had received a very large amount of cash (in a fully legal business transaction, if anyone should speculate ), and placed it in the in-room safe. After checkout, I took a cab to the airport. After approximately ten minutes in the cab, I realized that I forgot something, and asked the taxi driver to return to the hotel. I explained the matter (without mentioning any details) to a front desk staff, who then escorted me to my room to open the door. We were both a bit surprised to see one of the cleaning staff sitting comfortably in a chair, watching the Olympics on TV. Well, that was none of my business, but I discreetly opened the safe and pulled out my 75k.
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Old Feb 19, 11, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by jbcarioca View Post
I believed ever since that the cities of Taipei and Fargo were the most excellent and honest places on earth. It took the Coen brothers and "Fargo" to disabuse me about Fargo. Nothing has ever changed my view of Taipei.
To be fair, essentially none of the story in Fargo takes place in Fargo. Now, Brainerd on the other hand - that's a den of iniquity if I ever saw one
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Old Feb 19, 11, 3:02 pm
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I live in N. Idaho which is on Pacific time. Boise, Idaho is on Mountain time. For some reason the Mountain time zone does a semi circle to include western Idaho and a tiny bit of Oregon. Which is odd since Boise is almost as far west as San Diego.

Anyway, I flew down to Boise and came back the same day out of Spokane. I know that Boise is in Mountain, but that day I just spaced out I guess and forgot to add the hour. Didn't change my watch or the laptop clock either and mentally stayed on Pacific. I guess being in the same state psychologically made me think I hadn't changed time zones since it's not often that happens.

I got to the airport what I thought was an hour early only to see on the departures screen that the flight was closed.
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Old Feb 19, 11, 4:03 pm
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My mistake ... not calling the hotel to inquire if a(nother) group is registered.
Some of my worst hotel stays have been at hotels housing high school and
college groups.

The most unusual group event was at the LAX Hilton a few years ago. I
walked off the shuttle into the lobby when they were hosting DomCon. The
attire of many guests was, um, interesting. <Blush>
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Old Feb 26, 11, 8:01 pm
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Originally Posted by jefi99 View Post
In 2004, during the Athen Olympic Games, I was staying at Le Meridien in Munich. The day before checking out I had received a very large amount of cash (in a fully legal business transaction, if anyone should speculate ), and placed it in the in-room safe. After checkout, I took a cab to the airport. After approximately ten minutes in the cab, I realized that I forgot something, and asked the taxi driver to return to the hotel. I explained the matter (without mentioning any details) to a front desk staff, who then escorted me to my room to open the door. We were both a bit surprised to see one of the cleaning staff sitting comfortably in a chair, watching the Olympics on TV. Well, that was none of my business, but I discreetly opened the safe and pulled out my €75k.
I'm sure that the tax people aren't reading stuff like this....

My biggest mistake was buying a roundtrip ticket (the night before) to Washington National with a layover of 5 hours to deliver some paperwork to the NIH just a couple of months after 9/11, obviously traveling without any luggage. They didn't pull out the rubber gloves, but I got every other form of screening known to mankind.
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Old Apr 13, 11, 1:33 pm
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Was on a flight years ago, and when the pilot made the initial decent announcement, he talked about the weather in our destination city, Harrisburg, PA. At that point, the guy across the aisle asked, "Did he just say Harrisburg?"

Turns out he bought a ticket to Harrisonburg, VA. Fortunately for him, it was only a 3-hour drive.
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Old Apr 13, 11, 2:40 pm
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Three times in the last six months I've left my Bose noise canceling headsets on the seat. I'd put them in a pile of stuff to repack and forgot them. Luckily all three times fellow passengers called me back and gave them to me. Maybe my subconscious wants me to replace my old QC2s with QC15s
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Old Apr 14, 11, 3:18 am
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Interesting thread!

My hubby and i were suppose to be on our way to United States for our honeymoon. Yet we woke up happily preparing thank you party at our house for our wedding gang in the evening.

The Biggest joke is we were too tired to notice the time is actually in AM and assume it's night flight at 8:00pm. So when we reached there, we found that there is no more next flight and no seat for next day!

