Questions tagged [passenger]

A passenger is someone carried on an aircraft who is not part of the crew and has no responsibility for carrying out the flight.

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How many sections does a PASSENGER AIRCRAFT belly has? What cargo is allowed in those sections?

How many sections does a belly of a PASSENGER aircraft has? Like if we take 3 cases : I am travelling with a check in bag A person who is not travelling himself but sending some items using cargo ...
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How likely is it that there is someone knowledgeable about piloting in a flight control room?

I saw a reasonably looking video about a non-pilot trying to land a plane with the help of a flight control tower (in a simulator): (it is in French). I believe that ...
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Why aren't “radioactive items” allowed on flights?

I've done physics, I completely understand what nuclear radiation is and why it is harmful. What I can't seem to figure out are the rules surrounding radioactive emitters/items on flights. Surely it's ...
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What does “short parked” mean?

Recently, when flying (as a passenger of a regular flight) from Stockholm/Arlanda, there was quite a long bus ride from the gate to the aircraft, because the latter was "short parked", according to ...
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Do airlines staff extra crew members when disabled persons are check in?

The question "How are disabled passengers evacuated during emergency?" made me wander if minimum crew number required by regulation are enough in case of passengers requiring extra care in case of ...
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What's the refueling process like for a light aircraft?

This is for a writing project. I've only been able to find descriptions of refueling large jet aircraft. The plane, a de Hallivand DHC-6 Twin Otter, carries 4 passengers, all minors. None have any ...
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Does the EU set requirements for WiFi on airliners?

Question 1-What are the European Union requirements for US registered aircraft with satellite connectivity for streaming data from gate to gate? Question 2- Does all passenger streaming activity ...
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Why is the air inside airliners so dry (low humidity)?

The air inside an airliner is very dry which causes all sorts of passenger discomfort such as dry eyes, dry skin and in some cases headaches. Why is the air so dry and what do or can modern designs ...
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Was the Boeing 2707 design flawed?

The mach 2.7 capable Boeing 2707 has an interesting design. I'm curious if there has been any studies done that concluded that this aircraft would simply not have worked, given the way it was ...
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What are the commercial benefits of VTOL? [closed]

there are a lot of companies doing R&D on VTOL aircraft. I understand their necessity for the military, but for civilian aviation, there are a very few application that requires it( medevac, ...
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How are the weights of sumo wrestlers shown on the load&trimsheet form? [duplicate]

Under normal circumstances most airlines use standard weights to calculate passenger weights. Sometimes, passenger groups with different weight than the normal passenger profile can also travel. How ...
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Are cabin dividers used to “hide” the flex of the airplane?

Recently onboard an aircraft, a fellow passenger told me that the cabin dividers (walls) inside an aircraft are there to limit your line of sight such that you will not notice the flex of the airplane....
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What happens when a person dies during the flight? What kind of procedures exist regarding deceased passenger on board? [duplicate]

I was just reading about a young woman who died on the long haul flight from LA to Melbourne. Heartbreaking. Young life cut short. RIP. But this horrible situation made me wonder about a presence of a ...
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How is smoke detected in the cabin when flying without passengers?

The Boeing website states that smoke detection devices are not present in the passenger cabin as the passengers/cabin crew are able to detect the smoke: A dedicated smoke detection system is not ...
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Has any jurisdiction mandated passenger training?

A chunk of pre-departure time for each flight is dedicated to a safety briefing for passengers that few passengers seem to pay attention to. In the aftermath of accidents, it has been revealed at ...
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For the 737 Combi, How did changing the proportions of the passenger vs cargo areas work?

I am very interested in the 737 combi models and want to learn more about how they worked in practice. For the 737 Combi, How did changing the proportions of the passenger vs cargo areas work? I have ...
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Why would all passengers be asked not to eat peanuts when there is one allergic person on board? [closed]

In this review of BA British Airways Club World London City flight there is one thing I don't understand: ... it was announced that a passenger onboard had a severe nut allergy, so they asked ...
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How can ballistic techniques be used for civil passenger transport? [closed]

Going anywhere on the globe in half an hour, instead of up to 29 hours, is of course very appealing. How can ballistic technology be used for the purpose? Will cost be acceptable for average ...
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Would a flight consisting of solely first-class passengers be cancelled due to center-of-gravity issues?

Consider any modern jetliner (narrow-body and widebody separately) in a standard 2 or 3 class configuration. If somehow only first-class or business-class passengers bought seats, would that plane be ...
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Are passengers allowed to travel seatless(on the floor)?

I was told that a flight in Europe carried two passengers on the floor, because their purchased seats didn't exist. BBC. Is that allowed? For example, in Greece, a bus is not allowed to travel with ...
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What are the differences between the two main brace positions? [duplicate]

Why are there two different brace positions (pictured below) ? (If there is a difference between the official and true reason, please state both. In many planes the reduced seating spacing does not ...
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Has turbulence ever killed a passenger?

The question is on my mind, because many passengers think there is no need to wear the seatbelt when the seatbelt sign is not illuminated.
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What does an absolute novice need to learn to make a successful emergency landing?

Suppose I am a passenger in a small, non-commercial plane (e.g. at most 8 seats), and the pilot suddenly dies or is otherwise incapacitated mid-flight. Suppose further that nobody else on the plane ...
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Is there a maximum horizontal acceleration for passengers?

