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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 ...
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Are there cameras inside toilets in aeroplanes and in airports? [closed]

I was on the seat in my plane today when this thought arose. Is it possible that air carriers have cameras fitted inside planes? Similarly is it legal for governments to have cameras fitted inside ...
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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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Is there any smart tip to choose seats on aeroplane? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a smart and absolute way to choose seats on aeroplane. For this question, there is some restrictions as: The seat cannot be far from both toilet and kitchen. The noise from turbines ...
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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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How many jetways are used when boarding a Boeing 777 in SFO?

I can prebook a seat on my next flight. I would like to be able to be one of the first passengers to get out on arrival, just to prevent being last on the queue at immigrations. At some airports big ...
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Is it safe to use earbuds in an airplane?

I like using my earbuds when in the airplane, since they provide better sound insulation than the standard economy headphones, but I've been told (I couldn't find any information confirming it though) ...
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Are there any advantages to boarding a flight near the end of the boarding process?

Normally I have frequent flyer status when I board a flight, and I take advantage of it to make sure I'm one of the very first to board, if not the first. That allows me to: Get comfortable, get ...
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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 777-200. Btw I'm not asking about window vs aisle, I definitely want an aisle seat. However it ...
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How useful are ExpertFlyer's/Expedia seat plan previews?

Okay, I might be an early bird, but I checked my long-haul flight Moscow to Vladivostok on Aug 1st 2013 at ExpertFlyer and the seat chart only shows 7 randomly chosen economy seats occupied. Kind of ...
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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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Where in Europe can I find an aircraft turned into a hotel?

I just found out that in Sweden there is an old Boeing 747 turned into a hotel. Where else in Europe can I find something like this? The closer to Germany, the better
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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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What does Ryanair do with airplanes in winter? [closed]

At FKB (Baden Airpark, Germany) summer timetable is now active, and frequency for virtually all Ryanair routes is much higher. This is a common pattern in general for Ryanair and other airlines in ...
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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Dr Karl 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 unusual condition and not ...
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What's with the Star Alliance / SkyTeam decal planes?

On Saturday I was at YVR airport and saw what I've seen a few times before - a plane painted with a Star Alliance decal. No "Air New Zealand" or "Air Canada" or whatever, JUST Star Alliance. Then ...
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Can I rent a small plane (Cessna) in Europe?

A friend of mine has a commercial pilot license, he was able to rent small planes in the US and fly it from one state to another. He told me a lot of fun stories and I am kinda excited to do the same ...
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Can I use my notebook while in the airplane?

Can I use my notebook while in the airplane? (of course, without internet connection).
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Routes to Oceania?

I've looked into pre-orders for the 787 Dreamliner before, but so many of them are delayed or not active or not on scheduled routes, I thought I'd ask here. United was meant to have a route from ...
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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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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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Environmental impact of ferries

When I travel, I try to limit my environmental impact. I don't want to refrain from travelling completely, but when I do travel, I tend to favour ground-level transportation over air-transportation, ...
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Can you bring an empty water bottle with you on the plane?

I know you can't bring bottled water and such with you on the plane. However, is it safe to bring an empty bottle with you to fill up later? Or do you risk losing your possibly expensive/fancy/awesome ...
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What is the shortest time before departure to board a plane

I have an extreme dislike for standing in queue's and waiting. The worst is standing in the airbridge, while people settle in. So whenever I fly with an assigned seat on the plane, I try to board as ...
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What are the best seat places to choose inside an international flight for economy class?

Considering that I can choose any seat on any seat row on a Boeing 777-300ER for an international flight, I have most of 400 seat places to choose from the forefront to the last row of this airplane. ...
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Travelling from London to Italy's Amalfi Coast. Better to fly or take the train?

Is it cheaper to fly to Naples and take the train from there? How is the Euro rail experience from London to Italy? Would there be a lot of train transfers? Also, if anyone has a recommendation for ...
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Will she be able to fit in the Philippine Airline Boeing 777-300er seat comfortably?

So I am going on a trip with my family to the Philippines. The only concern before buying our tickets is our rather large cousin. She stands at 5'6'' and is about 280lbs. She wears as size 24-26 ...
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Riding in a military jet

I remember that there was a possibility that one could take a ride in a military MiG. I think at one point the cost was $15k. Are there any other places that would allow a person to take such a ...
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How to identify a flight based on airport, time and maybe airline?

Today I cycled through Zurich and also came across the airport. I used the chance and made some pictures of aircraft taking off. Since I'm very interested in the type of aircraft as well as the ...
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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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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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What is the most comfortable way to sleep on a plane?

Some people have the amazing ability to doze off whenever and wherever they are. For the rest of us, sleeping on planes is a constant battle of trying to get comfortable in a cramped space. There are ...
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How can I get a flight with a supersonic plane?

My dream is to fly with a supersonic plane. Since the Concorde is no longer active, I don't think it is possible to do this with a regular plane. So how can I get onto board of a supersonic plane? ...
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When I have the choice should I choose traveling on an Airbus 340/330 or a Boeing 777?

I am looking for options to travel long distance with the family. I have the choice between an Airbus 330 or a Boeing 777. The Airbus appears to have pitch between 31-33 and the Boeing is stable at ...
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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 ...