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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 are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?

Asked and answered on Aviation.SE. Summary: They're required by US federal aviation regulations. The apparent rationale is: a desperate, or unscrupulous, smoker might (illegally) light a cigarette in ...
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Why are some airplane seats numbered "DEK"?

I have never before noticed this, but a quick check over several airlines at Seatguru confirmed that other airlines do that as well. The logic behind this is that the letters A and K will always be ...
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What can you do about being forced to sit next to a very large passenger?

It is not a pleasant situation for both of them - the passenger or the large passenger. It is very uncomfortable for the passenger and totally embarrassing for the large guy. In addition to that, it ...
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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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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 do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

The gymnastics required to put your bag behind your feet in such a small space would be very interesting. Bending forward and sliding it in, sure that works. But pushing it back when you can't see and ...
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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 must I lock the door of an aircraft lavatory before the light inside fully brightens?

Three reasons for this: The main reason: Passenger comfort. If the light continuously remains on, then if a passenger opens the door of the lavatory when the cabin lights are off, it will fill the ...
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What happens if all toilets become inoperative during a flight?

Lavatories (airplane toilets) can be inoperative for many reasons, they could get blocked by someone vomiting in the sink, or by throwing tissues or other objects in either the sink or the toilet seat....
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Can I see fireworks from a passenger airplane (at cruising altitude)?

Some years ago I was a part of an operating cabin crew in a flight bound to Dubai, it was the time for one of Dubai's festivals. Anyway, I was positioned at the back and at the time we already ...
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Passenger rights during a flight

Elevating my comment to an answer, as it's more appropriate as one. Nope, no automatic right to compensation here - you can complain to the airline about the conduct of fellow passengers and its crew,...
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Which airplane is the safest?

All modern aircraft have to go through incredibly stringent safety checks and are essentially equally safe. Accidents are so rare that any apparent differences in aircraft safety are mostly ...
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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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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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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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Strange knob on airplanes?

It is a hanger, you can hang your jacket or anything similar there. The same exact ones typically available in lavatories for passengers and in galleys for crew members. In the passengers cabin, they ...
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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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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 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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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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