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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    Mmyr, 30 Dec 2006 @ 2:01pm

    Isn't as hard as you think!

    With internet bookings it is even easier to get messed up flights. I was flying from Jacksonville, Florida to Dulles, Wasington D.C. When I entered my info the listing gave me a series of flights between the two destinations. I picked the best one and went on from there. The web site then recommended several flights that would be cheaper. I chose one that looked good and then checked my itinerary. I had booked the suggested flight of Jacksonville (JAX) to Reagan (can't use that airport due to company rules) with a return flight to Los Angeles (LAX). If I hadn't looked at it I might have been just as lost.

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