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Here’s how to prepare for flying a plane around the world: Take flight lessons and water survival classes and put together a packing list that includes a life raft and oxygen tanks.

Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son, Haris, need the lessons and gear for a monthlong trip that will have them flying over the ocean 60 percent of the time and will take them to 14 countries.

The trip’s biggest dangers are from spending so much of the journey over the ocean because of the risks of landing on the water if the engine fails or the plane has any other problem, Haris Suleman said. Just in case, they have a life raft packed with food, a water purifier and other gear to help them survive if they have to bail from the plane into the ocean, and they have trained for the worst-case scenario.

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