As some of you know, this coming weekend will mark the annual BlogHer conference. This year’s gathering is in San Francisco and Bossy is going to attend and she will be providing her
readers reader with full-color reports.
Like most citizens of the world, Bossy hasn’t had the best luck lately when it comes to air travel, and the associated cancellations or grossly delayed flights. Just last year alone, first this happened. And then this happened.
Which brings us to today’s challenge: in exactly ten words, can you share with Bossy your latest travel nightmare—or lucky travel story?
And make sure to visit later today for the most entertaining comments on the web.
Julianne saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:04 am
In London, flight cancelled. No other flight for 24 hours.
amy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:10 am
Heathrow flight delay food poisoning projectile vomit over brits stare
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:10 am
No delays. No screaming babies. Nice woman sitting near me.
Debby saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:12 am
Weather blamed for overweight plane, 3 hour delay. AA sucks.
Hallie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:19 am
Plane broke in Jamaica. Non airconditioned airport. LONG HOT WAIT.
natalie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:21 am
sat next to non-english speaking man. slept the whole way.
oh…i did your youyou. made me giggle!
Cathy D. saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:24 am
Scheduled for Wednesday. Changed to Monday. Doesn’t match hotel reservations!
Katie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:24 am
Long delays, four flights in 48 hours…only $5 cash.
merrymishaps saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:26 am
We had to land in “crash position” — just in case!
chocolatechic saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:28 am
Vacation at the beach, evacuated 24 hours later, Hurricane Isabella.
Di saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:29 am
Left at six. Teenagers slept until New Jersey. Peaceful bliss!
thatcoolbroad saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:37 am
seated next to guy I ditched at bar night before
moo saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:38 am
didn’t have to go with inlaws to California after all
Mari saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:40 am
Rush to a connecting flight became a five hour delay.
Lynda saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:46 am
Stuck in Dallas-longer to wait than drive to Houston.
biddy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:46 am
two last names, caused ticket issues. lotsa yelling.
katia saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:48 am
Got on wrong train and ended up in wrong country.
Dara saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:50 am
blissful flight with 2 month old, pilot even helped schlep.
missbanshee saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:53 am
Finally leaving rehab. Flight cancelled. Florida airport for 12 hours.
vuboq saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:54 am
flight delayed. tired. hungry. what’s this? UPGRADED TO BUSINESS CLASS!!!
Have fun at BlogHer! *smooches*
Lauren saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:54 am
Whirlwind trip to London for modeling job, only 16, lonely.
Debbie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:57 am
Got to airport. No passport. (insert HUGE panic here) They accepted voter’s registration card. (was going to Mexico)
Dharmamama saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:58 am
Following the Dead, me & dog (Stella!) & pickup, never any trouble
Catherine saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:59 am
I’m at BlogHer while in-laws visit my kids. Coincidence? No.
Bobbie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:02 am
Nursing baby with former (male) boss sitting next to us!
Black Hockey Jesus saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:02 am
I can’t believe you just hurled on me in Minneapolis!
andrea saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:03 am
Preflight Valium, bags searched at gate, spacey and out of my mind.
Ellen saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:04 am
niece stuck in nyc two days on way to budapest
Melanie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:05 am
O’hare and United Airlines equals horrifying with “right engine failure”.
Pamela saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:06 am
family from DC came to us. no travel for me.
jp saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:08 am
1/2 mile for Groceries in The Hamptons………..35 minutes………WTF?!?!?!?
What Happens Next saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:11 am
Flight canceled from Florida, but first class was the payback!
Kate saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:11 am
Husband never listens to directions – always causes a big fight.
Nancy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:12 am
Don’t jinx my trip to BlogHer San Francisco!
Bellamomma saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:13 am
Traveled alone with toddler, pregnant, 3 hour flight delay. Murder Suicide.
Paula saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:19 am
Chicago. Overbooked. One seat is available. Boyfriend waves from plane.
Karen in DE saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:27 am
Hot Atlanta tarmac, in a commuter plane, wicked bad hangover.
