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Best Toiletry Bag Contents?

An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 17, 2014 - 44 answers

Where to Find In-Flight Almonds (Besides In-Flight)?

I lubs lubs lubs almonds. I'm looking for a brand or line of almonds which best approximate in-flight almonds (if in-flight almonds still exist). Smoky, salted, but with that extra bit of zip somehow, without being all gunky. [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Sep 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Measuring and collecting data on aircraft noise

I need to measure some noise, complicated environmental noise. And store the data. Aircraft noise. (Which is complicated to measure.) Some initial research is turning up that it could be done with equipment like a Real Time Audio Analyzer w 1/3 Octave Band Filters or equivalent. I need to do it separately from city-owned or airport owned equipment. I know there are experts who do this and the analysis is not easy. Best case scenario, there would be an individual or group which could be hired within the Chicagoland area to help. Next best thing would be the ability to collect data ourselves that could be analyzed later. Anyone familiar with the resources and strategies used for residents to collect data on aircraft noise?
posted by jeanmari on Aug 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Dealing with logistics of a one-way ticket

The problem: Boyfriend has been living in Central America for several years--he's not a permanent resident or citizen, but gets his passport stamped every 3 months (just takes a quick trip across the border). This seems typical of lots of expats in the area, and there are no problems with the host country so far. Boyfriend has an Italian passport. He's currently visiting me in the States. He also visited last October, and when we were at the airport for his return flight, the nice lady at United told us he couldn't fly back to Central American country without a ticket showing that he would leave this country within 3 months [more inside]
posted by namemeansgazelle on May 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Spasm? Spasm!

How do I deal with muscle spasms on a long, long flight? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt on Apr 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Contacting the mothership

My new downstairs neighbor put something on the roof of our three family apartment that is causing horrible interference with all the electronics in my apartment. What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Mar 8, 2013 - 24 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

How much time do pilots actually spend actually spend piloting?

How much time do commercial pilots actually spend flying planes by hand these days? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jun 13, 2012 - 13 answers

aerial photos from 1950s?

where can I find aerial photos of a neighborhood in brooklyn (11215 zip code) from the 1950's or 1960's?
posted by davidvan on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me help my son learn about planes. And about learning.

My 11-year-old son wants to learn about jet planes. Help me help him learn. [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Mar 14, 2012 - 15 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

Frequent tired flyer

I fly every Sunday and Friday for the next several months. Help me stay healthy and sane. [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Oct 16, 2011 - 25 answers

Feeling like I'm in a WWII movie here...

[AviationFilter]I live in a medium-sized college town in central VA. Starting at about 8:30pm (and continuing as of this post at 9:46pm), we have had two smaller prop planes buzzing our neighborhood. We do live within a half-mile of the airport. These planes are flying at less than 1000 ft. What is the "cut-off" time for this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Aug 2, 2011 - 14 answers

What to expect on my first airline adventure?

I'm Mefi's 18 year old intern and I haven't been on an airplane since I was 18 months old. On the 18th of July, the boss (mathowie) and I are heading to New York. What should I expect now that I'm about to consciously experience my first plane flight?
posted by Dominic. Allen on Jul 11, 2011 - 86 answers

Why Do My Lungs Get All Squishy?

Why, when going deep underwater, does the air in your lungs compress? I'm pretty sure we learned this in 5th grade...yet...I got nothing. [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Mar 9, 2011 - 19 answers

An interest in aviation?

Help me get interested in and keep up-to-date on aviation! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Overcoming fear of flying.... hopefully

It's high time I get back on an airplane, but I've had difficulty doing that in the past, even with the assistance of medication. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Waking up on moving vehicles!

Waking up in moving vehicles sends me into existential crises. What? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jun 30, 2010 - 23 answers

Why bother call it AIRPLANE mode if you can't use it on an AIRPLANE?

What's Up With THAT?! Filter: On a recent flight, I was told that an iPhone - even on Airplane mode - was an unapproved device and needed to be fully shut off. Um. Why? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Jun 27, 2010 - 32 answers

Is Southwest going to stop me from flying?

Is Southwest Airlines going to Kevin Smith me? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Feb 25, 2010 - 22 answers

Tips for Toddler Travel?

I am going to be flying alone domestically with my 23-month-old toddler soon, it will be his last trip without his own seat*. He is very, very active, and I am trying to get prepared now so it will go as well as possible. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Jan 17, 2010 - 44 answers

If you would look to your left, you can see the pilot craning his neck out your window.

Flying commercially on some planes, the crew asks you to open your window shades at take off and landing. Why on earth do all passenger window shades have to be open? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Dec 30, 2009 - 6 answers

As much as I won't mind a few extra hours of sleep...

I am flying from Vancouver to Toronto tomorrow morning. Can someone clarify what the flight experience will be like? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 29, 2009 - 12 answers

How much flight information is on a credit card statement

I am buying a plane ticket with my credit card and someone else has access to my credit card statements. How much information about my flight will that person be able to get? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Oct 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Planespotting at O'Hare: The Security Aspect

What should we be prepared with if a friend and I want to go plane spotting at O'Hare? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on Aug 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Best WWII air battle movie scenes

What's the best WWII movies for air battle scenes (domestic or foreign)? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Jul 12, 2009 - 20 answers

Anything is better than driving?

