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As you've discovered, US regulations apply not just to flights to or from the US, but also to flights that pass over the US. Before such flights the airline will send APIS data (basically the details of the everyone on the flight) to the US Government, who can flag certain passengers as appears to have happened here. Your only real recourse is to apply to ...


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Downshifting - you gotta know it Avoiding hills is simply not an option. Mountain driving is a lot like a roller coaster. The truck works really hard going up a long, long uphill, and then on the long downhill, gravity takes it and it goes like a rocket. Mountain driving is all about controlling this. On mountain driving, especially with trucks, you ...


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As with many questions about extremes, the answer depends on the precise rules you impose. Hops count as multiple flights: 13 flights. It's reasonable to argue that one should be very permissive when finding record itineraries. As such, the following 13-flight itinerary from SVR to SRV (a dyslexic's nightmare?) is one of the best single answers I know: ...


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Bangkok to Ulaanbaatar in January: 27.0 °C – (–21.6 °C) = 48.6 °C. Nonstop flights are operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines, twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) from November to March. Timetable.


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The United Island Hopper is probably a good candidate for that. MLL (in Alaska) to KSA (in Micronesia) will require 7 stops (at least according to Google):


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You have to cross the Hudson River somewhere, so its bridges are natural choke points. The three closest to, but not entering, New York City are: New Tappan Zee Bridge on I-87/I-287/NYS Thruway, toll $5.00 eastbound Bear Mountain Bridge on US-6/US-202, toll $1.50 eastbound Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on I-84, toll $1.50 eastbound. The bridges further north ...


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Unfortunately if you’re on a USA no fly list, and you’re not a citizen or permanent resident, you have very little recourse. Who Can Challenge the No-Fly List? In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union obtained a federal court ruling that U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents were entitled to know if they were on the list and potentially ...


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According to a Twitter response from 2016, Eurotunnel at least was the usual way for FlixBus. The review here indicates both ferry and Eurotunnel train are possible for FlixBus. Whether a particular bus takes the ferry or Eurotunnel can be checked (at least sometimes) by looking at the schedule, but the mode of crossing could still change depending on ...


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I have done some more research and found a rather obscure one. Pegas Fly operates a seasonal charter EO 2479 from Chita to Phuket, every two weeks, from January to May. Full schedule can be found on the Pegas Touristik website. In January, there is a staggering difference of 28.1-(-25.2) = 53.3°C. It also appears that Nordwind Airlines, of which Pegas ...


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I've flown directly over the north pole on a route from ATL to PEK (beijing). Here's a pic of the seatback flight map from a United 747, where I spent the entire flight with my face pressed to the window. Amazing scenery from Hudson Bay north through Baffin Island and on. It was July of 2008. When we crossed the pole (as indicated in the flight map) the ...


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For a single ticket I'm going to go with six segments, with the caveat that you shouldn't book it: PQS-AER or PQS-VOG Pilot Station, Alaska, requires two flight segments just to get to Anchorage. The first, PQS-BET, is a half hour flight on a tiny little Cessna, and if you haven't flown one of these, it's a bit of an adventure. After ANC you've got two ...


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FlightAware has a handy IFR Route Analyzer that will supply some of the most common routes from flight plans between two airports. We can use it for Sydney to Perth. The most common route as of this writing (it varies from day to day depending on what flight plans airlines file) is DCT KADOM H44 AD Q33 ESP Q158 BEVLY, which, if we plot it, does indeed bend ...


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I nominate S7 6330 Phuket–Irkutsk in January. 28,1 – (–17,8) = 45,9 °C.


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I could not find any flight search engine that indexes the Air Inuit airline, but given their destination map, getting from Salluit Airport, QC, Canada (YZG) (only served by Air Inuit), it would take at least 3 stops to get to Kuujjuaq. Then, according to Google Flights, getting from Kuujjuaq, QC (YVP) to Taloyoak (YYH) takes a minimum of 4 stops. For ...


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The Nouvelle Calédonie domestic network, operated by Air Calédonie and Air Loyauté with a hub on the Nouméa Magenta Airport near downtown Nouméa, and serving a dozen or so smaller airfield, in Nouvelle Calédonie or nearby islands does qualify. The Magenta airport page lists more than 20 departures for next friday (11/10/2019), most of them using ATR 72 so ...


