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Kids flying from the US to the UK with an adult who isn't their parent

What precautions, if any, need to be taken in this situation? [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jul 25, 2014 - 12 answers

advice for two longish flights with a one year old?

I'm going to be flying alone next month with my baby who will be almost one month old then. She just stopped nursing, and she's very much into crawling, rolling, and standing right now (as I type, she's not yet walking). She doesn't sleep when she's being held; she needs a crib or her carseat for that. There's no direct flight between here and destination city, and we can either divide it up between two 3-hour flights or one five-hour and one one-hour. I'm not a good flyer when I'm responsible only for myself, so I'm positively daunted by traveling alone with my daughter. I would appreciate any advice you could give me. [more inside]
posted by pittsburgher on Jul 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Quit bugging me you miserable unknown insect.

First a plague of moths, now some kind of flying ...beetle? What is this miserable bug? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Jul 7, 2014 - 12 answers

"Customer of Size?"

Have you taken advantage of Southwest Airlines Customer of Size policy? Does it work like I think that it works? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Keep my baby from getting sick from the airplane

We traveled a couple of weeks ago, and my 7 month old got a respiratory virus and got very sick. Sent from pediatrician's office to ER to PICU sick. Based on timing, Occam's Razor says she caught it on the plane. We will be flying again in a few weeks. I would like practical tips for things we can do on the plane to minimize the risk of her getting sick again. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Flying internationally 101

I'm flying alone internationally for the first time. Help me make it as painless as possible. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jun 5, 2014 - 34 answers

Help me fly alone with two small kids: airport gate pass edition

In the near future, I will be flying alone several times with a 3.5 year old and a 7 month old. Lucky me. On at least some occasions, I will have someone bringing us to the airport or meeting us on the other end. I hear it's theoretically possible for that person to obtain a gate pass, and help us get to the plane (or meet us when we get off). We'll be fine ON the plane, but having help in the airport would be a real sanity saver. I know that gate passes are not handed out like candy and generally require cause. Does this constitute cause? What are your experiences with requesting / obtaining / being refused gate passes? Does it help to call ahead? Who would you call? Bonus points if you can speak specifically to Chicago O'Hare, Atlanta Hartsfield, or Panama City, FL.
posted by telepanda on May 23, 2014 - 20 answers

To Cancel or Not: Aeorflot from Bejing to Rome

My brother and I will be flying from Beijing to Rome on the Russian airline Aeroflot. We've recently heard about Aeorflot's terrible safety rating from friends. Additionally, we will have a four hour layover in Moscow and we're a little worried because of the current Russia-Ukraine situation. Should we cancel our flight and book another on a more reputable airline? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on May 11, 2014 - 15 answers

Should I be this mad at the airport, and if so, what do I do?

Anonymous because I'm not sure if legal action is a possibility. After many times of travelling with his CPAP machine with absolutely no problem, my SO was not allowed to board with it this time at our local airport. (There was a death in his family and he was flying on short notice.) They insisted it needed an FAA approval stamp or at the very least a letter from the manufacturer. We found the relevant letter on our smartphone but the airline employee (the one who was holding the machine hostage) insisted it had to be "on their letterhead." With only an hour before the flight took off, he had to go without it -for three nights. I called the TSA, and they were shocked. I called the relevant airline, and they put me on hold and then told me it was a local airport rule. I sent an email to the airport, and they claim it is an airline rule, and that I was misinformed, and that they were passing my email to the local rep of the airline. (after I responded.) I have not heard back so far. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2014 - 21 answers

Who is the original artist of this image if floating islands?

I can't source which artist creating this fantastic image: link to floating islands click here Can anyone plead help? Image search engines have been useless! [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Mar 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Flying to Hong Kong with kids - How to choose a flight?

We're flying to Hong Kong with our 2 young kids. We need help figuring out the best route and the best way to buy tickets. [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jan 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Airlines don't allow "snub-nosed" dogs. But my dog's face is special!

I have a Boston Terrier and would like to take him on a plane. Airline rules say Bostons are "snub-nosed" dogs that are not allowed on planes. But this particularly charming Boston is not "snub nosed" at all. His nose is not squishy. No breathing problems. He has a noble carriage! Many people think he is, in fact, some other breed. Is there any leniency in airline policy on this? (Pic inside!) [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Can I learn to like traveling for work?