I've heard that there are twice-daily commuter flights to/from Charlottesville, VA and DC. I can't find any online... everything seems to be typical big-airliner, normal-expensive flights. Am I looking in the wrong place, and what's the best option for traveling between those two places minus a car? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jun 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Where can I see the Wright planes?

Where can I find a list of all the Wright Company planes on public display (originals, not reproductions)? [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Apr 22, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I get over my fear of flying?

In a little over two weeks, I'll be vacationing in the Italian Riviera with a group of friends. There's just one problem: my debilitating fear of flying. [more inside]
posted by zembla3 on Mar 2, 2009 - 23 answers

What is the name of this 1980's television series?

What is the name of this 1980's television series? [more inside]
posted by clamato on Feb 15, 2009 - 14 answers

How big can an airplane get?

What's the largest size that an airplane could theoretically be and still fly? Let's assume real-world materials that exist currently (ie, no carbon nanotubes or anything like that). I'm interested in the 'why' as much as I'm interested in the actual answer.
posted by empath on Dec 11, 2008 - 19 answers

how is a free-for-all faster?

Does eliminating assigned seating reduce boarding times for airplanes? And if so, why? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots on Oct 30, 2008 - 14 answers

Where's the best place to watch the Chicago Air show?

Where's the best place to watch the Chicago Air show?
posted by nitsuj on Aug 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Could a few pesky letters mess me up at airport security?

Will I be able to board a plane if the name on my boarding pass is slightly different from my legal name? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2008 - 25 answers

Vintage airplanes over Los Angeles

On this past Mother's Day afternoon, I saw several WWII-era aircraft flying around L.A. over the course of a few hours. Anyone know if there was some air show or something else like that going on that day?
posted by shoos on May 22, 2008 - 3 answers

fly me to the moon...

How many person-miles are flown every year by commercial airlines? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 4, 2008 - 3 answers

advice for a first time flyer!

In about two and a half months, I'm going on my first flight. What should I know, or otherwise be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by lisawin on Mar 15, 2008 - 51 answers

Packing Pen on Plane?

Does anyone have direct experience taking a Rotring 500 fountain pen on an airplane in post 9/11 America? If so, your advice? [more inside]
posted by gyusan on Mar 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Paper Airplane Designs

Favorite paper airplanes (and other flying diversions)? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Feb 28, 2008 - 15 answers

Newbie to R/C airplanes (SPAD) questions

R/C Airplane (SPAD) beginner question(s) [more inside]
posted by spock on Nov 26, 2007 - 4 answers

Spinning airplane wheels before landing

Why don't commercial jets start the wheels rotating before landing? [more inside]
posted by Killick on Sep 2, 2007 - 24 answers

How do I get a torch lighter on the plane?

How do I get my torch lighter on the the airplane? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Aug 14, 2007 - 8 answers

How do you lookup airplane tail numbers?

Does anyone know of a way to lookup a tail number on a private airplane to see who owns it? Nothing nefarious going on here, honest. I believe we have the tail number and are trying to find out who owns the plane.
posted by philad on May 2, 2007 - 11 answers

i just like to watch.

seattle / tacoma folks - i like to watch airplanes take off and land. Suggest a good spot to sit quietly and watch the air traffic at seaTac airport? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Dec 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Can you remember this arcade game?

I fondly remember an arcade game from my childhood at the local junk-food kiosk, but I can not remember the name. I have tried to search Google, but I have not found anything. The game, as I remember it, was a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up. You flew planes (1 player or 2 players) and on the ground beneath you dinosaurs where actively trying to kill you with their prehistoric might. [more inside]
posted by Grums on Oct 19, 2006 - 3 answers

You have a ticket for no seats.

How can I have an airline ticket yet not have a seat? [more inside]
posted by baklavabaklava on Sep 17, 2006 - 36 answers

How loud is the inside of an airplane?

How loud are the passenger cabins of commercial airplanes? [more inside]
posted by werty on Apr 26, 2006 - 10 answers

Here's a challenge: Obscure BookFilter

PossiblyExtremelyObscureBookFilter: I'm trying to locate the title and author of a paperback book I read in the late '60's. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Feb 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Are Flight Attendants jacking with my sanity?

Lately, when flying red-eye flights, I've noticed that the flight attendants, as part of their safety spiel, sometimes ask that the window shades be left up during takeoff and landing. Why? Also, [more inside]
posted by Zendogg on Jan 13, 2006 - 17 answers

Airline policy shift?

When did the FAA/airlines stop asking those 2 questions about whether someone had given me something to bring on the plane, and whether my bags had been out of my possession at any point? What was their justification? I want to say that this changed after 9/11, but that doesn't really make sense.
posted by unknowncommand on Dec 30, 2005 - 27 answers

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