More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

Is Changing Into Your Pajamas in an Airport Lounge Prior to Boarding the Airplane Okay?

While flying as a passenger in the business class cabin from London to South America via New York, “What I really feel like doing is having a shower in the Flagship Lounge at JFK, change into my Lufthansa pyjamas (I’d much rather change in a spacious shower room than in an airplane toilet), and walk down to the gate in that and slippers, with a view toward drifting into sleep soon after takeoff”…

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Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Sentenced to Probation and Home Detention

Heidi Anne McKinney — who allegedly touched the breast and genitals of a fellow female passenger without her consent aboard an airplane which operated as Alaska Airlines flight 621 en route from Las Vegas to Portland on the evening of Sunday, May 8, 2016 — was sentenced to eight months of home detention and three years of probation on Monday, July 10, 2017.

McKinney — who is now 27 years of age and is from Banks, which is a suburb of Portland — pleaded guilty to assault with the intent to commit a felony on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. She initially faced a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.00.

According to…

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Boeing Dropped Its List of Customer Codes

“In case anyone is wondering why Brian is referring to the aircraft as a 747-451 instead of a 747-400: the aircraft is a 747-400, the “51” refers to the customer it was originally built and delivered to, in this case, Northwest Airlines. Delta inherited the aircraft when merging with NWA in 2009.”

Phoenix — who is a reader of The Gate — posted the comment you just read in response to this article I wrote pertaining to rare photographs of a…

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Is the Space Under the Middle Seat Up For Grabs?

“A320 seats 3a/b”, is what FlyerTalk member guller posted when a fellow passenger in the same row decided to simply place belongings under the middle seat of the row in front aboard an airplane. “Guy just assumed that he could have the whole middle section of the underseat area.”

Although the scenario is not as frequent these days primarily due to full passengers loads aboard commercial airplanes, a row of three seats with the middle seat empty is still not uncommon — and when a passenger who brings aboard his or her belongings finds out that no one will be sitting in the middle seat for the flight, he or she may perceive it as an invitation to store his or her belongings under the middle seat in front of him or her.

Several reasons may explain this phenomenon, as the passenger…

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Why Father’s Day is Just as Somber to Me as Mother’s Day

Not even four months had elapsed after the loss of my mother when I received the news that my father was in the hospital. Fortunately, I coincidentally had already purchased airplane tickets for that time for an uneventful visit with him; so I traveled to see him — but I had no idea what I was about to experience.

A few months earlier…

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…So Why Are Black Triangles Above the Windows?

If you often luxuriate yourself basking in the glow of the offerings of the premium class cabin, you might not have noticed those black triangles because they are located above the windows in the economy class cabin of many airplanes.

There are typically…

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Feet Under the Seat: Who Gets to Claim the Space?

“I like to stretch out my legs because of some orthopedic discomfort. Sore knee and back. Not serious, but uncomfortable on a long flight if I can’t. On several flights, the person in front of me has moved their feet into what I believe to be my space, hitting my feet. It becomes the equivalent of the battle over the arm rest.”

Ron S — who is a reader of The Gate — posted these thoughts…

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The Worst Scenario For the Window Seater? A Trip Report

Prior to any flight on an airplane which I am assigned to a window seat, I will ensure that I use the facilities at the airport as close to departure time as possible — primarily for the reasons of wanting to cause only minimal disruption at best to the passengers seated in the middle seat and aisle seat in the row in which I will be sitting in case I need to use the lavatory during the flight.

During a typical long-haul flight, the passengers seated next to me typically get up at least once — either to use the lavatory or simply to stretch their legs; and I usually get up when they do to keep that disruption to them at a minimum — but on this particular flight…

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14 Ways to Survive 14 Hours Seated in the Economy Class Cabin?

I have flown as a passenger seated in the economy class cabin on many transoceanic — and even transcontinental — flights, from which one might arrive at the conclusion that I might know a thing or two about this topic based on my experience…

…so when I read this article written by…

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Loaded Handgun Passed Through Airport Security Checkpoint; Agent Fired

A woman was fired from her job as an agent for the Transportation Security Administration at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area after she missed a loaded .38-caliber handgun which was in the possession of a female passenger from Alabama and passed through the airport security checkpoint on…

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