Questions tagged [airlines]

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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?

I'm very new to traveling in general. When I flew on a long flight, the airline gave us blankets and pillows. I, having no idea that I was supposed to leave the blanket behind, took it as I collected ...
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Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?

Airlines usually either don't allow the transferring of tickets to another person after they've been purchased, or they do it at an extremely inflated price. What is the reason for doing this? One ...
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Why do flight attendants say in safety instructions that you should put on your own mask before helping others?

I have taken several flights from Emirates, FlyDubai and Saudi Airlines. Why is it announced to put your own mask on before helping others with their mask. I wouldn't do it if I am travelling with my ...
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How do airlines determine ticket prices?

Based on the question How to find historical airfares?, I got curious. Is there a guide or resource that describes how the price of a ticket is determined? When you search you often see curious ...
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How big is “too big” for an airline seat? At what point will you be required to buy two tickets?

As I said in another question, I'm bringing my parents to visit me here in Sweden next year. My mother is around 280-300 pounds and 5'6" (130-135kg, 1.67m). I am concerned that she might be asked at ...
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Smartphone taken from baggage while on layover

We gave a new smartphone to some friends to take to my in-laws in Iran. We turned off the phone before we gave it to them. They were flying with Qatar Airways. They had one stop in Doha. When they ...
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Do you have to take the second leg of a domestic flight?

Say I want to book a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Chicago. Say the airline also flies to St. Louis from Fort Launderdale but has a connecting flight through Chicago. If I book that flights from ...
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Which airlines might I have trouble taking, being an Israeli?

I'm an Israeli expat living in Europe (proper residence etc. but no citizenship/passport). I intend to travel from Europe to India, and I'm considering using an airline based in a state without ...
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What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?

I've travelled a lot. Living in New Zealand or the UK means anywhere is likely a flight, but I've always flown economy. Twice between LA and Auckland I managed to get the exit row after talking ...
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Can two persons sharing a name travel one-way each on a return ticket?

I would like to know if my brother can fly by United Airlines from USA to El Salvador, and my father, from El Salvador to USA using the same round trip ticket, both of them have the same name.
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What's going to happen to my booked AirBerlin flight now that they've gone bankrupt?

AirBerlin have just declared that they're going bankrupt. I have tickets booked with them for a Berlin-Chicago-Munich itinerary for the end of September. I understand the German government has ...
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What is the purpose of check-in before flying?

A few years ago, to do the check in, we would go to the airport and do it directly at the counter. I always thought the function of the check-in for the airline company would be to tell the company "...
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Dress for First Class?

I'll be flying first class from Kansas City to Orlando this fall. This'll be my first time experiencing this, as I typically fly coach. This time around I found a good deal on FC seats and just wanted ...
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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 does overbooking work with reserved seats?

I never understood how overbooking of flights actually works. I understand the economic principle, just not how its practically done. For the most part there are two types of airlines, low cost ...
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I am travelling with a medication that needs to be cool at all times, will the airline allow me to use the onboard chiller?

If someone is travelling with a medicine that needs to be cool all the time, can I use the fridge onboard? I know that planes have them. I didn't find anything related to the topic in any airline's ...
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Different airlines, same destination, leave about the same time… why?

I've noticed that many times 2 or sometimes more airlines will have aircraft departing the same airport within minutes of each other heading for the same destination. For example at this moment UAL ...
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Benefits of checking in online when checking bags

What is the benefit of checking in online for a flight when you intend to check bags at the airport? I understand some airports have special lines for people that are already checked in but are ...
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Why do Ryanair allow me to book connecting itineraries through a third party, but not through their own website?

Yesterday I booked trip to Rome. I found this journey through Skyscanner and booked it through Kiwi.com. Before booking with Kiwi, I tried searching the same flights up directly with Norwegian Air ...
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Why don't airlines offer last minute empty seats cheap? [closed]

There are lots of empty seats out there. Why aren't airlines selling them cheap on the day of the flight? I've seen a few anecdotal answers to this question. A lot of the answers come down to "...
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Can you sneak into Premium Economy Class?

People ask whether they can sneak into business or first, it's virtually impossible. But what about sneaking into Premium Economy Class? What if I stand at the end of the boarding line, and just sit ...
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When and to whom should I report a minor amenity not functioning on an airplane?

