Why did I just spend 20 minutes looking at photographs of human gore? More specifically, I just looked at dozens of online images of the MH17 crash and the mangled bodies laying in the fields.(These images are not hard to find online.) I cried and felt like I was going to vomit while looking at pics of victims who fell from the sky when a missile hit their airplane, yet I kept looking for over 20 minutes. My question: What compelled me to look at these images? Is there a psychological explanation beyond the euphemism "morbid curiosity"? What part of my psyche does this activity satisfy even if no pleasure was derived from it? [more inside]
Have you taken advantage of Southwest Airlines Customer of Size policy? Does it work like I think that it works? [more inside]
Can you help identify this old airline pin? It's an angular bird with a curved beak and blue markings on the tail, about the size of a normal airline "wings" pin, probably from the 1960s or earlier. [more inside]
How can we get our pets across the country? [more inside]
One toddler, one 4-hour flight. Bring the car seat on board or not? [more inside]
What are the days and times that have the best change of being bumped from a flight? I fly 3 or 4 times a year and am usually extremely flexible on what day (and time of day) I can book my flights, and it's usually not inconvenient for me at all if I can volunteer to be bumped to a later flight and get a $400 travel voucher. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a tactical card game (Dominion, Magic the Gathering, etc) which may be suited to a long plane flight? [more inside]
Buying a ticket to Bangkok—is there a dependable online ticket-searching service that is all about getting the truly cheapest fare? Skinflint-In-Coach.com? [more inside]
How can I stop my toddlers from kicking the seat in front of them on an airplane? [more inside]
Are there any movies/online videos to show a toddler what to expect from air travel? [more inside]
Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights? My mother is wanting to be able to charge her laptop on a plane ride to Bejing, and wants to know if she is able to either plug her laptop in on the flight, or bring a cigarette lighter power inverter in order to charge it. Does anyone have any input on this that I can tell her?
Can I book a round-trip flight with different passengers on the initial and return flights? [more inside]
Missed my flight and can't afford a new one - What are my options? [more inside]
Should I book a flight with Aer Lingus or American Airlines? [more inside]
How can I maximize my chances for a free airline upgrade due to pregnancy? [more inside]
I bought a plane ticket, I subsequently had to cancel the flight, and now I'm stuck with a Delta voucher. I want to sell it and buy a ticket on another airline, which happens to have a much better flight to my destination. But where can I sell my ticket? I tried eBay and Points.com already.
If I wanted to fly from one mainland to another -- North America to Asia, for instance -- but I'm willing to fly out of any city in North America to any city in Asia, how can I find out the cheapest route? [more inside]
I bought two non-refundable airline tickets, now one of us will not be going. What to do about that ticket? [more inside]
Could airplanes be powered by fuel cells? Would we need to develop a new type of jet engine or could the same type of turbine, etc be powered by a fuel cell engine. [more inside]
Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it? [more inside]
Can I check a cooler full of food when flying state to state? [more inside]
So I appear to be trapped in Paris. Flew to Europe over the holidays for a conference in Berlin, and thought I'd spend a week in Paris and fly out of there instead. British Airways is informing me they'd like about a grand to get me out of Paris, and no less if I take the chunnel up to London to catch the London-SFO leg there. Best option I've found is to try to delay the return flight until I can actually make my way back to Berlin (it's too late now). Still on hold finding out how painful that's going to be. Anyone have any better ideas?