What You Don’t Know About Airplane Oxygen Masks – Condé Nast Traveler

The oxygen masks deploy automatically when there is a loss of cabin pressure.

This could happen for any number of reasons, including a tear in the fuselage or anything that causes the pressurization system—or the valves that continually pump air into the aircraft to mimic the breathable concentrations of oxygen at lower altitudes—to malfunction.

Still, in most cases, aircraft design (and crew training) mean these incidents are survivable if the masks deploy as they should.

Source: What You Don’t Know About Airplane Oxygen Masks – Condé Nast Traveler

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Ready for Canada’s new low cost air carrier?

The battle of the budget airlines rages on: Swoop, one of Canada’s first ultra-low-cost carriers, begins service today.

The airline, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, has seemingly adopted Norwegian’s model of flying into smaller, cheaper airports, and will initially offer flights to and from Halifax, Nova Scotia; Hamilton, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Edmonton, Alberta; and Abbotsford, British Columbia before expanding with routes to Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Phoenix this fall.discount air travel

All flights will be on Boeing 737-800 jets, which are decked out in a pink and white livery and will have 189 seats.

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