How safe is it to fly over water?

Long flights over water can be a source of concern for some fliers who are accustomed to looking out the window and seeing solid ground and a suitable place to land (should the need arise). Ocean crossings to Europe, Asia, and other regions typically involve a flight path that will take the plane over water […]

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The truth and myths about oxygen masks on airplanes

Do you really need to wear the oxygen mask if it drops from the ceiling? It’s pretty safe to assume that just about everyone is familiar with flight attendant safety demonstrations at the start of every flight: “In case there is a loss in cabin pressure, yellow oxygen masks will deploy from the ceiling compartment […]

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What are the chances of colliding with another plane?

Is it possible to have a collision with other planes up in the sky? The sky above us is a pretty enormous space. It’s large enough that there are literally thousands of airplanes flying above the continental United States during the day with plenty of room to spare. However, some people with a fear of […]

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Do we really need to “put Portable Electronic Devices in airplane mode” when flying?

Many passengers have wondered…. “How important is it to switch your Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) into airplane mode? The flight attendants say that these electronics can interfere with airplane communications and navigation systems, but is that really true? They seem to make such a big deal about it.” In the recent past, there have even […]

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