Mary O saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:30 am
Two a.m. Flight delayed. Cranky toddler. One diaper left. Yikes.
Meg saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:32 am
Freeport Bahamas, flight delay, kids caused havoc, bar had beer.
golden saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:33 am
parents divorced, traveling alone, 10 yrs old w/ 4 yr old sister, missed connecting flight. Stayed overnight with strangers in a hotel in Lubbock, TX.
g saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:41 am
Coast to coast, packed in coach, someone silently farting – who?
Just Me saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:48 am
Honeymoon. Flight moved hour earlier. Running 26 gates with carryons.
heart shaped hedges saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:51 am
2 year old daughter selected for random “terrorist” search. GEESH!
David saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:57 am
2PM flight to Chicago became 6AM flight to Chicago. Stand-by.
Jami saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:01 am
Weather delayed flight, snarled traffic. Plane and I arrived simultaneously.
Tasha saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:01 am
Gave up seat, got vouchers — free visits to see friend!
hulagirlatheart saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:02 am
Crazy stranger holding contraband dog removes dentures-yells at Hubby.
ehme saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:05 am
Bermuda. Hurricane. Wedding? No. Wet. Sharks. Passport? Rum. Plane? No.
C saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:06 am
Me + 4 wee children + cancelled flight 1/2-way to destination = Hysteria!
Jess saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:07 am
Baby pooped on husband’s lap. No changing table on plane.
Stacey Ball saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:07 am
Mexico for honeymoon, seriously damaged knee, crutches for 7 months!
Jessica saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
Baby pooped on husband’s lap. No changing table on plane.
Brava97 saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
Hubby cashed in upgrades for first class. Love that guy!
Saw “Battlestar Galactica” star at O’Hare. Too shy to speak.
Willie G saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:12 am
24 hours in LAX, no crew, only compensation? free breakfast!
Sheryl saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:26 am
Plane sitting on tarmac ,5 hours, no bathroom , no food.
Eliza saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:30 am
Headed home after viewing dad’s body. Missed flight. Rental car.
sheasy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:31 am
Plane hit flock of geese, assumed the crash landing position.
Andrea's Sweet Life saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:32 am
Prefer to drink hard liquor to forget bad travel experiences.
Helen saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:33 am
Plane descended during electric storm. Terrifying! Pilot got standing ovation.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:35 am
All travel money goes for college son’s tix. Poor me.
Mary Beth saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:38 am
Mexicana. Cramped between 2 big men w/WICKED BAD BO!
mr. lootiatto saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:42 am
Jen saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:47 am
Guy next to me picked nose and ears entire flight.
Susan saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:48 am
Daughter vomiting throughout Chili’s in San Diego (brother’s birthday trip).
wendy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:53 am
Stranded overnight on cruise island, received free trip as compensation!
liza saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:53 am
Toddler, delayed, cancelled; accommodations had ants & pubes on bed.
donna in mid michigan saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:58 am
JUST LAST WEEK:
10:30 am buy tickets for July 25th flight Flint to Atlanta…..189.
6:00pm…email from Air Trans announcing SALE for same flight…$69 bucks.
ms picket to you saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:59 am
Car broke down on highway near nowhere. Kids on board.
Chelsea saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:01 pm
D-FW is portal to hell; American Airlines is the gatekeeper.
heide saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm
Nonstop flight, middle of row, behind broken seat.
MIQuilter saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:13 pm
Orig 2 hr direct. 14 hrs/4 airports til home.
monica @ transplanting me saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm
delayed flight; missed connection – most of us moved to thailand
and i still cry about these flights… and we’re all here now!!
Tootsie Farklepants saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm
Return flight home from Florida my luggage went to Dallas.
Asthmagirl saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Car window broke on Canadian ferry. Warranty not valid “overseas”.
The Mom saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm
Four hours with three kids equals twelve hour migraine ouch.
