Questions related to airports themselves rather than "airlines" and "air-travel", which have their own tags. "Airport-transfer" is also covered by a separate tag.

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PR of Canada travelling to Cincinnati, layover at Detroit on a B1/B2 visa

I am travelling to Cincinnati from Lester B Pearson Intl airport with a layover in Detroit. I have a B1/B2 visa. I am also a Canadian PR. Will I have to go through customs when I land in Detroit? If ...
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Dubai Airport Transit Layover

I am travelling to India from U.S. via Dubai on an Emirates flight. I have a seven hours transit layover in Dubai. I have a brother who lives in Dubai. Will it be possible for me to meet him in the ...
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HK: May I stay in the transit area to get the earliest airport ferry to Macao on the day after arrival?

My flight is landing at 20.40, so I can't get the last ferry on the same day. Plus I do not have HK entry visa. Can I wait in the transit area till the next day to take the first airport ferry to ...
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Can I simply bubble wrap a cardboard box and check it on a US domestic flight?

I wish to take a computer monitor with me on vacation. I possess the original cardboard box and the Styrofoam. Unfortunately I do not have a suitcase with the same dimensions. I was hoping that I ...
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Why would you wrap your luggage in plastic?

At many airports you can wrap your luggage with sheets of sticky plastic. Why on earth would you do that? I only see disadvantages. I can imagine the mess when customs ask you to open your luggage. So ...
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Transit Visa en route Mumbai to Toronto [closed]

I am an Indian national. Currently I hold a study visa for Canada. My options to fly from Mumbai (India) to Toronto are via London, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Frankfurt or New York. Firstly, I would like ...
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Leave the airport during a connection in Japan?

I bought a one-way ticket (JAL) from Bangkok -> Tokyo (Haneda), and the other leg Tokyo (Haneda) -> San Francisco. This was bought in one transaction. Do I have the option to leave the airport during ...
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Time needed for transfer in Newark (US airport), domestic to international

I may be flying from Orlando to Stockholm transferring in Newark, NJ. How much time would I need to make that transfer?
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Changing planes at Newark Airport

I fly in from Sweden with United to Newark Liberty Airport. The connecting flight with United departs to Costa Rica a few hours later from Newark as well. The two flight-segments are part of the same ...
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Transfer time San Francisco coming from Canada onward to Maui

On December 25th I am flying from Canada to Maui, with a transfer in San Francisco. We have 1.5 hour transfer time. I understand that I go through customs in San Francisco. Is 1.5 hrs during ...
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Why does Schiphol Airport have such a long taxi? [migrated]

I recently flew into Schiphol and experienced a very long taxi time (about 20 minutes) from landing to pulling into the pier at the terminal. Given that the flight was only 90 minutes from closing air ...
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Where can I take a shower at Dubai Airport?

I've got two transfers between long-haul flights coming up at DXB, and I'd like to freshen up with a shower. Information on the net is outdated and contradictory, and the official site is remarkably ...
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What is the best way to go to Pudong Airport from downtown Shanghai at night?

I am staying in downtown Shanghai and have a flight from Shanghai to Paris at 12:30am (half an hour after midnight). According to WikiVoyage, the subway line 2 and Maglev train stop running after 9pm ...
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Get to Schiphol early in the day/sleep at airport?

I will depart from Schiphol on a Sunday at 10:00, and return on some other day at 05:00. What options do I have to travel to/from Schiphol Airport? I'd prefer the train, but if I am not mistaken, ...
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What are some ways to minimize the time spent in customs?

Every time I've gone through customs, it has been a relatively quick and friendly series of basic questions and credential verification. However, I have heard people complain about delays due to ...
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Why police didn't even block me once at the airport arrivals?

First of all, I'm not a terrorist or a drug courier. Starting in June 2012, I began flying from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO) for personal reasons. ...
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Sheremetyevo (SVO) Airport transit zone temperature

On next days I will stop in Sheremetyevo SVO Airport for a flight connection. I have to wait for about 5 hours in the transit zone during the night and I'm wondering what's the climate like inside. Is ...
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Is there a list of US Airports with the kiosks for ESTA arrivals?

Evidently, LAX (at least the Tom Bradley Terminal) now has kiosks to process ESTA arrivals, instead of the traditional 100-person queues we're used to seeing. However, the author is unclear which ...
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Why there is passport check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate?

I was wondering, why there are passports check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate. For example, I was at Istanbul flying to either UK or US. There's a security check at the ...
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Can I discard part of a multi-city (not layover) ticket? [duplicate]

My destination is B. My origin is A. I can buy a multi-city ticket from A->B->C which is cheaper than just A->B. Note that this is a multi city trip and not just a layover at B. My question is if I ...
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Will I be allowed to leave the air terminal in Tocumen Airport for 2 hours?

On my way to Guatemala city from Amsterdam, I will have a 4 1/2 Hrs. layover in Tocumen Airport (Panama City). I have a friend living now in this city whom I haven't seen for years so we are ...
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What are some in-flight features and are there smoking areas in airports? [closed]

I am new at this site so I might not be the best at explaining what question I am asking. First off, I'll tell you what flight/seats I am on: I'm flying with united 1. Airbus A320-seat 7C 2. ...
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Is it possible to walk between all three terminals in Dubai Airport without leaving airside?

we are arriving into Terminal 2 on the 28th Dec and want to go to the business lounge in terminal 1 before getting a flight from terminal 3 eight hours later. We just want to know if we can go between ...
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Why tax free shops in airports do not sell goods to passengers going to domestic flights?

