More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

FlyerTalk Member Survives Airplane Crash in Maldives

Unexpected extreme windy weather apparently caused a De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft operated by Maldivian to crash into the Hulhumalé Lagoon on final approach to Malé-Velana International Airport at approximately 4:16 in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — and FlyerTalk member wchinchen was one of the 15 passengers aboard the airplane on its ill-fated flight from Dhaalu Atoll.

“Well……I was one of the passengers on board from…

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Are Frequent Fliers Contributing to The Great Nutrition Collapse?

Whether you are enjoying the opulence of caviar and champagne as you lounge in that luxurious lie-flat seat in the premium class cabin or subsisting on a small bag of peanuts while slumming it squeezed in a middle seat near the back of the airplane, you may be contributing to the decrease in nutrition of the food supply around the world — and you may not even know it.

Although some frequent fliers are mindful of their carbon footprint in the world, most people do not think twice about boarding an airplane to get from one place to another for whatever reason.

“For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin”, according to…

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Your Odds of Dying in an Airplane Crash — Revisited

Your odds of winning the grand prize of the Powerball lottery drawing are one in 292,201,338, according to this article I wrote on Tuesday, January 12, 2016; so I thought I would revisit what the odds are in dying in an airplane crash.

This time, I decided to use these statistics which are offered by the National Safety Council, whose mission is to “eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.”

Assuming that the odds of dying from all possible causes are 1 in 1, then the lifetime odds of death for the causes listed in the chart below — from most likely to least — are…

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“I Hope You Miss Your Connection”: What If Another Passenger Blocks Your Path Off of the Airplane?

“My coworker and his wife were in the window and middle seats of Economy Plus on a United mainline aircraft. A stranger was in the aisle seat. Nothing went awry during the flight, but upon gate arrival, my coworker stood up from his seat in a manner that apparently irritated the stranger. The stranger, an elderly person, griped: ‘A lot of other people on this flight are trying to make connections, too, and you’re not special.’”

We have all been there at one time or another: the airplane has finally landed and pulled up to the gate late; and some passengers aboard the airplane are nervous about having a tight connection, hoping to catch the next flight in time — even if…

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Longest Flight in History by Qantas Airways in 2022?

Wanting to introduce nonstop flights between Sydney and London in the year 2022, Qantas Airways has challenged Boeing and Airbus to tweak their 777-8X and A350-900ULR aircraft models respectively to be able to handle the task — which is considered the “last frontier” and “Holy Grail” for ultra long haul flights — as well as for possible nonstop flights between Sydney and New York.

Nonstop flights between Sydney and London — which could last for a duration of approximately…

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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.

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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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