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Maggots in Overhead Bins on US Airways Flight

Is This the Worst In-Flight Experience Ever?

I’ve had some pretty rough air travel experiences — massive delays, inconsiderate seatmates, mechanical failures mid-flight — but the passengers of a recent US Airways flight out of Atlanta have definitely got me beat. The Charlotte, NC-bound flight hadn’t even lifted off yet when passengers started being pelted . . . by falling maggots.

The squirmy larvae had been brought on the plane in a container of spoiled meat (by a passenger who clearly didn't heed my advice) and started falling from an overhead bin before takeoff. Once the pilot got wind of the situation, the plane taxied back to the gate and was thoroughly cleaned before continuing to Charlotte — although I think I would’ve waited for the next flight out.

I’m not sure this story can be topped, but let’s give it a shot: what was your worst in-flight experience ever?


Source: Flickr User Robert S. Donovan

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liz26111 liz26111 6 years
That is so gross. My worst experience cannot top any of those. My worse was probably the really annoying Italian high school marching band on my flight from Milan to Newark. Stop in the aisle to talk, were really loud, clapped when we landed etc. I was seated in front of the flight attendants area and could hear them complaining on the band too. But I did learn those large drums are carry on items.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
omg you girls have had way worse experiences than me! my worst was when some lady puked on my shoes 2 hours into a 12-hour flight. but maggots!!!! :SICK:
fleurfairy fleurfairy 6 years
Air travel is becoming an increasingly horrendous experience. I'm moving back to my hometown and one of the main reasons is to avoid the constant air travel. When you live far from home and you fly alot, it becomes something to absolutely dread. I was stuck on a hot (no a/c) broken-down airplane for about 2 hours on the tarmac recently. Thankfully they took mercy on us and eventually deboarded us and got us another plane. I could not imagine if it had gone on longer like 6 hours. That would be truly horrific to experience.
weffie weffie 6 years
How soon we forget... Altho, personally, I'd be more grossed out by the maggots ;)
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
OMG that is disgusting! Years ago on a flight to Vegas my parents were given an in flight meal and there were maggots in it. Not knowing what to do, they quietly called a flight attendant over and were offered free tickets because they were quiet about it and didn't cause in flight hysteria. It still makes me sick to this day.
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