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The reason why airlines implement a policy of asking overweight people to get two seats is an air safety issue of whether they can be strapped in properly. The guideline used for this is whether a passenger can fit between the armrests. If a passenger requires two seats, then the policy differs from airline-to-airline if/what the passenger should be charged ...


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Firstly, good on you for being concerned about her and asking about it on a public forum where others who may not be able to can hopefully benefit from this as well. I hope you come back with your findings from the airlines/trips they take! Basically, it comes down to the airline. You can see what their policy is by looking up their Conditions of ...


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I would say this is mostly for safety reasons. The EASA states the following: PED stowage should be considered during critical phases of flight and taxiing to prevent possible injuries from projectiles and to allow for egress from the aircraft. Operators should ensure compliance with AMC1 CAT.OP.MPA.160. Operators should clearly identify the ...


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I am 6'3" and pushing 400 pounds and I have never had a problem on BA flights. Yes I need a seatbelt extension but only so I will be comfortable. I admittedly do fit between the armrests. I do feel bad for people next to me because my shoulders are quite broad but I try to get an aisle seat so I can at least lean out. Since your mother is travelling with ...


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On long haul flights there are often seats reserved for crew rest. One crew works 5 hours or so then changes clothes and goes to those seats to eat, read, gossip and possibly sleep. The other crew, who was in those seats, changes and takes over duties. They use the very back row because it's close to where working crew hang out during the flight anyway. ...


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The Expanded use of the Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) was initiated by FAA a few weeks ago. The decision was made by a group of experts from FAA, airlines, manufacturers, pilots and cabin crew. This expanded use allow passengers to use their devices at all times (from gate to gate) with little restrictions. Including: Devices must be secured in the ...


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There's only one security queue at LCY, so flying business or having status doesn't make any difference. There are up to 5 scanning stations, and they do tend to open all of them at busy times. Most people travelling through City Airport are regular travellers, so know how to prepare for security, and consequently things tend to move pretty quickly. I would ...


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Worst-case I don't know, typically I would say 20 minutes. Typical worst-case, my guess would be 1.5 hours. When I use LCY it is for one day trips (morning in, evening out), meaning that I am there during rush hours. So I usually worry more about getting to LCY in time. I try to be at LCY 2 hours before departure. This leaves ample time for delays or ...


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British Airways uses a standard 3.5mm port in all classes; you should be fine to bring your own headphones. [edit] However, I always include in my travel electronics kit an airline headphone adapter, which allows you to use your headphones' single 3.5mm stereo jack with the double 3.5mm mono ports found on some equipment, including older BA aircraft. In ...


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I took the novel step of calling Air New Zealand, and they said the flight was booked directly through them even though he used webjet.co.nz (which was why I was reluctant to call them in the first place) the flight is connecting and he will be issued tickets and have his bag checked through from his point of departure.


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There are actually a number of different questions there, and while I can't tackle all of them I can take a stab at a few... In terms of getting into London, it depends which bit you want to go to. For South West London, which does contain a few of the Olympic venues, as well as a number of parks, your best bet is a local bus. The roads between Heathrow and ...


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For a quick summary, there's this BAEC FlyerTalk sticky which covers quite a bit in a compact fashion. If you want the full details, your best bet is the dedicated British Airways microsite on First. On the ground, the main differences are: Dedicated checkin lines (outstations) and checkin area (Heathrow / JFK), with quicker queues than Club World More ...


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Any time this type of issue has happened for me (with BA, BMI Star Alliance, and one of the US airlines) I just call and tell them the website can't cope. Every time I have had a useful help person who did whatever was needed to make it happen. Sometimes you just need to get a human to make it happen.


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Most airlines vary the number of frequent flyer points/miles you collect depending on the "fare class" of the ticket you purchase. Higher fare classes such as First Class, Business Class and sometimes "full fare" Economy will earn you more, whilst cheaper fare classes such as "discount economy" will earn you less. In the case of BA, they have pages on their ...


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I assume that since AirNZ and BA don't code share, your trip is on two separate tickets. This might be a problem. The best bet is to ring AirNZ and ask them about the luggage being checked through. If it's not, you're going to have to clear immigration (with a visa) pick up his bag, check in to his second flight, and go through security again. This can take ...


