Our question about Joining the Mile High Club was originally closed, then reopened after some editing.

After the edit, the top-voted answer no longer matches the question, and the second-highest voted and accepted answer seems somewhat border-line.

Both answers match the earlier, too-subjective-to-survive version of the question.

I flagged the first answer as not-an-answer, although admittedly, I felt a bit crummy for doing so, since it was a reasonable answer at the time it was written. My flag was "disputed".

I still feel like something ought to happen to the question/answer mismatch.

I'm just not exactly sure what... (And obviously, this should have been handled at the time the question was originally edited and re-opened.)

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    Edit the answers to put in a note -- "This answered a previous version of the question"? I read it earlier and the answers didn't strike me as not answering, but on rereading it I see what you mean. It's probably just one of those things, there's good info in the answers. Maybe re-submit the question again?
    – SpaceDog
    Commented Mar 30, 2014 at 10:17
  • Could you not reword one line of the question from Could I get into trouble if I do this on a regular plane [examples of possible trouble] to Can this be done on a regular plane without risking trouble such as [examples of possible trouble]? This would still be not subjective - it's "avoiding risk" not "d'ya reckon I could get away with it?" - and fits all answers and the original intent. Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 14:57

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Where an Accepted A does not match the OP as asked I suggest the author of the accepted A adjusts the Q (as little as possible, unless generally improving it) to match. I have done so a few times myself (mainly or only on SO) and not had any complaints - mind you, once OP has an answer on SO they rarely show any further interest in the post.

This is a somewhat special case since Accepted A was written by OP. However I still think Q & A should match and since a mod was the author of both perhaps all the more reason to "set a good example".

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