Last week we talked about funny airport stories that happened to us. Since several of you enjoyed them, I decided to make a second part. There are many stories I could tell you. They were not so funny at the moment, but looking back on them, I can laugh now. Besides, we can all learn something from them.

Remember travel is about experiences, both good and bad. Not everything will always go as planned. We will make mistakes along the way, but as long as we learn from them, we will be fine. So, let’s talk about more funny stories, shall we?

Overbooked Flight

Airport arrivals

This happened to me one time when traveling from Houston to Monterrey. I was only visiting for the weekend, so land travel was out of the question. When flying to Monterrey, I always use Viva Aerobus since they have good prices and their flight schedules suit me better.

Anyway, I arrived at the airport, checked in, passed through security, and headed to the gate. Everything seemed to be fine. However, the airline staff announced they needed 5 volunteers to reschedule their flight since there wasn’t enough availability. Needless to say, only 1 person volunteered. They eventually had to pick the last 4 people who had checked in. Due to this, our flight was delayed for over an hour, but I was able to fly. Yay!

TIP: Overbooking flights is not a rare event. That’s why it’s important to arrive at the airport in time to avoid losing your seat. 

Wrong Shuttle

Red shuttle bus.

Have you ever taken the wrong shuttle at an airport? Well, it happened to me once at the Houston airport.

When traveling for a short period, I usually leave my car at one of the airport parking garages. It’s more convenient than taking a taxi or having someone drop me off.

Back to the story, I parked my car and boarded one of the shuttle buses waiting. There are 5 terminals at the Houston airport, and the shuttle used to drive through all of them. I had done it several times.

I needed to go to Terminal D, but I didn’t notice the bus I was riding only passed through Terminals A and B. When everyone got off at Terminal B, the driver asked me where I was going. I told him Terminal D. He said I had taken the wrong shuttle. He recommended I get off at Terminal B and take the subway. It was a long distance, and the airport is a maze. Luckily, I made it, but I wouldn’t like to go through that again.

TIP: If the airport you’re going to is large, always verify the shuttle routes before boarding. They may have more than one route.


Not on the System

Black screen with blue characters.

This happened to me a couple of years ago when traveling with my parents to Chiapas. We had bought our tickets through Expedia because it offered us a good price. My mother and I would leave for Chiapas first, and then my father would join us there. He had to stay in town for a couple more days.

The night before my father was supposed to fly, he called me to let me know he had to stay one more day in town. So, I had to call Expedia and reschedule his flight. I had to pay extra, but there was no other way.

When my father showed up at the airport, they told him they couldn’t find him on the system. He had to pay again if he wanted to board the plane.

At the Chiapas airport, a similar thing happened. They couldn’t find him, but that time it was the airline’s fault. My father thought he would have to stay there unless he paid again, but luckily it was not the case.

Once back home, I called Expedia, and they gave us a refund. We laugh now about it, but it was too stressful at the moment.

TIP: Always double-check your information when making changes to your itinerary, whether it’s directly with the airline or through a third party such as Expedia.

Too Much Technology

Self service kiosk.

Many airlines have now switched to e-tickets to reduce paper waste. That’s a very good thing, not to mention it’s more convenient for us since we can just pull out our phones and show them. 

I don’t have a problem with e-tickets per se. The problem is when I have to check my baggage. I prefer to see someone who can help me with it instead of doing it myself. I hate going to a kiosk and not knowing what to do.

I was with my family at the Monterrey airport, and the check-in line was too long. A lady asked us if we wouldn’t like to go to the kiosks that were at the side. We tried to check our baggage ourselves but failed miserably. There was no one around to help, so I had to go look for someone. It was very embarrassing.

TIP: If you prefer self-service kiosks, then go for it. If not, take your time to stand in line to see someone. 


Man holding a camera in his hand.

This happened to me around 5 years ago. I went to Oaxaca, but I had to get 2 connecting flights: one in Monterrey and the other one in Mexico City. It was tiring, but I wasn’t in a hurry and I was saving some money.

