For more than 100 years of existence of civil aviation, the rules of air transportation have changed more than once. In recent years, screenings have become stricter, flights are safer, meals are more modest, and since 2020, passengers are flying in masks. Smoking on board is completely a thing of the past, but new entertainment options have appeared, such as touch screens with video games and Wi-Fi. We tell you how modern air travel differs from flights 10 years ago.
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More recently, free (that is, included in the ticket) food on the plane was taken for granted, and in the middle of the 20th century, restaurant meals served in porcelain dishes were included in the ticket price. Nowadays, airlines reduce the cost of in-flight meals or refuse it altogether. The rule of the Soviet years, according to which the air carrier was obliged to feed passengers with lunch, if the flight lasted more than 2 hours, has long been forgotten.
The situation was aggravated by the pandemic: it was in 2020 that many flights stopped serving food and drinks. Ural Airlines and Southwest Airlines have completely stopped feeding passengers, Yakutia, Air France and Alaska Airlines have kept snacks only on long-haul routes, and S7, Aeroflot, JetBlue and American Airlines have switched to food packages in sealed packaging for safety reasons and bottled drinks. Passengers are now most often offered nut mixes, biscuits, chocolate bars and yoghurts.
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Bringing drinks on board was banned in Europe back in 2006, when attackers with liquid bombs were detained at one of the British airports. Russia joined this ban a year later. Today, a passenger can take with him liquids in packages up to 100 ml and with a total volume of no more than a liter. This rule applies not only to drinks, but also to medicines, cosmetics and some products. To somewhat mitigate this limitation, special scanners are able to recognize the type of liquid being transported. They are used in Italy and the Netherlands, but most countries are in no hurry to lift the ban.
Not all airlines offer free drinks during the flight: for example, Singapore's Scoot or Scandinavian SAS charge an additional fee even for a glass of water.
The luggage that you can carry for free is becoming smaller every year, and low-cost airlines even allow you to take only a small bag or backpack with you. A kind of confrontation unfolded: carriers regularly tighten the screws on hand luggage, cunning passengers, in response, invent more and more creative ways to do without surcharges. On Pobeda flights, for a suitcase weighing up to 20 kg, you will have to pay from 1000 to 2500 RUB, Ryanair asks 25 EUR for a bag larger than 40×20×25 cm.
In 2020, a number of Russian airlines have halved their baggage and carry-on baggage allowances, to 10 and 5 kg, respectively. And last year, Aeroflot proposed to reduce the size of luggage by 20% – from 203 to 158 cm in the sum of three dimensions: many foreign carriers have such a norm. But we have not yet supported this initiative, and oversized cargo is more than 203 cm – you need to pay 5000-6000 RUB for it on domestic flights and 100-140 EUR on international ones.
But the rules for transporting pets are gradually softening: airlines are increasingly allowing you to take a pet (or even several) into the cabin.
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But the rules for transporting pets are gradually softening: airlines are increasingly allowed to take a pet (or even several) into the cabin. In 2020, S7 increased the allowable weight of four-legged animals from 8 to 10 kg, and in 2021 it was allowed to carry five animals in the cabin at once instead of two. Since last year, Aeroflot passengers can take two adult animals with them if they weigh no more than 8 kg together with the container. Most airlines allow dogs, cats and birds, but do not allow rodents, reptiles or fish on board.