Bridget saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Travel insurance doesn’t insure much: http://tinyurl.com/6pu5e2
TwentyFourAtHeart saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Car Accident. Flight. Pain Meds Stolen From Bag. Totally Screwed.
Victoria saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm
Really bad stomach bug. Really long flight. Wish was dead.
whiticism saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:23 pm
forgot passports and birth certificates equals delayed HONEYMOON until december.
The Domestic Goddess saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm
We’re driving across the country to avoid airplane hell, y’all.
Fatcat saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Went to ST louis with my in-laws and had fun!
Shamelessly Sassy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm
husband’s childhood bf died in plane explosion, now hates planes.
Undomestic Diva saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm
I don’t need 10 words: One-Armed Pilot
The full story: http://undomesticdiva.typepad.com/undomestic_diva/2008/07/the-fear-of-fly.html
Becca saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm
pilot didn’t stop in time, hit jetway, we waited hours
Mrs. G. saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm
terrified of flying, white knuckles, bourbon and xanax helped, landed.
Have fun at blogher Bossy!
Foolery saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm
5?-hour Hong Kong-Tokyo flight in smoking section. *cough*
Von saysJuly 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm
Surprise upgrade to first class for free – hot towels rock.
margalit saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm
Took autistic boy cross country. Son of friend. Nuff said.
Stephanie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm
Storms. Turbulance. Sharing Free Drink tickets with nice old lady.
ali saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm
baby emily pooped three times. I had only two diapers.
Stephanie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:08 pm
Us= inconsolable screaming baby.
Passengers= glaring w/ disdain.
Kristina saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:27 pm
flight to vegas with only 10 people onboard! Unlimited free booze! (can you tell that was back in 1989?)
Sass E-mum saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm
Hot flight from Greece with sweaty headed toddler. Sticky sticky.
CarolynOnline saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm
Vomits ON mommy.
Six hours left.
Heather saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm
Left Arizona 2pm. Arrived Chicago 2am. Man Died On Board.
Kirsten saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Ran OJ-style for connection, first class was our only option!
Terri saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm
Crazy husband drove all night to get home – never again!
Have the T-Shirt saysJuly 15, 2008 at 1:59 pm
LAX overnight on way to Hawaii with two small kids.
Denise saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm
28 hours. Five planes. Baby. Ear infections. Luggage lost. Vacation?!
jen saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Oh my girl, do you ever make me laugh!!! I love you, and have added you to my blog list. Keep it up please.
Suebob saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm
I don’t have travel nightmares, rather adventures. Smack me now.
Cynthia saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm
Didn’t complain/yell and was bumped up to first class.
MamaMo saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Husband born in Iran, American citizen 30 years. “Prove it!!”
Grandma J saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm
LasVegas, two flights going CANCELLED, Two flights coming home CANCELLED.
LetterB saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Three hours with toddler. On the tarmac. Then we flew.
Assertagirl saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm
Three plane seats all to myself, the airline went under.
Emily R saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm
Hurricanes in Texas meant one more day in CA. Family!
Bossy's Friend Martha's Sister saysJuly 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Lucky having friends willing to pick me up at midnight!(so I can afford the ticket!)
Ree (the Other one) saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Lisping, arrogant, doofus businessman in the next seat this morning.
penny saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Arrived safely – no nightmare, except the driver wouldn’t shut up.
magpie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm
missed connection in london. hopped private plane to paris cornfield.
The Modern Gal saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm
Ten states, twelve hours: practically sleep-driving by the end.
Marnie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm
Trip coming up. Not saying a word lest I jinx myself.
Jen saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm
Honeymoon: lost luggage, delayed flights, earthquake, plane crashed on runway.
(… for real)
mommymae saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm
voluntary bump to & from europe. free amsterdam with brother.
Madness saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm
Florida 15yrslater all 4 flights on time..stepped from one plane onto next.
(and still cant count to 10 ha!)
meleah rebeccah saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm
I am buying that teshirt. Love it.
