Airline Etiquette: Feet

In many cultures your feet, socks, and shoes are considered unclean. You collect dirt while walking outside. You step in various liquids in the toilet. Your feet sweat and stink from being confined in shoes all day. Thinking about this it is easy to understand why no one wants…

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Overhead Bins and Coats and Jackets

Most passengers still choose their airline by price. They go to a price comparison website and pick the cheapest option. The problem with these cheap flights is that they separate most fees such as checking your bags. Each checked bag can add $35 to the ticket price each way.…

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How Taxi Time Affects Travel Time

You might have noticed your flight is 3 hours long. You gave yourself an hour to make your connecting flight but even though you pushed back from the gate on time, you've been sitting in line waiting to take off for 45 minutes. Are you going to make your…

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Kid’s Drink Cups

Most airlines do not have special cups for children. They serve all passengers with the same plastic cups without lids or straws. This can present some problems if you are traveling with small children, the biggest of which being spills. The easiest way to deal with this is to…

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It’s Cold on an Airplane

If you've ever been to Florida in the summer you might have noticed that many businesses keep their air conditioning extremely cold to fight the heat. Airports and airplanes are no exception. Even in summer, you are going to find most flights to be rather chilly. Passenger comfort is…

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Surface Movement

The FAA prohibits passengers from moving about the cabin any time the aircraft is moving along the ground. From the time the plane pushes back from the boarding gate until it takes off is considered "taxi" time. If anyone gets out of their seats while the plane is taxiing…

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Don’t Show Up Intoxicated

Drinking alcohol seems to be a big part of the airline travel experience. Whether on vacation or traveling home from business people often want to have a drink. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you don't become intoxicated. Airports have bars, restaurants and lounges that serve…

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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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