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The craziest reasons for planes turning around

What kind of events would cause a pilot to turn a plane around? We've had a trawl though the murky depths of the internet, and we've uncovered the strangest reasons flights have been forced to turn around. Top tip - if you're related to someone important, you can pretty much rule the skies. Mind the... Read more

Behave yourselves on flights or you could be shamed online

The next time that you're on a flight and you're tempted to kick off your shoes and relax, you'd better think again. Ever since January 2013, former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen has been uploading pictures of outrageous passenger behaviour to her Facebook page, Passenger Shaming. People all over ... 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 stupidest reasons people have ever been thrown off planes

When you hear stories of people ejected from flights, you can't help but think the worst; knives, drunk and disorderly behaviour, swearing, biting. These eight unfortunate people were booted off flights - but did the cabin crew have their priorities straight? You decide. The enthused singer Let's ki... Read more

Adonis: Airports could open Tuesday

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has suggested that UK airports might re-open on Tuesday: Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said Met Office reports of a "dramatic reduction in volcanic activity on Monday morning" meant it might be possible to open airspace on Tuesday if the reduction was sustained. ... Read more

Some flights resume

Parts of European airspace re-opened this morning and the first new flights started to take off: Planes have been departing from Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam and Frankfurt - though many flights are cancelled. There are hopes that many routes within Europe will be able to resume operations on Tuesday... Read more

Turkey Earthquake: Update

At least seven people have been killed in an earthquake in Turkey less than three weeks after a massive tremor devastated the city and killed more than 600 The quake in the eastern province of Van has reportedly demolished another 25 buildings that had been damaged in last month's incident, includi... Read more

More Successful Test Flights

News from the BBC: Plane manufacturer Airbus and holiday operator Thomson are among those who have completed successful test flights. Thomson flew six aircraft from Iceland and reported no technical difficulties or damage to the planes. Read more

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

FCO Advice Updated

In the light of Tuesday evening's re-opening of airspace, the FCO has updated its advice for travellers: All travellers, wherever they are in the world, should contact their airlines and travel providers to find out the latest travel plans. Airlines have confirmed that due to flight restrictions be... Read more

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