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Motion sickness before actual flight, this is hampering my traveling possiblities [duplicate]

There's this strange thing that has happened to me for a few years. Every time I'm traveling via an airplane I get motion sickness even before the actual flight, as in even the day before the actual ...
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Personal item size: how large is the space under a seat?

Airlines often define exactly what size and weight a carry-on bag can be, but then also allow you to bring a 'personal item' (a purse or laptop bag) of often undefined size. Sometimes airlines give ...
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Is it possible to know which aircraft will fly just from booking flights? [duplicate]

I booked a flight from BOM (India) to CPT (Cape Town) with a lay-over at DOH (Qatar) using Qatar Airways. The flight numbers are QR 557 and QR 1369. While making the booking, there is an option of ...
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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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What would be the best section in the plane to reserve a seat if you want to maximize the chance of not sitting next to anyone?

Other than the obvious answer of first class or business class, although I am sure on many specific routes that carry 'high-rollers' you might still find yourself sitting next to other passengers (...
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Can passengers visit the flight attendants' sleeping quarters?

On modern airplanes cabin crew apparently have their own sleeping quarters. See this Youtube Video. Can you peek inside these cabins as a passenger or is that off-limits?
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Are skateboards allowed as carry-on on Air India flights?

I have a 31" skateboard. I am traveling from Tokyo to India in Air India flight. Am I allowed to take the skateboard with me as a cabin luggage as I already have 2 check in luggages.
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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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How can I convince someone that flying is safe? [duplicate]

My fiance is very scared of flying, and the constant media attention given to plane crashes doesn't help her phobia at all. In fact, the recent EgyptAir plane crash has made her attempt to swear off ...
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Long-haul flights: How bad are seats next to lavatories?

I want to choose a good seat on a 8h+ flight in an Airbus A330-300. I use Seatguru to find it. My preference (if I check in fast enough) would be the next row behind the lavatories row, as there's ...
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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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Why are airline passengers asked to lift up window shades during takeoff and landing?

I have always wondered why the windows shades have to be raised during take off and landing. I can't think of any safety issues by having a closed window.
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Why do airplanes not use two regular 3.5mm jacks?

I'm flying this Friday again and can't find my two-to-one 3.5 mm jack adapter and I was wondering why did they decided to go this way? One like this: I know why they were using the two prongs, ...
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Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?

Airplane bathroom: Photo by user3306356 Photo by user3306356 Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?
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Why did Cebu Pacific Air weigh me?

I was at Laoag airport on December 21st. For some reason, after getting my boarding pass, they weighed me and recorded my weight. They also weighed all of my hand-carry luggage and recorded that too. ...
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Is reimbursement possible for a headset cable that was broken by the service cart during a flight?

My noise-canceling headset's detachable cable was damaged while plugged into the airplane jack during a long-haul flight. I noticed that the jack was bended at the time, but I did not react ...
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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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Can I bring this Side Window Deflector aboard an aircraft in the US?

I recently ordered these window deflectors for my Mazda: But I didn't account for the fact that they are very big, and don't fit in my suitcase (they are 45 x 3.6 x 3 inches in size). I am worried ...
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Is a small tube of Gorilla glue permitted in hand luggage on board plane? [duplicate]

Can I take a small tube of Gorilla Glue on board a plane in my hand luggage?
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What makes the tap water on board airplanes unsafe to drink?

Every single airplane toilet I've ever been to had the following (or similar) sign: Why is drinking the tap water prohibited? And if drinking the water is prohibited, why is it acceptable to brush ...
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I'm trying to get from London Heathrow to Edinburgh [closed]

I'm trying to get from London Heathrow to Edinburgh with my family (4 people), and can't figure out which option is the best trade-off between time and money - We arrive at LHR at 12:15. Option 1: ...
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Why is the light in an airplane turned off during take off and landing?

I wondered for a long time why the light inside an aircraft is always turned off when taking off or landing.
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What is this extra row of seats on American Airlines flights?

This flight check-in page allows you to choose seats from a 'row 34' which is shown in front of all the other rows and with 9 seats. Is this just for overbooking? What are these seats like? The ...
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Can I see fireworks from a passenger airplane (at cruising altitude)?

Next year, I plan to fly from Europe to China around new year's eve. That's why I was asking myself whether it is possible to see fireworks on the ground from an passenger aircraft traveling at ...
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Is a 17-inch (wide) / 30-inch (pitch) seat comfortable for a long-haul flight? [closed]

I need to fly to Taiwan in couple of months. I am trying to pick the right airline. One of the airlines I considered -- China Airlines -- has a Boeing 777 in its fleet, and they offer 17 inch seat ...
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Why is the moon hiding from me?

I've already been on quite a few overnight flights, but so far, I never saw the moon. I saw stars, other planes, city lights, but never the moon. Obviously, the moon should still be there, but somehow ...
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What happens if all toilets become inoperative during a flight?

The other day, I was on a flight and two of the toilets in my zone were blocked with a sign saying "Inoperative", I had to walk down the aisle to the back to use the toilet there. I asked a cabin crew ...
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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Australian educator Dr Karl's podcast where in a recent one he stated the longest take off run was by a C-130 (Hercules) plane in Greenland a long while back (I gather it was some ...
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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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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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Can two different planes share the same flight number?

There's a daily flight, let's call it AB 1234 which leaves at 11am with a flight duration of more than 13 hours. I noticed that every day, the same flight AB 1234 leaves at 11am. It seems physically ...
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Airplane Seats and overhead storage

I am planning to travel from Madrid to Mexico City on IB6409, and I want to choose a seat with lots of leg rooms, I think they're called bulkhead seats, the seats that are next to the emergency exit. ...
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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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Can you take large umbrellas on a plane?

By large umbrellas, I mean the non-collapsible ones that look like these : Will there be any issue with bringing around a long, pointy object on aircraft?
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Why is it uncommon to fill airliners from both ends?

In Norway, it is common at airports with jet bridges (of which there are at least four) for aircraft (largely 737s and A320s) to be boarded and exited through both ends: the passengers with seats in ...
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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 fully-...
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What are the drawbacks of taking this window/aisle solo seat - 71A on Boeing 777-300ER?

I've got an LA to Hong Kong flight coming up and I've never flown for that long before. Flying on boeing 777-300ER. Btw I'm not asking about window vs aisle, I definitely want an aisle seat. However ...
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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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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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Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?

So to clarify, there are lots of different planes, so for the sake of argument, there are areas: front left front right front middle forward front, right, middle over the left wing over the right ...
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How to fly on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

Sooo, the new Dreamliner has had its inaugural flight. The first flight was from tokyo to hong-kong. In a bit of competitive fun, a friend and I are trying to beat one another to ride it (he beat me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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) ...