Questions tagged [aircraft]

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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 safe is it to fly on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200?

I am travelling to Bangkok and just got to know that I will be flying on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200, how safe is it to fly on a plane this old?
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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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How is the legroom in an Emirates A380/777-300ER? [closed]

I'm flying from Brussels to Auckland with Emirates, which is two flights, one of 7 hours, and one 19 hour long flight. I'm also 2 meters tall (6'7"), so I always prefer to book an emergency exit seat ...
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How can I know about the type of the airplane before booking

How can I know the type of an airplane before reservation? I want to know if it is Boeing or Airbus and the model if it's possible. Can I use websites such as SkyScanner for this purpose?
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What Happens when Passenger Refuses to Fly Boeing 737 Max?

As most are unfortunately aware the Boeing 737 Max 8 is receiving very bad press after two fatal plane crashes in five months. China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 planes At the time ...
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Seat aisles blocked by baggage

On a recent full flight there was no room overhead for my standard cabin bag which had even been given an approved sticker when I checked my baggage in. The FA instructed me to put it under the seat ...
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Is there room for a rollaboard in a CRJ-200 overhead bin?

I've got a flight coming up on a CRJ-200. I know this is a smaller plane — is there room in the overhead bin for a rollaboard? I usually prefer to fly with carry-on luggage, even paying the upgrade so ...
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Why do some planes have flashing lights within the plane cabin?

I took a plane from Hong Kong to Yangon (flight number: Cathay Dragon KA 250; Airbus A321 (twin-jet) according to FlightAware) and I noticed some flashing lights in the plane cabin throughout the ...
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How to reduce anxiety about travelling using airplanes? [duplicate]

I am new to aviation and flying. I have a one hour trip tomorrow on airbus a320 that is making me anxious and sleepless. How can I manage the fear and is it safe or just like the bad stuff we hear on ...
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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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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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Why are seats at the rear of a plane sometimes unavailable even though many other seats are available in the plane?

Why are seats at the rear of a plane sometimes unavailable even though many other seats are available in the plane? Example (see the last three rows): I have seen cases where a fair amount of rear ...
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can a pilot refuel his small private airplane internationally without passing immigration or customs? [closed]

I've been a private pilot for many years, but have never flown internationally in small private aircraft. I'm about to buy a tiny, high-tech, super-efficient 2-seat airplane that has extended range ...
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Do wheelchair-accessible aircraft exist?

I'm disabled and am restricted to an electric wheelchair. I cannot walk at all, and cannot sit in any other chair. I use a ramp van to get around town. It's just a regular van with several seats ...
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How can physically disabled people who aren't flying first or business class use the lavatory on a Lufthansa A340-600?

Lufthansa uses the Airbus A340-600 on a large portion of its long-haul routes. According to the seatmaps for the two different configurations it uses, all of the lavatories for premium economy and ...
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Can I sleep on a airplane tray table?

Or rather, how heavy can the airplane tray table support? I am afraid that if I use one of those flight pillows (https://familyshop.notyourchild.com/products/travelsky-inflatable-travel-pillow-...
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Is this the case of the wrong aircraft shown on airline website?

I see multiple source publishing that EgyptAir will be servicing the Toronto to Cairo route through a new set of 787 Dreamliners. See sources: https://thepointsguy.com/news/egyptair-787-new-business-...
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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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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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How soon after takeoff can you recline your airplane seat?

Airplane announcements always say that that "the seatback has to be in an upright position" for takeoff. However, what's the earliest you can recline your seat after takeoff? The moment the wheels ...
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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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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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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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Disable TSA lock allowed?

I will be traveling from the Netherlands to Poland. I have a seperate TSA lock, but it is well known that those have a vulnerability because one can get easily hold of the TSA master key. I want to ...
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First time online airplane ticket?

So i came to Guadaljara Mexico to visit my parents and i ended up staying for a year then i got a job here then put some money aside so i can get a airplane ticket to go to Tijuana then from there ill ...
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How can one get ahead of time an approximation of the aircraft cabin temperature during a flight?

Aircraft cabin temperatures vary greatly, with the extremes of the range reaching 18°C and 32.2°C (mirror), sometimes even less/more, which makes it difficult to assess appropriately how much ...
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Which kind of appliances can one connect to electric sockets located in an airplane's toilet?

