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Do not fly

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Do not fly

As I am having my lunch I thought it might be fun to find out which airlines are OK to use on my next trip.

A search through the Air Travel forum using that exact phrase gave me this list of airlines to avoid:

Aer Lingus

Air Asia

Air Canada

Air France

Air New Zealand

Air Pacific


Allegiant Air

American Airlines



Bahamas Air


British Airways

Bulgaria Air

Cathay Pacific



Eastern Airways

Easy jet

Egypt Air



Go Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines


Kenya Airways

Mexicana Airlines


South African




Thomas Cook

US Airways

Vieques Air Link



In addition, these are to be avoided in certain situations:

British Airways if you have luggage

Finnair if you're flying to China

Qantas to Hawaii

Ryanair if you have luggage

Southwest if you're a family

United if you're flying to Sao Paulo

Virgin Atlantic if you want extra legroom seats

I'm a little concerned about the inclusion of Air NZ (been happily flying them for a while now). I am relieved to see that Singapore is not there, but I did only get through the first 10 pages of results, and quite a lot of them were devoted to "Do not fly Spirit" (suspect that one is actually valid, from what I've read, I'd be avoiding them).

Portland, Oregon
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1. Re: Do not fly

Well, in that case you should be fine with Air Koryo and Air Zimbabwe. Enjoy your dream vacation in Pyongyang. :-)

Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: Do not fly

Capone Airlines will be a splendid choice: you'll fly where they tell to fly.

Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: Do not fly

And just to add to your "Do not fly" list ... :-)

"Avoid" - Royal Air Maroc, United, Monarch, Qantas, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, SpanAir, Lufthansa, Air China, Etihad, Aerolinias Argentinas, Virgin Australia, Meridiana

"Never fly/Never use/Never again" - South African, Turkish Airlines, JetBlue, Air Comet, Air India, Jet Lite

"Sucks" - Frontier, Jet Airways, BMI Baby

"Horrible" - Air Transat

"Nightmare" - AirTran, First Choice, Tiger Airways

"Hell" - Air Jamaica, WestJet, Thomson, Phillipine Airlines, Ryanair

"Scam" - Cebu Pacific, Jetstar

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4. Re: Do not fly

Type in "Cheap and nasty" = Ryanair

Scotland, United...
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5. Re: Do not fly

Aussiegirl - you can fly with Air Memphis around Egypt (just don't know how you get there though, since Egypt Air are on the list!). Or, SpiceJet around India just the question of how we get you from Australia to India if you can't fly with Air India etc, as they are also on the list!

Oh well I have hear staycations are all the rage this year :o). Great post put a smile on my face this morning!

South Pole
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6. Re: Do not fly

at least u wont have to worry about avoiding globespan

Oregon Coast
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7. Re: Do not fly

Thumbs up to Alaska Air as it looks as if they are not on any "DNF" lists so far!

Portland, Oregon
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8. Re: Do not fly

>>Thumbs up to Alaska Air as it looks as if they are not on any "DNF" lists so far!<<

Not so fast. I missed one.


Filed under "nightmare". :-)

Leicester, United...
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9. Re: Do not fly

Definitely never fly Singapore Airlines:


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10. Re: Do not fly

There was a similar lady in Melbourne years ago poor PSM didn't know what to do. She didn't speak english and that is exactly how she carried on....she got a free flight out though