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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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

About 10 years ago I traveled to Shanghai. When I got off the plane, a guy in plain clothes came up to me and indicated he could take me to whereever I needed to go. I was planning on taking a taxi ...
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Mumbai airport customs [duplicate]

I am a US citizen and a PIO currently residing in India. I plan to travel to the US for a 2 moth summer internship. I plan to buy a Macbook and an iPad for myself over there. Would there be any ...
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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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Do I “Need” a luggage lock in the US?

I understand that this is a question that easily becomes subjective, so let me phrase it as objective as possible. I am a person who so far has been traveling within Europe and the middle East, so ...
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How much extra time to allow in Dublin Airport for US pre-clearance?

On an upcoming trip, I'll be flying from Dublin to the USA, on a flight which has US pre-clearance in Dublin. I'm reasonably happy (based on experiences) about how far in advance I need to get to ...
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Can I buy (liquid) duty free at Dublin airport, before going through pre-clearance?

Following on from my earlier question on timings for US pre-clearance at Dublin airport, I've been watching the US pre-clearance at Dublin video from the Dublin airport website. That mentions that ...
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Why is security screening done at the gate at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam) in the non-Schengen area?

I've noticed that when taking non-Schengen flights at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam), there is no centralized security check after you enter the airport and go through passport control. Instead, ...
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Walk from Mauritius MRU airport to Mahebourg?

I have to go from Mauritius MRU airport to Mahebourg, and I'd like to try walking. Only 5 kilometers apart (even though Google Maps' crazy walking route makes it 88 kilometers) Is it possible to: ...
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Can we go outside from airport in India if we have connecting flights for USA?

I am an Indian citizen. and i am flying to New York, US on 27th April 2015. my flight is from Lucknow to Mumbai and then my connecting flight is from Mumbai with a layover of 8 hrs. Do the airport ...
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Airport for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks?

My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and had a few questions if anyone can help us! What's the best place to fly (from Boston) into, if we want to ...
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How long to allow between arriving and getting a train from Stockholm Arlanda?

Arriving off a flight from Edinburgh (both which currently arrive into terminal 5), how much time should I allow before aiming to catch a train from Arlanda Central? I have an EU passport and may or ...
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Number of hours before the departure, that is safe be at an airport for an international flight

Generally airlines suggest that you be at the airport around 3 hours from the time of departure. Flying from the US, I've often found this to be unnecessary and I generally end up waiting and getting ...
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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 through check my bags on separate bookings (international flights)?

I have two different bookings on British Airways and Emirates. Booking 1 (British Airways): Washington (IAD) -> London (LHR) -> Dubai Booking 2 (Emirates): Dubai -> Hyderabad I have a 5 hour stop ...
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What are good options for long term parking at O'Hare Airport?

I'm trying to figure out where to park for five days at or near Chicago's O'Hare Airport (Terminal 5). I know there are on-airport parking lots E, F, G which are conveniently accessible to Terminal 5 ...
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Anything to do for a 4h35 stopover in Guangzhou?

I will be going to visit China & Thailand. I depart from China, Zhangjiajie (Dayong airport) to Thailand, Chiang Mai. I will be having a stopover in Guangzhou Baiyun airport. This stop will be ...
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How to deal with inaccurate luggage weighing scales at an airport

TL;DR: What options does one have at (US) airports when they know the luggage weighing scales are inaccurate? This has happened twice now. My bags always appear heavier when measured at the flight ...
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How long can I expect the connection to be in Athens International Airport

I am currently planning a trip to Greece. I am flying to Athens International Airport but I'd like to go to Santorini. I already have the tickets to Athens but before booking tickets from Athens to ...
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Difference between Airport Hotels and Transit Hotels?

What is the difference between airport hotels and transit hotels? For years, I always got the idea that airport hotels are hotels that are located within the airport vicinity (for easy accessibility ...
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Why is Montreal airport code YUL? [duplicate]

I get the Y is for Canadian airports, but while YVR comes from Vancouver, YOW for Ottawa for example I don't see what UL can relate to. Is it just a meaningless acronym ? Edit: I'm not asking why ...
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Entry permit to italy with polish national visa [duplicate]

I have Polish National Visa valid for one year. D type, multi entry. But I haven't gone to Poland yet, because I had to go to one project, which got rejected its financial part, so I didn't go there ...
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Do I need a transit visa in Dubai?

I'm travelling from Madrid to Brisbane, but I have a 9 hours layover at Dubai Airport. I do not plan to leave the airport, and the connection is with the same airline (Emirates). I'm from El Salvador. ...
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Easyjet ticket office in Schönefeld

I have been to Schönefeld a few times before, but I cannot remember: is there a Easyjet stand or an office where I could buy my ticket (in advance, I mean) using cash or a German ATM card? I don't ...
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Can you freeze liquids to pass security checks?

Once I read a suggestion saying that frozen "liquids" are not subject to the 100 ml restriction of security checks in airports. I've found other references of this googling, but they all refer to TSA ...
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How do I make a transfer in Dublin airport if my two flights are on separate tickets?

