'I didn't realise anything was wrong until we started descending way too early!' Flyers (and PILOTS) reveal the horrifying moment they noticed they had boarded the wrong flight

  • Boarding the wrong flight at an airport can be a real headache for travellers?
  • And many have been sharing their experiences of getting on the wrong aircraft
  • Some ended up flying to the wrong destination before realising the mistake?
  • While others revealed they made it off the aircraft with just minutes to spare?

Once the doors are shut and the aircraft takes off, airline passengers have no option - obviously - but to stay on the plane until it lands at its destination.

And for most people, the destination where they land is exactly the place they were hoping to travel to.

But sometimes technical errors, not listening to airport announcements and even being plagued with jetlag can lead to passengers boarding the wrong plane.?And internet users have been revealing the horrifying moment they realised they had got on a flight to the wrong destination - with some noticing with just minutes to spare, while others had to take a massive detour.

Air passengers have been revealing in a thread on Quora the moment they realised they were on the wrong flight?

Air passengers have been revealing in a thread on Quora the moment they realised they were on the wrong flight?

The revelations came after a thread was started on Quora asking frequent flyers if they had ever boarded the wrong plane.

And one man replying to the discussion revealed how he only realised he was on the wrong flight when the aircraft started descending earlier than was expected.

Christopher Willis wrote: 'I'm not hard of hearing but just don't understand words too well.

'They were boarding two United regional jets at the same time from the same gate in O'Hare. I handed my pass to the gate agent on the tarmac and he pointed to the left plane.

'I got onboard and promptly zoned out- it was my fourth transcontinental in five days. I never understand what the flight attendants say on the overhead announcements and didn't realise anything was wrong until we began descending WAY too early.

'Instead of Greensboro, North Carolina, I landed in Moline, Illinois…'

While another passenger Mikkel Duif revealed he only discovered something was amiss when he ended up at the wrong destination.

He wanted to go to Bahrain, but ended up in Kuwait.?

He said:?'After a bit of confusion when suddenly landing in Kuwait, I found out that I actually boarded the right plane, it just went to the wrong destination!

'Ten hours later I was at my correct destination in Bahrain. But missed my connection.'

While Jonathan Lamberton revealed a gate mix-up meant he ended up at the wrong destination.

Some passengers were able to realise their error and grab their bags before the plane took off (file picture)?

Some passengers were able to realise their error and grab their bags before the plane took off (file picture)?

He wrote: 'Happened to me! Boarded the wrong flight at St Louis airport.

'This was in the commuter flights area where there were A and B gates at each gate. I ended up in Iowa instead of Alabama.'

But luckily for the other passengers replying to the thread, they realised their mistake before the plane doors were closed.

Nicholas Corwin nearly ended up communist Russia rather than London on a flight from Athens.

He explained: 'We boarded the plane and took our seats. My mother, who had been quarreling badly with my father, was rather upset and distracted and hence didn’t have any situational awareness.

'While she busied herself with a book, I was looking around, and since even at this tender age I was already a fairly experienced air traveler, I soon noticed that a number of details were amiss.

'Finally, I caught the attention of one of the flight attendants. In very broken English, she managed to convey that the plane was most definitely not flying to England, but rather to some communist bloc destination.?

'She hustled us off the plane right before the doors closed. The correct flight was a couple of gates away.'

A mix-up with the name of the destination, meanwhile, meant that Jeff Coveney almost ended up in Austin rather than Boston.

Even pilots replied to the thread, with one admitting he only realised he was on the wrong plane during pre-flight checks?

Even pilots replied to the thread, with one admitting he only realised he was on the wrong plane during pre-flight checks?

He said: 'A few years ago, I was taking a red eye United flight from Las Vegas to Boston via Newark. Upon arrival in Newark about 6am, I was a little foggy and walked to the area with the flight leaving to Boston and boarded.

'About 10 or 15 minutes later, I was woken up by the the flight attendant calling me by name. She said the flight I was on was going to “Austin” not “Boston”.

'I got off the plane just in time but had missed my connection. I had to wait another few hours to catch another flight to Boston but at least I didn’t have to take a trip across the country… and back again.'

But it's not just passengers who have made the mistake. Pilots have done it, too.

Pilot Jimmy K. Walton admitted boarding the wrong flight several times.

He said: 'I had done the preflight and sat down to fly somewhere when I noticed the flight plan had a different tail number than the aircraft.

'But the most embarrassing one was when I got my flight plan paperwork (it’s all iPad now), strolled passed the gate agents, into the plane, passed the number one flight attendant into the cockpit to see two other pilots looking back at me from the pilot seats.

'My flight was one gate over… well, you know, they all look the same from the outside!'

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