March 9, 2012 | By Adam Bisby, MSN Travel
Chaos in the air

Top 10 flight disruptions of the century (so far)



Top 10 flight disruptions of the century (so far) (© Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)
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  • Top 10 flight disruptions of the century (so far) (© Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)
  • 10. British Airways labour disputes (© Alastair Grant/AP Photo)
  • 9. Spanish air traffic controllers strike, 2010 (© Manu Fernandez/AP)
  • 8. Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (© Carlos Fajardo/Abacapress.com)
  • 7. North American ice storm, 2007 (© Seth Perlman/AP Photo)
  • 6. Europe’s early winter of 2010-11 (© Steve Parsons/AP)
  • 5. Boxing Day storm, 2010 (© Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
  • 4. Groundhog Day Blizzard, 2011 (© Amy Sancetta/AP Photo)
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There's more to airport angst than the inevitable storms that roil runways each March. Labour disputes like the looming Air Canada strike, terrorist attacks, volcanic eruptions — the rate of cancelled flights has never been higher than over the past decade. So hang on tight to your lucky rabbit's foot, keep your smartphone tuned to the news and weather report, and check out the 21st century's 10 worst cases of flier fatigue (so far). At least you'll feel better knowing these unpleasant episodes are behind us.

* Bing: What's the latest on the Air Canada strike?

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