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Carrying a poster from France to the US: carry-on or ship?

How do I get a large poster tube from France to the US? Do I try to carry it on, or risk shipping it? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Oct 12, 2014 - 9 answers

What's in a name (to the TSA)?

I'm flying from the West Coast to the East Coast of the US in 24 hours and was about to check in when I realized my name was wrong on the itinerary. Say my name is Katie Smith - it's listed in my booking as Katiems Smith. I'm pretty sure Google Flight just mashed together my first name and Ms., but now it's appears at Katiems on the itinerary and obviously my passport and driver's license say Katie. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Sep 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me with motion sickness!

I always get motion sickness on boats, and if the weather is bad enough, on airplanes. I love to travel, so this is a real bummer. I've tried both Dramamene and the behind-the-ear patches, and neither really helps. What can I do to really deal with the motion sickness without being a sleep-addled zombie? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Aug 16, 2014 - 19 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Traveling with frozen soup.

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

Is a USAirways Mastercard worth it?

I have a lot of flying to do in the next 18 months. I need help evaluating the offer of a usairways premier world mastercard. I'm wanting to see what the hivemind thinks about this being a good thing or a bad thing. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I fly to New York for the weekend?

Should I fly to New York for the weekend? (from London) [more inside]
posted by Lotto on Oct 5, 2011 - 35 answers

What's worth seeing outside during a London to Seattle flight?

In a few hours I'll be flying from London to Seattle. What should I keep an eye out for (outside)? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Aug 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Can I sleep in the airport if I've checked luggage?

I'm flying to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport later this month. My flight arrives around 11 PM, but thanks to an unforeseen scheduling snafu, my ride won't be able to pick me up until early the next morning. Normally, I'd just hang out in the terminal overnight, but on this trip, I'll have a checked bag. What would happen if I just waited until the next morning to retrieve my suitcase from baggage claim? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Jul 2, 2011 - 23 answers

I want to stow a headrest, too!

Is there any way I can get an upgrade on this upcoming flight? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 29, 2011 - 5 answers

London's calling, and I ain't got no swing.

I'm going to London! As a travel noob, what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 31, 2011 - 51 answers

"Snuggie" isn't even a real word.

You know how sometimes you find a single object that makes travel so much less inconvenient, uncomfortable, or disorganized? I'm going from the US to Russia (St. Petersburg) in a few weeks - please tell me what I would buy now if only I knew of its existence. Stuff for plane trips, packing, or just living out of a suitcase are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on May 30, 2011 - 68 answers

Travel tips/hacks for long international flights to China?

Travel tips/hacks for long international flights to China? Travel pillow and video recorder recommendations? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on May 24, 2011 - 20 answers

Is it possible for my boyfriend to go to his best friend's wedding?

Is it possible for my boyfriend to go to his best friend's wedding? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Mar 22, 2011 - 45 answers

Travel cancellation insurance for family, but group is divided into two separate flights?

If my family is travelling a week before I do, but the baby gets sick and can't fly, is there insurance that can cover my flight in addition to theirs? [more inside]
posted by Bushmiller on Mar 13, 2011 - 3 answers

How can a poor girl travel spontaneously?

Is there a way to get cheap last minute weekend airline tickets? Are there any hacks I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Mar 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Is there an etiquette for reclining in the air?

Is there an etiquette for reclining in the air? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Feb 28, 2011 - 85 answers

Where are all these flight deals?

People always tell me they found cheap flights by not buying direct from the airlines... however, when I search all the sites they recommend and the ones I find via google, they're always about the same price as buying direct from Air Canada. Sometimes AC is cheaper! The same thing happened last year. What am I not understanding here? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Feb 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Flying with a Newborn

Logistics of traveling solo with an infant. Looking for tips regarding carriers, going to the bathroom, changing a baby on the plane. I'll be flying Alaska Air and I'd love any special tips for flying these small planes or even Alaska in particular. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Point here for "pasta", here for "chicken".

My grandparents, who are in their 70s, will be taking their first international flight from Bulgaria to the United States (with a transfer in Amsterdam) next week. They do not speak English. How can we make this easier for them? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 10, 2010 - 9 answers

How can we get 3 pets, 1 with issues, across the country?

How can we get our pets across the country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2010 - 14 answers

New Road Warrior Needs Advice

Calling all you seasoned road warriors. I'm starting a new job where I'll be traveling at least 40% of the time. [more inside]
posted by white_devil on Aug 30, 2010 - 44 answers

Help me plan to fly a few places, with a service dog?

Do travel agencies exist any more? If so, will it be worth it to use one for this trip? Can they make it easier to travel with my owner-trained service animal? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Aug 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Xanax for flying phobia?

Tell me about using Xanax or other anti-anxiety meds to combat fear of flying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Traveling for Business

I'm going on my first business trip and I'm nervous. Help me impress my colleagues. What tips do you have? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Jan 31, 2010 - 19 answers

How should I plan a trip to Oshkosh for AirVenture?

How should I plan a trip to Oshkosh for AirVenture? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Dec 31, 2009 - 3 answers

GET ME HOME!!!

I WANT TO GET HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn on Dec 19, 2009 - 29 answers

All I want for Christmas is my yum smoked meat.

I'm traveling to Dallas on Northwest Airlines from Montreal Pierre Trudeau Airport tomorrow morning. I just bought three pounds of smoked meat that is NOT shrink wrapped. Can I take it? Can I carry it on? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Dec 14, 2009 - 8 answers

I know the names don't match, but it's really me! I swear!

Someone purchased an airline ticket for me, but booked it under my nickname instead of my legal name. I don't have any photo ID with my nickname on it. Will I be able to fly? [more inside]
posted by arianell on Oct 26, 2009 - 24 answers

Can you use airport amnesty bins to erase certain crimes?

Where can I find the written laws that regulate amnesty bins at airports? (Amnesty bins are the bins right before the metal detectors in some airports where you can, according to signs, throw away anything that you can't take through security without penalty.) And, related, are these actually legally binding, or just a gentlemen's agreement? Could someone hypothetically put a stolen painting in the bin, and be free of legal consequence of having stolen it?
posted by Damn That Television on Oct 5, 2009 - 18 answers

When buying a plane ticket, how do you decide whether to cash in your frequent flyer miles?

When you buy a plane ticket, how do you decide whether to cash in your frequent flyer miles, or pay cash and earn the miles? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Aug 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Ordering a return ticket Melbourne to Los Angeles with V Australia; can I travel to LA and cancel the return flight for a refund?

I'm going to be flying one way from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles with V Australia. It's cheaper to book a return ticket than a one way ticket. Can I cancel the return flight and get a refund? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jul 28, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I get the stamina and health of diplomats, CEOs and politicians?

I'm just about to start a new job that will involve a lot of travel, negotiation, and meeting and greeting. How do I get the stamina and health of diplomats, CEOs and politicians? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Apr 25, 2009 - 16 answers

Hippest Woman in Seattle

Help me fly to Belgium for surgery next month: [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Mar 23, 2009 - 8 answers

New road warrior looking for the tricks of the trade.

New road warrior here! Looking for sites, blogs, toys etc that all you other road warriors use to help ease myself into this lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

and will either give me free Guinness?!

Should I book a flight with Aer Lingus or American Airlines? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Dec 30, 2008 - 22 answers

Holiday Roo-ah-a-oh-a-ah-oh-oh-oh-oad, Holiday Ro-ah-a-oh-a-oh-oad!

Please help me plan a vacation for my first spring break in what feels like a million years! [more inside]
posted by QUHZK on Dec 29, 2008 - 5 answers

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