Which kind of appliances can one connect to electric sockets located in an airplane's toilet? I have read/heard conflicting information: http://asiaspirit.com/lavatory.html (mirror): The electric ...
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What is the likely impact on flights of grounding an entire aircraft series?

In reaction to the two recent crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, a number of countries and airlines have stopped flying this plane while the latest incident is investigated. I imagine this would put ...
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BA 185, what airplane configuration is this?

On Monday, the 16th July 2018 I'll be flying BA185 from LHR to EWR on what is seemingly a 777. Seatguru claims that BA has four different 777s but none of those seem to match the layout that BA shows ...
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Headphone adapter

Have any of you traveled on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Does the onboard radio/TV connect with an adapter with two 3.5 mm jacks as in the picture below or does it have a conventional adapter?
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Any commercial planes with non-Western toilets

After some long-haul flights, travels in China, and exposure to this podcast (Fork Fashions and Toilet Trends) and that letter (Why the world deserves a better toilet) I cannot help but wonder this: ...
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Why to open the window shields on a plane? [duplicate]

Why does the captain order the passengers to open the window shields on an air plane when taking off or when landing? I've asked the flight attendents many times. The answer has always been the most ...
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Can I see fireworks from a passenger airplane (at cruising altitude)?

Next year, I plan to fly from Europe to China around new year's eve. That's why I was asking myself whether it is possible to see fireworks on the ground from an passenger aircraft traveling at ...
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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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What does this control do on new airplanes?

On the last two planes I took, just last week, there was the control shown in this (very blurry, sorry) photo. The planes were Boeing 787-8. It seems to be made of two half-circle buttons. On the ...
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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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Rules for Lithium batteries in large quantities? [closed]

Am I permitted to travel with 50x to 100x lithium batteries, of 45 grams each, which are packed individually in a lithium carry case inside cargo luggage? It would be cool to know for domestic and ...
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List of flight routes where Air India flies the Boeing 747-400 and/or Boeing 787-800

I am looking for routes where the Air India flies the 787 and 747 since i heard they are being used for domestic routes, i would like to try my luck. I know a few for each, Frankfurt/London gets the ...
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Can I nest bags in my luggage?

I'd like to put a filled backpack in my suitcase (for check-in luggage) along some other items -- this is to protect the items inside the backpack from damage. Is this allowed/any other potential ...
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Mac computer on a plane [duplicate]

Im traveling from NY to Toronto on a plane. Can I take a desk iMac computer in the checked luggage without the risk of mess up the computer because of the heat or coldness of the cargo of the aircraft?...
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What to do when I become violently ill on planes?

I became violently ill on the past 3 flights I was on and I'm wondering what I'm supposed to do when I get sick on a plane. I have issues with my throat, esophagus and stomach, it's an everyday ...
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On landing in Paris, from India, which side of the plane to sit to see Eiffel tower?

I am traveling to Canada via Paris (CDG) from Mumbai in December. Which side of the plane to be seated on to get a view of the Eiffel Tower from up high? Also, on my connecting flight from Paris (CDG)...
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Regulations regarding cleaning of plane water cooking equipment?

Inspired by this question over at MiYodeya, does anyone know of specific practices or regulations regarding the use and cleaning of water urns on planes? Specific questions would be are water urns ...
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What's the typical microclimate in the aircraft passenger cabin?

When preparing for a commercial jet flight it'd be nice to know how warm my clothes should be so that I don't freeze after sitting for several hours in say +16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit). ...
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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 this ...
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Safest way to transport a laptop during flight

I flew a long range flight carrying my laptop, a quite heavy one, inside a neoprene briefcase in the passenger cabin. The recommendation by the aircrew was to place it in the overhead compartment or ...
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Ear pain when flying? [duplicate]

I’m going to Spain in 3 months, and it will be my first flight in 8 years. I have always had problems with my ears when I was younger. I have had lots of grommets in because of hearing loss and ear ...
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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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Can I take a soldering station on a plane?

I am going to Australia to study for a Master's. I am an electrical engineer and I am thinking about taking my tools like a soldering station, screw drivers, etc along but I wonder if it will be ...