Flight Booking Typo Takes Tourist 8,000 Miles Off Course

from the accidentally-in-Montana dept

Technology can certainly make planning air travel (slightly) easier, but not when you check your common sense and organic brain power at the gate. A twenty-one year old German tourist planned to take a trip to Sydney, Australia, but wound up 8,077 miles off-course -- headed instead for the small oil town of Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his destination into a flight booking Web site. The man didn't notice anything was wrong until he was about to board a flight from Portland to chilly Montana, dressed in summer vacation clothes. Not only did the man trust the website a little too completely, his mother didn't notice the mistake because she trusted her son's techno savvy, saying he was "usually good with computers." Good with computers perhaps -- but apparently not so good at the simple task of actually reading his itinerary.

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    paragate, 30 Dec 2006 @ 9:57am

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    i once booked a flight from berlin, germany to seoul to go thru kota bharu, a provincial town in northern malaysia, from where i planned to cross the border to thailand on my way back. it was only when we had a stopover in the middle of the night and i saw those flyers in the waiting lounge read 'welcome to kota kina balu, capital of sabah, malaysian borneo' that i realized i had landed on the wrong landmass. i was forced to buy an additional ticket from the airline in seoul to make my stay in thailand possible. they said they were sorry but i had to file complaints with my ticket selling agency. you better check before you fly.

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