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BA "Hand Luggage Only" fares are ones without any checked baggage allowance. You still get all the cabin baggage allowance of a normal ticket, it just means you can't check in a bag (without an extra fee) You can find all the info on the BA Baggage Policy on their website, under Hand Baggage Allowance. You're allowed 1 cabin page, and one personal page. ...


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I'm going to presume your wife is an Indian national. Indian nationals will normally require a visa to transit through the UK, however there are a few exceptions. In particular, an Indian national may transit the UK without a visa if they have : a valid U.S. I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued on or after April 21, 1998; or an expired I-551 ...


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This is most definitely bookable - it's what's called an "open jaw" ticket, and will normally be priced the same as a return ticket. What's more, you could probably book your return flight back to your actual destination for roughly the same price, although this can vary slightly based on the actual airlines and the specific cities. You'll find more ...


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This kind of information changes very frequently, depending on how the owners of EDI price FastTRACK access and what airlines are willing to pay or pass through to passengers. Even at Heathrow, a vastly busier airport, access may change in a matter of months. FlyerTalk is generally reliable for such information, and according to various threads as of June ...


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If memory serves, many the BA 747s, and some of their other planes use the two pin "Aircaft Headphone" standard in economy and premium economy. (Not sure what the official name is for that). The left and right channels are carried by different 3.5mm mono connectors. You can buy an adapter for a trivial amount of money, which'll convert from twin 3.5mm mono ...


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He'll be fine. Even switching airlines you can usually get the bag checked through. As for changing flights, this should be possible in transit, and even if he has to leave, assuming he's on a NZ passport: Chinese Transit Visa(G): Visas are not required of aliens, who hold final destination tickets and have booked seats on international airliners ...


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If both flights are on the same ticket, with the same airline, then you don't need to worry about it. The airline will check your bags through to your final destination, and you won't need to carry them yourself. You can confirm this at check-in when you start your trip, but all should be fine.


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The best you can do to be in the safe side in this case is having your borther login to his BA account and change the contact numbers and optionally remove her from the reservation. If for some reason the reservation was not made from your brother's BA account then have him visit a BA office and show his credit card and then change the contact name and ...


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No. I think in a previous thread you mentioned that you had EXP status, which is a One World Emerald tier. 1W's published alliance-wide Emerald privileges include priority check-in, preferred boarding and seating, priority standby/waitlisting, and lounge access— but not free upgrades. To get into Premium Economy, you'll most likely need to pay for it, ...


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If you try a UK-based aggregator like Opodo you are charged in Sterling. So if BA doesn't charge Sterling directly you can use those sites as an alternative. Having said that, sometimes it can be quite beneficial to pay it in a different currency. I don't know if this is the case with BA or in this specific case. But I had saved quite some money in the past ...


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It appears not, according to the British Airways website: Making your booking and taking your flight The DEFRA Export Section (Dogs and Cats) will advise you of the current documentation and vaccination requirements for your destination. We will also require a health certificate from your vet to show that your pet is fit for air travel. ...


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Every airline handles advanced seat selection differently. Some allow you to pick any seat at any time (although that is becoming less and less common). Others will allow you to pick a "bad" seat for free (eg, at the back of the plane, or a middle seat) but pay to select a better seat. Some others again will charge for any seat selection, with the amount ...


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BA would only provide accommodation if you're flying business or first class and/or agreed this/included into the ticket when you bought it. There are a lot of hotels in and around Heathrow airport though so you should have no difficulties booking a room yourself. One thing you need to be careful about though is your visa requirements. If you need a visa ...


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Seatguru has a copy of what they claim is British Airway's pet policy: Due to the size of the cargo hold, British Airways will only carry smaller animals such as cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and tropical fish. (American pit bulls, Pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas, Fila Brazileiros, Togo Argentinos, bulldogs, Pugs and Pekinese are not accepted). ...


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There are two options available to you. One option is to take advantage of the fact that BA offer Online Checkin and Mobile Checkin. This opens up 24 hours in advance. You head to the BA website or mobile app, type in your flight details (or BA Executive Club details, if you're a member and have associated it with your booking). You can then enter any ...



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