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Near Charlotte Airport, is there anywhere to learn about NC's aviation history during a stopover?

Charlotte, North Carolina, is a surprisingly good airport for layovers. Compact layout, easy to get between gates, friendly people, and no need to exit one bit of the airport + take a train + re-clear ...
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How does ambient temperature impact air travel [migrated]

My flight from Abudhabi to SFO was postponed. Official reason given to us was outside temperatures were too high - around 44+ degree Celsius and aircraft can not take off with full fuel loads at such ...
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Flight to Thailand via Muskat with Oman Air, Power source?

I recently bought a ticket for a flight from Munich to Bangkok via Muskat with Oman Air. I took a peek at their fleet but it seemed like I wasn't able to get the information I needed. Is there any ...
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Is there such a thing as individual tourism with water plane?

Seeing many water plane regular lines operated near Vancouver I was wondering if there is a thing like touring with water planes. What I have in mind is renting a water plane with friends or family ...
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Laws governing a plane in flight

The following question: Flying over country from which you are deported made me think of a more general scenario. An airline registered in country A and having an aircraft registered in the same ...
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Avoiding crew fatigue on empty leg flights

An empty leg is a private jet flight where there are no passengers on-board. It's a one way return trip home for private jet charter or other luxury jets, similar to how rental cars must be driven ...
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Why is SCL-AKL slower than SYD-SCL? [duplicate]

How is it that the estimated duration of a SYD-SCL flight (7060 miles) on a 747-400 (cruise speed Mach 0.85) is 12:40, but SCL-AKL flight (6011 miles) on a 787-8 (same cruise speed) takes 13:20. My ...
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Is there a way to find an aircraft's statistics?

Given a flight's tail-number, is there a way to search for the on-time statistics of that plane? So far I've only found ways to search for on-time statistics per route.
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How to find and compare flights carried out by a specific type of plane?

I'd really like to fly with an Airbus A380. But how do I find and compare the price of flights that are carried out by specific kind of plane? I don't want to fly just anywhere; I plan to go from ...
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Schengen air travel confirmation and private aircraft

One of the requirements for the Schengen visa is for the applicant to present confirmed travel arrangements, most commonly air travel. This is usually done by booking a ticket and printing out the ...
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Can you take Gorrilla Glue in Hold Luggage on a plane?

Is glue something that is usually excluded from hold luggage on flights? Its a handy thing to have and I'm considering taking a 60ml tube of Gorilla glue with me.
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What's the courtesy: wipe off the wash basin?

Commercial airliners often have a sign in the bathroom that reads: As a courtesy to the next passenger may we suggest that you use your towel to wipe off the wash basin What exactly is the ...
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Airplane seat dimension regulations: are there any?

Are there any regulations, either in US or Europe, regarding minimum dimensions for airplane seats, i.e. leg space, horizontal distance, etc.? I ask this also in relation to some (often low cost) ...
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What are seats 69H/K like on 777-300ER on Philipines Airlines?

We are going to Manila on the 777-300er and I read mixed reviews about seats 69 H/K. Are they noisy? Are they smaller than elsewhere in economy? We thought just having the 2 seats would be better than ...
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Safest way to transport a laptop during flight

I flew a long range flight carrying my laptop, a quite heavy one, inside a neoprene briefcase in the passenger cabin. The recommendation by the aircrew was to place it in the overhead compartment or ...
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What's the limit of liquids allowed in your purse while flying with United Airlines?

I'm going to visit my boyfriend and as any girl, I want to smell nice for him. I'm flying with United, and I have an 89 ml body spray, 29 ml and 60 ml hand sanitizer. Is that allowed?
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What is the average & max temperature of an airplane cargo hold?

I want to take some chocolates to offer in my luggage. Chocolates are a bit sensitive to heat, though. What is the average temperature inside a cargo hold? 'Average by' itself can be misleading. What ...
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Any travel site for medium/long distance multimodal comparison? (Train then plane etc.) [duplicate]

I am trying to get from one minor city (X) in Europe to the other (Z). There are many options. I could train for an hour to X, then fly to Y, then train to Z. Or I could train from X to Z, or I could, ...
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Are there any advantages to selecting the middle seat in an airplane?

It seems to be traveller folklore that the least desirable seats on airplanes are the middle seats (in other words, with three seats directly next to each other, stuck between someone at the window ...
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What are some in-flight features and are there smoking areas in airports? [closed]

I am new at this site so I might not be the best at explaining what question I am asking. First off, I'll tell you what flight/seats I am on: I'm flying with united 1. Airbus A320-seat 7C 2. ...
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How many jetways are used in Frankfurt to deplane Boeing 747-400

How many jetways does United use on Boeing 747-400 flying into Frankfurt? We are seated in row 58 and have 1 hour 25 minutes to connect.
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Is it possible to manually release an oxygen mask on airplanes?

I read that a passenger of MH17 was found with an oxygen mask. Is it possible to manually release just a single mask in case someone is having a medical condition like an asthma attack?
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May an airline change the aircraft from the scheduled one?

In a recent flight between Istanbul and Madrid, the carrier (Turkish Airlines) changed in Istanbul the aircraft that should get to our destination before leaving. They argue that it happened due a ...
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What age counts?