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For UK based routes (this is where I think you are, judging by your profile) you can use CycleStreets. It’s also available as an app on most phone platforms (Apple, Android, Windows Phone). Input your start and end points then when you get a route select the "Quietest Route" tab. That should give you either cycle paths or quieter roads.


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I nominate Harbin-Singapore, operated by Scoot (TR 155). The mean temperature in Harbin is -17.6°C in January, while in Singapore it's 26.5°C, for a total difference of 44.1°C. The flight time is 7.5 hours. Yakutsk is significantly colder with a daily mean of -38.6° in January, but there aren't direct flights to any warm cities from Yakutsk airport during ...


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There are currently no ferry services running between Sri Lanka and India. There have been various proposals (some of which even started running for a short while in 2011, 2012 and 2015) but none of them have lasted. Your best bet is probably to fly from Tiruchirappalli Airport (roughly in the middle of your first screenshot) to Colombo. Sri Lankan fly twice ...


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According to Flightradar24, NAS currently has connections with airports in the following countries: USA - requires visa Canada - requires transit visa Cuba (Havana and Holguin) - the most flexible TWOV Jamaica - TWOV requires you to remain airside Haiti - TWOV requires you to remain airside Turks and Caicos - TWOV requires you to remain airside Panama - ...


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Is your concern traffic, snow, difficulty of the road, ...? Google Maps thinks that I-80 and I-84 will be your best routes to Portland from, say, Kansas City (other parts of Kansas won't have a terrible time reaching I-80). US Interstates are almost always designed well, with reasonable curves. If you are concerned, you can check the height of the ...


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The answers by Jim MacKenzie and Harper are both full of good advice, and the suggestions to use I-80/I-84 are great. I have taken that route with a 16ft box van. I just want to note one more thing you should be aware of. Based on your description, it sounds like you might be going to the Portland/West Coast area. If so, you are most likely going to take I-...


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It appears that FlightConnections' information is out of date. The only carrier they list operating flights from CMB-ZRH is Edelweiss Air, a vacation-oriented carrier based in Zurich. Currently Edelweiss Air will sell you a flight from CMB–ZRH or vice versa in March or April 2021 (or in winter '21-'22, which lends credence to your suspicion that these ...


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In order to fly over the north pole (or more broadly just the Arctic), you'd have to travel to a city that is approximately across the globe as then the shortest distance would go over the north pole. You can try out which cities satisfy this criterion with the distance tool of Google maps. One possible route is for instance from the Middle East to the ...


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I doubt it will change much, driving will still be faster. Based on a Google Maps itinerary search, we find out that it currently takes up to 7 hours by car, while it takes 9 hours by train, through Austria. The Gotthard tunnel is located in Switzerland, and while its goal is to reduce the time to travel between Zurich (Switzerland) and Milano (Italy) to ...


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If you just count takeoffs and landings, Papa Westray (PPW) in the Orkney islands would be a good destination, though Google Flights can't route you there. Nearest I can get (via the current starting point, Pilot Station) via Google Flights is PQS to INV (Inverness) - 5 flights, 4 stops. Then Loganair will get you to Kirkwall (6th flight) - operated as ...


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Yes, for Google Maps you can share your position (Location sharing) with others (and they with you). I assume a Google Account is needed for both parties. This can be turned on and off when needed. You also get general email reminders that you are still sharing your location information. In the Google Maps application you can see the persons position, based ...


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Here's one such pair of airports: Westerly State Airport (Rhode Island) and Block Island (Rhode Island) There are frequent scheduled flights between the two airports, and neither seems to offer scheduled flights anywhere else at this time.


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Don't sweat the fine print too much. In practice, you can take any train or bus within the travel zone and the 120 minute validity period - provided you don't go back to where you came from. The is no limit on the number of changes or stopovers. The ticket inspectors do not know your destination, nor can they tell how often you have changed (or plan to ...


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One can use the phone application Waze to see one's connections on the same map: https://youtu.be/hGDrzDw2a7s Note: https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=243565 It's not really live, it's just an animation that moves the pin at the theoretical speed it should move based on distance + ETA, it's quickly out of sync too unless you refresh the page ...


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