More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

The Armrest and Personal Seat Space Debate Continues — February 2020 Edition

“Guy in middle seat has his elbow over the arm rest and into my seat area, right at the seat back. So while I’m typing I really have nowhere to put my elbows without slamming into him. If I need to move my arms and center myself in the seat, for instance to avoid getting rammed by the cart, I get his elbow in my side.”

The paragraph you just read was from this experience during the middle of a transcontinental flight from New York to San Francisco which was…

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The Seat Recline Debate Continues With Video — February 2020 Edition

In what may be classified as a moment of ridiculousness in the latest edition of the seat recline debate, Wendi Williams — who calls herself wendi on Twitter — posted a video of her experience aboard an airplane which operated as American Eagle flight 4392 from New Orleans to Charlotte on Friday, January 31, 2020 in which the passenger behind her kept nudging her seat annoyingly in what can be perceived as a childish manner.

The backstory — according to…

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Would You Allow Your Seat Mate to Use the In-Flight Entertainment System in Front of Your Seat?

“Flying 767 biz class aisle seat. MXP-EWR right now. I have had my screen on the flight status display since takeoff and window seat guy has been watching movies since takeoff. I flip my screen to review the movies and he says to me (first words spoken to me btw) ‘can you leave your screen on the fight tracking window? I like to watch that while I am watching the movie’”

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Self-Upgrading is Stealing. Period.

“Sat in WT+ this morning on BA165 and along comes a lady who sits in the row behind me, immediately summons the crew and says ‘my husband tried to upgrade but was told there were no seats – the row is empty, can he sit here?’ Crew said they’d ask the ‘manager’ and get back to her.”

The story as recounted by…

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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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