On my 11-hour flight from London to San Francisco last week I was seated next to a father and son that were both over six feet tall. At 5'6" my knees were tapping the back of the chair in front of me. They didn't stand a chance.
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The terrifying story of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 near-crash is still fresh in flyers' minds, but a commercial jet losing an engine isn't usually something to be afraid of. Not only does it rarely happen, but when it does, pilots and planes are ready to handle it. Here's what you need to know about these types of incidents, and why Flight 1380 was more severe.
Budget airlines are a decent option for cheap travel, but they're also known to be uncomfortable, they nickel and dime you for every little thing, and now, people are questioning the overall safety of these low-cost flights. These four tips will help you pick a budget or foreign airline that meets all the right safety standards.
Whenever a large group of friends and I are planning a big trip, I typically volunteer to purchase the plane tickets. Credit card points are serious business, and throwing a few friends on my itinerary means they get to take advantage of my airline status, depending on our which one we choose to take. It's always seemed like a no-brainer, except as Thrillist points out this week, I might have been overpaying.
Plane travel is incredibly safe -- your odds of dying on a commercial flight are about one in 11 million -- but accidents still happen and travellers sometimes make it to a different kind of final destination. Many past fatalities may, however, have been avoidable. Here's the safety info you should be up on in case you go down.
You know the drill when it comes to aeroplane etiquette. Keep your bags stowed in your overhead bin, fasten your seatbelts, and practice some mindfulness after getting out of the way for yet another bathroom run. Sure, after takeoff you'll be able to use your devices, but if you've only got your smartphone on you, or want to help your child watch a flick hands-free, watching a film with your neck arched downward for a few hours may become uncomfortable. Luckily, all you need to fix your ergonomic issues is a ziploc bag and some wireless headphones.
It's annoying as hell when you have your tray table down, trying to work or eat, and the person in front of you reclines, narrowing the already tiny gap between your knees and their seatback. To retaliate, you recline your own seat -- it's your right, after all -- and annoy the person behind you. It's a frustrating domino effect of travellers trying to reclaim their space. So who owns that space to begin with?
Yes, air travel is pretty amazing. But between flight delays and bumped seats, airlines give us a lot to complain about, too. Boarding procedures, for example, often annoy passengers because they're seemingly random and pointless. There is, however, a method to the madness.
Airlines in the US are within their rights to kick you off an overbooked plane, even if you've paid for a ticket and don't want to leave. According to United employees, a "computer" picked a man who said he was a doctor and needed to see patients in the morning to be dragged off a flight this weekend. How does the computer know who to pick? The airlines' policies offer some clues.
United Airlines made headlines around the world today after a gate agent refused to board two young girls on a flight to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings. The choice of attire was deemed "improper" for United representatives, even though both passengers were children.
Despite almost universal condemnation and boycott threats from celebrities, United is sticking to its guns and refuses to admit any wrongdoing. While we won't defend its draconian and sexist policy, the airline does have one thing right - leggings are a pretty terrible choice for an aeroplane. Here's what to wear instead.