When I arrived at the Mexico City airport, I headed to the boarding gate. When I got there, I saw 2 or 3 people taking a photo. When I was about to sit down, I saw a famous Mexican actress sitting there! I was hesitant at first, but I approached her and asked her if we could take a photo together. I was hoping my phone didn’t act up since I’d been having problems with it. She accepted, and the photo came out blurry, but I was really excited. I immediately posted it to Facebook and got a lot of comments from my friends.

TIP: Always have a camera or phone ready. You never know who you can run into at the airport.

That’s a Wrap!

I’m sure we can all tell at least one story at the airport. It’s those experiences that we learn from and pass on to our children.

What do you think? Have you had any similar experiences? Let me know in the comments below.

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8 Replies to “More Funny Airport Stories – Part 2”

  1. There is one story that at the time was frustrating as anything, but we can laugh at now. My family and I were going to take a flight out to visit my grandmother in California. We got to the airport nice and early, went through security and got to our gate in plenty of time. It was a very rainy and thunder storming day. 

    Inevitably our flight kept getting delayed and delayed. Then the announcement came over the loudspeaker that our flight had been moved to an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GATE IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT TERMINAL. 

    We boarded a little shuttle that took us to our new terminal and got to our new gate. Still more time goes by and the flight keeps getting delayed and delayed. By this time it is late into the night and my kids are exhausted, but being real troopers. 

    Then the loudspeaker comes on…our flight has been moved to another gate…all the way across our very large terminal. Therefore tired, but hopeful, we lug all of our baggage to the new gate. More waiting. 

    Then at about almost 1 a.m. in the morning the loudspeaker comes on again. The flight has been canceled! We call up my parents who then have to come and get us at the airport. Needless to say, we all slept in the next day.

    1. Wow, that sucks big time! I’d never had that happen to me, but I can imagine how frustrating it must be. Who knows how they manage their logistics but them?

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. With a lot of chaos in the world currently comic relief is very important, and you don’t really hear many good stories about the airport these days! Absolutely travel is about the experiences and it’s important to know that sometimes things don’t go as planned. The picture of one’s vacation can get skewed along the way, this much is true. Not only are your stories quite comical, they are very good advice, especially something like the shuttle as that could definitely cause someone to miss their flight. Airport stories are great and I’m glad that you brought humor to a topic that most times get negative attention. Great post and I’m looking forward to reading more!

    1. You’re most welcome, Pententral. We need to look on the bright side of things.

      Let me think of more stories I could share with you. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I was flipping through some of the sites I have visited recently and saw this post you made about the funny stories.  I guess if you have made a flight you have your story.  The one that pops in mind for me was returning to Houston International from Amsterdam.  My seatmates were apparently a married couple who were very quiet, barely speaking to each other, surely not me, until about 3 1/2 hours into the flight.  

    At that point, he reached over and took his wife’s purse from between her and the armrest next to me.  A move that caught my eye, as I’m not one to share possession of my purse with anyone, not even my husband.  He then removed a wallet from his Jacket inside pocket, removed about 1/2 of a very large sheaf of bills and slipped it into her purse. Her bag would barely snap shut.  Then he very quietly handed it back to her, she held on to the purse and didn’t place it back between her and the armrest as it was earlier.  When we entered the section for international travellers upon arrival, I was still close to them due to our seating arrangements.  There were very obvious security people waiting for him, and she walked on through as though she had no connection to the man or what has happening. She did not even glance that I saw.  She did not go to the luggage pick up but headed directly to the exit and street.   I didn’t get to follow her, I had to turn to the luggage retrieval.  

    When I reminisce about this incident, I wonder???  I can feel the surprise and question that I had at that time, even a few years later. Still wonder. 

    1. Wow, it sounds like the plot of a movie! LOL! The truth is, we never know who we may be sitting next to. 

      Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  4. Hey your story is quite an interesting one. It really got me smiling. I wished to have more of it in your subsequent articles to help alleviate boredom. My airpy experience when I was a kid, was when I packed most of my toys for a vacation, I was before warn by my mum of the weight, but as a kid I refused insisting I need them all. But I was disappointed when my toys was denied access as are sult of overweight of my luggage. I cried and cried, but there was nothing I can do so I have to let go.

    1. Oh, no! Weight restrictions can be a pain in the neck. But you learned your lesson, right? LOL.

      Thanks for commenting.

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