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First and Business class plane tickets come with a lot of perks. You get to board the plane before anyone else, are guaranteed a spot for your carry-on luggage, get the most legroom (and sometimes a lie-flat seat!). You get free drinks and food a cut above what’s being served to passengers in other cabins of the plane.

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If you’re a nervous flyer, turbulence of any kind is alarming. It’s especially bad when you’re coming in closer to the ground during landing. There are a lot of bumps and jolts that can feel frightening as they’re happening — but they’re nothing your pilot isn’t trained to handle.

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You almost certainly don’t enjoy flying: The cost, the discomfort, the annoying person in Seat B. Just remember that the flight attendants might be having an even worse experience than you, and they can’t complain about it, because it’s their job.

All of which is to say that, in general, it’s important to be thoughtful about the experience of your flight attendants. And it seems that the call button is a particularly common cause of bad behaviour in transit.

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I just returned from a trip to Europe with my husband's extended family. It was the first time we travelled out of the continent with our five-year-old, and despite a couple of time-change-induced meltdowns, I'm happy to report it was a net positive experience.

I'm can't yet say I'm a pro at globetrotting with kids, but I've been obsessively stealing tips from parents who are - particularly those who've mastered the art and science of packing. With this holiday, here are some things I'm so glad I brought along, and some that I wish I had thought of.

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Commercial planes in the US are gradually becoming more and more cramped. About 20 years ago, the average seat pitch - the distance between each seat where your legs are - was around 90 centimetres. Now it's regularly under 80. If you're planning to fly economy and legroom is important to you, look into these airlines and planes.

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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.

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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.