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Flying Etiquette: How not to be 'that passenger'

Yay! You're about to go on holiday! However, first of all you've got to tackle the thorny issue of the flight... Some of us are nervous flyers, while others have been on more flights than they've had hot dinners. Some of us get excitable and chatty, while others are looking forward to a few hours o... Read more

Ten celebrities who are frightened of flying

What’s the one thing that could ruin a glamour-filled jetsetting lifestyle? Why, being frightened of flying, of course. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how well-known you are - sometimes, flying's just too much for some people to handle. You won’t find these ten celebrities snoozing th... Read more

Ten ways to ensure you stay healthy and happy flying long-haul

Until someone invents the teleporter, we're afraid that long-haul flying is around to stay. It's cramped, it's miserable, and it's not known for its fantastic food - but there are ways to ensure you arrive at your destination looking slightly better than everyone else. 1) Watch your drinking. Alco... Read more

The strangest flying superstitions

Have you ever seen a fellow passenger dancing a merry jig up the aisle? What about someone who refuses to sit in seat 13? How about the person who can't board unless they've tapped the side of the plane and muttered something sinister under their breath? You probably have. Welcome to the mind-boggl... Read more

22 fantastic flights you never expected

Frequent flyers may think their aviation knowledge can't be topped, but even the most experienced traveller is unlikely to know that Batman airport is an actual airport in Turkey and only six of Germany's 39 airports generate profit. From weird airport names to mind-boggling figures on delays and c... Read more

Northern England Flying Returns

The area of the UK whose airspace will be re-opened at 0700 BST on Tuesday does not just include Scotland and Northern Ireland but part of the north of England too.  NATS have declared on their website that the area north of a notional line between Blackpool and Teeside will also have its airspace o... Read more

Brazilian airlines to resume flying after Chilean ash cloud lifts

Brazilian airlines say they are resuming their flights to Argentina and Uruguay after a daylong suspension provoked by ash clouds from a volcano in southern Chile. The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano has been sporadically active since June. Ash clouds reappeared on Sunday, forcing several airlines in... Read more

Amuse yourself at the airport on the cheap

There’s only so much drinking and shopping that you can do. Sorry, we should pop that last sentence into context - within an airport, of course. Nobody can avoid the boredom and delays that air travel brings - it’s part of the territory, like tiny cartons of orange juice that splash everywhere or i... Read more

Patrick Smith of Ask The Pilot answers all your questions

Patrick Smith is a hero. Well, we like to think so anyway. Whether you're obsessed with all matters aviation or you're a slightly nervous flier, his book, Cockpit Confidential, has all the answers to the questions that have preyed on your mind during a flight. Is turbulence normal? Does autopilot f... Read more

The in-flight films no airline should ever show

There's some in-flight entertainment that nobody should have to sit through. Repeat offenders include Ice Age (please don't try and defend it by referencing the squirrel and the nut, that argument carries absolutely no water), the desperately unfunny Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and, for some obscure ... Read more

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