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"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

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

NYC to Toronto - should I avoid Newark airport due to construction?

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 and 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 - 6 answers

Where's a good place for a paper airplane contest? (Portland Oregon)

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 - 7 answers

Beer Suitcase Best Practices

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 - 16 answers

Another flying-with-a-baby question

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 - 36 answers

RC Helicopter or Plane Recommendation

Looking to purchase an indoor Remote Control (RC) helicopter or place. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Cats on a plane!

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 - 16 answers

Forgotten Toy Filter

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 - 4 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

Passing out on a plane.

What would make someone pass out on a plane? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Air travel with a guitar

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 - 12 answers

Hey Delta, where's the power?

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 - 6 answers

Dumb question of the day.

Can I safely pack canned alcoholic cider in checked airplane luggage? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Mar 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Baby in the air

Travel with baby filter: which of these flights is a better idea for an 8 month old baby? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Jan 3, 2013 - 19 answers

MF-in' CFLs on a MF-in' Plane!

CFLs in checked luggage. OK or Not OK? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

What book IS this?!

What was this book I saw advertised in an airplane magazine years ago? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Nov 6, 2012 - 1 answer

MP3 streaming in the sky?

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 - 9 answers

I want the inside on how the commercial air industry works!

How is the market for a commercial air route determined? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Oct 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Why were airplanes flying the wrong way over LA today?

Why were airplanes flying the wrong way over LA today? [more inside]
posted by univac on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Save the Skateboards

How can I bring my two skateboards on a US Airways flight?? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Oct 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Airplane Mixtape

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 - 51 answers

A pin that might be a little too sharp to wear on an airplane now

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]
posted by dreamyshade on Jul 9, 2012 - 7 answers

I just want to get some dang shut-eye

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 - 23 answers

How low is this airplane?

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 - 21 answers

Was this really a hijack attempt?

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 - 1 answer

Photo gallery of travels with a small plane

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 - 5 answers

I'll Ignore You If You Promise Not To Kill Us

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 - 22 answers

But it's not that kind of white powder!

Can I bring diatomaceous earth on an airplane? Quick responses appreciated. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Feb 20, 2012 - 9 answers

How to get rid of my Virgin America points?

What's the best way for me to sell my unwanted Virgin America Elevate frequent flier points? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jan 3, 2012 - 4 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

Peanut-allergy friendly travel options from Boston to Detroit?

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 - 29 answers

Who nearly crashed himself & his son & wrote about it?

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 - 6 answers

HOWTO: Sleep on a plane?

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 - 35 answers

One day NYC getaway?

What are some day trip options from New York City via an airplane? [more inside]
posted by marc10 on Aug 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Help Link the Wonderdog Take His First Solo Cross-Country Trip.

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 - 10 answers

Can I get back the notebook I left on the plane?

Can I get back the notebook I left on the plane? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.

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 - 15 answers

How many people are flying at a given time?

How many people are in the air at a given time? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on May 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Like the Goodyear blimp. Only for everything.

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 - 18 answers

Zig-Zag-And-Swirl?

Who designed, built and flew the worlds first commercial passenger airplane?
posted by clavdivs on Apr 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Flight attendant sleeping nook?

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 - 8 answers

Daredevil killed in the 1970's - help me find articles about this...

Please help me find articles, about a daredevil who was killed doing a stunt in the late 1970's... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Feb 24, 2011 - 4 answers

What snack foods can survive a plane trip from Canada to Australia via the USA?

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 - 22 answers

Trapped in airplane, please send neck pillow.

Tricks for flying 24,000 miles in 4 days? [more inside]
posted by range on Jan 11, 2011 - 18 answers

Best way to deal with travel chaos, canceled flights, etc.?

Best way to deal with travel chaos, canceled flights, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Dec 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Have bagel, will travel.

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 - 10 answers

No Propellers, Please!

Has anyone flown via Allegiant Air? How was it? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Nov 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Can you recommend a good video converter for iPod?

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 - 13 answers

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