Have fun at the convention. Cant wait to read all about it
Scottsdale Girl saysJuly 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Me in aisle seat, Ginormous Alaskan male in middle seat.
blackbird saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm
Being polite got me out of Chicago in a storm.
Dr Zibbs saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm
Can you change the word whore to dude because..I’m a dude.
sonrie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm
5 delays and cancellations, layover, 14 hour day vs. 6.
Beth saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm
Bathroom line with baby, mean gayboy flight attendant shoves us.
caren saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm
girls weekend, flight delayed, good thing we found the bar!
Jen saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:38 pm
Airport at 04:00, flight cancelled, next one at 10:30. Wait…….
Lori saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Landing gear won’t go down. Circle, circle, scream inside, circle…
Amy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Saw aurora borealis out airplane window. Once a lifetime experience.
Leaf, probably... saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm
Finding out the driver was stoned… AFTER we had arrived.
Amy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm
Bus left 6am Monday, arrived 2pm Tuesday. Three deadweight kids.
LizP saysJuly 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm
Stuck at DeGaulle
no train to Paris
I was sad
Moi saysJuly 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm
First class tickets to Paris. Left on time, everything perfect.
anne marie in philly saysJuly 15, 2008 at 5:49 pm
have not flown since 1990. always take the train. wheeeeeee!
Bush Babe saysJuly 15, 2008 at 5:49 pm
Athens airport, overnight delays, no hotel, no sleep, 20-hour flight.
KarenT saysJuly 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm
10 adults, 12 kids, 2 hurricanes, 1 beach house, 0 sun
Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You saysJuly 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm
stomach bug traded between 3 kids on minivan trip. blarrrrrgh.
Stimey saysJuly 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm
My three yo talked to me nonstop for ten hours.
Kimi saysJuly 15, 2008 at 6:46 pm
LA – Tokyo, me, then three empty seats, then cool girl.
Lisa saysJuly 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm
wing flaps frozen. assume crash positions!smoke! firetrucks! rough landing.
Alyssa Morris saysJuly 15, 2008 at 7:24 pm
Baby scissors in diaper bag. Searched EVERYTHING. First Class Seats!
dgm saysJuly 15, 2008 at 8:27 pm
My son vomited on daddy, sitting behind me. Lucky me!
teri saysJuly 15, 2008 at 8:40 pm
AC to Orlando; woman berated soon to be ex-husband THE. ENTIRE. 2 HOUR. FLIGHT.
me and the guys behind us compared notes at baggage claim in Orlando. Quite funny!
DeeMarie saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:55 pm
Three hour delay. Waited another 30 minutes for catering (ie drinks.)
Claire in CA, USA saysJuly 15, 2008 at 9:59 pm
12:35 flight. Delayed to 3:05. Bored 13 yo boy to entertain.
I think that was 11; sorry.
wrh saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm
drive to pool today with two grumpy hungry young ‘uns
cartoongoddess saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm
“Untied” and “Hurtz” are making planning Monterey a complete disaster.
Katy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm
I drove to a family reunion and family was there.
Cathy saysJuly 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm
8 hour drive home with my parents and screaming baby
Julie saysJuly 16, 2008 at 12:08 am
Mom & baby: California. Car seat: still in Michigan.
Barb @ getupandplay saysJuly 16, 2008 at 12:15 am
Stranded halfway between vacation house and home. In the rain.
swirl girl saysJuly 16, 2008 at 12:17 am
Emergency landing. Drank baby formula with my little happy pills.
Karen (Submommy) saysJuly 16, 2008 at 1:39 am
Looked out the window, de-icing the wing. Freaked out. Bailed.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysJuly 16, 2008 at 2:22 am
Little Miss Sunshine State wrote “AA sucks” and I giggled.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysJuly 16, 2008 at 2:27 am
Little Miss Sunshine State wrote “AA sucks” and I giggled.
Jozet at Halushki saysJuly 16, 2008 at 3:15 am
Every airline I’ve flown had deadly crash the following week.
Kelley saysJuly 16, 2008 at 3:21 am
Ears bleeding from the screaming. Mine and his.
