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Old Jul 7, 09, 1:09 pm
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Help For A Kind Of Nervous Flyer On Plane Choice CRJ or Embraer 175

Hi, I am flying to Binghampton NY from Chicago at the end of the month.
I have to change planes in Detroit. I have two choices. I can change to a CRJ, the agent could not tell me which model, or an Embraer 175.

Which one is safer? Which one is bigger? Which one will I not freak out in??

Ha Ha...

Any advice on which I should choose?

Thanks,
Rachel
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Old Jul 7, 09, 1:21 pm
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Both planes are safe. The CRJ is smaller. You can look up the equipment for your flights at seatexpert.com.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 1:43 pm
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I feel your pain....

I was a nervous flyer for many years and had this exact discussion on FT years ago. I wound up then going several hundered miles out of my why to avoid them both..

I have since flown both, a few times in storms and they are very safe, but I slightly prefer the CRJ. I couldn't tell you why, it just felt more comfortable.

be advised the on board bag storage is very tiny for both.

Good luck - you'll be fine.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 1:55 pm
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Let me give you the same advice I gave my children on their first flight.

Flight Attendants are human beings. If there is reason to get scared, they will be just as frightened as the rest of us.

The big difference is that they have flown often enough to know that the sudden difference in sound that the plane is making is normal and that the bumps being caused by turbulence are routine.

Any time you think something is wrong just take a look at the closest FA. If he/she is not turning pale and gripping the seat rest until his or her knuckles turn white, you know there is nothing to worry about.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 2:05 pm
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I'd take E175 over a CRJ any day.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 2:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Palal
I'd take E175 over a CRJ any day.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 3:06 pm
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I prefer CRJ200 over E145. I've been involved in thunderstorms and moderate turbulence in both and the CRJ200 just seems to handle it a little bit better (comfort wise). I'll take a CR7 or E175 over the others though.


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Old Jul 7, 09, 3:32 pm
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I will differ here -- the CRJ200 is the worst airline aircraft I have ever flown on, bar none. It's cramped and claustrophobic (the windows are set way, way too low).
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Old Jul 7, 09, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
I will differ here -- the CRJ200 is the worst airline aircraft I have ever flown on, bar none. It's cramped and claustrophobic (the windows are set way, way too low).
Right, that's key.

If it is in fact an E175 and not a 145, that's the plane to go for, no questions asked. If it's a 145, it depends on what type of CRJ. I'll take it over a 200, but I'll take a 700 or a 900 over an E145.

But, again, E175 rocks, and is one of my favorites in the domestic fleet.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 7:18 pm
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Originally Posted by rachelanne1972 View Post

Which one is safer? Which one is bigger? Which one will I not freak out in??
Both aircraft are incredibly safe machines. If you aren't worried about getting in a car going to the airport, don't worry about which plane you are flying on for those reasons. The EMB-175, I think, is "bigger" than all versions of the CRJ. If you already think you are going to freak out, you will probably freak out on either one. It's silly but it is what it is.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 7:29 pm
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Originally Posted by rachelanne1972 View Post
Hi, I am flying to Binghampton NY from Chicago at the end of the month.
I have to change planes in Detroit. I have two choices. I can change to a CRJ, the agent could not tell me which model, or an Embraer 175.

Which one is safer? Which one is bigger? Which one will I not freak out in??

Ha Ha...

Any advice on which I should choose?

Thanks,
Rachel
Clearly, you're already freaking out.

Why torment yourself? Go Greyhound.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 9:14 pm
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I don't see any E-175 flying into BGM. I see only Saabs, CRJ's, and Dash 8's that fly in there.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 9:27 pm
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Former paranoid flyer, now just a nervous one. My home airport is GRK (it was ILE), so I fly often on RJs and Embraer's. The Embraer is a fairly large plane (relatively), but there is something I seem to prefer more in a jet over a prop plane. Not sure if it is the speed (RJs seem to be a shorter flight), but crosswinds (tailwinds?) seem to make an Embraer fly sideways. Maybe not sideways, but not completely straight. I seldom have that same sensation in an RJ.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 10:36 pm
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I prefer the E175, which feels more spacious to me. Both aircraft are very safe.

I assume the BGM-ORD/MDW leg is a mainline aircraft, but you know that on the leg with the CRJ/E175 you will likely have to gate check any luggage larger than a large laptop bag, so be sure to take out anything you will need onboard before boarding.

Ditto the advice to check seatexpert.com and try to select a good seat far in advance - beware that bulkhead seats on the CRJ do not necessarily have more legroom.
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Old Jul 7, 09, 10:56 pm
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No second thought in my mind, the E-175 for sure.. The CRJ's are not comfortable to me.
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