Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

'Bizarre requests' from travellers

A caller claiming to be the Queen asked for a free first-class trip to Australia
A caller claiming to be the Queen asked for a free first-class trip to Australia

An airline upgrade from cargo to first class for a cat and the best way of warding off vampires are among the more bizarre requests made by travellers.

One customer complained that the beach was not smooth enough, while another asked if he could take a plate of a mother-made roast dinner as hand luggage on a flight.

The weird demands were received by online travel company Opodo.

Other strange incidents included:

:: The female customer who called about her holiday abroad as it was "too hot," the food "too spicy" and "hardly anyone spoke English";

:: The Brazil-bound holidaymaker who wanted to know if he needed a passport for his python snake which he wanted to take with him so he could reunite it with its family in the Amazon;

:: A love-lorn traveller, who thought he had booked a romantic trip for two to Rome in Italy, but instead landed in Rome, Georgia, USA and called to demand help to get back his furious girlfriend who had dumped him for the mistake;

:: A thrill-seeker who had booked a trip to Universal Studios in Florida requested a refund for his trip as one of the rides, the Incredible Hulk roller-coaster, had been too scary;

:: A caller claiming to be the Queen who asked for a free first-class trip to Australia and threatened the staff member with jail for treason if the request was refused;

:: A honeymooning couple asked for a full refund for their Maldives holiday as it had rained on one afternoon during their two-week trip and they had been told it would be "sunny day-in-day-out."

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