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If a passenger damages another passenger's property (accidentally) on a flight, who is responsible?

This came up after listening to a Rick Steves podcast on travel. He and I have both apparently wondered - when the passenger in front suddenly reclines their seat and nearly decapitates your laptop - ...
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Is there Spanish assistance for connecting flights within the USA?

My parents, who are from Mexico, want to visit the US but they only speak Spanish and they are worried about getting lost trying to get to the connecting flight. We have thought about booking a direct ...
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Lost baggage, airline doesn't do anything

During my flight from JFK to Europe with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul 32 days ago my baggage went lost and no information about its location was available. I have also completed and sent all the ...
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What does BAG at the beginning of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Customer and Product Record mean?

As in: --- BAG --- CUSTOMER AND PRODUCT RECORD 1 LASTNAME/FIRSTNAME ... Does it mean something like Beginning of Document? I think that they are using standardized coding for this ...
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How to dispose of a broken suitcase at an airport?

Recently I had to catch a flight from New Delhi to Frankfurt. On arriving at the airport, I realized that my suitcase was broken at the bottom near the wheels. Probably due to its rough handling ...
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Can I listen to Air Traffic Control on a flight?

What airlines have an audio channel where you can listen to Air Traffic Control communications during the flight? Do any airlines allow you to bring a scanner or aviation radio aboard to listen ...
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Can I discard part of a multi-city (not layover) ticket? [duplicate]

My destination is B. My origin is A. I can buy a multi-city ticket from A->B->C which is cheaper than just A->B. Note that this is a multi city trip and not just a layover at B. My question is if I ...
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My visa period start on arrival, would they let me get into the plane?

I have a question, I applied for the Schengen visa through Germany, on the form they ask me when I'd arriving (to Germany) and when I'd returning. they take this exact date as the visa period. I ...
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Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?

Airlines usually either don't allow the transferring of tickets to another person after being bought, or they do it at an extremely inflated price. What is the reason for it? One idea I came up with ...
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To fat to fly ? [duplicate]

My mother is going on a flight with United airlines. Im sort of nervous for her because she hasn't really been on a airplane since she gained bunch of weight. she's pushing 400 pounds, even if it ...
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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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Why's it useful for airlines to enforce the “non-changeable” fare? [closed]

I refer to the comment of user Relaxed under this answer: It's also useful to enforce the “non-changeable” fares which is another price discrimination strategy. Please explain? What's the user ...
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Why is plane boarding done at the last minute, with everyone suddently queueing at the gate?

Every time I come to the airport and arrive to the boarding gate, the same scenario occurs. All passengers are sitting in the area, until boarding is announced. Then, mostly everyone queue up. I ...
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Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?

There was a time when queues at post offices and banks etc were counter-specific. Eventually it was widely recognised that a penning system (a Single-Line queue), or ticketing systems and such like, ...
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How big is “too big” for an airline seat? At what point will you be required to buy two tickets?

As I said in another question, I'm bringing my parents to visit me here in Sweden next year. My mother is around 280-300 pounds and 5'6" (130-135kg, 1.67m). I am concerned that she might be asked at ...
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Do I have to purchase tickets with the airline's credit card to get the benefits?

I'm planning a trip with my family and would like to take advantage of the benefits on my wife's Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage® World Mastercard but purchase the tickets with another card. The ...
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Will American Airlines let me fly first class by buying miles?

I have an interesting problem and am hoping you might have some insight. I want to book a ticket to go to Michigan for my sisters graduation Leaving on May 1st after 8pm or may 2nd in the morning and ...
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How to earn Qatar airways air miles without actually flying

I would like to make a round trip on Qatar Airways economy between Montreal (YUL) and Kolkata (CCU). Now this would cost me 85000 miles. What is the cheapest way to acquire these miles without ...
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What are “500 Mile Upgrades”?

On my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I see a lot of references to "500 Mile Upgrades". I don't quite understand how these work. Can someone explain what these are for (and what does the "500 ...
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Any website that gather ongoing and upcoming strikes amongst airlines?

A few weeks ago how to buy a flight ticket from Boston to Paris. I had to choose between Air France and Delta. Luckily a few friends of mine lives in Paris warned that Air France pilots had issued a ...
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What happens if I check in to a flight online, but then miss the flight?

Back in the old days, you checked in for a flight when you arrived at the airport. The airline then could see that someone was missing, and give your seat to someone else. Now, if I check in for a ...
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Why Airfares vary from One Airline company to another? [closed]

I tried to book a ticket in British Airways but because of the 'Fare' i opted Fly emirates. I know this might sound dumb, but is it due the availability of 'Gas' in particular nation. For example if i ...
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List all non-stop flights between city X and any European city? [duplicate]

My friend was asking "from which European cities can you fly non-stop to Mumbai?" Similarly I'd like to know all cities in Europe with non-stops to Hong Kong. (Note too that ideally it would be ...
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How does one inform airlines of one's KTN, if the KTN was issued after a booking had been made?

I have received a Known Traveler Number from the TSA but do not know how to "activate" this pre-check authorization with various airlines. Is it possible to get this information into their systems ...
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Can I travel within the US using only my foreign passport as ID?

