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What Happens when Passenger Refuses to Fly Boeing 737 Max?

What recourse will a passenger who is scheduled to fly commercial on that model of plane have if they refuse to board because of safety concerns? None. The airline and the relevant regulators are the ...
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Why don't airlines have backup planes just in case of an emergency?

Because it would be ridiculously expensive. Not only would it require a massive increase in the number of planes an airline has to purchase and maintain, it would not even garantee that there would ...
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Will the cabin crew heat your own food up?

A cabin crewmember here. The answer is: No, it is NOT allowed! For various reasons, including: Security: We do not know what are you heating, is it a heat-activated bomb? is it something that might ...
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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

I can think of two reasons. One, sadly, you have disallowed, which is the legroom answer. But what if the answer actually is about legroom? Since I don't have enough room for my knees, I have to ...
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How safe is it to fly on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200?

The age of the aircraft has never been the root cause of an aviation catastrophe. It's the maintenance, the crew and the safety policies/procedures of the airline. A new aircraft that is not ...
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Airline power sockets shut down when I plug my computer in. How can I avoid that?

Overcurrent isn't the only reason for an airline circuit to trip. It might also be looking for ground faults/residual current (GFCI/RCD) or listening for arc faults (AFCI). Any appliance can have ...
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Why don't airlines have backup planes just in case of an emergency?

Look at a typical airline company on Wikipedia. Let's take KLM for example: Fleet size: 117 Destinations: 138 As you can see, in order to have a spare plane on every flight, KLM would need to buy ...
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On landing in Paris, from India, which side of the plane to sit to see Eiffel tower?

The three major airports of Paris with commercial flights are Paris Charles de Gaulle-Roissy (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY), and Paris Beauvais (BVA). Since longhaul flights to Canada only originate from CDG ...
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Why do flights serve food at all?

Why not just skip it - and not serve food? They don't serve food on long haul buses and trains. I would be happy to pay a cheaper fare for no in flight food. It's already happening. It's ubiquitous ...
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What Happens when Passenger Refuses to Fly Boeing 737 Max?

If a regulator has ordered that aircraft grounded and an airline continues to fly it, contact the regulator. Beyond that, you would have a hard time arguing that the fears were "well founded". They ...
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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?

I work for an airline. Let me offer a much simpler explanation: The seats are taken by other passengers. Seats in the rear are popular because they are close to the lavatory. Depending on the ...
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Is there any risk when plugging one's own headphones in an airplane's headphone plug?

No. I have designed headphones for airplane use and there is no difference from designing connectivity for regular consumer electronics use. Physical connectors vary from airline to airline and from ...
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Can I nest bags in my luggage?

Yes. A bag is not a restricted item and so you can back as many bags in your suitcase or another bag. This something I often do to carry specialty bags. I have used this to pack camera bags that I ...
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Airline power sockets shut down when I plug my computer in. How can I avoid that?

If a socket says "100 W max", it doesn't mean, that your laptop would be drawing less. Your laptop/charger will draw what it needs. The socket will provide the power that your laptop needs, until it ...
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Why do flights serve food at all?

Commercial air travel is not, by itself, a pleasant experience. You have to take a cab or bus to the airport, wait in line, pass security, wait in line, check in, wait for your flight, sometimes ...
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What kind of charging port is this?

This is a standard USB-A charging port.
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Airline power sockets shut down when I plug my computer in. How can I avoid that?

This alone explains it all: it also happens when I plug the charger alone without the laptop at the other end. Because of the way power supplies are constructed, they draw extremely short, but ...
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Why don't airlines have backup planes just in case of an emergency?

They usually do? We just don't notice when backup gets used. They have some planes to spare and they can wet lease planes (including crew) from other companies. They can also redirect passengers to ...
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How often do typical passenger flights have problems with turbulence?

This study (S.-H. Kim and H.-Y. Chun, “Aviation turbulence encounters detected from aircraft observations: spatiotemporal characteristics and application to Korean Aviation Turbulence Guidance,” ...
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What does this control do on new airplanes?

It is windows shade adjustment. In the new B787 lines, you press up/down button to make the windows darker or brighter. The process takes minutes so you might not be able to realize it. It's not as ...
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How often do typical passenger flights have problems with turbulence?

At the same time, you almost never see turbulence in movies or television.. Of course not. Aircraft scenes are filmed in studios, not in an actual aircraft. Studios sit firmly on the ground, so it ...
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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

Inconveniencing yourself never creates an argument. Inconveniencing others, does however. If you were to put your bag under your seat, you would be affecting the comfort of the passenger behind you. ...
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How soon after takeoff can you recline your airplane seat?

If you looking for some sort of (semi)official marker, then you should use the cabin chimes. While these vary by airline there is very often a 10,000 ft chime which indicates the 'take-off' phase is ...
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What kind of charging port is this?

Looks like a USB-A female plug. Quite commonplace in international flights. FYI: Is it ever useful to allow access to phone data when connecting one's phone to an airplane USB plug? List of USB ...
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Row 60 on Lufthansa Airbus A380-800

Assuming that the image represents the flight in question I would not choose this seat for extra legroom, the reason being that there is a wall directly in front of your seat. That means, because ...
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How safe is it to fly on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200?

If you look at the average age of aircraft, 22 years isn't actually that bad. https://www.bts.gov/content/average-age-aircraft I'd be more interested in checking out the accident rating of the ...
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Why don't airlines have backup planes just in case of an emergency?

Most larger airlines do have aircraft in reserve for just such situations. Most often, they are aircraft that just completed a maintenance cycle and are not scheduled to begin a normal flight ...
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