Questions tagged [aircraft]

Regarding all types of flight capable devices other than helicopters, drones and aircraft produced by Airbus, for each of which there are separate and specific tags that should be preferred.

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Why did Cebu Pacific Air weigh me?

I was at Laoag airport on December 21st. For some reason, after getting my boarding pass, they weighed me and recorded my weight. They also weighed all of my hand-carry luggage and recorded that too. ...
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Why is the light in an airplane turned off during take off and landing?

I wondered for a long time why the light inside an aircraft is always turned off when taking off or landing.
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Why do airlines gate check bags when there is still overhead space?

On a recent flight, an airline employee (either gate agent or flight attendant) who had just stepped out of the plane told my family that there was no more room in the overhead compartments, and we ...
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Why are some airplane seats numbered "DEK"?

I'm in an Avianca Airbus A320 and the seats are numbered ABC, DEK. Any particular reason why not "DEF"?
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What is the usual temperature in an airplane?

What degree is the temperature set to in an international airplane ? I am not looking for answers to adjust the fan speed directly on top of my head. I am more interested in knowing the temperature ...
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Small umbrella in the carry-on bag?

I am planning my next trip and I was wondering whether I could have a small umbrella in my carry-on baggage: Is it the same as carrying a large umbrella ?
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What is the average & max temperature of an airplane cargo hold?

I want to take some chocolates to offer in my luggage. Chocolates are a bit sensitive to heat, though. What is the average temperature inside a cargo hold? 'Average by' itself can be misleading. What ...
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Shortest wide-body route from Frankfurt

What is the shortest passenger route served by wide-body aircraft (i.e. B747, B777, A330, A340, A380 etc.), preferably on daily basis, preferably by Lufthansa (but any airline flying from Frankfurt ...
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Shortest A380 route from Frankfurt

Narrowing this question, I'd like to ask, what is the shortest route from Frankfurt served by Airbus A380? Or, if there is any non-intercontinental flight served by this type of plane? Lufthansa is ...
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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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Why don't airlines have backup planes just in case of an emergency?

My flight was delayed and then canceled because there were problems with the plane. Why don't airlines have backup planes just in case there're mechanical problems with the plane? Or they do have ...
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How to book flight based on aircraft registration

This is a future goal of mine, not a problem I currently face. Hope that doesn't invalidate the question. I really want to fly aboard the aircraft registered N123AA (this is only a dummy registration ...
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Viability of stacking passengers in an airplane cabin [closed]

I've came across on youtube a new design for stacking passengers in an airplane cabin, that looks at first sight interesting. What would be the advantages and drawbacks of such a design? Why this is ...
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What are the drawbacks of taking this window/aisle solo seat - 71A on Boeing 777-300ER?

I've got an LA to Hong Kong flight coming up and I've never flown for that long before. Flying on boeing 777-300ER. Btw I'm not asking about window vs aisle, I definitely want an aisle seat. However ...
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If a flight was postponed, does the passenger have to pay to extend the ticket?

My friend's flight was postponed to a yet unknown date due to a fault in the plane. He has a round trip, he has 2 stops before he reaches his destination. He was planning on staying there for 3 weeks. ...
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What documents are needed for a child to fly within Canada?

My daughter is going to fly on a WestJet plane from Calgary to Vancouver. She is not an accompanied minor, she is old enough to fly on her own. Is her passport good enough to get her past the check-in ...
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What does a 13 year old need to bring to the airport when traveling alone? [closed]

My 13-year-old daughter is going to fly alone to another province within our country. What does she need to bring with her to get her ticket and get pass security?
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Avoiding crew fatigue on empty leg flights

An empty leg is a private jet flight where there are no passengers on-board. It's a one way return trip home for private jet charter or other luxury jets, similar to how rental cars must be driven ...
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Motion sickness before actual flight, this is hampering my traveling possiblities [duplicate]

There's this strange thing that has happened to me for a few years. Every time I'm traveling via an airplane I get motion sickness even before the actual flight, as in even the day before the actual ...
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Is it possible to know which aircraft will fly just from booking flights? [duplicate]

I booked a flight from BOM (India) to CPT (Cape Town) with a lay-over at DOH (Qatar) using Qatar Airways. The flight numbers are QR 557 and QR 1369. While making the booking, there is an option of ...
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What would be the best section in the plane to reserve a seat if you want to maximize the chance of not sitting next to anyone?

Other than the obvious answer of first class or business class, although I am sure on many specific routes that carry 'high-rollers' you might still find yourself sitting next to other passengers (...
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Can passengers visit the flight attendants' sleeping quarters?

On modern airplanes cabin crew apparently have their own sleeping quarters. See this Youtube Video. Can you peek inside these cabins as a passenger or is that off-limits?
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Are skateboards allowed as carry-on on Air India flights?

I have a 31" skateboard. I am traveling from Tokyo to India in Air India flight. Am I allowed to take the skateboard with me as a cabin luggage as I already have 2 check in luggages.
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How can I convince someone that flying is safe? [duplicate]

My fiance is very scared of flying, and the constant media attention given to plane crashes doesn't help her phobia at all. In fact, the recent EgyptAir plane crash has made her attempt to swear off ...
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Is reimbursement possible for a headset cable that was broken by the service cart during a flight?

