Losing Your Seats

Most airlines run on a tight schedule. Passengers depend on airlines to depart on time so that they can make connections, plan family gatherings, arrange meetings and so on. The airlines almost never hold a flight for late passengers. The U.S. carriers all have a strict 45 minute time…

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The Overhead Bins are Shared Space

Checked bag fees account for billions of dollars of airline profit. Most travelers try to avoid those fees by bringing their luggage on board themselves as carry on baggage. This creates a problem for the airlines because most aircraft interiors were not designed to accommodate the luggage of all…

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Seat Assignments and the Contract of Carriage

The Contract of Carriage is the “fine print” that accompanies your ticket. It is the legal document that governs the terms and conditions of your ticket purchase. While you do have certain basic rights (take a look at the Department of Transportation's website https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer for more details) most airline…

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Dry Skin

The air on most jet powered aircraft comes from its engines. This air is called bleed air. It is both used to regulate the temperature inside the cabin and to pressurize the plane. This air is heavily filtered but also very dry. Almost all aircraft run about 4% humidity…

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Schedule Changes

There is nothing worse than showing up at the airport just to discover your scheduled flight time has changed. Some people make their travel plans months in advance and depend on the airlines to run on time. Of course weather can cause delays but from time to time the…

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Codeshare

Have you ever bought a ticket on one airline just to get to the airport and discover you are going to be flying on a completely different airline? What exactly is a codeshare? International airlines often need help getting passengers to their final destinations once they enter a county.…

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Direct vs. Nonstop

Although they may sound the same, there is a big difference between direct and nonstop flights. Knowing the difference can save you a lot of time and aggravation when you travel. Direct flights can make stops along the way to your final destination. This means you might stop somewhere…

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TSA Wait Times

Now that the hurricane is letting up and airports are reopening tens of thousands of travelers are going to be checking in at the same time. Does this mean you are going to have to give yourself extra time at the airport? How can you find out how long…

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Airport Codes

With several Florida airports closing due to the hurricane there seems to be some confusion as to what airport actually is the Orlando International Airport. News organizations are reporting 3 different airports with the name Orlando in them. To better understand which airport is which you need to know…

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Exit Row Seats

Many people like to sit in the exit rows because of the extra leg room but there are certain restrictions on sitting there. Let's look at what an exit row is and what is required to sit there. What is an exit row? The FAA considers it any row…

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