I want to know if I can travel with my passport within the US being in immigration process? I will be okay using only my passport ?
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Why can two different airlines have different travel durations for the same itinerary?

I am looking at flights from Boston to Paris and I see that there are two non-stop flights with different travel duration: For this itinerary, Air France takes 6h40 while Delta takes 7h04. Why ...
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Codeshares - Can I expect the same service when buying from different airline?

Singapore Airlines (SQ) is one of the best airlines in the world to fly. It's expensive as well. However, I found that Air India also sell ticket for an SQ-operated flight, and the price is like $600 ...
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Missing Flight Check In

I arrived at the check in desk 5 minutes (literally) late for 'check in' and was given the standard 'nothing we can do' speech. Well, what can I do? How would writing a letter to the airline ...
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Which airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight?

I read that some airlines such as United Airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight. Is there any comprehensive list of airlines that ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight (or ...
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Does British Airways allow the use of KneeDefenders? [duplicate]

Yesterday a United Flight from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago's O'Hare airport after a fight broke out between two passengers over the use of a knee defender. Does anyone know if ...
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Are companies offering to obtain the EU delay compensation for you, effective?

Last year I had a flight with a Portuguese company which was delayed for one and a half day. At first they provided proper accommodation and I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The ...
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How to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining without notice?

I can totally understand someone reclining his seat on a long-distance flight. On a short hop, I don’t have any sympathy for anyone using his “right” to recline his seat. The seat pitch on short ...
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Do airlines replace cancelled short-haul flights by buses? If not, why not?

When trains are cancelled (at least in Europe), and there are no alternative ways to get travellers to their destination by train a little bit later, there are often replaced by buses to get ...
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Does any airline in the world allow air travel without government identification?

It seems that pretty much every airline requires at least one form of government identification for flights, even if it's a local flight within a single country. Does any airline in the world form an ...
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When's the best time to fly with kids [closed]

I'm about to take my son on a trip overseas, should I book a early morning flight or book a afternoon flight ? Taking in the time difference we would arrive at his bed time if we took afternoon flight ...
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What does “M” signify in Emirates Economy flight

I have got my Economy class flight tickets in Emirates, and the booking class is "M". I have heard this signifies something. Please could someone throw some light on this?
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Are there any airlines that allow electronic cigarettes?

Unfortunately, I am a smoker. In the 20th century things were easier and many airlines allowed smoking onboard which is almost impossible now. Anyway the electronic cigarettes were introduced few ...
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Are there any airlines that still allow smoking on-board flights?

Do any airlines still allow smoking on-board international flights, or is this something that has been banned across the board everywhere? If this is because of fire hazard regulations, what about ...
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Flying with a desktop computer (as checked luggage)

On an upcoming trip, I will be taking a desktop computer and monitor as checked luggage (on a United/Continental flight). What should I be aware of when doing this? What needs to be done to properly ...
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Confused about the baggage fee for different airlines

I purchased a ticket from orbitz.com. It's an Iberia flight from Casablanca, Morocco to Charlotte, NC with a layover in Madrid. Now here where it gets tricky althought it's an Iberia ticket, the first ...
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How to buy one airplane seat and reserve adjacent ones?

On an overnight flight from Boston to Chile 4 or 5 years ago, I ran into a situation I hadn't encountered previously. My seat wasn't great and the flight was perhaps half full, so I tried shifting to ...
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Is it possible to sit at a seat of higher class, for free, after boarding a flight? [duplicate]

I referenced How can I get a different seat after boarding a flight?. Herein, suppose that many seats of higher class (eg Premium Economy or Busines Class) are empty after boarding. Also, suppose that ...
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Is it OK to check in a box that is not plain on the outside (e.g. there are printed pictures, etc. on the box)

It's a cardboard box that used to store my desktop computer. So the outside of the box is not plain and has printed pictures and words. I wonder if it's OK to use the box as a piece of checked ...
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Is there any trick to checking in more weight on planes?

I soon have to move from France to Spain, one way no coming back. And as with most of the airlines carriers in Europe I am allowed at 23Kg checked-in and 10Kg on board with me. Packing lifetime stuff ...
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What is the price of overweight luggage on Aer Lingus?

In the Travel informations > Baggage information > Checked baggage section of the Aer Lingus website, it's written: Excess weight will be charged per kilo per flight for any passenger ...
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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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Booking flight tickets together or in separate parts?

I'm flying from A to C via B with Norwegian. Booking flight ticket from A to C costs 285.20 euros. If I buy flight ticket first from A to B and then from B to C, total price is 253.20 euros with ...
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How many children can one adult take with them on a plane?

Are there any limitations on how many children can one adult be responsible for on a plane? This is a useful piece of information in general, but in particular I am thinking about WizzAir at the ...
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Buying air ticket to USA for foreign citizen

My girlfriend from Chile will be coming to USA in end of this year, and I want to take care of the ticket myself, by buying from Delta, for example (with or without using frequent flier points). What ...
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Is there a site with a list of active airline discount/coupon codes?

Ideally I'm after one with an alphabetical list of airlines, and available discount codes, with descriptions, without having to click through and manually check the conditions of each one, or test out ...