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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    Petréa Mitchell, 30 Dec 2006 @ 10:43am

    These things happen part 2

    Wups, hit "Enter" in the wrong context...

    Another example from a couple years ago: A reporter traveled from the UK to Augusta, Georgia to cover a golf tournament. Whoever at the newspaper made his travel arrangements instead booked him a trip to Augusta, Maine.

    Stuck in Maine for the night, he asked the paper to arrange him a hotel room in nearby Portland. They got him one in Portland, Oregon.

    If memory serves, though, the paper involved was The Sun, so we're not exactly talking about the sharp end of journalism here.


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