Are there any regulations regarding the maximum acceleration forces that passengers should experience during takeoff/flight/landing? Or what would be considered to be an acceptable horizontal ...
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How do airlines handle their non-standard passengers for the load control process? [duplicate]

How are non-standard passenger weights maintained in the systems? How they do they handle these passenger weights between check in and load control system and etc..
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Has a passenger or cabin crew member ever flown an airliner?

Is there any documented case, excluding hijacking, where a passenger or cabin crew member had to fly an airliner (hands on yoke/stick) – even if just briefly – due to an emergency (pilot ...
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If all passengers moved to the back, front or one side, would they crash the plane? [duplicate]

all-time classic: Would the load shift of all passengers herding at the back, front or one side make the plane hard or even impossible to keep in the air ? Are there any passenger aircraft where ...
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Are there any safety or technical reason airlines do not display flight information to passengers in real-time?

A newer addition to commercial airliners is seatback screens, that allow the passengers to watch movies, TV, and so forth. On most airlines, there is also a map, that shows you the aircraft's flight ...
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Can audible warnings be heard from the cabin?

When I fly in the front row on an all-economy A320, I can very clearly hear the autopilot disconnect sound shortly before landing. Can passengers in the cabin also hear other warnings like EGPWS (...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

This is related to, but not the same as, another question I asked on Interpersonal Skills. I was on a flight last year, on a route I fly on a fairly frequent basis. Shortly after takeoff, I heard the ...
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Why aren't passengers trained and evaluated for operating emergency exits in commercial aircraft?

The passengers sitting on the overwing exit doors are expected to operate the doors in times of emergency, with only a verbal instruction. Is that enough? Q. Why can't we have a designated area in ...
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Passengers Weight configuration [duplicate]

Well as usually when you fly in an airplane they Determine the luggage weight but how do they calculate the airplane weight "necessary so the plane doesn't get overweight" when they don't know the ...
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Why do airlines require passengers to return to their allocated seats for landing?

Airlines which allocate seats often make announcements prior to landing to request passengers return to their allocated seats. What is the motivation for this requirement, especially since I have ...
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Do military tactical transport flights provide seatbelts for all occupants?

In several movies I have watched recently, the temporary bench style seats of tactical transport aircraft such as the C-130 do not show seat-belts. I would not be surprised that some instances of seat ...
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Can passenger weight shift cause a pitch shift in a commercial airliner? [duplicate]

If all of the passengers of an airliner, such as an A320, all moved to the front of the plane, like this, would it have the potential to cause the same result, (i.e. a change in aircraft pitch, ...
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How much water does a passenger airliner carry?

How is the amount of water for (a) toilet and (b) drinking to be carried by a flight calculated in the industry? Is there any formula or thumb rule using which we can roughly estimate the amount of ...
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ATC application to listen in to current flight? [closed]

I was wondering if there is some sort of app or website that allows people (well, me as a passenger) to listen in to the ATC of my current flight? (Assuming the flight has passenger wifi). If this is ...
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Why does “airplane mode” turn off Bluetooth and WLAN if I can just turn them on again? [closed]

On my (Android) phone, enabling airplane mode automatically disables all wireless antennas except for GPS and NFC (I assume the latter is either passive or way too low power for anyone to care about). ...
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Airport Security Pre-1970-s?

I just accidentally discovered a few pictures on the web, that seem to imply, that there were some sort of airport security checks on passengers all the way back in the 1960-s. It was always my ...
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Exactly where can a stowaway hide in a wheel well?

My question is exactly where a person could contort their body so as not to be mangled by the gear retraction system and very limited space. Some lived and died in the nose well and as I remember it, ...
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Is it illegal to partially block the aisle on a passenger airliner?

After reading all the commotion about the dog that died after its carrier was placed in the overhead bin I wondered- is it against any FAA regulations to allow a flight to take off with a partially ...
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Do small aircraft have sockets for passenger headsets?

I am currently training for my PPL. in the Cessna 182s we use I've only ever noticed two sets of ports for the headsets. If there were additional passengers in the back seats, how would they ...
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What is the busiest route of Turkish Airlines in 2017? [closed]

What is the busiest non-domestic route of Turkish Airlines: in terms of passenger number, in terms of number of flights performed per year? Is there a database that I can look for such kind of ...
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Can a PPL holder fly family and friends aboard an A380? [duplicate]

Would I be able to fly an A380 with a private pilots license and carry family and friends? I know I can fly the A380 with a PPL.
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What construction standards are used to increase impact survivability of passengers in case of a crash landing?

There are several equations on the site about effectivity of passenger seats and restraints, and how beneficial they would be in case of a crash landing: This question about lack of shoulder ...
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How can a passenger determine airspeed without a handheld GPS?

This question is in the context of being a passenger on a commercial airliner, where you're in the cabin and the cockpit door is locked. In another question, someone posited that if an airliner had ...
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What infrastructures are required for airlines to send PNL messages?

There are lots of information about Type-B messages sent by airlines on IATA website but they have not stated under what communication systems (cable, teletype, intranet, internet, etc.) these ...
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What are the differences between PNL and PNR messages?

What are the differences between Passenger Name List (PNL) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) message in CRS systems?
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Can passengers use headphones during takeoff and landing?

On a recent flight from KBP to KIV operated by Ukraine International Airlines (aircraft B737-800) I was asked by the flight attendant to remove my headphones both during takeoff and landing. Is ...
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Is a helicopter ride unsafe for young children?

Recently we were in London and noticed how so many helicopter rides were there. While booking a ride I found out that they do not take a child under 4 years of age, none of the Heli ride companies I ...