I've recently run into issues with things like outlets not providing any power, seats not reclining even when they definitely should, etc. Obviously they can't fix it during the flight, so it seems ...
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What happens if I no-show on a multiple person flight booking?

Some friends and myself have booked a flight together with a budget airline (BlueAir) in a couple of days. Something has come up and I may not be able to make the flight, but my friends still intend ...
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Can an airline really refuse to depart when overbooked?

I do not fly often, but when traveling home from vacation with my family yesterday, I encountered something I have never seen and I am wondering if what the flight attendants were saying was true. ...
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Are there any airlines that still allow smoking on-board flights?

Do any airlines still allow smoking on-board international flights, or is this something that has been banned across the board everywhere? If this is because of fire hazard regulations, what about e-...
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Is there a general clue on whether a flight serves meals?

My recent flight from Warsaw to Tallinn by LOT didn't serve a meal. They only served a slice of chocolate and coffee, and I got pretty upset with it. The flight time is less than 100 minutes but my ...
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Why can two different airlines have different travel durations for the same itinerary?

I am looking at flights from Boston to Paris and I see that there are two non-stop flights with different travel duration: For this itinerary, Air France takes 6h40 while Delta takes 7h04. Why don't ...
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Why can't airline tickets be booked far into the future?

Why it is not possible to book airline tickets more than 12 months in advance? Why there is always 1 year and not 2 years or more? Is there any technical aspect behind this policy?
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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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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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Travel agent didn't append MR to my name and my name ends in MS. This caused my first name to be put as Ms on ticket

Whenever I book a flight through any travel agency/website; they always make a data entry of my name as "BADWAL/SHUMSMR". However, this time I decided to book with Expedia India; and they just ...
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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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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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Where can I find historical data on arrival and departure times of a particular flight?

Where can I find historical data on flights, specifically Delta international flights? I need to find out about cancellations, diversions and any other flight data pertaining on particular route at a ...
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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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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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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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How to know a flight is not full?

Is it possible to know how many seats on a particular flight have been booked? If not, is it possible to know in which months of a year the flights usually are not fully booked?
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If a passenger damages another passenger's property (accidentally) on a flight, who is responsible?

This came up after listening to a Rick Steves podcast on travel. He and I have both apparently wondered - when the passenger in front suddenly reclines their seat and nearly decapitates your laptop - ...
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Why do airlines seat people the way they do?

Getting on a flight seems to be so inefficient. I can understand allowing first class on first and their platinum class/silverstar/etc members. They are loyal members and allowing the few ...
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Do airlines fly directly over the North Pole?

I always like flying to/from north America, since the route usually goes over Greenland. I do like the idea that I am only 10 km away from this inaccessible land. I would love to be able to say that I ...
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Are there still any “Fly as much as you like” air passes for the U.S.?

Back in 1993 I had a ticket called 'Delta Air Lines Travel America Standby Airpass' that allowed me to take an unlimited number of flights on Delta Airlines within a 30 day period. 60 days were ...
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Compensation for missed connection due to delay with same airline but separate bookings

Long story short, I had to fly from A (in Spain) to C (in the UK) and I booked two separate flights with the same budget airline, so the actual route was A (Spain) -> B (UK) -> C (UK). The first ...
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Why is there a 'secret carrier' option for a flight?

When searching for a flight on kayak.com (not for me, I don't fly business), it shows a "Secret Carrier" option. What gives? Why are they unable to tell us even the code-share partner? What if you ...
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Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?

Is there a search engine that considers "mix&match" flight combinations? My current problem: I need to go from FRA to YLW (Frankfurt/Germany to Kelowna/Canada) on July 29th, and arrive no later ...
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Can a child still visit the cockpit during flight?

As a kid one of the highlights of any flight I took was the short visit to the cockpit and chat with the pilots. I have very fond memories of asking about all the gauges and lights, what would happen ...
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Would the same name, different person 'trick' actually work with international travel?

A Canadian man is making headlines for offering his ex-girlfriend's RTW ticket. Original reddit post: Are you named Elizabeth Gallagher (and Canadian)? Want a free plane ticket around the world? ...
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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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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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What's the difference between 'Redress Number' and 'Known Traveler Number'? Do I need both for TSA PreCheck?

I recently obtained a Global Entry card and on the back is the PASSID number that I understand is also my Known Traveler Number. When I recently tried to record my KTN with an airlines it asked for ...