Help me decide if flying out-and-back every week for work will desensitize me to the million little things I dislike about traveling. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris on Aug 6, 2013 - 28 answers

Flying with a Loaded Backpacking (Wilderness Backpacking Backpack)

On August 23rd, I am flying to Fairbanks, Alaska for a week long camping/hiking trip in Denali National Park and would like to not have to check any items if possible. [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

How bad is air travel for the climate, really?

I'd like to better understand the climate impact of flying, as someone who flies quite a lot but in a rather unusual manner. [more inside]
posted by mai on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Advice for a frequent flyer newb?

After not travelling much for most of my life, I've been on a quite a few flights in the past year, and plan on flying more in the future, domestic and international. I've just been using Orbitz, etc, to book flights, but are there better ways to do it if you're flying often? Should I focus on one carrier? How do frequent flyer miles work and how can I best take advantage of them? Is there a good resource for figuring all this stuff out? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jul 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Food...for a kid...on a plane.

Seeking suggestions for non-perishable foodstuffs to feed a toddler while flying cross country. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Is Noah Shannon's story in the NYT true?

Noah Gallagher Shannon has a piece in Sunday's NYT about an emergency landing at Philadelphia. Something about the story makes me think that it might be fictional. Can anybody prove that the story took place as he describes it? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on May 18, 2013 - 53 answers

Flying with a cat - need advice

I'm flying with my mother's cat on Saturday, and would like some advice. I have never flown with a pet before. [more inside]
posted by marble on Apr 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Flight cancelation updates—how did Google know before the cabin crew?

Last week I was on an Air Canada flight from Vancouver BC to London Heathrow. It was a disaster. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Mar 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Identify a turn-of-the-century man-flying-with-umbrella postcard meme?

My friend found a number of European postcards from around 1904 to 1907, each with a similar motif -- a mustachioed, suit-wearing man flying above the city using an umbrella, holding a suitcase in his other hand. You can see some examples here. Do you know more about this meme? [more inside]
posted by grey_sw on Mar 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Cabin cats or cargo cats?

My wife and I are moving across the country in a few months with our furballs, Steve and Lola. We're going to fly with them, but I'm not sure if they would be better off with us in the cabin or in cargo. The trip is unavoidably going to involve two flights, the first one will be about 6 to 6:30 hours in length, the second will be 2 to 2:30 hours. The layover between them could be as short as an hour. So total travel time, including getting to/from the airports will probably be around 12-13 hours. [more inside]
posted by otolith on Mar 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Flying tips with a baby

My Wife and our 1 year old and I are about to embark on a 3 leg trip. I'm after generic airport/airline tips for babies but I have a few specific things to address. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Long term parking at JFK

I'm catching a morning flight out of JFK next Saturday and I need to leave my car at the airport for a few days. I would like to use the on-airport long term parking lot because it looks like there's AirTrain access, but I don't think you can reserve those spots. So I've got two questions: 1) is the parking lot (on Lefferts Boulevard) hard to find? 2) what are the odds that there won't be any spots when I show up? Thanks!
posted by reformedjerk on Feb 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Getting 12 people from NYC to Montreal and Back?

Early May revelry-filled weekend excursion from NYC to Montreal for a group of roughly 12 20-somethings. We see time advantages to flying (provided all goes smoothly) but cost disadvantages. We see cost advantages to driving ourselves, but would like to minimize our personal stress and maximize fun. We see personal stress and maximum fun advantages to being driven, but have no experience with long-distance transporation charter and are unclear on whether this would be cheaper than flying. Any suggestions / experiences?
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Feb 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Comparison of Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines for UK -> USA

For the flights that I'm booking between London (UK) and Boston (US), Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines have effectively identical flight times and prices. Can any seasoned pond-hoppers recommend one airline over the other, and tell me why? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Feb 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Will they let her on the plane?

I was just going over our flight info-my husband and I and our two adult daughters are flying out to Texas to my son's wedding. I just noticed that our travel agent used my younger daughter's maiden name instead of her married name (she is separated but not divorced.) The travel agent is calling me back in a bit but how screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 8, 2013 - 30 answers

GET THEE TO SUNSHINE NOW.

What should I expect flying with a young child (8) from Seatac on Christmas morning? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

how do you work science?!

