Flying after a long break

Old May 22nd, 2021, 02:42 PM
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Flying after a long break

Hello, fellow travelers! Can you help me, what is new with domestic flights? Do they still offer water?

Somebody told me, there are new sizes (smaller) for carry-on, I will check the website after reservations.

Anything else I need to know?
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Old May 22nd, 2021, 04:52 PM
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Hello, fellow travelers! Can you help me, what is new with domestic flights? Do they still offer water?

Somebody told me, there are new sizes (smaller) for carry-on, I will check the website after reservations.

Anything else I need to know?

Hi, Every airline is different - some are almost back to 'normal' and some are providing almost no cabin service. Plus the flight's distance makes a difference - some have no service at all under so many miles, modest service for 'mid-length' flights, and more service on transcontinental flights. Plus different things provided based on which class (1st/business/coach/basic economy, whatever). International travel is different still. Basics of a small bottle of water and disinfecting wipes is provided on most (but not all).

I'm not aware of any that have reduced the size of carry-ons allowed . . . EXCEPT where they've changed routes from full sized planes to smaller regional jets.

. . . All of which is to say -- one needs to check for specific flights on specific airlines. IME each airline's website describes what on-board services they provide.
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Old May 22nd, 2021, 04:54 PM
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. . . oh - and masks required on all flights except when actively eating or drinking.
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Old May 22nd, 2021, 05:18 PM
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Thank you, Janis! I guess, I'll ask specific questions after I know which airline. Will be flying to Buffalo NY.
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In coach, no magazines, no earphones, blankets or pillows, often no food even if you pay but should be beverage service.

You can bring empty water bottle through TSA.

​Recommend downloading the airline "Ap" to your phone. Many use that for scanning boarding pass.
Some airlines have entertainment on your own device.

Boarding is different now with COVID. After first class and those needing extra time, the back of plane probably gets called first.

Carryon sizes vary by airline but are smaller now.
Cheapest tickets may not include checked or even carry-on bag.


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"Carryon sizes vary by airline but are smaller now."

Not IME -- but it mostly depends on the actual model airplane. The two flights I've taken since covid had absolutely no difference in allowable carry ons vs pre-covid. Totally airline and airplane specific.

"Boarding is different now with COVID. After first class and those needing extra time, the back of plane probably gets called first."

When the pandemic hit last year, most airlines instituted 'back of the plane boards first' (even before 1st class) but many have modified that in one way or another in the last coupe of months.

Unless you are flying in the next maybe month -- the procedures are almost certainly to change even more.
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I flew twice domestic last month (SW and Delta) both were as I stated back of plane first.


​​​​​​Carryon sizes have been shrinking as the airlines shifted to shorter hops for domestic flights, and as they try to gain revenue from checked bags. The depth in particular is getting so narrow that many old carryons won't fit in the sizers.

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If by SW you mean WN (Southwest) they don't board back to front since it is open seating.

(Also, about 2 months ago they finally returned to their original boarding procedures - eliminating the groups of 10 they used for about a year after Covid hit.)

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If by SW you mean WN (Southwest) they don't board back to front since it is open seating.

(Also, about 2 months ago they finally returned to their original boarding procedures - eliminating the groups of 10 they used for about a year after Covid hit.)
Yes I flew Southwest. It was still a more controlled process to eliminate bunching of the lineup. April 8 LGB to Austin.

Delta did back to front by smaller groups of rows.

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Thank you both for replying. I planned to fly to stay with the kids.

Sorry to say my trip is on hold for now as the kids' offer on the house got accepted, but not clear when they can move in. Haven't made reservations yet, but will fly later this year.
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