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You're fortunate enough to have never hit really bad turbulence. Although injuries from turbulence are rare they do happen. And from the FAA page: Why is it important to follow these safety regulations? Consider this: In nonfatal accidents, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to airline passengers and flight attendants. Each ...


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As a cabin crew member, I have first hand experiences with real turbulence, both anticipated and unanticipated. The story of asking passengers to fasten seatbelts is not about people being thrown off their seats only, here are the reasons: Flying people Passengers and crew can literally fly around the cabin in real turbulence causing injuries not only to ...


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Any person above 2 years must have a seat, but where is that seat that's something left for common sense and not covered by any policy I am aware of. Seating policies usually go like "every effort must be made to ensure that families are seated next to each other" and that's it, and as we know, as long as that "effort" costs money, then airlines might ...


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No you can't turn up late to check-in on a delayed flight, unless the check-in closing time is delayed along with the departure time. Note that usually this is not the case. The check-in closing time is set relative to the scheduled departure, and usually remains the same, regardless of whether the flight is delayed or not. Hence if you show up at the ...


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There's no definitive answer to this and it will vary by country and airline. This is what the UK Civil Aviation Authority says: http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=2207&pageid=12706 From a safety point of view children (it doesn't specify an age) SHOULD be seated CLOSE to their parent/guardian. The reasons are many but if you imagine a ...


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To quote Wikipedia on Clear-Air Turbulence, under "Cases": Because aircraft move so quickly, they can experience sudden unexpected accelerations or 'bumps' from turbulence, including CAT (as they rapidly cross invisible bodies of air which are moving vertically at many different speeds). Although the vast majority of cases of turbulence are ...


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All flights are subject to schedule changes and yes sometimes it can be by as much as 48 or more hours and yes it is totally legal. You usually have three choices: 1) you can accept the new flight schedule; 2) you can ask them to reschedule you on another flight without fee; 3) you can cancel and get a full refund. But these options come with a time limit, ...


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According to Wikipedia, low-cost carriers usually don't overbook. They are able to do this and remain profitable as the majority of their customers are tourists, instead of business fliers, and their tickets are non-refundable, thereby lowering the chances of passengers missing their flights. Wikipedia mentions JetBlue as an example of a company which ...


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Happens often enough that there appear to be no rules at all about seating children other than not in the exit rows. The airline seat-reservation model certainly has no exceptions for age, but if you call the reservation line they will probably accommodate you next time. If not, maybe enough of: Can I really sit a 4 year old next to innocent strangers ...


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They do sell alcoholic beverages: http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/what-snacks-and-drinks-are-available-onboard/


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Since you're not using an agency, you'll need a credit card with a big enough limit. In order to get the confirmation in order, they will need to get the charge approved and posted to your account. When you cancel, you'll get a credit from them. Time it so that the debit and credit fall within the same billing cycle to avoid having to make a payment or ...


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The ITA Matrix allows you to search by aircraft type, though this is an undocumented feature. In the Advanced Routing Language field, you would input /aircraft followed by the aircraft types, indicated with a t: and using the IATA equipment codes. For example, suppose I wanted to fly from Miami to Los Angeles and was very insistent that the flights be on ...


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On your way to where you live in France, when you stopped in Germany, customs asked you questions about your electronics and you told them what you told us - that you had lived in France for 2 years, and bought all these items in the US a year and a half ago. They asked you if you had declared them and paid import duties, and you said no. They then imposed ...


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You have a hard time imagining it but it exists. Sure, the plane won't get flipped upside down but people have died as a result of injuries sustained in turbulence. For example, United flight 826 from Tokyo to Honolulu hit turbulence on 28th December 1997 just after being warned by other planes of extreme turbulence in the area. A few seconds after the ...


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The fare basis is the airline's identifier of your exact air fare. This is usually an impenetrable looking 7-to-8 letter string like TA2PXOW. The extended version of this is the fare construction, which adds in key details like what flight from where to where on what day this air fare is for. The fare class is simply the first letter of the fare basis, ...