Panic! We came back the next morning @ 5am and camp at the counter. We stayed until almost gate closing then they released the last two tickets. What an amazing race!
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Old Apr 14, 11, 5:21 am
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Giving in to the request of a colleague

We both had to travel from Brussels to company HQ in Atlanta Georgia, starting meetings on Monday morning.
Sabena had a direct B747 flight on Saturday, which I usually took and enjoyed relaxing on Sunday, recovering from jet lag.

But my colleague was so much in love with his wife he would only fly on Sunday via NY JFK. He insisted I travel with him guaranteeing we would have a drink at the hotel bar around 5pm, enough to have a quite evening and a steak at Houstons, a short walk from our Lenox square hotel.

He insisted so much I finally gave in.
When we landed at JFK we had to wait for 2 hours before the luggage came out: the cargo door was frozen.
Thus we missed our connection flight on deceased Eastern Airlines to Atlanta.

To add to our misery the next flight showed CANCELED.

Thus many hours later, when dark set in, we boarded an Eastern flight and the purser announced ""welcome to this direct flight to Norfolk West Virginia"....

What the heck, we want to fly to Atlanta!

Landing one hour later in Norfolk, West Virginia all but two passengers left the plane, some new folks came on board and the purser announced "Welcome to this direct flight to Atlanta Georgia" (at last)

We got at or hotel after midnight, the bar was closed and I had a bad day Monday morning
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Old Apr 14, 11, 12:13 pm
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1. My first big international flight was a week away and I had the departure time burned into my brain. But now I was flying from Pittsburgh to Toronto (probably on Eastern) and I missed the flight since I was thinking of the departure time a week away.

2. Flight from Austin to Edmonton in January. It was 80 degrees all day on Sunday so I did change out of my shorts, but did not take a coat. Bought a sweatshirt during Delta change of planes in Salt Lake.

3. Taking the morning Pan Am flight from AUS - JFK. I call rez to see if it was on time. They said no it is leaving 90 minutes late. So I take my time to the airport and as I am parking I notice there is no blue ball. Flight left on time. When I called rez and asked about the 9:00 flight from Austin to JFK - she heard Boston to JFK. I learned then to always say Austin Texas. Long time AA agent sold me a discounted Y ticket to get me to New York for work.

4. Sending in my passport for a visa to Australia and there were no pages left. I was out of town but Mrs. K saved the day by hiring a courier to shuttle the passport in Houston back and forth to get the visa issued in time for the flight. I think she bought something expensive while I was down under.

5. Getting the knockout UAL flight attendant's phone number and then never calling her.

6. Booking a flight to Oakland when it should have been LAX.

7. Not adhering to dress code while traveling on positive space F passes on PAA and UAL and being downgraded to Y.

8. Having a extra portion of smoked salmon on Aer Lingus from Dublin to JFK. At least I got a seat by the back lav on the Delta flight home.

9. Sitting next to Angelo Dundee from West Chester to ORD on UAL and having a great conversation the entire time with lots of scotch in first, but I was clueless as to who he was.

And there are many more...
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Old Apr 14, 11, 7:17 pm
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So this story is curtesy of my brother and sister in law.

Saturday my brother did OLCI for their flights to Hawaii on Sunday and made sure the taxi was set to pick them up for their 10:45am flight.

So Sunday morning comes and taxi is 30 minutes late. They would've still been okay except that my brother had never bothered to check for a schedule change since they booked the flights and didn't notice the new flight time when he did OLCI. So they arrived at the airport just as the plane was in final boarding for their 10am flight. The agents raced them through security so they made the flight, but their bags didn't.

I've already asked my brother if he's checked the times for the return flights.
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Old Apr 14, 11, 10:23 pm
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used cell phone with roaming charges

misunderstood the international roaming billing. 5 bucks a minute from Montenegro.
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Old Apr 14, 11, 10:38 pm
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Flying US Airways for so long before switching to AA...
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Old Apr 15, 11, 7:55 pm
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Flying US Airways for so long before switching to AA...
+1^
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