All experienced travellers know there’s little you can do but sit back and relax when your best-laid plans go awry. Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile, sometimes things just don’t go your way. Inspired by TFL’s bungle here in London in January, here are ten amusing travel mishaps that entertained the world:
Thought “leaves on the line” was the worst excuse you could hear? TFL recently tried to attribute the shutdown of the Victoria Line to “flood damage”, concealing the fact that blundering contractors had piped concrete into the control room. It took a matter of hours for photos to be leaked, and only a couple more before enterprising Internet users had Photoshopped Han Solo into the mire.
Near the end of 2013, tiny Colonel James Jabara airport received an unexpected arrival: a whopping Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane. The pilot apparently got confused on his way to McConnell air force base. Despite the runway being shorter than required for takeoff, the plane managed to get on its way again a few hours later.
We’ve all found stairs a little tricky after a post-work pint, but this inebriated businessman was beyond befuddled. His efforts to go down the up escalator – despite the insistence of passers by – have now given him internet notoriety.
Clearly engrossed in crafting the perfect status update, a tourist in
Once you’ve checked in, passed through security and made it beyond the departure gate you might think you’re as good as on the plane. This wasn’t the case on a recent easyJet flight from Malaga to Bristol; The Daily Mail reported that 29 passengers were forgotten, left trapped between the security doors and the gangway. The budget airline made headlines again a few days later after tasering a drunken passenger who went on a naked rampage.
Thanks to a mix-up with over the phone with Avios, Lamenda Kingdon was surprised to discover – mid-flight – that she was being whisked off to a Caribbean Island rather than sunny Spain. “The 62-year-old was sipping a gin and tonic at 30,000ft when she told the person next to her how she was looking forward to visiting the
Nineteen-year-old Luke had a rude awakening in November when he woke up after a night at
An inept smuggler revealed himself at LAX in 2002, after four birds of paradise burst from his suitcase and began swooping around the airport. Further interrogation led him to admit that he was also concealing a pair of slow lorises… in his pants.
One of the most bizarre requests received by the FCO came from
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