In the not too distant future I am travelling to Canada from the UK but it’s a lot cheaper to book separate flights to Dublin first, and then fly on to Canada (around £240). Would I have to pick up ...
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Walk/Run from Berlin Tegel Airport to Berlin City Centre

I am visiting Berlin in May for a short weekend trip (hand luggage only). I see that it's only 11km from the airport to the city centre. I wondered if it is possible to run/walk from the airport into ...
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Meeting someone at the airport gate in the US?

As of quite awhile back you're not able to meet people at the gate of the arriving flight. However, I've come across certain sites like Churchill Executive Cars, which offers a concierge service that ...
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Airport employees in preclearance areas?

How does this work, people working in the stores in the USA terminal of, say, Vancouver airport, before starting their shift go through USA immigration and customs every single day?
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Do I have to go through immigration for a connection in Canada (Montreal)?

I plan on flying from the US to Europe (Schengen) through Montreal airport (Trudeau Airport, YUL). The flights US-Montreal and Montreal-Europe are two different bookings. For the sake of simplicity, ...
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Is it easy to reach the Prague airport at night?

I have a flight at 06:00 in the morning from Prague, which means I need to be at the airport around 04:00 in the morning. How can I reach the airport from the center of the city? Is taxi a good ...
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How to get from O'Hare to Midway (with family in tow)?

Long story short, we're arriving in Chicago O'Hare at 8pm on a Saturday night and need to get to Midway Airport as expeditiously as possible. Group is two adults, 12-year-old, and 3-year-old, so 1 ...
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Transferring from T3 to T2 in Dubai

I arrive at Dubai at terminal 3 and have an onward flight from terminal 2 - Air India express to amritsar . My arrival time is 07:15 and onward flight leaves at 09:50. Will I and my baggage make this ...
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Skipping second leg when transferring in Vienna

I booked a flight BUD-VIE-ZRH a while ago. It looks like I will need to go to a meeting in Vienna anyway around those dates, so I am thinking about skipping the second leg of my Austrian flight. I ...
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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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BB in thumb and first flight ahead

A few years ago I was shot in the thumb by a bb gun and the bb is still in there. You can physically see where the bb is since there is a bump and you can still see the scar about a half of a inch ...
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Transit visa at Frankfurt international airport [duplicate]

I am traveling New Delhi to San Francisco and back to New Delhi by Lufthansa. In my return, I will break the journey at Frankfurt International Airport to fly to UK by a different airline, and stay ...
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What line does a Green Card holder take at the US immigration at the airport?

At the airport immigration there are two lines: one for citizens and one for non-citizens. From what I "have heard" a Green Card holder should take the citizen line. Is this true for all international ...
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Determine gate for departing Heathrow flight

Flights out of London Heathrow do not contain departure gate information until about 45 minutes before the flight is ready to depart (presumably so you spend more money at the duty-free). Are there ...
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Can Westerners use the free Wi-Fi at Guangzhou international airport?

My route home at the end of my trip will have me on a 4-hour connection at Guangzhou airport in China. I've read online that it's an unpleasant airport but it would be more bearable if I knew I would ...
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How early should you get to the airport in the US?

When traveling on a domestic flight in the US, how early is it recommended to get to the airport before the flight is scheduled to leave? What about international flights leaving from the US? Are ...
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From Haneda airport to Narita with same airlines

We will arrive in Haneda airport at 7:10am and connecting flight from Narita is 11:15am to US. Is there enough time to catch my next flight? I've confirmed with UA that we don't need to pick up our ...
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How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot

Is there any way to leave HKIA by foot? I have a 4 hour stopover, so I would like to shortly visit the neighbouring city of Tung Chung (home to 200-year-old forts and temples), but I want to avoid ...
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Can my husband pick up the luggage in Gatwick and check it in on next flight if I stay in transit?

We are travelling to St.Lucia from Dubai on Emirates flight and second connection is BA flight from Gatwick Airport (I believe same rules will be applicable as for Heathrow). Unfortunately there is no ...
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How can you know if an airport has a decent shopping area after security?

When I travel for work I often rely on shopping in the tax-free area of an airport for buying gifts. This has lead to disappointment in the past. Airports like San Francisco, Orlando and Berlin Tegel ...
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Two pieces of luggage allowed, but only one (overloaded) luggage

I have to take a plane and the company allows two pieces of checked luggage of 20kg each. I have only one piece of luggage and I estimate its weight to be roughly 20kg. For the sake of the question, ...
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International travel with ORIF, a surgical procedure which puts metal plates to join bones in limbs [duplicate]

I recently had a road accident and broke my left forearm bones badly. This was fixed via a surgery called ORIF. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_fixation). This required joining my bones using ...
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Language problems at the airport?

I have a family member who speaks Romanian but not English, French or any other world language. If she flies alone, how can she pass through the control points (immigration, customs) at the airport? ...
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Staying a night at Ercan international airport

I will be arriving at Ercan international airport at night and need to wait till morning for another friend to arrive. Is there any facility there I can book for a night?
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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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Is there an IATA airport code for the Bay Area?

There is an IATA airport code for the New York City area (NYC), encompassing airports such as JFK, LaGuardia etc. This can be used on some flight search sites to search from/to several airports at ...