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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    Kristine, 30 Dec 2006 @ 5:24pm

    Reminds me of the time ...

    I was on a flight from LAX to San Jose -- the one in Silicon Valley. A German couple was very concerned as we took off for an interim stop in Santa Barbara, insisting in German that this was NOT where they wanted to go -- they wanted to go to San Jose.

    It was pre 9/11 or there would have been more fuss, but as it was the flight attendants basically forced them to their seats and strapped them in. The whole thing started over again when we got to Santa Barbara -- they were insistent they wanted to to go San Jose.

    Finally someone who grasped a lot more German than anyone officially affiliated with the airline informed the flight attendants that, indeed, the couple had no desire to go to Northern California -- they had intended to go to San Jose, Puerto Rico, and had spent the day crossing the continent for no apparent reason and consistently trying to explain but being consistently reassured they were headed right for San Jose.

    Last time I saw them, the couple was being hustled off the plane in Santa Barbara ...

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