A 21-year-old German tourist who wanted to visit his girlfriend in the Australian metropolis Sydney landed 13,000 kilometres away near Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his destination on a flight booking Web site.

The hapless tourist, who had only a thin jacket to keep out the winter cold, spent three days in Billings airport before he was able to buy a new ticket to Australia with 600 euros in cash that his parents and friends sent over from Germany.

“I didn’t notice the mistake as my son is usually good with computers,” his mother, Sabine, told Reuters.

Aren’t we all?

  1. Rob says:

    The poor traveler should have realized his mistake as soon as he arrived at the US customs counter, where the agent confiscated all his electronics and hauled his ass to jail for not properly kneeling before the 30-foot statue of Herr Bush.

  2. Jägermeister says:


    *laughing hard* Thanks Rob. 😀

  3. tallwookie says:

    That guy should have had one of these: [edit: pls use tinyurl]

  4. ECA says:

    that he didnt make the mistake, but the company HE hooked up with set the WRONG destination…
    I would REALLY, like to see the varification email on his computer.

  5. ECA says:

    4, I wonder how well that would work with the Jets and gas, INSIDE the wings.. Probably double his range.

  6. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    I’ve done a lot of traveling, and to end up in the wrong hemisphere is a major buck-up. And Rob, I’m laughing too.

  7. Boyd says:

    I feel for the guy. Returning home from a trip to Taiwan, my brother’s wife mistakenly booked me on a flight to the wrong airport in Taipei (domestic instead of international). Because I don’t speak Chinese, I didn’t realize I was headed to the wrong airport until I saw Chiang Kai-shek go by the window. Traveling alone and not speaking the language can easily make small errors turn into big ones.

  8. Quiznoz says:

    Being a Montanan, and also having been to the small town in Sydney, I can confirm that there’s a BIG difference between the two.

    Namely, there’s more than two bars in Sydney, AU. =P

  9. Ross says:

    There was a similar case long ago where a guy boarded a plane at LAX thinking it was going to Oakland,CA but ended up in Auckland, New Zealand.

  10. Peter Rodwell says:

    Legend has it that a group of Turkish workers was put on a plane somewhere in Europe thinking they were being deported to Austria and they ended up in Australia. “We thought it was a bloody long flight,” said one of them.

  11. Greg Allen says:

    This story reminds me of why I never book my tickets myself. Even if the travel agent has a fee, I pay it.

    My brother-in-law is a full time Internet computer guy and he ruined a whole Christmas by booking his tickets wrong. I mean, it’s an very easy screw-up that can have very lousy and expensive consequences.

    But I have NEVER had a travel agent book me on the wrong date or time. Not once.


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