There are a lot of legitimate reasons for missing a flight, but there are also a lot of terrible excuses that people have tried out over the years. Contributors on the Flyer Talk forum have a lot of stories to share. Read some of these ridiculous (and sad) reasons for missing a flight and get a few laughs!
Missing the Boarding Announcement because of a Hand Dryer.
Not hearing the Boarding Announcement because of a Hand Dryer. To be fair, those automated hand dryers in the restroom can be petty loud. Still, though, that’s what the screens around the terminal are for.
Mixing up AM and PM
Yes, there are those times when someone has booked a ticket for 5:15 AM only to show up at 5:15 PM and find out that they missed their flight! What a bummer.
Wrong Time Zone
Have you ever forgotten to reset your watch, or maybe miscalculated the time change? Some passengers have missed their flight by an hour for this very reason. Rule of thumb: ask around or check online for local time.
Took the Wrong Train
Can you imagine take a 30-minute train ride, and arriving to find you’re now a full hour away from your airport? Make sure you get a map!
Forgetting a Passport
I’ve definitely done this before. This is an especially big problem if you have to drive a long way to get to the airport, or if you’re cutting it close anyway.
Never Updating Your ID Photo
If you lose a ton of weight, change your hairstyle dramatically, or get plastic surgery, be sure to update your passport and ID photo before you travel! The TSA will not let you through unless you look like yourself.
This is not an isolated event, unfortunately. Too many people have been turned away at the gate, gotten confused or misplaced their tickets after one (or five) beers too many.
Window Shopping. Spending too much time in the airport mall is a sad but real way to miss your flight. Unfortunately, this has happened to passengers before.
Sleeping Through Boarding
Sometimes, layovers can be so exhausting that you can’t help but nap at the gate. Sadly, the ruckus of boarding isn’t enough to wake some people. How frustrating to wake up and find out that nobody bothered to shake you awake!
Okay, if this happened to me, I don’t think I’d even tell the gate agent. I’d probably come up with a totally different reason. And it definitely wouldn’t be my go-to false excuse! I guess if someone’s going to share this one, it’s probably true.
Alarm Didn’t Go Off
The night before an early-morning flight, isn’t the best time to try out a new alarm app, but some people just don’t think these things through. It’s a good plan to try out that alarm the day before—just in case!
Wrong Departure Time on Ticket
Most stupid reasons for missing a flight are definitely the passenger’s fault, or at least the fault of the passenger’s circumstances. Sometimes, however, they are the fault of the airline! Now and then, the airline makes a mistake like printing the wrong time on the ticket. If this happens to you, at least you’ll get a refund and an upgrade!
Tire Fell off the Limo
I don’t know how anyone can afford a limo to the airport, but it certainly sounds lovely! That is, until the limo starts falling apart on the highway. I bet that this passenger wished he’d taken a cab or Uber.
The Elevator Broke
There’s probably nothing much worse than being trapped in an elevator while your flight leaves. You pretty much out of luck if this happens in your hotel, but it might be okay if it happens in the airport. At least they’re responsible for it at that point.
Bad Body Odor
There have been incidents where the gate agent refused to let someone on a plane because of body odor. This would be unbelievably embarrassing!
Leg Fell Asleep
It’s an odd sensation when you lose blood flow to a limb, and it’s absolutely painful (not to mention uncoordinated) to try to walk on it. Imagine trying to run to your flight and missing it because your foot fell asleep.
The Terminal Burned Down
This one is my story, and I’m saving the best for last! During my trip to Burundi, a wing of the Nairobi airport burned down. I spent a few hours staring at geckos on the ceiling of the Bujumbura airport while the airline found us a new connection in Abu Dhabi.
What about you? Do you have any crazy airline stories to tell? Share in the comments if you have a missed flight story stupider than these!