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What makes an airline choose Lorna Doones as a long haul-only snack?

A few years ago, on a plane flight, I looked at the list of free snacks -- potato chips, cookies, etc. Next to one (and only one) item (the Lorna Doone cookies), I saw the annotation: "long haul flights only". What (probably) are their criteria for this choice, and what makes Lorna Doones a good choice for this distinction?
posted by brainwane on Sep 11, 2016 - 8 answers

Help with vacation cancellation planning

This spring, I planned a trip from NYC to Denver and then SF in the middle of September. I purchased my three plane tickets and paid for strict-cancellation airbnbs in the two cities. Alas, I did not pay for travel insurance. Two months ago, I developed a health condition which to be treated, temporarily prevents me from flying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2016 - 6 answers

nervous about flying because i can't stop thinking about death

I've always been terrified of flying yet I've always managed to do it. Now I've started envisioning very vivid, gruesome flight-related death scenarios. I have two Transatlantic flights and two cross-country (USA) flights coming up in a couple of months. How do I chill? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons on Jun 14, 2016 - 28 answers

Where should I clear security at ATL today?

Can I use the international checkpoint at ATL for a domestic flight? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on May 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Complex multi-city (and continent) travel: do I need a travel agent?

Through a combination of work opportunities and family obligations, I have some really complex travel planned for next April. I am starting and ending in Stockholm, but will be in Asia, the US, and Central Europe in the middle -- in that order. My attempts to price tickets myself (on Expedia and similar sites) with the multi-city travel options have landed me prices in the $3k range, which seems pretty absurd (and also isn't even offering me good flight times/layovers). Will I have better luck with a travel agency? I've always booked all my own travel before. [more inside]
posted by byzantienne on Dec 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Setting a price alert for a certain airline from a specific airport.

To use a credit, I'd like to set a price alert for multiple routes from a specific airport but ONLY for one airline - Korean air. How do I go about doing that?
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 30, 2015 - 2 answers

A travel pillow focused on side support

What is the best travel pillow that provides side-to-side neck support with minimal back-of-neck support? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Nov 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Gate-checking a mobility scooter?

Have you done this? The scooter in question disassembles into 4 parts. Delta is willing to let us gate-check it but is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by daneflute on Oct 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Is air travel safer than it was 5 years ago?

What advancements/improvements, technological or otherwise, have been made over the last 5 years to make commercial air travel safer? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Sep 22, 2015 - 9 answers

I Wanna Get Away™

My boyfriend and I are travel novices, so we need advice about whether this is an OK idea or a stupid plan. (Southwest Airlines/air travel edition.) [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jul 15, 2015 - 12 answers

3-1 or 2-2?

Parents of AskMe, help me pick over this plate of beans: when traveling by airplane as a family of four, is it better to configure seats 2-2 or 3-1? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jun 1, 2015 - 26 answers

Is Global Entry worth it?

I have some international trips coming up in the latter half of this year and was thinking of getting Global Entry to reduce airport hassles. When I traveled abroad a few years ago, it seemed a definite advantage (at least at my airport, Dulles), if only for the TSA Pre-Check. But, is it still that way? I read recently that they get 50,000 new applications every month, so I imagine as more people join, it may not be as useful. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on May 8, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I buy this ticket I found on ITA Matrix Software?

I found a ticket on ITA Matrix Software from Guangzhou China to Columbus Ohio. I can't seem to find the ticket on any website though, or maybe I'll have to buy the ticket through two different websites since it's two different airlines? I checked expedia, and hipmunk. Details of flights inside. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Oct 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Taking dog from UK to US, and back?

I and an American living in the Netherlands, and have taken my dog to the US several times from Schiphol when I'm taking a long-ish trip back to the States. She has a pet passport, and it has never been an issue going back through Amsterdam. I'm moving to the UK soon, and for my fall trip I was wondering if I should take her from the UK to the US, and back (probably from Heathrow), or stick with Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Delta Schedule Change

So I've read a few posts about scheduling changes here and on other sites and I'd like to post my situation to see what y'all would think is reasonable to expect from Delta. [more inside]
posted by Beti on Aug 24, 2014 - 10 answers

What is the best option for an air travel gift card?

What is the best way to give a gift card to help pay for plane tickets for domestic US travel? It can't tie the recipient down to a particular airline and it must be a gift card, so please don't tell me to give cash. That would obviously be best.
posted by Xalf on Aug 24, 2014 - 9 answers

What do you call it when a jet engine 'explodes' but the plane doesn't?

In 2001, I was on a passenger jet that made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff. Right around the time we would have reached 10,000 feet, there was an "explosion" (I think?) in one of the engines. After landing, the pilot told us what it was, but I can't remember. Help me remember the term? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 7, 2014 - 13 answers

No, I've been nervous lots of times.

In a month I will be flying transatlantic solo with a baby on my lap. I can't decide which is better: a window seat or an aisle seat? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jul 3, 2014 - 22 answers

How can I get a gun across the planet?

I want to get an air rifle from the UK ( where the police don't care about it ) to Australia ( where its a gun that needs a licence )? How...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on May 17, 2014 - 4 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

Abbie Hoffman's cryptic "fly free" techniques

In Steal This Book, Abbie Hoffman states:
We know two foolproof methods to fly free, but unfortunately we feel publishing them would cause the airlines to change their policy.
Ever since I read the book as a kid, I've wondered what those methods were. Presumably, they're antiquated and safe to discuss. Anyone have any ideas?
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 2, 2014 - 16 answers

But I used to sleep like a baby

I'm a relatively experienced air traveler and usually have no trouble napping on flights. But recently on the return leg of two trips I've experienced a dizzying, discombobulating roar in my ears when I drift from closed eyes to semi-sleep. The first time I just curled up and persevered, but my sleep quality was very poor and, more importantly, the experience left me dizzy for days afterwards. So the second time I forced myself to stay awake, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced the same feeling. If so, what have you done to combat/prevent it?
posted by serelliya on Feb 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Cheap duffel bag in Budapest?

