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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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    Ken, 31 Dec 2006 @ 10:35am

    Better Late than Never

    Wow, Techdirt, better yet, wow, Karl. I'm just ripping on you today. :) I heard this a couple days ago. Is it a slow news day, or what? Normally, you guys are on top of things. If you want you can make fun of me about being slow, I just woke up. What's funny is that the other people that posted comments probably heard about this from here.

    Nothing like keeping boring, menial, tiresome news alive for a few more days.

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