Of course, getting stuck on a gorgeous island in the Caribbean doesn't sound like the worst way to spend three days, but the American dentist wasn't just looking for any old beach -- and now he's suing British Airways for $34,000 in damages he said he spent on hotels, transportation and other costs involved with the trip.
“It’s just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined", he said. "BA won’t do the decent thing".
When asked about the incident by CNN, British Airways declined to comment. It also sought to have the case moved to a US federal court on grounds the case dealt with international travel, but the American judge denied the motion, saying it was a matter of booking, not travel.
According to NBC News, the judge even cited Mark Twain in the court ruling, saying the "difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug".
It just goes to show: You need to mind your Ps and Qs when you travel. Or maybe just your As and Es.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.