More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

Is There Something Wrong With This Photograph From Avis?

As I was researching an offer for rental cars about which to write an article, I happened to check the Internet web site through which Avis Rent A Car System offers promotions within the United States; and I spotted an offer with which you may be familiar.

Through this particular ongoing offer, you can…

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8 Guidelines to The Great Window Shade Debate

Yet another debate by members of FlyerTalk over the proper etiquette pertaining to window shades aboard airplanes was launched back on Thursday, November 17, 2016 — and it became contentious enough for the discussion to be closed only two weeks later by a moderator to further posting of content.

The topic of window shades has been — and remains to this day — one of the most controversial topics amongst frequent fliers for many years and has caused as much angst as the debates over armrests and reclining seats: who gets to determine whether the window shade is raised or lowered?

This is only a sampling of…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Raising an Armrest on the Aisle

Many people believe that the armrest on the seat in the economy class cabin adjacent to the aisle is rigid and cannot be moved — yet there are reasons why someone seated in the aisle seat would want that armrest raised: for greater ease of sitting in the seat; or perhaps for some extra room when standing up is not an option at the moment.

Many airplane models are equipped with…

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What to Do About a Loud Snorer Aboard an Airplane During a Flight?

Passengers have endured such disturbances to the peace aboard airplanes by those who have been classified as 14 of the most aggravating passengers — people who kicks seats, talk too much, or play their media for all to hear — but what about people who snore?

FlyerTalk member Oakshadow was a passenger aboard an airplane recently for an overnight flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and recounts this experience with a fellow passenger who snored loudly…

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Revisited: Why Do Airplane Crashes Receive So Much Attention?

When a Boeing 737-800 MAX — which operated as Lion Air flight 610 to Pangkal Pinang — crashed into the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia approximately 35 nautical miles northeast of Jakarta shortly after taking off earlier this morning, Monday, October 29, 2018, the media was all over the story. Only six bodies of the 188 people aboard the aircraft — seven of them as members of the flight crew — have been recovered at the time this article was written; and the fairly new aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

An update to this fatal crash incident — of which the fear is that no one has survived — has been posted to the official Internet web site of Lion Air…

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Lessons Learned From Food Allergy Tragedy Aboard an Airplane

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was 15 years old when she tragically died in a hospital in France after suffering from an allergic reaction aboard an airplane operated by British Airways during a flight from London to Nice in July of 2016 — and an official inquest into how this fatality could have been prevented has concluded.

The daughter of Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse was eating a sandwich — the labeling of which gave no indication that the food was not free of sesame seeds, to which she is severely allergic.

“The Sept. 28 conclusions of…

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Why I Was Unimpressed With the Airbus A350-900 Aircraft Operated by Delta Air Lines

While researching how I was going to travel from Atlanta to Amsterdam during a sale through which I was going to save on the amount of SkyMiles which I was required to redeem, I noticed that one of the options was to stop off in Detroit, from which the new flagship Airbus A350 would depart — and as I had never flown as a passenger on that aircraft which Delta Air Lines took delivery only last year, I…

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What Two Errors Can You Find With This Lavatory Sign?

During a recent flight, when I went to use the lavatory aboard an airplane, it was occupied — so I bided my time by reading a sign which was affixed to the door of the lavatory…

…and I realized that the sign contains at least two errors on it. Can you spot what are those errors?

Even more embarrassing for the airline in question is that…

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More Reports of In-Flight Sexual Assault Than Ever Before — and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

If you think that you have been learning more about sexual assaults aboard airplanes in recent years, you would be correct. In fiscal year 2014, 38 cases of sexual assault during flights were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States; and in the last fiscal year, 63 cases of sexual assault were reported, which represents an increase of almost 66 percent.

“It’s safe to say that many incidents occur that are not reported,” said…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Watch Carefully When Overhead Storage Bin is Opened

When a member of the flight crew says “please use caution when opening overhead bins, as items may have shifted during the flight” or “be careful when opening the overhead bins, as items may fall, and please, be sure to close them tightly” or some similar verbiage during the safety announcement, heed that warning by watching carefully if an overhead storage bin located above you is opened at any time.

A metal bottle fell and struck…

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