A form of travel in vehicles such as airplanes, helicopters and so on.

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Is there a resource with the average load factor on a specific flight?

I almost always seem to be traveling on full flights. So almost never have the luxury to be able to change seats or even rows. Is there any way to find out beforehand if a specific flight is on ...
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Do infants need their own seats on long flights?

What is the best way to approach a long (8+ hours) flight with a young child (1-2 years old)? It seems I am not required to purchase a seat for a child under two years of age which would save some ...
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How to recognise/thank great cabin crew?

Those of us who fly a lot will know that there is a bit of a variety in cabin crew. Some (sadly more common on certain airlines) do the very bare minimum to ensure a safe flight, but nothing more. ...
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Packing a cardbox box as checked luggage

As mentioned in another question, I'm planning on traveling with a desktop computer as checked baggage. After considering the options, I've decided to take it in its original cardboard box (used for ...
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How to get from Iceland to Greenland?

I'm planning to go to Iceland this summer. Since I've never been so close to Greenland before (except on a plane), I'm thinking about going to Greenland too. Is there any ferry or plane that goes from ...
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How do you prepare for long haul flights?

I'm always feeling a bit unwell during and after long haul flights. I lose my appetite, can't sleep in the plane, food has no taste no matter what. However, I'm pretty sure it's not the flying itself, ...
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How to calculate the air-line distance between two places?

A lot of the time, I'm looking for a way to calculate the air-line distance between two places, most often city centers. For example when I flew from Zurich to Helsinki I wanted to know how far it ...
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Additional cabin handbag on flights

It's quite common, that in addition to cabin size hand baggage you can take also smaller bag like handbag or small laptop case to the plane. I'm interested in knowing if someone hasn't been allowed to ...
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Do airlines fly directly over the North Pole?

I always like flying to/from north America, since the route usually goes over Greenland. I do like the idea that I am only 10 km away from this inaccessible land. I would love to be able to say that I ...
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How early should you get to the airport in the US?

When traveling on a domestic flight in the US, how early is it recommended to get to the airport before the flight is scheduled to leave? What about international flights leaving from the US? Are ...
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Avoiding air travel sickness without Dramamine/Dimenhydrinate or other drugs

My wife is very prone to motion sickness, especially on air flights. In the past we've handled this with Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate), which helped quite a bit. Unfortunately, my wife's reaction to ...
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How can I book a flight plan found on Matrix Airfare Search?

When I find a flight I like on the Matrix Airfare Search, it spits out a bunch of travel agent secret codes™. If I look for the same flight on the airline's web site, I often get much higher rates. ...
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Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal?

There are tricks such as "fuel dumping" or "hidden city ticketing" which involve booking a ticket comprised of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping ...
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What does a technical stop mean in air travel?

When I look at my flight itinerary, it says that the flight includes a technical stop. What does that mean compared to a layover?
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Where can I find air-fare predictions?

Yesterday I saw a documentary where some showed software that predicts developments in airfares. Similar to weather and traffic predictions a user would get a prediction of price developments when ...
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Where can I board an Airbus 380 using stairs instead of jetbridges?

The international airport of Suriname, doesn't have stairways (yet). Still KLM flies there with a Boeing 747. Making it one of the best places to board a 747. I always have enjoyed walking to the ...
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What are the “rules” for multi-city flights?

As I understand things, airlines generally give discounts for round-trips that consist of a flight from A to B followed by a flight from B to A. How does this logic work for multi-city flights? As ...
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Is there a way to check that the conditions on your plane ticket are actually what your travel agent said they are?

When I buy my plane tickets there's often certain things I want such as: Ticket valid for 12 months No fee for return date changes Stopovers in both directions Now it seems that these days your ...
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Will my checked luggage freeze in the airplane?

I'm taking some freeze-sensitive items in a checked luggage for a short flight. It's cheese, chocolate, toothpaste and wine. I would like to know whether the luggage can get "frozen" in the aircraft. ...
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Travel agents - can they match ITA Travel Matrix prices?

(applies to all travel agents, I'm just using FC as an example) Flight Centre - the world wide travel agent, often boasts "lowest prices guaranteed". I've had trouble getting them to actually hold ...
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What do the cabin bells mean on airplanes?

When traveling by air, it's common to hear bells, chimes, tones, whatever-you-call-them over the speaker system. It seems like a single tone is just a passenger pushing their call button. But what do ...
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Are there still any “cheap” options for flying from Australia to Mexico without going through the US?

I've travelled to Mexico many times and I'm starting to feel the itch again but I think finding a cheap way there has become more difficult since my last trip 3 years ago. I have some problems with ...
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Advice for flying with a 6 month old infant?

We are going to have our first flight with our 6 month-old child. The flight will be 12 hours long. Is there anything we need to pay special attention to? Anything we might overlook?
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Do you have a GPS signal on board of a plane?

Does anybody know if there is a GPS signal available on board of a plane with a common and normal GPS receiver?
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San Francisco to Los Angeles: bus or plane?

