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Cellphones, Lightning, Turbulence: Nagging Safety Questions About Flying, Answered

Cellphones, Lightning, Turbulence: Nagging Safety Questions About Flying, Answered

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March 10 2015 11:04 AM

Your Nagging Questions About Flying, Answered

Keep ignoring the in-flight safety instructions. Watch this instead. 

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For many, flying is the worst part of travel—the cost, the tiny seats, the whims of the weather and the airline. Still, once safely settled into your seat, a whole new anxiety can take hold, especially when you start to wonder about the strangeness of airline protocol. What do I need to stow? Can I use my phone? My laptop? Why do we keep changing altitude? When can I get up or ask for a drink? Wonder no more. Sit back (or perfectly upright in a locked position) and get the answers to nine questions about common airplane requests.

Daniel Hubbard is a writer, editor, and director living in New York City.