I have personal experience about Finland, but I've heard that this applies also in another countries. If you are a passenger and going to domestic flight, you cannot do shopping in tax free shops in ...
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How many jetways are used in Frankfurt to deplane Boeing 747-400

How many jetways does United use on Boeing 747-400 flying into Frankfurt? We are seated in row 58 and have 1 hour 25 minutes to connect.
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How to travel cheaply between Charleroi Airport and Brussels?

There's a shuttle bus from Charleroi airport to Brussels, but if you book it a couple of days before it costs 15 euros plus 3 euros booking. A train could be a lot cheaper but it's unclear how to get ...
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Bag wrapping at airports in USA

I have been told that foreign travelers are banned from having their bags plastic wrapped when going through security at a US airport? Is this true?
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In an international airport, is there specific set of laws for the international area?

When travelling in an international flight, you pass a border with passport check at both the departure and the arrival airports. It means you spend time in an international area. What are the ...
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What is the rationale of SMS verification in free wifi hotspots in airports?

I recently visited a few airports, although most of them had standard wifi which allowed access after a landing page, I have noticed that some free wifi providers (Shanghai Pudong, Singapore Changi) ...
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Which Shanghai airport is closest to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel?

Which Shanghai airport is closest to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel? Hongqiao or Pudong airports?
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What was an insurance vending machine at an airport and how did it work?

The action of the 1952 novel Prisoner's Base takes place in 1952 in New York. In chapter 15, the author writes in the voice of one of the characters: Some chauffeurs of PD [=police department] ...
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Why does it take so long to check in at the airport?

It seems to take an inordinate amount of time for them to select my name from a list of people who have booked the flight and press enter. Surely it can't be any more complicated than that can it?
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Overview of upcoming flights from a specific airport?

My flight from Antananarivo (TNR) to Paris with Air Madagascar tonight was canceled. My travel agent is not really working in the weekend and I'm curious if there are any flights I could take from TNR ...
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What is the cheapest mode of transportation to DCA for a 6AM flight? [closed]

The metro isn't open that early, and I want to be there early enough to get through security in time. I've used Uber before, but the fare was quite expensive. I live in the Van Ness area, and am not ...
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Why is plane boarding done at the last minute, with everyone suddently queueing at the gate?

Every time I come to the airport and arrive to the boarding gate, the same scenario occurs. All passengers are sitting in the area, until boarding is announced. Then, mostly everyone queue up. I ...
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Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?

There was a time when queues at post offices and banks etc were counter-specific. Eventually it was widely recognised that a penning system (a Single-Line queue), or ticketing systems and such like, ...
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Which is faster, e-passport gate or manual border control?

Whenever I've been through an airport since the e-passport gates were introduced, I have had bad experiences with them. When I used them, I was slower than my family who went through normal border ...
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Can I store a surfboard at Tokyo airport? [closed]

We are traveling from Bali back to the. US with a short stop in Kyoto and Tokyo. Is there somewhere to store 2 surfboards at the Tokyo airport?
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Where to meet outside Heathrow T3?

Although I am not travelling, I expect this question to benefit other travellers, and that's why I am asking this in Travel SE! So where can I meet my family at Heathrow T3? They would be coming in ...
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What is that device at an airport which transports packages to the aircraft called?

I am looking for the name of this: It is a vehicle with a long band where you can adjust the angle of the band.
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Schengen Visa question

I have a schengen visa issued by The Netherlands. I will be landing there first but wish to travel to a few other countries. Can I enter these countries by plane if my visa was not issued from there ...
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Why does the airport insist that I show up hours before take-off

The counter issuing boarding passes opens up three hours before the flight. They've asked all the passengers to report at the airport at that very hour. Once that is over no one's allowed to leave the ...
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Narita Airport Custom check for tax-free purchased items [duplicate]

I understood that I need to show my purchased item with the form attached on my passport to a custom officer at Narita Airport. I would like to know where is this custom office located. Based on what ...
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Are 2.5 hours enough for a layover in Rio?

I'm planning a trip to Brazil for this December, and I've already bought the flight to Rio and back. Now I have to book a second flight from Rio to Foz do Iguassu, that should depart as soon as ...
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Name has “Mr” appended on reservation, airline will not reply

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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Possible reimbursement for missed connection due to gate change

I was traveling from Chicago (ORD) to Mumbai (BOM) with a connection at Frankfurt (FRA). The layover was a little less than 4 hours at FRA. I had a boarding pass with no gate assigned (this is quite ...
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Stopping at an airport different from destination

I have a Canadian Visa and an air ticket to Toronto via Montreal. However, I would like to stop at Montréal instead of going to Toronto. While I asked my travel agent to cancel this booking, he ...
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Is the Cairo airport safe at night?

Tomorrow I will take a flight from Rome Fiumicino to Cairo Airoport that leaves at 10.35 PM and arrives at 2.35 AM in Cairo, Terminal 1A. Someone will send a taxi to catch me at the airport, but I ...
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Access airport lounge with Gold/Premier credit card

Travelling soon with a 6 hour connection flight in Zurich International airport, I was wondering if I could have an access to a good lounge where I can relax with a Gold or Premier card? To ...
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Transfering between Terminal A to terminal C at Newark airport

What is faster, the united airline bus shuttle or the airtran from terminal A to terminal C at Newark Airport? I am connecting a flight and the time is 1 hour. Both Airlines are United.