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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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Checked-in luggage, Last in First out, is it true?

I always thought that if I check in my luggage late I will get it first, it worked with me few times but I start to believe this was pure luck. In my flight today I am sure I was the last one to check ...
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What rights do passengers have when flights in the USA are delayed?

What rights do passengers on delayed flights in the USA have? In some countries, depending on the length and type of delay, passengers can receive a free phone call, meal ticket, lodging, booking on ...
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How can a travel agent issue cheap tickets just a few hours before a flight?

Update: After asking this TA whether he is a 'consolidator' he said he didn't know this word (apparently). Anyway I will accept Kate's answer for now as no one else has given a better answer. ...
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What will happen to Qatar flights from Doha if there is an airspace closure?

A diplomatic argument between Qatar and its neighbors is currently threatening Qatar Airways operations: Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf ...
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Where can we find frequently updated details about travel/entry restrictions due to Coronavirus (nCoV-19)?

Due to the outbreak of nCoV-19 (Novel Coronavirus) many Countries have imposed several entry restrictions. But these are quite confusing for a lot of people. Some countries allow transit through parts ...
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Can you freeze liquids to pass security checks?

Once I read a suggestion saying that frozen "liquids" are not subject to the 100 ml restriction of security checks in airports. I've found other references of this googling, but they all refer to TSA (...
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Airline power sockets shut down when I plug my computer in. How can I avoid that?

Even if the question may go into the technical details of a laptop computer specifications, I would like to know general experience of travellers concerning that topic. Some airlines offer power ...
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Can aircrew order me not to stand in the aisle?

It's Ramadan and I am planning to travel on British Airways, I will have to stand in the aisle for praying, is it the aircrews' right to ask/order me to go back to my seat?
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Can a person be banned from flying within the U.S. if he has a criminal record?

My ex-son-in-law insists that he cannot fly from California to Ohio to visit his children because he is banned from flying due to an arrest about 3 years ago. He is a U.S. citizen and has lived in ...
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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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Air travel with refrigerated insulin

In a couple of weeks I'll be travelling by air on 2 separate airlines with insulin for my dog that must be kept refrigerated else it spoils, and I have no idea how to go about this. I'll probably be ...
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Which airplane is the safest?

Is there some source or research on crash statistics for each type of airplane? For example I want to know the number of crashes, fatalities, and the dates. I want to know which type of airplane has ...
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Will my checked luggage freeze in the airplane?

I'm taking some freeze-sensitive items in a checked luggage for a short flight. It's cheese, chocolate, toothpaste and wine. I would like to know whether the luggage can get "frozen" in the aircraft. ...
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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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Why do airlines prohibit having two infants in the same row?

If a family is travelling with infants under 2 years old, these infants will not need a seat (of course you can buy them a seat if you want), and they can just sit in their parents' laps. Given that, ...
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Strange knob on airplanes?

I have noticed this strange knob on flights typically near the video screen (in this case on the right and is underneath the USB port). Is there a use to this knob or is it just a component which has ...
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Will I fit in a first class airplane seat?

I am 655 pounds (297kg) and 6 feet 4 inches (193cm) tall. Will I fit in a first class seat? I want to be able to take my wife of 15 years on a honeymoon and will likely need to fly to go anywhere good....
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What is the purpose of a round-trip ticket?

I had assumed that buying round-trip plane tickets saves a lot of money, but lately I've been comparing prices and the round-trips I've seen are almost identical in price to just buying two one-way ...
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What flight has the highest ratio of timezone difference to flight time?

Inspired by crossing four time zones in six hours today: what commercially operated scheduled flight has the largest time difference per flight time? For example, if there's a 2-hour flight that has ...
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Unbookable column of seats on 777-200

I'm flying United, and at time of booking I can select my seat. On one flight the aircraft is designated as a 777-200. The seat selection diagram shows a 3-4-3 seat layout, ABC-DEFG-HJK. At time of ...
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Why would I choose full service carrier instead of a low-cost one?

I just started flying recently and over the last two years I was on an airplane about once a month. All my trips were between European cities. I have been successfully using Ryanair, Wizz Air and ...
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Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?

This September I will have a flight from Qatar (Doha) to Japan (Haneda) with Qatar Airways on the very new route code QR810. By checking its flight route I've noticed that it flies over south Iran, ...
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Airline and Travel Agent disagree on baggage allowance, who do I need to resolve it with?

Recently, I was looking to book with one of the traditional "scheduled carriers" who now offer both baggage-inclusive and hand baggage only fares. Looking on the airline's own website, the fare at the ...
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What is the most efficient way to pack a bag?

On trips of four days or less, I try to travel with a shoulder bag containing my laptop, electronics, etc. and a rolling, carry-on bag for everything else. What is the best technique for packing as ...
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Is it possible to visit the cockpit after the plane arrives? (commercial flight only)

I've been told by my friend (who is on an aviation academy for becoming a pilot), that it's possible to visit the cockpit if you agree with the flight attendants (and of course they ask the pilot). ...
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Why would I want a hard-shell suitcase (for air travel)?

