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Confused Tourist Lands in U.S., Not Australia (Idiot of the day award!)
http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/confused-tourist-lands-in-us-not/20061229081109990011?ncid=NWS00010000000001 ^ | Dec. 29 | Reuters

Posted on 12/31/2006 4:41:34 AM PST by jsh3180

Confused Tourist Lands in U.S., Not Australia

BERLIN (Dec. 29) - 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.

Tobi Gutt planned on flying from Germany to sunny Sydney, Australia, left. He mistakenly booked a ticket to snowy Sidney, Montana. Big Sky, Montana, is shown at right.

Dressed for the Australian summer in t-shirt and shorts, Tobi Gutt left Germany Saturday for a four-week holiday.

Instead of arriving "down under," Gutt found himself on a different continent and bound for the chilly state of Montana.

"I did wonder but I didn't want to say anything," Gutt told the Bild newspaper. "I thought to myself, you can fly to Australia via the United States."

Gutt's airline ticket routed him via the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon, to Billings, Montana. Only as he was about to board a commuter flight to Sidney -- an oil town of about 5,000 people -- did he realize his mistake.

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.


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: australia; billings; computers; german; germantourist; germany; montana; sydney; tourist
Oh well, I'm sure this happpens all the time.
1 posted on 12/31/2006 4:41:36 AM PST by jsh3180
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To: IncPen

ping


2 posted on 12/31/2006 4:43:00 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: jsh3180

Reminds me of the time I ended up in Berlin, NH instead of Berlin, Germany. I was wondering why everybody around me was speaking perfect English. At least the beer was still good so I decided to stay and make the best of things. But I was out of place with my sandals and socks (I was told that this is what they normally wear in Germany.)



3 posted on 12/31/2006 4:48:12 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I'm 80 days from outliving Steve Irwin)
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To: jsh3180

Isn't alcohol a wonderful thing????

Happy New Year!


4 posted on 12/31/2006 5:40:12 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: mcmuffin; 3D-JOY; Guenevere
I thought for sure from the headline that this article would be about someone landing in Melbourne, Florida instead of Melbourne, Austrailia. I'll bet that has happened more than once.

Happy New Year! NVA

5 posted on 12/31/2006 5:46:45 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Saddam is Dead! Bush's Fault. [Pray for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub.])
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To: jsh3180
"I didn't notice the mistake as my son is usually good with computers," his mother, Sabine, told Reuters.

Well, that's the problem right there, her sentence should have been "I didn't notice the mistake as my son knows geography". Just another (by)product of today's education system, may that be here or Europe.
6 posted on 12/31/2006 5:57:20 AM PST by rxgalfl
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To: jsh3180

I talk to people. I chat to others while waiting for a city bus and certainly I would do so on an exciting trip clear across the world. I cannot imagine being around other passengers at the airport concourse and sitting next to one on the plane and not yapping about have you been to Australia before? Are you going to Australia for vacation? Etc., etc., etc.


7 posted on 12/31/2006 6:10:21 AM PST by A knight without armor
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To: jsh3180; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson
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

Ich bin ein brrrrliner.

8 posted on 12/31/2006 6:10:36 AM PST by martin_fierro (Hun Amok)
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To: NonValueAdded

A number of years ago a man boarded what he thought was his flight to Oakland. He wound up in Aukland NZ.


9 posted on 12/31/2006 7:49:20 AM PST by TwoSue
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To: TwoSue

oops: Auckland


10 posted on 12/31/2006 7:50:27 AM PST by TwoSue
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To: NonValueAdded

Thanks for the ping...I would have missed this story and the possible Melbourne connection.

Wonder if it has ever happened there?

Happy New Year. I will be glad to get back, cold here in Northern Virginia.


11 posted on 12/31/2006 8:42:04 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: SamAdams76

Could have been worse, you could have wound up in Berlin (pronounced BUR-lynn) Massachusetts, where there are no bars, or sidewalks, only a few dairy farms.


12 posted on 12/31/2006 8:50:48 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The artist doesn't have to have all the answers; he must, however, ask the right questions honestly.)
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To: martin_fierro

Ich bin ein brrrrliner.


13 posted on 12/31/2006 8:53:10 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The artist doesn't have to have all the answers; he must, however, ask the right questions honestly.)
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To: jsh3180

Sidney vs. Sydney. Spelling really does matter.


14 posted on 12/31/2006 9:04:09 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: TwoSue
A number of years ago a man boarded what he thought was his flight to Oakland. He wound up in Aukland NZ.

I understand how that happened. Our step-granddaughter from Melbourne, Australia, came to visit for the holidays. We asked her about her trip and she said she had a short layover in "Oakland." It took a few beats for us to realize she meant Auckland: the pronunciation's the same.

15 posted on 12/31/2006 9:09:18 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: martin_fierro

If it hadn't been for that typo, I would have been Tasmania_Slim.


16 posted on 12/31/2006 9:10:18 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BigSkyFreeper; naturalman1975

"I didn't notice the mistake as my son is usually good with computers," ...


17 posted on 12/31/2006 9:29:13 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: martin_fierro; jsh3180; Charles Henrickson
Gutt's airline ticket routed him via the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon, to Billings, Montana. Only as he was about to board a commuter flight to Sidney -- an oil town of about 5,000 people -- did he realize his mistake.

You get that Gutt feeling something's wrong...

18 posted on 12/31/2006 11:05:52 AM PST by mikrofon (Tobi or not Tobi -- *where* is the question...)
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To: NonValueAdded
Happy New Year to you!
19 posted on 12/31/2006 12:32:10 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: jsh3180

I predict that the islamofascists just figured out a way to get to the USA!

TYPOS!


20 posted on 12/31/2006 12:50:02 PM PST by sodpoodle (I'm retired - what are you doing here on Company time?)
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To: jsh3180

Whenever I try to book a flight to Ontario Airport in California (close to where my mother lives) the computer keeps trying to send me to Ontario Canada.


21 posted on 01/02/2007 10:53:01 AM PST by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: jsh3180

I used to confuse India with Indiana, and Austria with Australia, not to mention Venice-Vienna-Vietnam (don't ask).

Was this guy any relation to Wrong-Way Corrigan?


22 posted on 01/05/2007 10:56:48 PM PST by PandaRosaMishima (she who tends the Nightunicorn; who is glosser of Titanic's wings)
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