The business-travel world is full of superlatives these days. Airbus is delivering the world's biggest passenger jet, the A380; Boeing recently announced record 2005 sales and, for good measure, completed the world's longest nonstop flight, a 23-hour voyage eastward from Hong Kong to London. Atlanta's airport just wrested the title of world's busiest airport from O'Hare in Chicago, and hotels are at the highest occupancy in years, with prices to match.

But who needs industry statistics about airplane orders and hotel occupancy rates when the beleaguered business people who are sitting in the planes and sleeping in the hotels are testing another kind of boundary: the limits of humiliation, weirdness, fear and revulsion? Wouldn't you rather hear their stories? Here are some of them.

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