As is so often the case in these sort of meta-questions ("Why is X on topic but Y not?") you're comparing a very old question (left open, possibly on topic in it's day) to a very new question (closed, as currently not in scope).

If the open question were asked today, I would expect it to be closed for the same reason the now closed one is; our scope has moved on, and questions about the "passenger aspects" of aviation are specifically off-topic.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, np that's fine, just making sure the recent closure was aligned with the website's current scope. $\endgroup$ Jun 15 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ Shouldn't there be a policy of closing old questions that are no longer on topic, so that they don't receive any new answers, and don't provide bad examples for the future? $\endgroup$ Jun 16 at 0:32
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    $\begingroup$ @RayButterworth in an ideal world, when a off-topic policy changes we would go back and find every question now off topic and close it. That's just not realistic in the real world. $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec Mod
    Jun 16 at 6:46

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