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 -
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 -
I live in Toronto. I'm flying to New York for a week. My outgoing flight is already booked, but I'm booking my return for May 13. I usually fly Porter, which takes me from Newark to the Toronto Island airport, which I love, and is convenient.
I just saw that there's construction at Newark airport, causing delays. (Info here
Should I avoid Newark airport for my flight back? If it affects things: In Toronto, I live downtown. In New York, I'm staying on the lower east side.
posted by ManInSuit
on May 7, 2014 -
I'm looking for an awesome spot for a paper airplane contest near Portland Oregon. I work as an engineer and my goal is to do this as a "team activity" at work. Who knows - if there's a good spot, maybe an IRL event too? [more inside]
posted by sarah_pdx
on Feb 1, 2014 -
Other than the 50 lb weight limit for checked luggage, what should I consider when attempting to take back as many exotic midwestern delights (aka 12 oz bottles or pint cans of beer) as possible to the west coast? It would go in a roller suitcase with my clothes as padding.
posted by mandymanwasregistered
on Dec 31, 2013 -
In about three weeks I will be embarking on a trip from Australia to the middle of America (solo!) with a very active 14-month-old. In an effort to stave off the anxiety that this prospect raises in me, I'm overthinking the logistics. Would love some advice on a few things. [more inside]
posted by forza
on Dec 10, 2013 -
What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness
on Aug 6, 2013 -
So, today, for no readily apparent reason, I was visited by a very vivid memory of a toy I had as a kid, some time in the early 70's. They were these die cast metal planes with little plastic landing gear and cockpits, kind of futuristic looking, in jewel-tone colors, that you flew on a little zip line setup that involved a little gun like thing with a little deck for the plane to sit on until you released it.
Looking on Ebay reveals nothing like I remember. Anyone know what these things were called.
posted by Kid Charlemagne
on Jun 24, 2013 -
Seeking suggestions for non-perishable foodstuffs to feed a toddler while flying cross country. [more inside]
posted by gnutron
on May 23, 2013 -
I'm traveling (US Airways San Francisco to New Orleans, US Airways New Orleans to Wilmington NC, Delta from Wilmington to San Francisco) to play music at my sister's wedding. I'm hoping you can tell me how to fly with my guitar (including what to say, who to talk to) without it getting crushed.
What I've already been told is inside. [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns
on Apr 30, 2013 -
I am on a cross country flight on a Delta 737-800 with DVOD. Everything I am reading says I should have a USB port at my seat, but I can't find it. The flight attendants seemed very confused when I asked them about it. Can anyone tell me exactly where this mysterious USB port would be?
posted by couchtater
on Mar 22, 2013 -
It's about 6 AM. I'm leaving my house at about 7 AM. I'm getting on an airplane at about 9 AM. While on that airplane, I'd like to listen on my iPhone 4 to an .mp3 file that will be posted onto the internets at about 7:30 AM. [more inside]
posted by clorox
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Help me with an airplane-themed playlist, with songs from the past decade and with lyrics mentioning “plane” / “flight” / “pilot” or any other airplane-related words. [more inside]
posted by querty
on Sep 24, 2012 -
Tales from the middle seat: I'm booked on a red-eye flight leaving Monday night. No problem, I'll just sleep on the plane. I've done it before and it's not so bad. Except. I booked my plane ticket a week ago, and I don't have a window seat. Help me figure out how to get some sleep without a window to lean on... [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel
on Jun 20, 2012 -
Can someone explain this picture
to me? It's a Google Earth shot of Russell Square in London. It aslo features an apparently low-flying airplane. It can't be as low as it looks, can it?
posted by Cobbler
on May 23, 2012 -
Was this really a hijack attempt? In Texas in the 1960's or early 1970's there was an attempted hijacking of a plane. The Army drove by the plane with two jeeps and rendered the plane useless by almost severing the vertical stabilizer with machine gun fire. [more inside]
posted by Leenie
on May 20, 2012 -
I remember seeing this amazing picture gallery of some guy's travels with his small plane via some link aggregating site/blog a few years ago, but can't find it now. The guy had landed his plane in all sorts of amazing landscapes (mostly in North America, I think), and taken pictures. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
posted by palet
on Mar 14, 2012 -
According to this post
, electronics rule violations on planes won't really put my safety in jeopardy (by bringing the plan down or anything) but am I supposed to ignore blatant electronics usage during take-off and landing? [more inside]
posted by shew
on Mar 11, 2012 -
I need to travel from Boston, MA to Detroit, MI to visit my family this Christmas break. I'm faced with three options - fly, bus, or drive. I have a severe peanut allergy, so I'm trying to choose the safest option for me (with a preference for shorter travel times). In particular, how safe might Greyhound bus and United Airlines be for the peanut-allergic? Fellow allergics, would wearing a surgical mask help? Personal stories welcome. [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog
on Dec 4, 2011 -
Who wrote about a change in perspective due to a near-miss in a private airplane he was piloting? [more inside]
posted by morganw
on Nov 12, 2011 -
I am embarking on an 8 hour red eye flight. When I arrive I'm going to have to very shortly thereafter attend a funeral. What is the best way to ensure sleeping on a plane? [more inside]
posted by pmv
on Sep 13, 2011 -
How can I affordably and safely transport my large dog 1,200 miles, when I am not traveling with him? [more inside]
posted by letahl
on Jun 25, 2011 -
I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP
on Jun 14, 2011 -
IF, tomorrow, the world switched to blimps from jets for all but emergency travel, how much fuel would we save? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on May 23, 2011 -
Who designed, built and flew the worlds first commercial passenger airplane?
posted by clavdivs
on Apr 9, 2011 -
On a recent flight, I noticed flight attendants entering what I thought was a bathroom, but once I caught a glimpse of a very steep stairway--almost a ladder--that must go up to some sort of sleeping loft. I think the plane was a 777, but it could've been something else.
I am intrigued (and jealous). Does anyone know what this loft looks like? Anyone ever been in one? Pics would be great.
posted by zardoz
on Apr 6, 2011 -
What snack foods can I take on the plane (for personal consumption) for a trip from Canada to Australia with a short layover in the USA? [more inside]
posted by nathaole
on Jan 16, 2011 -
Friend in India has a craving for a good New York bagel + cream cheese. What's the best way to bring them over from the US in carry-on or check-in luggage to maintain freshness? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc
on Dec 6, 2010 -
What is the best and easiest app for converting video files on my PC (.avi) to something iPod compatible? [more inside]
posted by zooropa
on Nov 3, 2010 -