Can someone explain with SCIENCE, how this glass jar just exploded in my bathroom while I was taking a shower, and ended up almost entirely on the other side of the shower curtain? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2012 - 28 answers

Takeoff-specific flying phobia

Takeoff-specific flying phobia [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Nov 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Temporary license + expired passport = OK to fly?

I'm flying next week. My only forms of photo ID are a temporary driver's license and an expired passport. Will the TSA accept these? If I have to go through additional screening, what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 15, 2012 - 21 answers

There, and back again.

Help us out with the logistics of flying round-trip from NYC (LGA/JFK/EWR) to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) for Christmas. We'd like this to be as aggravation-free as possible. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me nail a second round interview!

They're flying me in for a second round interview! Help me nail it! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Nov 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there anything I can do to get us seats together on the plane?

Tips for getting seats together on a flight that is already booked. [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Sep 10, 2012 - 40 answers

Is A Nexus Card Useful For Canadians Travelling By Air In The United States?

This November, my wife and I will be flying from Winnipeg, MB to Phoenix AZ, with a brief stopover in Minneapolis MN. A week later, we'll be returning the same way, Phoenix -> Minneapolis -> Winnipeg. We both qualify for Nexus cards and I'm wondering if they would be of any use for the Minneapolis/Phoenix leg of the trip. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Mouse House Travel

I'm hoping to find someone with some insight on why we're being presented with really pricey flights from Milwaukee to Orlando, and what options we may have come this November. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

A head full of snot at altitude

In two days I will be taking a series of flights to travel from Australia to Europe for a very much needed month long break. Unfortunately I have a bad cold, secondary infections in my throat and sinuses and generally feel like crap. Given that 27 hours of travel time is not likely to be kind to me, how can I avoid turning up in Edinburgh in even worse shape? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on May 16, 2012 - 16 answers

One Way or Another

How practical is airline travel for fat people? [more inside]
posted by zinon on May 16, 2012 - 34 answers

How to move kitties across the country?

Mew. How do we get 2 kitties across the country? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 22, 2012 - 36 answers

Human Flight: from small working model in footage to life size model?

After seeing the Human Bird Wings video (doesn't matter if it's real or not), I thought about this TED Talk again. Are there any 3D programs/motion-capturing software that can map out that bird and its motion from the talk and convert a 3D model out of it? Then all you would have to do is scale it to human size and build it offline right?
posted by querty on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Need feedback on Alaska Air v. Hawaiian Air from PDX to HNL

Trying to decide on possible merits of choosing Alaska v. Hawaiian Air for flight from Portland to Honolulu... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Frequent Flyer tracking services

Best online service for tracking frequent flyer miles/programs? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Feb 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Does she stay or does she go?

18 year old daughter doesn't want to go on annual family vacation because of anxiety. How does a caring single parent work through this? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Feb 17, 2012 - 36 answers

Can I board a plane 24 hours after I get my wisdom tooth removed?

Have any of you flown on an airplane the day after you got a wisdom tooth removed? My oral surgeon says it'll be fine, but I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Feb 16, 2012 - 22 answers

What items should I not forget to bring for a 15-hour flight? Also, as a non-gamer, are there iPad games you'd recommend to make the flight go faster?

What items should I not forget to bring for a 15-hour flight? Also, as a non-gamer, are there iPad games you'd recommend to make the flight go faster? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jan 22, 2012 - 53 answers

Fear of flying and medication - need creative solutions.

Help me overcome my fear of being on an airplane (not flying) using creative methods. Very specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 15 answers

What days of the year are the fewest people flying?

What days of the year have the least amount of air travel? I've searched for the answer to this question without any luck. I'd like to know so I can possible try to travel at low-volume times.
posted by bq on Jan 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Travels with a plaster bust

Best way to transport a small nineteenth- or early twentieth-century plaster sculpture from DC to London? I have no expertise in transporting art. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Dec 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Traveling with frozen soup.

Can I fly domestically carrying frozen soup? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Dec 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Best carry-on bag that looks professional and FITS

Trying to buy a rolling carry-on that will reliably fit in overheads and look professional when I take it to work/clients. Right now tempted by Tumi Alpha Continental 20" ($$$) but wonder if TravelPro Walkabout 4 ($) would be just as good. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Dec 17, 2011 - 18 answers

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