More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

Identity Crisis in Photographs — Part 2

On a recent trip to a grocery store, I found several items which seemed to suffer from an identity crisis and though that they were too good to pass up in terms of writing an article — so I took photographs of them in what has become the second article in a fun yet irregular series at The Gate called Identity Crisis in Photographs — Part 2.

The first item which caught my eye was…

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Iran Admits Responsibility For “Unintentional” Airplane Crash

The government of Iran admits responsibility for the “unintentional” fiery crash of Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with registration UR-PSR — which operated as Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 on its way to Kyiv from Tehran International Airport — on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 moments after its departure at 6:10 in the morning local time in Tehran; and the airplane disappeared from radar shortly after.

None of the…

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14 Tips to Fight Jet Lag

Upon arriving at your destination from a long international trip by airplane, you feel tired and are ready to go to bed for the night — but the time is only 1:00 in the afternoon. Why might this happen — and how do you combat the potentially significant discomfort to your mind and body which is caused by what is known as jet lag?

The term jet lag is…

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Bare Feet Don’t Belong There. Or There. Or There…

If you travel frequently, you have likely seen one of these scenarios aboard an airplane: bare feet on the bulkhead wall. Bare feet on the armrests of the person seated in front. Bare feet on the back of the seat of the person seated in front. The toes of bare feet being used to control the touch screen of the in-flight entertainment system…

…but an image that shows a pair of filthy feet propped up on the top of the back of the seat of a woman — who appears dismayed and whose face is cropped from the nose up — aboard an airplane was posted in…

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Recent Study Claims That Water Dispensed Aboard Airplanes is Not Safe to Drink

“A 2019 Airline Water Study released today by DietDetective.com and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center reveals that the quality of drinking water varies by airline, and many airlines have provided passengers with unhealthy water”, according to this article written by Charles Platkin — who is a nutrition, fitness and public health advocate — for DietDetective. “Unhealthy water violates the federal government’s Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR), which was implemented in 2011 and requires airlines to provide passengers and flight crew with safe drinking water.”

The findings of that study are then listed in detail…

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Why You Should Head to the Galley During an International Long-Haul Flight

The time is 1:30 in the morning. Your flight of 12 hours is only halfway complete; and the last meal service concluded four hours ago. You are seated in the economy class cabin as you try to go to sleep, and topping off your stomach would go a long way towards helping you reach that goal.

What do you do?

You can choose among the following options…

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Test Piloting a New Airbus A350 Flight Simulator: The Video

New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Seattle, Atlanta and Goose Bay — you know, the airport in Newfoundland and Labrador where airplanes divert in the event of an emergency such as when this Boeing 767-300 aircraft operating as United Airlines flight 958 from Chicago to London had to land there back in June of 2015 — were among the destinations on the spontaneous flight itinerary during a solid two hours in an Airbus A350 flight simulator so new that a pilot had yet to be officially trained in it.

The video…

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“People Were Yelling ‘Open the Doors’”: FlyerTalk Member in Smoke Filled Cabin Aboard Airplane

An emergency landing of a Airbus A321-200 airplane — which operated as British Airways flight BA422 from London Heathrow Airport — occurred at its destination of Valencia in Spain on Monday, August 5, 2019 after the cabin reportedly filled with smoke while the aircraft descended during the remaining ten minutes of the flight.

Some passengers who were aboard that airplane — such as…

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Buy Cool Vintage Items at Airline Surplus Sales

“In 2014 I bought a ‘Delta Business Elite Duvet’ on eBay for $9. My now 13 year old dog has been using it over the past 5 years but it has recently gotten ripped. I would like to find another one but eBay doesn’t have it anymore! Any ideas where I can find one or something similar in size and texture.”

That request was…

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1,000 AAdvantage Miles Compensation For Inoperable In-Flight Entertainment System

On a recent flight from Miami to Atlanta aboard an Airbus A319 EOW airplane operated by American Airlines on which every seat was equipped with an in-flight entertainment system, mine was out of order for the entire flight.

Although the duration of the flight was less than two hours, it was delayed — and the monitor in the seat back in front of me displayed the following words…

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