My noise-canceling headset's detachable cable was damaged while plugged into the airplane jack during a long-haul flight. I noticed that the jack was bended at the time, but I did not react ...
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Can I bring this Side Window Deflector aboard an aircraft in the US?

I recently ordered these window deflectors for my Mazda: But I didn't account for the fact that they are very big, and don't fit in my suitcase (they are 45 x 3.6 x 3 inches in size). I am worried ...
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Is a small tube of Gorilla glue permitted in hand luggage on board plane? [duplicate]

Can I take a small tube of Gorilla Glue on board a plane in my hand luggage?
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What makes the tap water on board airplanes unsafe to drink?

Every single airplane toilet I've ever been to had the following (or similar) sign: Why is drinking the tap water prohibited? And if drinking the water is prohibited, why is it acceptable to brush ...
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I'm trying to get from London Heathrow to Edinburgh [closed]

I'm trying to get from London Heathrow to Edinburgh with my family (4 people), and can't figure out which option is the best trade-off between time and money - We arrive at LHR at 12:15. Option 1: ...
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What is this extra row of seats on American Airlines flights?

This flight check-in page allows you to choose seats from a 'row 34' which is shown in front of all the other rows and with 9 seats. Is this just for overbooking? What are these seats like? The ...
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Is a 17-inch (wide) / 30-inch (pitch) seat comfortable for a long-haul flight? [closed]

I need to fly to Taiwan in couple of months. I am trying to pick the right airline. One of the airlines I considered -- China Airlines -- has a Boeing 777 in its fleet, and they offer 17 inch seat ...
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Why is the moon hiding from me?

I've already been on quite a few overnight flights, but so far, I never saw the moon. I saw stars, other planes, city lights, but never the moon. Obviously, the moon should still be there, but somehow ...
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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Australian educator Dr Karl's podcast where in a recent one he stated the longest take off run was by a C-130 (Hercules) plane in Greenland a long while back (I gather it was some ...
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Is it possible to manually release an oxygen mask on airplanes?

I read that a passenger of MH17 was found with an oxygen mask. Is it possible to manually release just a single mask in case someone is having a medical condition like an asthma attack?
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Airplane Seats and overhead storage

I am planning to travel from Madrid to Mexico City on IB6409, and I want to choose a seat with lots of leg rooms, I think they're called bulkhead seats, the seats that are next to the emergency exit. ...
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Electronic devices security on airplanes

I will soon fly from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways. Since the flight is long, I would like to bring my laptop and my Kindle to work or read during the 11-hour journey. However, I am a ...
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Can you take large umbrellas on a plane?

By large umbrellas, I mean the non-collapsible ones that look like these : Will there be any issue with bringing around a long, pointy object on aircraft?
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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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Near Charlotte Airport, is there anywhere to learn about NC's aviation history during a stopover?

Charlotte, North Carolina, is a surprisingly good airport for layovers. Compact layout, easy to get between gates, friendly people, and no need to exit one bit of the airport + take a train + re-clear ...
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Laws governing a plane in flight

The following question: Flying over country from which you are deported made me think of a more general scenario. An airline registered in country A and having an aircraft registered in the same ...
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Is there such a thing as individual tourism with water plane?

Seeing many water plane regular lines operated near Vancouver I was wondering if there is a thing like touring with water planes. What I have in mind is renting a water plane with friends or family ...
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Why is SCL-AKL slower than SYD-SCL? [duplicate]

How is it that the estimated duration of a SYD-SCL flight (7060 miles) on a 747-400 (cruise speed Mach 0.85) is 12:40, but SCL-AKL flight (6011 miles) on a 787-8 (same cruise speed) takes 13:20. My ...
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Is there a way to find an aircraft's statistics?

Given a flight's tail-number, is there a way to search for the on-time statistics of that plane? So far I've only found ways to search for on-time statistics per route.
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Schengen air travel confirmation and private aircraft

One of the requirements for the Schengen visa is for the applicant to present confirmed travel arrangements, most commonly air travel. This is usually done by booking a ticket and printing out the ...
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Airplane seat dimension regulations: are there any?

Are there any regulations, either in US or Europe, regarding minimum dimensions for airplane seats, i.e. leg space, horizontal distance, etc.? I ask this also in relation to some (often low cost) ...
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What are seats 69H/K like on 777-300ER on Philipines Airlines?

We are going to Manila on the 777-300er and I read mixed reviews about seats 69 H/K. Are they noisy? Are they smaller than elsewhere in economy? We thought just having the 2 seats would be better than ...
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Is it possible to fly both the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 787 in one trip?

Would it be possible to compare the user experience in both the airbus 380 and the Boeing 787 in one (return) trip? I don't mind making connecting flights inbetween in other models.
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Are there any advantages to selecting the middle seat in an airplane?

It seems to be traveller folklore that the least desirable seats on airplanes are the middle seats (in other words, with three seats directly next to each other, stuck between someone at the window ...
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What's the limit of liquids allowed in your purse while flying with United Airlines?

I'm going to visit my boyfriend and as any girl, I want to smell nice for him. I'm flying with United, and I have an 89 ml body spray, 29 ml and 60 ml hand sanitizer. Is that allowed?
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How many jetways are used when boarding a Boeing 777 in SFO?

I can prebook a seat on my next flight. I would like to be able to be one of the first passengers to get out on arrival, just to prevent being last on the queue at immigrations. At some airports big ...