Is it correct to use the verb fly on its own meaning traveling by plane as a passenger. For example:

When did you last fly?

  • I guess, yes, I've heard people say "When did you last fly to (somewhere)?" or "Did you fly to (somewhere)?" Dec 19, 2019 at 16:41

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Is it correct to use the verb fly on its own meaning traveling by plane as a passenger?

One hundred percent yes!

To "fly" is "to travel by aircraft, or to go somewhere or cross something in an aircraft" (Cambridge).

You can see that the "plane" aspect is built into the definition. See the examples from Cambridge and Collins:

  • We flew to Paris.
  • We are flying at a height of 36,000 feet.
  • She has to fly thousands of miles every year for her job.
  • Who was the first person to fly (across) the Atlantic?

  • He flew to Los Angeles.

  • He flew back to London.
  • Mr Baker flew in from Moscow.
  • What about using it without specifying where someone flew? For example:" When did you last fly" meaning when was the last time you used a plane? Dec 20, 2019 at 5:57
  • @DmytroO'Hope That is fine as well. See the third example. Also, we often say things like "I will be flying tomorrow night" without mentioning the destination (particularly when it isn't important or when the listener knows it). Here is another example: "I get sick when I fly!" or "I hate flying, it makes me sick."
    – AIQ
    Dec 20, 2019 at 6:01

It is correct. The person might not have flown by themselves, but they still were flying via an airplane. They were flying inside the plane.

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    I flew to Barcelona last week; I didn't have to flap my arms a lot; I just had to pay some money to easyJet. Dec 19, 2019 at 18:27

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