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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    Enrico Suarve, 2 Jan 2007 @ 3:15am

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    You're Kind of assuming that the guy knew what the deal with passports in this particular airport was...

    There is no international standard and some airports do pass through - others don't, the differences are especially true once your flying intercontinental

    I have to wonder though what questions the customs/immigration guy was asking not to trigger something, last time I went to the US the immigration guy was very interested in where everyone was staying and what we were doing whilst on holiday - I expect if I'd said "going to see kangaroos" he'd have stopped me....

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