Coming from Europe, I have been living in San Francisco for a month, and this is my first visit to America. In two months, I will have to go to Los Angeles for a meeting. Obviously, taking the plane ...
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What's the difference between a direct and a non-stop flight?

In a comment to one of my question, a user mentioned that there is a difference between a direct and a non-stop flight. So what is this difference?
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Are bluetooth headphones allowed on flights in the US, particularly on United Airlines?

I have a United Airlines flight this week and I would love to listen to an Audio book for the duration. Unfortunately my only working pair of headphones are bluetooth. I've looked on United's web ...
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Are carry-on bags being weighed on long-haul flights?

It's been four years since our last international flights. We're flying with Air New Zealand from the US to Oz. And we are seeing weight limits for carry-on baggage. Are the carriers actually ...
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Joining the Mile High Club (MHC) - Can I get into trouble?

The same friend I already mentioned in this question, has an additional travel question. Recently, he read a lot about the Mile High Club (MHC). Wikipedia defines the mile high club as people who had ...
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In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?

In a recent question somebody asked about a layover without mentioning how long the stop would be, thus implying it might perhaps be understood whether layover generally refers to a stop not requiring ...
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Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?

Is there a search engine that considers "mix&match" flight combinations? My current problem: I need to go from FRA to YLW (Frankfurt/Germany to Kelowna/Canada) on July 29th, and arrive no later ...
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Flying within the United States, Passport required?

This month I'll be flying twice within the United States. I am a US citizen with a valid drivers license, flying within US boundaries. Is this sufficient to fly? I haven't held a valid passport for ...
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Is it possible to bring a bicycle on a plane?

I have often wanted to bring my own bicycle while traveling. Are there some international regulations regarding bringing my bicycle on a plane? What should I expect to pay?
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Who pays for the return ticket when a country refuses entry?

If I am on a tourist visa, and refused entry into the intended touring country, then who pays for the return ticket? I would assume I will have to. But if I have no money of any kind, then what ...
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How to get into and travel across Tanzania

I'm interested in visiting Tanzania - the capital of it (Dodoma) and Kilimanjaro park, and I didn't find any info about any airlines to get into Tanzania and about local transport - buses or taxis. ...
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What is Rule 240 in Air Travel?

This morning I was a little bit surfing on travel blog sites, and then I read this hint: Know about Rule 240. If your flight is delayed or you get bumped from a flight, ask the ticketing agent ...
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Are there any places in the world where you can actually “travel” with an airship / zeppelin etc? (Not just a tour or joyride)

There has been a small resurgence in the last couple of decades of airships / zeppelins typically using Helium instead of the Hydrogen used in the olden days. So I'm sure there must be plenty of ...
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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Is a flight number unique for the schedule, origin and destination?

For example, if we have a flight with a code SU0102, does it always goes from Sheremetyevo to John F. Kennedy or the origin and destination points can change for this flight? The same about schedule: ...
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Where to sleep at Frankfurt airport

I arrive at Frankfurt international airport in the morning (9 am) and I have to wait 10 hours until my next flight. Also I don't have a visa to get out of the airport. What is the best way to get some ...
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Is it possible to fly near/over Mount Everest?

There is already a question about getting to the top of Mount Everest without hiking too far but what I want is a little bit different. I am looking for a flight (regular or tourist ). I don't want to ...
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Why would Boarding Time be a whole hour before Departure Time?

After checking in online with Singapore airlines I received a boarding pass. This shows a departure time of 4:15pm but a boarding time of 3:15pm. Surely they are not going to board the flight an hour ...
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Why do I feel pressure in the ears in a plane?

Normally you feel pressure in your ear, if the air pressure changes, e.g. if you're ascending or descending very fast. But why do I feel this pressure also in airplanes where the pressure in the ...
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UK tourist visa refused 3 times. Need to get there for flight home

Around 3 years ago I applied for a temporary working visa for the UK, but it got rejected because I lied to the police once and had some old DUI charges. So I never went to the UK. I recently arrived ...
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To how much radiation are you exposed on a transcontinental flight?

You often hear people object to being scanned because of the "radiation" argument. I find this always quite amusing from people just being exposed to higher radiation levels during the average ...
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Is there a standard power adaptor to use on airplanes?

For international flights of 12-15+ hours, do the planes usually have AC power available in Economy? If not, is there a standard "airplane power adaptor" that can convert the DC into AC to power a ...
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What is the fastest speed a passenger airplane flies at?

How fast does the world's currently fastest passenger plane fly (cruise speed)? Do any passenger planes fly faster than the speed of sound?
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Are there low cost airlines to travel within the US?

I'm from Europe where there are a lot of low cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, etc... But these operate mainly in Europe. Then, my question is if there are airlines which provide cheap flights ...
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Why do I have to show my ticket stub when entering an airplane?

Here's the situation: I have just had my ticket scanned at the gate and happily walk through the long gateway toward the plane, giddy to get on board, because I even after all these years I love ...
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Are there any common, secret services offered by airlines to passengers onboard?

There are several services that many passengers are not aware of on-board airplanes simply because they are unadvertised. For example: Coat compartments. You can hang your suit in the airplanes ...