Where can I buy a cheap duffel bag in Budapest? [more inside]
posted by Captain Sunshine on May 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Re-Learning to Fly

I'm going to be flying cross-country at the end of June. I haven't been on an airplane in about 11 years. What should I do to make my trip as comfortable and stress-free as possible, both on the ground and in the air? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on May 10, 2013 - 42 answers

Business-class comfort to Ireland on a budget

Help my wife and I travel to Ireland in comfort this fall without spending entirely too much money! [more inside]
posted by kindall on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Flying with a cat - need advice

I'm flying with my mother's cat on Saturday, and would like some advice. I have never flown with a pet before. [more inside]
posted by marble on Apr 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Tips for plane travel with somebody in a wheelchair

In a couple of weeks I'll be flying with my daughter to Philadelphia (see my previous question). She is in a wheelchair. I've never done this before. What can I do to make both our lives easier? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Apr 15, 2013 - 15 answers

EWR to Amtrak connection logistics?

Are either of these connections from Newark airport to Amtrak reasonable? Ground truths needed! [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Dec 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I take the midnight train going anywhere?

Last minute trip: do airlines offer last-minute "leaves today" flights at rock-bottom rates to fill empty seats? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 15, 2012 - 13 answers

What should I expect if I'm scheduled to fly into the heart of the Frankenstorm?

I'm scheduled to fly (home) from San Francisco to Washington, DC (Dulles) on Monday night. How screwed am I, what should I expect, and what plans should I be making right now? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 26, 2012 - 20 answers

So, is Terminal 2 like an Embassy and we're all on US soil?

How much time do I need to leave to clear US Customs at Dublin airport before a flight to the US? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

media playback on an airplane - the best strategy

Long flight ahead - what's the best way to play media during the flight? (details/needs inside...) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on May 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Shotgun of emergency international travel questions

A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 25, 2012 - 35 answers

Historical Flight Data

How can I find data on whether a flight from the recent past (less than a week) was delayed or not? [more inside]
posted by brgale on Mar 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Fly Me To... Any Place Within One Contiguous Landmass, Unfotunately

Travel mavens: need tips/pointers/insider info on how to get the most out of two free (but somewhat restricted) airline tickets. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 10, 2012 - 12 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

Travels with a plaster bust

Best way to transport a small nineteenth- or early twentieth-century plaster sculpture from DC to London? I have no expertise in transporting art. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Dec 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Flying While Diabetic

Beyond knowing what the TSA says here, what should I know about domestic air travel and diabetes? [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese on Dec 9, 2011 - 12 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

How should I reschedule my flight around Hurricane Irene?

IreneFilter: help me reschedule my air travel plans from DC to Reno on Sunday morning. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Aug 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it a bad idea for my terminally ill grandmother to go to the USA for 48hrs?

My dad and I are thinking of taking my 85yr old grandmother on a road trip. She was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer last Thursday and decided on Friday that she doesn't want to go through treatment. She does, however, want to see her sister, sister's kids and grandkids one last time. However, they live 1,300KM away in a mid-sized Mid-West city in the States while we're in Toronto. We'd like to make this visit happen for grandma, recognize all the risks inherent in trying to do so, and would like to hear the stories/experiences of anyone who has done anything similar. Relevant details below the fold. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by dismitree on Aug 22, 2011 - 23 answers

Can homemade macarons safely travel by plane?

How practical is it to bring a box of homemade macarons on a flight as carry-on luggage? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on May 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Passport stamps are not Pokemon cards.

My boyfriend and I are going to have a five-hour layover in Berlin on Tuesday morning. Would that be enough time to leave the airport and grab breakfast somewhere? And if so, where should we go? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Apr 30, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I beat the craziness of the Continental/Amtrak link between EWR and Philly

Does anyone have any recent experience with the Continental/Amtrak link for trips to Philadelphia 30th St. Station (coded ZFV by Continental)? I need to get to Princeton NJ (not Philly) and Continental/Amtrak link is much cheaper than just a flight to Philly or Newark. [more inside]
posted by cptspalding on Apr 20, 2011 - 5 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

Should my baby go through a full body scan?

I will be travelling with my 20 month old son next week. Should I take him through the full body scanner, or request alternative screening? I'd love answers from anyone with particular expertise in this area. [more inside]
posted by lexicakes on Nov 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me get to New York without a burst eardrum

I'm in the Bay Area, supposed to fly to New York tomorrow morning. For the past few days I've had moderately crappy sinus congestion. What can I do to make the flight as comfortable as possible? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Sep 24, 2010 - 24 answers

Ticket for one to Kathmandu, Moscow, or Cape Town... please!

Desperately need a new awesome fly-somewhere-cheap monitor website. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jul 8, 2010 - 4 answers

How late can I leave work to meet folks at the airport.

If an international flight lands at SFO @ 1:15 how long does it typically take for a passenger to get through customs, get their bags and show up at the arrivals bit? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap on Jun 23, 2010 - 6 answers

It's been YEARS since they lost a kid, right?

What tips does the Hive Mind have for sending my 7-year old off as an unaccompanied minor on a cross-country airplane trip? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 30, 2010 - 33 answers

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