I'm about to buy a suitcase (something I don't do often). I've only ever had fabric-shell rather than hard-shell cases, and I'm almost sure that's what I'm going to buy again, but I was wondering - ...
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Why must I lock the door of an aircraft lavatory before the light inside fully brightens?

When I step into an aircraft lavatory, the light is off and there is an indicator light saying to lock the door. Once I do lock the door, the light turns on, and otherwise, the light remains off. Why ...
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How to submit required forms to customs when leaving USA?

In a situation when a passenger of a scheduled flight leaving USA has something that has to be declared (like submitting FinCEN Form 105 for monetary instruments), what is the proper procedure for ...
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Practical food to take on flight without anything served?

It seems that my local airline had really cut down on feeding passengers lately. Last time they only had food for sale (despite flight booking mentioning a meal). And what little they had sold out ...
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"Do not board" message at the airport check-in?

I was booked on a flight for Chicago from Bangalore (India), I have a B1 visa. During check-in at the airport counter (for air India) they guy (who generates the boarding pass) said he gets an error ...
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How do you prepare for long haul flights?

I'm always feeling a bit unwell during and after long haul flights. I lose my appetite, can't sleep in the plane, food has no taste no matter what. However, I'm pretty sure it's not the flying itself, ...
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Airline won't let me pay to upgrade due to purchasing original economy ticket via low-fares site - what's the logic in this?

Tomorrow I fly long-haul on a TAM (theoretically now LATAM) flight. To my surprise eventually after chasing and chasing them on the cost of an upgrade to business I was told that it wasn't possible ...
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My mom and I are traveling to NYC together. Can we be together at the border control station or will we have to go one after another?

My mom and I are traveling to New York City together soon and I will be 17 years old by the time of travel. The airport of arrival is Newark Liberty Airport(EWR). Will we have to go one after the ...
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Plane ticket price went down by 40% two weeks after I booked it. Is there anything I can do to get a refund?

A couple of weeks ago I bought a plane ticket in Expedia, from YVR to EZE, that cost me 1700 CAD. It's non-refundable and non-transferable. I was under the assumption that the earliest you buy the ...
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How to check a large backpack?

When travelling on airlines based in the US with a large backpack, I prefer to carry the bag onto the plane as part of my hand baggage allowance. Most foreign flag carriers, however, have a ...
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Is it possible to travel on cargo airplanes?

Some time ago I heard someone telling about travelling in cargo planes. Apparently some of those planes have a limited amount of extra seats and companies would sell them for an extra profit. Does ...
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What is the actual (not official) size of the Ryanair "baggage sizer"?

I know that this question could sound a little bit dumb since Ryanair always sends lot of emails specifying the dimensions of the allowed hand luggage but I am not interested in the "formal" answer ...
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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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DIY computer in hand luggage - what to expect on security checks?

I have a DIY computer which looks like a 7" tablet, only thicker. The case is plastic, and the whole device is about as thick as a laptop. There are no scary wires popping out and no ticking noises, ...
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What does it mean when a ticket is under "airport control"?

My fiancé and I travelling together tomorrow, and since this is the beginning of a work trip for me, we had to book our flights separately. When we booked, we managed to get seats next to each other ...
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Why do cheap flights with a layover get more expensive when you split them up into separate flights? [duplicate]

I have found some cheap flights from London to Tokyo on Google Flights which I plan to purchase. However, the flight has a layover - the legs are London to Moscow, then Moscow to Tokyo. I thought ...
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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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Can you expect the flight attendants to tell the passenger in front of you to put his seat up in normal position?

My last (Swiss) long-haul flight was overnight and a lot of passengers tried to sleep. Nevertheless, the flight crews served dinner at the start of the flight and breakfast shortly before landing. ...
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Why does Ryanair check non-EU passengers' visas on intra-Schengen and domestic flights?

Ryanair requires that all non-EU citizens report to the check-in counter to verify their immigration status, even on intra-Schengen and domestic flights. According to Ryanair's official website the ...
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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

On airplanes, they tell you to put your bags either in the overhead or under the seat in front of you. Considering that the front row doesn't have a seat in front of them, and the back seats don't ...
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My seatmate needs to get up every 15 mins. What ought the cabin crew do?

For an Air Canada ("AC") flight, my grandma booked the aisle seat in a column with 2-seat configuration in Economy class. Her only seatmate kept getting up every 15 mins. This is too inconvenient for ...
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How often do typical passenger flights have problems with turbulence?

I like traveling, and some of the things other people complain about concerning flying just don't really bother me. In fact, I'm hesitant to say that I don't like to fly, because being in the air ...
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How long will an airline delay a flight for late checked-in passengers on an international flight? [duplicate]

Two months ago we were traveling to Japan. After checking in the luggage we realized that we forgot the voucher for the Railway Pass at home so we hurried back to the city to get it. But pure luck we ...
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What are the smallest planes running scheduled flights in Europe?

I’ve enjoyed flying in smaller planes on scheduled flights in the past (e.g. Aurigny’s old Trislanders). Are there any other scheduled flights in Europe in small (sub-20-seat) planes that are still ...
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