I'm going on a trip, and different ages have different prices. Should I use the age when I leave for the trip or come back from the trip? The price is for plane flights.
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History on the plane wreck in Solheimasandur as a tourist attraction?

This question is not about travelling advice, but rather about some history. On the Solheimasandur beach in Iceland, there's an abandoned plane wreck that has been lying there since 1973. When ...
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What can you do about being forced to sit next to a very large passenger?

My mum is up in arms about that fact that she sat next to a (very) obese gentleman on her flight causing sufficient discomfort for her to grab the cabin jumpseat in cruise. The flight was a ...
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What's the typical microclimate in the aircraft passenger cabin?

When preparing for a commercial jet flight it'd be nice to know how warm my clothes should be so that I don't freeze after sitting for several hours in say +16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit). ...
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Is there room for a rollaboard in a CRJ-200 overhead bin?

I've got a flight coming up on a CRJ-200. I know this is a smaller plane — is there room in the overhead bin for a rollaboard? I usually prefer to fly with carry-on luggage, even paying the upgrade so ...
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Strange knob on airplanes?

I have noticed this strange knob on flights typically near the video screen (in this case on the right and is underneath the USB port). Is there a use to this knob or is it just a component which ...
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Why must I lock the door of an aircraft lavatory before the light inside fully brightens?

When I step into an aircraft lavatory, the light is off and there is an indicator light saying to lock the door. Once I do lock the door, the light turns on, and otherwise, the light remains off. Why ...
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Why do airlines gate check bags when there is still overhead space?

On a recent flight, an airline employee (either gate agent or flight attendant) who had just stepped out of the plane told my family that there was no more room in the overhead compartments, and we ...
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Where is the safest place in an airplane? [duplicate]

Is there such a thing at all? I feel the front is dangerous because it may hit the ground first. I also feel that near the wings is not safe because they are fuel tanks.
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Why are some airplane seats numbered “DEK”?

I'm in an Avianca Airbus A320 and the seats are numbered ABC, DEK. Any particular reason why not "DEF"?
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Transporting meat from the UK to the US

So I'm in the UK right now and will be returning to the US in a few days and would like to bring back a particular foodstuff with me (sausage) to share with someone. Is this possible and if so, how? I ...
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Which airplane is the safest?

Is there some source or research on crash statistics for each type of airplane? For example I want to know the number of crashes, fatalities, and the dates. I want to know which type of airplane has ...
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How can I know about the type of the airplane before booking

How can I know the type of an airplane before reservation? I want to know if it is Boeing or Airbus and the model if it's possible. Can I use websites such as SkyScanner for this purpose?
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Is it possible to fly both the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 787 in one trip?

Would it be possible to compare the user experience in both the airbus 380 and the Boeing 787 in one (return) trip? I don't mind making connecting flights inbetween in other models.
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How should I act if I'm assigned to a seat near an emergency exit?

I usually fly in Economy class and try to keep the cost low, but I also like to take a window seat (who doesn't?) if possible. I know airlines only give window seats to adults who can take some ...
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What is this “bird like” plane?

So, I'm sat at London Heathrow's Terminal 5, looking out the window while waiting for a flight, and a plane that looks to me to most intents and purposes like a bird just rolled past... (Hopefully ...
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Travel charger usage on the plane (KLM)

Has any had any experience of charging mobile devices on the plane? I am catching a flight to NY from London (KLM/Delta Airlines) and need to be entertained using my phone. I wonder how I can manage ...
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Finnair power sockets

I am flying with Finnair for the first time and I am going to spend 10+ hours in the airplane. I had asked Finnair, how can I power my laptop on-board. And they replied that I can 'use the power ...
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Why do emergency oxygen systems on passenger planes have a bag that doesn't inflate?

Anyone who flies knows by heart the fact that, although oxygen is flowing, the bag may not inflate. So what purpose does the "bag" serve?
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How to find out which way airliners bank on takeoff and landing

How can a layperson airline passenger find out (including in advance from wind forecasts etc) whether an airline will bank left or right, after takeoff and before landing for a given airline, time and ...
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Is checkmytrip.com overloaded? Is there an alternative?

I like to check my flight itenary on checkmytrip.com. The main reason is that while airline's webpages and check-in systems often don't provide some information out-of-the-box (for instance the ...
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Electronic devices security on airplanes

I will soon fly from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways. Since the flight is long, I would like to bring my laptop and my Kindle to work or read during the 11-hour journey. However, I am a ...
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Does the choice of aircraft affect my survivability during an emergency?

There are numerous examples of things going awry when it gets too big, such as the famous sinking of the Titanic or the Hindenburg disaster. I am making this a general question, but specifically, I ...
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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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Why are there no 2,3,4,5 tier bunk beds on airplanes?

Lie-flat seats in business class, are a fact of life. Even private cabins and showers are now a fact of life on airplanes. I have traveled on bunk beds in economy style class train cabins for >22 ...
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Headphone adapter

Have any of you traveled on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Does the onboard radio/TV connect with an adapter with two 3.5 mm jacks as in the picture below or does it have a conventional adapter?
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Lights on airliners [closed]

We frequently holiday in Mallorca and more often than not see a strange light display on the odd airliner coming overhead, This is something like 2 octagonal light formations on the underside of the ...