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Everything you want to know about air travel

06-12-2018

Whether you fly frequently or you fly only once in a while, there are many unanswered questions about air travel of which you need answers. Here are a few of them:
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1. What really happens to your body on a flight
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From oxygen deprivation and cosmic radiation to loss of taste, your body can suffer some worrying effects during air travel. But how can they be avoided?  You’re nearly 100 times more likely to catch a cold. Click here to read more

2. Is it possible to open a plane door mid-flight?
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Every now and then, we hear about those disconcerting incidents of passengers trying to open a plane door during a flight. These attempts are usually promptly halted by crew members. Click here to read more

3. 18 secrets from flight attendants that will change the way you fly
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Does a cheaper flight mean a less safe flight? What happens if your plane is struck by lightning? And why do we have to put our seats in the upright position for landing? The keepers of the answers to your burning questions are the very same people serving you cocktails and snack packs. Flight attendants see it all, and they know the ins and outs of air travel. Click here to read more

4. What really happens when you flush a plane loo?
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Unless you’ve flown first class, or in a private jet, aircraft loos are windowless, cramped affairs that usually reek of cheap sanitizer. But they have come a long way – and rarely get the recognition they deserve. Click here to read more

5. This is why we board planes from the left-hand side
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It feels automatic. Go to the airport, board the plane. It may never have occurred to you that you always board from the left hand side. And there's a reason for that. Experts say it might even date back centuries to traditional nautical custom. Click here to read more

6. 12 things you should never do on airplanes
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You already know what not to do on a plane if you don't want to be a giant jerk. (Exhibit A: Man watching iPad movie without headphones. Exhibit B: Woman eating pungent tuna wrap.) But best practices can be less obvious for considerate humans who just want to make it from point A to point B safely. Click here to read more.

7. Airport secret officials don't want you to know
Surprising airport facts: From why you have to show your boarding card at duty free to what happens to lost luggage, plus how celebrities make it on the plane without being spotted, we shine a light on some of the mysteries behind the airport experience. © Olena Yakobchuk/Shutterstock From why you have to show your boarding card at duty free to what happens to lost luggage, plus how celebrities make it on the plane without being spotted, we shine a light on some of the mysteries behind the airport experience.

From why you have to show your boarding card at duty free to what happens to lost luggage, plus how celebrities make it on the plane without being spotted, we shine a light on some of the mysteries behind the airport experience. Click here to read more

8. Most luxurious airline cabins in the world
The Residence by Etihad: It doesn’t get more lavish if you’re flying than Etihad’s The Residence. It's the world’s first private, multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger jet. Not only is there a living room, a double bedroom and a separate en suite shower room, but there’s also your very own Savoy-trained butler for the ultimate in sky-high luxury. © Etihad It doesn’t get more lavish if you’re flying than Etihad’s The Residence. It's the world’s first private, multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger jet. Not only is there a living room, a double bedroom and a separate en suite shower room, but there’s also your very own Savoy-trained butler for the ultimate in sky-high luxury.

So many of us long to turn left instead of right once we board a plane, but what luxurious pleasures lie in First Class? From showers and double beds to Michelin-starred cuisine and wonderful goody bags, we’ve taken a look at the most lavish first class offerings in the world. Click here to read more

9. World's best low-cost airlines

The rise of budget flights over the last few decades has made traveling overseas accessible to millions. But which companies are offering the best service? The 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards have been announced, revealing the top 20 low-cost airlines. Results are determined by the world’s largest annual passenger satisfaction survey, which requires customers to rate 49 aspects of their travel experience, including check-in, the cabin service and on-board products. Here’s the countdown.. Click here to read more

20. SpiceJet, India: In 2014, Indian airline SpiceJet was about to fold – and was even forced to cancel 2,000 flights because it couldn’t afford to pay for oil. Its fortunes changed when chairman Ajay Singh took over and it’s now the third-largest carrier in the country. SpiceJet now operates more than 300 flights to 55 destinations throughout India, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. © Joe Ravi/Shutterstock In 2014, Indian airline SpiceJet was about to fold – and was even forced to cancel 2,000 flights because it couldn’t afford to pay for oil. Its fortunes changed when chairman Ajay Singh took over and it’s now the third-largest carrier in the country. SpiceJet now operates more than 300 flights to 55 destinations throughout India, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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