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Student flies to Sydney, Canada by mistake

By T.K. Randall
April 1, 2017 · Comment icon 23 comments

It pays to double-check your ticket before getting on the plane. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 merlion86
Milan Schipper has become the latest hapless air traveler to wind up in Canada instead of Australia.
Schipper, who is from Amsterdam, thought that he had managed to get an exceedingly good deal on his plane ticket to 'Sydney' before stepping on to the aircraft at a Dutch airport recently.

Having dressed with the expectation of emerging in the searing heat of Australia's Pacific coast however he was rather disappointed to emerge from the plane in the middle of a raging blizzard.

He soon realized that his ticket had actually been for Sydney, Canada - not Sydney, Australia.
It's a mistake that several people have made before, including a young British couple who ended up in the same predicament back in 2002 and a grandfather who, along with his grandson, had also found themselves more than 17,000 kilometers from their intended destination.

Fortunately in this case airline staff were able to help 18-year-old Schipper buy a return ticket.

His father reportedly 'laughed an awful lot' when he finally emerged from the plane in Amsterdam.

Source: BBC News | Comments (23)

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Comment icon #14 Posted by highdesert50 7 years ago
The normal, or Gaussian, distribution may hold the answer. For the half of the population that is above normal in intelligence, there is a corresponding half that is below normal.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
Obviously didn't check his ticket very well.   I can understand how this can happen.   What I do question is if this was a direct flight.  I doubt it.   
Comment icon #16 Posted by FLOMBIE 7 years ago
It happened multiple times to my luggage. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Cryptid_Control 7 years ago
Well, I hope they liked their short stay in our beautiful province! Too bad it wasn't summer though.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Codenwarra 7 years ago
Sometime back in the 1970s my mother at the Brisbane, Australia airport was directed onto a flight, gave her ticket to the person at the gate who waved her on and she boarded the plane.  Her suspicions were aroused by the fact that other passengers were dressed for cool weather, while she was intending to fly north to tropical Rockhampton.  She got off in time. Some dozen years later, a friend visiting the United Kingdom got on a train in London intending to travel to Cardiff in Wales.  After a few stops she heard her name called on the public address system advising her that she was on t... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by The Silver Thong 7 years ago
I live In Canada and didn`t even know we had a Sydney, Canada hmmm I might google that.
Comment icon #20 Posted by glorybebe 7 years ago
There is also Sydney, BC
Comment icon #21 Posted by grimsituation6 7 years ago
I do not remember posting this at all, phantom post... now that's weird.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Princess Serenity 7 years ago
I didn't know there was another Sydney! I learned something new today.  Here there's a a Hollywood, Maryland. :3
Comment icon #23 Posted by toast 7 years ago
So he headed 6 hours west and didnt recognized? Yeah, because his SmartPhone had to be off. Thats the SmartPhone generation. They need an app to pee correctly. I tell ya. Game over.

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