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Flying...gulp.
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:39:03 PM »

Right...technical question.
If I want to fly overseas, can I just turn up at the airport, buy a ticket, and hop on a plane? Or do I have to book the ticket in advance?
If I have to book in advance, I just know I'll get nervous about it and won't want to go... :embarrassed:

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Re: Flying...gulp.
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 01:59:58 PM »

It rather depends:

Where you want to go -  EU probably OK but many other countries require visas or, in the case of the USA, ESTAS before they will let you in. You will need a current passport of course.

Whether there is any space on the plane, often there isn't.

You can't just 'hop on a plane' anyway, there is the dreaded security to go through and you need to be at the airport at least two hours before you fly which gives you plenty of time to decide to chicken out....

Personally I prefer to travel by ferry but not always easy if you want to go to Australia etc.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 02:14:47 PM »

Have you ever flown before?

Which part of the experience will cause you to get nervous?

I think BA still do 'chicken flights' for nervous passengers to get them used to the process and they explain all the various aeroplane noises on take-off and landing.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/ba-course-helps-nervous-passengers-1847427
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2014, 02:40:17 PM »

Ryanair do something similar for nervous passengers , a short "round the lighthouse" and back type flight.  www.ryanair.com
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2014, 02:43:02 PM »

you will also need heath and travel insurance rich.............and knowing from what you have said about your health, you might not even be granted it, never mind loaded premiums..............and never travel without it mate...............could cost you hundreds of thousands to get home if anything goes wrong......

Don't wish to put a downer on it mate.........but you need to know the facts blunt and straight. you know what insurance companies are like and also foreign countries for their health regimes. neil.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2014, 03:24:01 PM »

It's getting worse...


Yes, I have flown before, short flights to Cork (x2), Jersey (x2) and Lerwick (x1), but not long haul stuff...9 hours and 15 minutes up there. With nothing underneath me but fresh air...
Oh, and a 'round the block' flight in a Jet Ranger heli. Oh, and I sat in the cockpit of a Super Sabre and a Hawker Hunter one day.


According to various travel insurance companies I checked out, I will need a doctor's letter approving that I'm ok to fly, a list of my medications, plus a three day supply of meds with me, plus whatever I have in my case in the hold. Plus a letter from my heart specialist describing what happened to me, what procedures they did, how successful they were, etc.


I don't exactly get nervous as such, it's the thought of what might happen when I'm up there...what happens if the plane runs out of petrol or gets a puncture, that sort of thing. And when the driver says ''we are cruising at 500mph and 35000 feet''....yea, right. I just hope he's looking where he's going and not sightseeing out of the window...


I need a large scotch...and I'm still waiting for my passport to arrive.


Gulp...


Rich



Oh...destination Vancouver, Canada.
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Re: Flying...gulp.
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2014, 03:37:00 PM »

If you have medical conditions, ring the airline assistance team before you book. Their staff will make the arrangements to get you through the airport (security, check-in etc.). You will probably go through the VIP route to minimise the health risk of waiting for too long. They'll use the electric trolley bus things to get you down to the gate and you'll have preferential boarding onto the plane.

The assistance team will have briefed the cabin crew on your condition so they'll know you're on the plane and they will talk to you to make sure you're ok before departure.

They'll keep an eye on you for the whole flight and at the other end, they'll meet you with a wheelchair or electric trolley thing to get you through the airport customs, passport control, baggage claim etc.

You must have travel insurance if you have a medical condition because you could be bankrupted you if you become ill - or worse!
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Re: Flying...gulp.
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2014, 03:37:20 PM »

TBH take off and landing are the most risky parts and you've done that - on a helo !
Chugging along for 9 hours is just Boring.

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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2014, 04:13:01 PM »

Rich, my OH just said they use a good insurance company at work for when they take some of the clients abroad, as you know it's adults with learning disability's.
I'll find out a bit more tomorrow for you.


Nothing to be nervous about with flying, just sit at the back......


You ever heard of a plane backing into a mountain?  :-)


Oh just think, 10 hours without a fag  <*< :-X

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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2014, 04:17:22 PM »

flying's the safest form of transport there is rich,
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2014, 04:34:29 PM »

That'd be great Ian...thanks ever so much for that. Knowing my luck, the plane would take off and finish up in the Far East, sat nav batteries not charged. Oh, and I have something here you will just love to see...   ;)


As for the taking off bit...I love that bit, reminds me of my old street rod when you dropped the clutch.


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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2014, 04:39:02 PM »

yea the flying bits not the problem, depending on the type of plane  - the batteries are - or the flight crew - (too soon?), its the last 1mm before any part of the plane hits the ground - wherever it touches down  {-)
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2014, 04:42:26 PM »

I always think of Crocodile Dundee in that 747 when it lifts off the runway...'jeeeeeez'


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Re: Flying...gulp.
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2014, 04:44:44 PM »

Hi all,

It is said that a helicopter does not fly,

It simply beats the air into submission.

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Re: Flying...gulp.
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2014, 04:46:33 PM »

My Chinook beat me into submission...I can still feel those rotor blades doing their best to perform a sex change operation on me...  <:(


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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2014, 04:51:30 PM »

just don't get on one painted EL AL on the side, and heading for USA, {-) {-)..............or take a chute if you do.
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2014, 04:59:36 PM »

Remind me to charge my iPad and my reasonably intelligent phone before I go...


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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2014, 05:15:11 PM »

Oh, and I have something here you will just love to see...   ;)


Rich


Ohhhhh matron....


Now that's got me wondering, oh hang on I think I might know, does it begin with a U?
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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2014, 05:21:17 PM »

Remind me to charge my iPad and my reasonably intelligent phone before I go...


Rich

Incontinence pad won't be needed Rich {-)
Most airlines have inside toilets these days {-) {-)

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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2014, 06:45:33 PM »

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Incontinence pad won't be needed Rich {-)
Most airlines have inside toilets these days {-) {-)

Yes indeed, but:

1) If you are standing up when you press the flush it will make you dizzy if you look down.

2) Never, ever press the flush while you are sitting down - remember the way they manage to get an egg through the neck of a bottle.

Other than that you should be fine.

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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2014, 06:49:12 PM »

Before you use the toilet watch
Billy Connelly's  Jobby Wheesha %% %%

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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2014, 07:48:08 PM »

You are not helping! What with you lot and the news today of a Malaysian 777 being shot down over Russia, I'm thinking of going by boat.


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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2014, 08:47:32 PM »

Once you're in the air, and have survived the first nine hours or so; do, please, shut your eyes fifteen minutes before you land at Vancouver.

The approach requires the plane to not-quite-clip the tops of the Rockies. The scenery's fantastic - snow-capped peaks at wing-tip height and whatnot - but you can't help thinking "IF I survive the crash, I'm many days' walk from civilisation. Shackleton had it easy."

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« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2014, 09:07:35 PM »

You are not helping! What with you lot and the news today of a Malaysian 777 being shot down over Russia, I'm thinking of going by boat.


Rich


Long tail boat by any chance?
Your need a fair few lipo's to get you all that way  {-)
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« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2014, 10:17:36 PM »

Oh, thanks a bunch, Andy...I shall look forward to seeing the Rockies close up. Not...


Ian...I'm not quite sure I'd fit in my long tail...I think my a s s is a touch wider than 3".


And you were correct in your assumption...the new arrival does begin with U. Gawd knows what I'm going to do with it, it doesn't fit under the bed, or on top of the wardrobes...and there's another U boat coming back from Norwich.


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