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Man attempts to fly to Sydney, Australia but ends up in Sidney, Montana

Man attempts to fly to Sydney, Australia but ends up in Sidney, Montana

A man somehow made the grave mistake of flying to Sidney, Montana instead of Sydney, Australia.

A man's dream to go Down Under and visit Australia was crushed after he embarrassingly ended up booking the wrong flight to a complete different country.

Going to Australia is a dream for many of us, especially at this time of year when the weather is all doom and gloom and the other side of the world is experiencing a nice hot summer.

One of those hoping to escape the freezing cold weather was New Yorker Kingsley Burnett, who planned on spending some time on Sydney's sunny beaches.

But as Burnett was on his flight from New York, he realised he made a terrible mistake when the flight was a lot shorter and he couldn't see the beaches, the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House in his approach to landing.

Kingsley Burnett was confused as he did not see the Opera House.
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The New Yorker had, in fact, made the grave mistake of booking a ticket to Sidney, Montana instead of Sydney, Australia. Ouch.

Instead of seeing them famous landmarks in the lovely summer sunshine, Burnett instead spotted some rather snowy-looking conditions.

Speaking to local TV station KTVQ, Burnett said: "I saw a mountaintop covered in white snow. At that point, I knew I was in trouble.

"It’s a matter of acronyms. The S-Y-D as opposed to S-D-Y. Somebody has to fix that."

Burnett told the local TV station that he was trying to find the best deal to head out to the Australian city, but he admits now that he probably should have focused on the final destination instead of getting a steal of a deal.

With no plans to stop in Sidney, Burnett went to the American Airlines desk at the airport and explained his situation.

The man was shocked to find himself in Sidney, Montana.
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An airport worker sat him down and told him that he wouldn't be able to make it to Sydney in time for his planned cruise.

So he was booked a hotel room for the night in Sidney and flew back to home to New York the next day.

Burnett is now planning on going to the actual Sydney in June, when his dream cruise is now booked for.

On the night in Sidney, Burnett stayed in the Boothill Inn, with general manager Shelli Mann claiming that Burnett was actually the second person to make the mistake of landing in Sidney instead of Sydney.

Speaking to KTVQ, she said: "This is the second time we've had a guest that was trying to get to Sydney, Australia."

Featured Image Credit: Tom K Photo / Jim West / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Travel