(and you are going to BlogHer and you didn’t tell me? And offer to take my pic? Like all the cool kids are? Man, are you missing out woman. Will still let you if you ask 😉 oh and this wordiness doesn’t count cause I did the () thing, like Ninja it sneaks in under the 10 word radar)
Expat saysJuly 16, 2008 at 3:42 am
Years ago. LA – London breakdown. Upgraded to Concorde! True story.
just juli saysJuly 16, 2008 at 8:10 am
5 y.o. niece & me. Canceled flight. 24hrs in airport
Jill saysJuly 16, 2008 at 8:23 am
daughter in tantrum, stewardess asking if there’s a “medical condition”.
Mr Farty saysJuly 16, 2008 at 8:31 am
Broken radar. Result? Gleaming new jumbo to south african coast.
Debbie saysJuly 16, 2008 at 8:57 am
Sober in Iceland. Tipsy in NY. Drunk at LA arrival.
Michael saysJuly 16, 2008 at 9:23 am
Fourteen hours to Tel Aviv, rabbis praying loudly midnight sunrise.
Bitty saysJuly 16, 2008 at 9:50 am
Stranded in Mongolia China refused entry but plane held thankfully.
Super B's Mom saysJuly 16, 2008 at 11:17 am
Small rattlesnake found in car. Slithered over Super Dad’s foot.
KP saysJuly 16, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Sat on runway for FIVE HOURS. Then they canceled flight.
Oh, The Joys saysJuly 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Hey sister. I’ve landed. I’m in the Marina. Call me when you’re here. I’ll try to get to the Westin around check in I guess. I have my cell.
Sheri Bheri saysJuly 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm
Similar-to-bomb residue found on company laptop. Body search.
edubya saysJuly 16, 2008 at 6:09 pm
Thailand, rabies, 3rd world hospital, rude flight attendendts, 2 day flight
Adorable Girlfriend saysJuly 16, 2008 at 7:04 pm
Flight catches on fire in landing in Madrid in 1998.
Rooth saysJuly 16, 2008 at 7:52 pm
Heathrow. Power outage while we were on the Tarmack. Waited in plane 8 hours for flight to BEGIN to fly to the California. Landed in Oakland which was NOT a airport with Passport Control —-read Customs. Waited in empty room with NO chairs for another 3 hours til a US Customs crew could be brought to the airport. Home 26 hours total London to LAX. Good thing I was still in my 20’s
Rooth saysJuly 16, 2008 at 7:54 pm
whoops 10 words? >>> Uhm Neva mind
Emily in IL saysJuly 16, 2008 at 7:59 pm
Torrential rains flood airport, no Vegas trip this year Mom.
Clair saysJuly 17, 2008 at 12:08 am
Trapped six hours on tarmac. After landing. At my destination.
Traveling to BlogHer by bus. I live in San Francisco
Heidi saysJuly 17, 2008 at 9:03 am
Quebec,”Yard” beers, Zero sleep, Hungover bus ride to NJ.
Chasinash saysJuly 17, 2008 at 10:21 am
12 hours with 2 year old who slept 45 minutes.
Mommybrain saysJuly 17, 2008 at 11:02 am
PLANE EIGHT HOURS LATE DRUNKEN SOLDIER BARFS ON ME MIDAIR>
PS SPILLED A DRINK ON THE KEYBOARD YESTERDAY NOW STUCK ON CAPLOCK
jodi saysJuly 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm
6 hours on TARMAC with warm water and smelly bathroom.
I know it is Thursday…but if you squint really hard, Thursday looks like Tuesday…and if you work where I work…Thursday is EXACTLY like Tuesday.
Lynn saysJuly 18, 2008 at 1:31 am
Flight delayed:fumigate:sick dog with fleas/ticks=missed connection…
Dawn saysJuly 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm
100 kms into 1,400 km trip, resonator goes tits up.
jmok saysJuly 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm
Man behind friend in first class on way to London died during the flight-not discovered till next morning before landing.
Manic Mommy saysJuly 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm
Locked self out of hotel room wearing only t-shirt – drunk.