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Canadian citizen, on US no-fly list. What can I do in order to be allowed on flights which go through US airspace?

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 ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

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 ...
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

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 ...
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Which non-stop passenger flight connects two cities with the largest temperature difference?

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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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

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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How to minimize tolls when driving past NYC

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, ...
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Canadian citizen, on US no-fly list. What can I do in order to be allowed on flights which go through US airspace?

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 ...
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How does Flixbus get between London and mainland Europe?

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 ...
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Which non-stop passenger flight connects two cities with the largest temperature difference?

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 ...
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Westward commercial flights that outpace the Earth's rotation

Inspired by Russell McMahon's answer to "Can I land in a different time zone before my take off time?". The rotational velocity at a given latitude is about: V_rot = 1500 x cos(latitude) km/...
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Westward commercial flights that outpace the Earth's rotation

I think Reykjavik to Anchorage should do it. It's 7h:16m flight time and covers 128 degrees longitude (22W to 150W), that comes out to 17.6 degrees per hour. Iceland Air flies that in summer, but not ...
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

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. ...
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What path do flights across Australia take?

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 ...
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Which non-stop passenger flight connects two cities with the largest temperature difference?

I nominate S7 6330 Phuket–Irkutsk in January. 28,1 – (–17,8) = 45,9 °C.
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

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 ...
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Starting from any commercial airport, can I reach any other commercial airport in the world with just scheduled passenger flights?

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 ...
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Westward commercial flights that outpace the Earth's rotation

Beginning Summer 2022, Finnair will fly nonstop between Helsinki and Seattle, which are 147°16' apart in longitude, a time equivalent of 9 hours 49 minutes. The westbound flight has block time of 9 ...
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Is there an app that will calculate a route off main roads for cycling?

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 ...
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Which non-stop passenger flight connects two cities with the largest temperature difference?

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 ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

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 ...
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Sri Lanka to Bahamas, how can we travel without visa in February?

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 ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

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 ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

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 ...
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What is the reason this flight is not available? CMB to ZRH direct

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 ...
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Germany to Italy by train or car in 2017, now the Gotthard tunnel is open?

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 ...
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

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 ...
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Is there a Google Maps like app that shows directions and other people's progress along the same route?

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. ...
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Starting from any commercial airport, can I reach any other commercial airport in the world with just scheduled passenger flights?

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 ...
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Exactly where can you go with a single-trip ticket in Berlin?

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 ...
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