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Almost every airline offers a flexible and a non-flexible fares, with well-thought prices determined to get as much money out of your wallet as possible. And the difference between these flexible/non-flexible fares, which you apparently qualify as "significant extra cost" may in fact be lower than the difference between two flights offered by different ...


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I looked up an Emirates flight from Gatwick to Dubai on FlightRadar24 and came up with EK12. Seems they avoid Syria and Iraq and fly over Iran. http://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ek12/#5ffa0b8 There is no guarantee it'll take the exact same route each day, but it should mostly be similar. In any case, you can browse a few days into the past to see ...


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To complement Tom's answer (+1), you would in fact be entitled to extra monetary compensation under EU passenger rights rules if the flight had been cancelled less than two weeks before departure. Rescheduling in April for June, they don't owe you more than a full refund, should you choose not to fly.


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It's a long time I haven't flown with them but I would be surprised if they would not. Their regular flight menu obviously includes alcoholic drinks and I could not find any mention of any restriction for short flights anywhere. I can't see a reason why they would specifically exclude alcohol either. Unlike full-service airlines, who could welcome an excuse ...


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There are specific requirements per country in EU. EasyJet has a good page on that. Note that minors (< 18 yo) flying from Portugal are covered by one of the specific entries in the page I linked.


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I have experienced bumps which were powerful and unexpected enough to hit a ceiling by the head if not the seatbelt. Happened when descending over an island in Pacific in a large aircraft. Seatbelts are definitely there for a reason.


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The Ryanair Passenger Charter claims: Ryanair is the only airline in Europe that does not overbook its flights; therefore Ryanair has eliminated the possibility of passengers being denied boarding due to overbooking. However if for technical or immigration reasons, it becomes necessary to accommodate passengers on another flight, Ryanair will try to ...


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Some codes are listed here. RLR is indeed Record Locator Return, read more in this guide. An Amadeus guide for profiles guide says: RLP-tag on the header line indicates that the PNR is created from a profile BOMVS1234 is a Pseudo City Code (PCC) which is a fancy name for "agent code". Edit: I found HZ/SU for you! That's SAT Airlines (now Aurora) ...


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Very few airlines issue paper tickets these days. You can walk up to the counter with wad of money and get one, but that's really not wallet friendly. You can easily book online and get a confirmation number and an e-ticket number as your receipt. Doing this at least a week or two ahead of flying will increase the chances of getting a cheap ticket. On ...


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There are many reasons why fares could be different but looking for LAX-AMS and AMS-LAX return flights in the coming month on ITA's Matrix, the fare for the cheapest flights seems roughly equivalent in both directions, around $850-$900 so I don't think that what you heard is true (if you want to reproduce this or fiddle with the parameters yourself, I was ...


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I've never even thought about asking for compensation, but this article about things you should complain to the airline about says that compensation may be due. A $100 voucher is mentioned, which doesn't sound too bad to me! I'm sure it depends on the situation (and airline!), but it definitely sounds possible.


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I regularly fly short haul with ryanair and have never been on a flight where alcohol wasn't sold.


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I know someone who was unfortunate enough to be sitting on the TOILET when the seatbelt order was given. Soon afterwards he parted company with the seat as the plane dropped violently. He spent the rest of the episode using his ARMS to hold himself down.


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If you only hold a valid bebaiosi, you can only leave Greece to travel and return to your home country. If you travel elsewhere, you may be denied entry on return to Greece. You should wait until you receive your residence permit (Άδεια Παραμονής) before traveling to other countries.


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You can do this on Kayak. Select a round-trip flight, and in the second box (destination), you can enter multiple airport codes separated by commas, up to 4. (You can also enter multiple airport codes in the origin box.) For example, entering "DEN" and "ORD,IND,DTW,CLE" gave me this list of results for flights from Denver to any of Chicago, Indianapolis, ...



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