Questions tagged [aircraft]

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On an airliner, how do the seats at the front of a row handle the food tray and the entertainment system?

For clarity, I will be flying on a BA Boeing 777-200 or 777-300. Our seats will be at the front of premium economy. On most seats there is another seat in front where the folding tray table and the ...
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Why don't we ask air travelers to choose their meal in advance? [closed]

I have read that food waste in airplane is unavoidable because airline companies do not know what passengers will eat and drink. Therefore, they carry more food/drinks than needed (I have found ...
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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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How do I find the registration or serial number for the aircraft I flew on specific trips in the past?

I understand that there are various paid subscription services that allow me to search back up to a year in the past for the IDs of any flight and the histories of any aircraft. Is there a free (or ...
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Why are there ashtrays on airplanes? [duplicate]

Every airline I've been on has an ashtray in the bathrooms, ironically right below the sign that says no smoking in the bathrooms. If it's prohibited to smoke on airlines, and (in theory) you can't ...
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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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Why is there no tray table in the front row of airlines?

With the exception of the front row, airlines give everyone a tray table for their enjoyment during the flight. Why do they not put a tray table on the wall in front of the front row?
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Why does the window-side armrest never move?

The window seat always has two armrests, one of them between the passenger and the window. In several hundreds of flights taken, it has always been unmovable. Why does it not go up like the center ...
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Can I use external movie source on Ethopian Airlines 787?

I just booked a flight on Ethiopian Airlines and I saw that the plane is a Boeing 787-8. (Dreamliner??) I'm traveling with a child and I was wondering if it's possible to plug an external USB with my ...
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Airplane Seat Recline Measurement… in units of length inches?

Perhaps this is conspiracy, but what is the meaning of seat recline measurement in unit of length inches? How is it measured? Does industry standard exist? What is the interpretation in relation to ...
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Can I refuse to place my hand baggage in luggage area when flight is full?

I often travel in Europe with low-cost companies, bringing just a hand luggage with me. When the flight is full, it is asked to passengers if there are some "volunteers" to put their luggage for free ...
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Airfare booking class, sub-class and perks

I saw Miles & More: What is a booking class?. While with my Qatar Airways experience I came to know that there are various sub-classes even within Qatar Airways and there isn't/wasn't any list ...
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Difference between Airbus and Boeing planes, width for economy seats

I came to know that even within the economy class, there are two-three options for the traveller, but I don't know if that translates to bigger area for your seat. I travelled in Qatar Airways Boeing'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Personal item size: how large is the space under a seat?

Airlines often define exactly what size and weight a carry-on bag can be, but then also allow you to bring a 'personal item' (a purse or laptop bag) of often undefined size. Sometimes airlines give ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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Why do airplanes not use two regular 3.5mm jacks?

I'm flying this Friday again and can't find my two-to-one 3.5 mm jack adapter and I was wondering why did they decided to go this way? One like this: I know why they were using the two prongs, ...
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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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Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?

Airplane bathroom: Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?
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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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Are there facilities to recharge batteries on Oman Air flights to Thailand via Muscat?

I recently bought a ticket for a flight from Munich to Bangkok via Muscat with Oman Air. I took a peek at their fleet but it seemed like I wasn't able to get the information I needed. Is there any ...
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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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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 ...