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Differences between Continental/United and Luftansa

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I just flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Larnaca, Cyprus. During the flight I took a few minutes to read the in-flight magazine. I'd like to take the time to notice the differences between the U.S. airlines and the European airlines. Afterall, for someone who can't sleep on a plane, what is one to do:

1. Alcohol will only be served to those 16 years old and older. Yes, that is what the magazine said. Imagine bringing a bunch of high school students to Europe.

2. Only alcohol given to passengers and not paid for can be consumed during the flight. Can you believe how much money Continental and United would loose on their flights to Europe if they had this policy?

3. Electronic devices can only be used when the Fasten Seat-Belt sign is off. Just think if you were flying to Europe on Continental. You wouldn't be able to use electronic devices during the ENTIRE flight.

Anyway, on my three hour flight to Larnaca, Cyprus, the fasten seatbelt sign was turned off eight minutes into the flight and not put back on until the plane was down to 10,000 feet. Yes, a few bumps along the way, but the fasten seatbelt sign was never turned back on. As for food, it was a pasta dish, two glasses of wine (large glass bottles of beer also available for free) and a cookie.

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