April 2, 2009

'Mr. Poopy Pants' and fees frustrate flyers

Posted: 11:22 AM ET

There was a time when airline travel was a special treat, the kind of occasion that inspired passengers to dress up.

Now, the awe people once felt about flying through the clouds is tempered by additional fees, cramped seats and horrifying tales of fellow travelers - such as the one about a man dubbed "Mr. Poopy Pants."

"We've all had our flying hell experiences," said Gregg Rottler, creator of

The site provides a venue for people to share their tales of woe, said Rottler. "It's therapeutic ... so it benefits them and provides entertainment value for others."

Rottler, a 54-year-old environmental health supervisor in Tampa, Florida, launched the site more than two years ago. Since then, has attracted submissions from passengers and flight attendants that have run the gamut, touching on categories that include "odors," "attendant issues," "weird people," and "luggage and delays."


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Dave of Detroit   April 2nd, 2009 1:28 pm ET

Used to dress up for Church too, and to be honest, most of the flights are for Business and salespeople who do dress up. That being said, I am getting concerned by airline cutbacks forced upon them by the economy-Used to have a pilot friend that had an interesting view of flying-He called landings "controled crashes" and his logic went like this-Everything that goes up must come down, the only question is-How hard? There has been entirely too many real hards lately and Obama's idea for a high speed train is looking better all the time-saves on gas. I would like to be assured of two Engineers though and absolutely no texting-not too happy about pilots napping and overshooting their destinations either! This auto pilot thing and gps tracking nonsense seems to have resulted in tedium that induces sleep-Let's go back to the good old days of open cockpits and barnstorming-Great fun ride!

Herb   April 2nd, 2009 4:07 pm ET

Flying is completely over-rated and is always a nasty experience.[ I am more in favour of trains, to be honest...] Though, according to the geeks, the teleporter really is science-fiction; but we all secretly wish something like it might be a scientific reality and that it'd leave aviation in the musuem – where it belongs. But I'm not knocking the highly skilled pilots/crews and engineers – they should be looking to re-train as astronauts – space travel has to be part of the future, right?

John, San Antonio   April 2nd, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Part of our problem with the airlines is we want two totally diverse things from them. On the one hand, we want the cheapest ride we possibly can. On the other hand, we want all the bells and whistles for the same low price. As for me, next time I'll take the train.

louk buhler   April 3rd, 2009 9:01 am ET

passengers with young children should have there own section on the planes

mb   April 3rd, 2009 1:05 pm ET

louk buhler wrote "passengers with young children should have there own section on the planes"
now this is a GREAT idea – both for the parents of young children and the children AND the the adults who need to work/think while on a flight.
As a parent of two young children who has traveld by plane, I make it a point to brings lots of activities to keep my children calm, and have been complemented on their behavior at the end of flights.
A separate section on long flights, though, would be more humane to little kids who need to move around.
I don't think this is in anyone's budget these days though.

R.Watts-Gransden   April 3rd, 2009 2:17 pm ET

Ontario, Canada, did a survey of 100,000 people in the autism field in order to assess how to fund autism in young children. ABA was judged the best. The complete report – 200 pages – is obtainable from the Government of Ontario. The DAN protocol was unproductive. I have a grandchild, living in England, who is doing wornderfully – despite chelation.

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