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Is there a dress code for airline passengers?

Carriers have an array of arguments to preclude you from flying. An airline can deny you boarding or remove you from the plane if a crew member considers your attire or behavior unacceptable. You are a security threat, or you smell bad, or you are unruly, or whatever. As long as the airline does not discriminate, it can use many arguments to deny you boarding. The following examples illustrate this clearly. 1. A Southwest Airlines flight attendant tells passenger Kyla Ebbert that her mini-skirt is potentially offensive to other passengers. Ms. Ebbert does not argue, but drapes a blanket over...
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Who gets priority at KLM?

Gold and platinum members of Flying BlueAir France/KLM’s frequent flyer program – can reserve seats in the so-called comfort zone, where the pitch is somewhat larger than in the rest of coach class, without paying a fee.

Recently, they got the possibility to include their seat preferences (window or aisle) in their profiles. Several members wrote us that KLM

disregards their preferences. On intercontinental flights they could reserve middle seats in the comfort zone, but no aisle seats.

One of them asks the...

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False alarm

"This is an emergency. We will shortly be making an emergency landing on water." Passengers onboard a British Airways flight from Miami to London got the fright of their lives when they heard this announcement on January 16, 2012 at around 3 a.m. It was a pre-recorded message that left the passengers in panic as they feared for their lives. Half a minute later, however, a flight attendant came on over the intercom to apologize, saying the message was played in error. A passenger said that the flight attendant's tone suggested the crew had not grasped how seriously she had...
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Has flying become safer?

Global airline safety performance is better than ever according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the industry's mouthpiece. This is based on "hull losses", accidents in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not subsequently repaired.

However, hull loss is an insurance term that is more relevant for airlines’ balance sheets than for passengers’ safety.

A relatively old plane with minor damage, for example, may be a hull loss, whereas a new aircraft with comparable damage is not. Yet, there is no difference between the 2 cases...

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Allowed boarding

Othon Cortes (73) feels discomfort and pain when he arrives in New York on American Airlines from Barcelona, Spain. Yet, he boards a connecting flight to Miami.

Shortly after departure his health is taking a turn for the worse and the captain decides to make an emergency landing in Norfolk, VA. Regrettably, it is of no avail. Mr. Cortes is pronounced dead on arrival.

His wife and daughter recently filed a suit against the troubled airline as well as the contractor that prepared the in-flight meals, LSG Sky Chefs (a 100% subsidiary of Lufthansa)....

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Upside down

An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 737 carrying 117 people nose-dived and went almost belly-up over the Pacific on September 6, 2011.

The co-pilot wanted to open the cockpit door for the captain returning from a restroom break. However, he mistook the rudder trim knob for the cockpit door lock.

The rudder knob and the door lock switch are no more than 3.9 inches (10 cm) apart. As the picture shows, unlocking the door (the small

knob) and moving the rudder left (the big knob) is...
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