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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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jan 2007 @ 9:15pm

    Re: whoops

    Given that Germany and Australia are pretty much on oppposite sides of the globe, it isn't totally inconceivable that one might fly through any part of the USA on the passage. It's a bit shorter flying to the east from Germany, but not different by an order of magnitude. If one lived in Germany one might not necessarily recognize Portland Oregon as an unlikely hub on an international route. So, he might not have been on alert through the entirety of the Germany to Portland leg(s).

    Not that I think this totally excuses the kid's goofup, but let's all remember that the world is a giant sphere and we can get to places going either way.

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