I may have a new most ridiculous travel story, and it's not from the Middle East. Yesterday, the final leg of my trip to the U.S. for Christmas and the AHA meeting was an Amtrak train from Chicago to Quincy, Illinois. This train came to a halt without power, and three and a half hours later the passengers were all evacuated onto busses, because the train ran out of gas
. They did bring in a fuel truck to refill it, but were on standy-by so long the battery died.