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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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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Is there a website to find points to get tap water at airports?

We now have two questions about drinking water taps/fountains in airports, but they are very specific, one to one the terminal of a single airport, the other as wide to cover both airports in a ...
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Why is the Dubai airport so busy?

I notice that the Dubai International Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in the world (after Atlanta and Beijing) on the Wikipedia's list of the world's busiest airports. That seems kind of strange ...
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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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Correct reasons for opting out of millimetre wave scanners

Having travelled through SFO a few times, and each time been asked to go through a millimetre wave (or backscatter) scanner, and each time 'opted out' and gone for the search (in public), I'd like to ...
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What is an easy way to see what routes are available from a given airport?

I would like to see, at a glance, all the flights to/from a given airport. Example query: "What cities can I reach on a single flight from Hannover (HAJ) airport?" Is there any website which does ...
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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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How does VIP service work at the Managua Airport?

At the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (the airport in Managua, Nicaragua), I have heard there is a VIP service you can pay for, where an agent will meet you when disembarking from the plane ...
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Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center?

I have a seven hour layover at Brussels airport, and I'd like to know whether there is enough time to leave the airport and go into the Brussels city center for a beer or a meal? If so, what ...
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What times do the Sydney international and domestic airports open and close?

Sydney airport is a complex containing both the international airport and the domestic airport, but unlike many other busy airports neither part is open 24 hours. I usually work in a backpacker ...
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How early can you go through airport security for an International flight?

I'm not sure if this is airline or airport-specific? (assuming airport) I know that if I have an early morning flight and show up the night before, I'm denied because the date on my ticket is for the ...
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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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Missing bag report swindle

I have just had the worst customer experience with a major airline in my life and want to know if there is anything I can do. TL; DR: I got my bag one day late, after that I was told by employees of ...
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Are there drinking water fountains airside at London City Airport?

When flying, I normally take an empty water bottle (or two) with me. To comply with liquid regulations at security, I ditch any remaining water landside just before or after checkin, pass through ...
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Can I walk out of Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)?

Is it possible to walk out of MDW? The reason I ask is because you can only schedule an UberBlack or UberSUV to pick you up from MDW. However, if I can walk to one of these spots just outside the ...
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Is a Schengen visa/transit visa required for transit flight from Vienna to Frankfurt?

I am travelling form Delhi (DEL) to San Francisco (SFO), I have to make a connection flight in Vienna that would take me to Frankfurt (FRA). My flight to SFO is from FRA, I have one ticket for entire ...
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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.
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Can you have extra long transit times to explore a city?

Say you're in transit in an airport in a country you're allowed to visit without a visa. Could you plan a trip with a 3 day stopover, and stay in the city for that period with your carry-on? This ...
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Free Wi-Fi / available power / cashless food facilities in LAX airport?

I've got a stopover of a few hours in LAX on Monday evening. Firstly, I assume I'll be spending some of that time in customs, getting my bag, being searched, probed and whatnot. However, after all ...
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What's the drinking age in the duty free area?

Is the drinking age in the tax free/duty free area the same as in the country you are in or is there no real drinking age? Can I buy spirits in the tax free even though the country's law doesn't ...
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Do I still have to pay airport fee in Lima?

Six years ago, when I was leaving from Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport, there was airport fee of 30.25 USD. I had to pay this fee even If I already had the ticked (with Iberia, so normal, not ...
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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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Transit in Moscow airport while waiting for visa to become valid?

I am booked on a river cruise out of Moscow from 6th of may which I can get a letter of invitation, but the trouble is my plane arrives in Moscow on the 5th, at about 10pm. I had intended waiting in ...
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Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland (Schengen) if I have no Schengen visa? [duplicate]

Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland if I have no Schengen visa? Am traveling from Cairo to Moscow via Swiss Air
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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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Visiting islands around Cuba

I planned to travel to Cuba and Dominican Republic, but I've suddenly realized that the flight between Havana and Punta Cana are 6-8 hours and it is not that cheap... Is there any other international ...
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Flying from Canada with art supplies

I always fly with just a carry-on and this time I'm thinking of taking some art supplies with me on my trip and I'm just wondering what the rules are. I'll be taking pastels, china ink and nibs, a few ...
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Leaving airport international zone for a moment

I'm European Union citizen. I have a flight to other continent, with a change in other European country, Schiphol Amsterdam. Am I allowed to leave the "international zone" and go out of airport and ...
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Are the Schengen “airport transit visa” even checked?

I was reading about Schengen transit visas today, and in an answer I saw that Schengen requires some people to have an airport transit visa. This visa is apparently for entering the international ...
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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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Visiting a lounge in T1 at Dubai International Airport, during a layover at T3?

For an upcoming trip, I have a layover of 2.5 hours in Dubai. Both flights are with Emirates, and arrive / leave from Terminal 3. As the first flight is overnight, I'll want to freshen up, and a ...
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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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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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Is there any way to easily check in advance if a country has exit immigration at the airport?

I was travelling out of Turkey the other day and was surprised that they have exit immigration (checking passports/visas on the way out). This introduces somewhat of a delay into the airport process, ...
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Tax refund at Narita airport in Japan

I'm an Italian tourist, and I bought things here in Japan. Is it possible to have a tax refund at the airport? In particular I am interested in Narita airport. In case it is possible to specify, what ...
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US immigration mix-up: will it cause problems on my next visit?

On my last visit to the US, there was some kind of mix up at the immigration. I was with my niece at that time (a GC holder.) Apparently, when they scanned her passport my picture came up with her ...
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I stamped my passport before international departure, but I want to cancel now!

If I stamped my passport for an international flight as we usually do before international departures and then I changed my mind for any reason, for example a family emergency reason. What's the ...
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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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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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Transferring luggage when taking another plane

I have flight where I need to move from airplane to another. Do I need to check out my luggage and then check it in again, or will it be automaticaly transfered to another plane?
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How can I find the arrival gate for a flight?

Finding the departure gate of any flight in real time is not a big deal, however arrival gates are more tricky. I checked at least four airport websites, and none of them provides such details. Is ...
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Best way to sleep at Vancouver International Airport and wake up on time?

I have a layover in YVR (Vancouver international airport) from roughly 8:10 pm to 7:30 am. I don't want to spend money on a hotel or a "sleep-pod"/equivalent. I will most likely bring a sleeping bag ...
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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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What to do with (small) children in Lisbon on a 5-7 hour transit layover?

There is a chance we will have a layover in lisbon for 5-7 hours with small children. Should we just stay in the airport and make the best of it, or is there something we could do in Lisbon? I asume ...
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How close is Geneva Airport train station to the airport?

My plane departs from Geneva Airport (Geneva International terminal M) at 19:55. I'll be in Zürich and a bit short on time. If I take the train that arrives at "Genève-Aéroport" at 18:51, will I have ...
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Exiting Vancouver airport during a flight connection with New Zealand passport

A friend on a NZ passport flies through Vancouver tomorrow, and has a few hours at the airport between international flights. Can he exit to the 'outside world', given he has a valid passport etc? ...
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How much time is needed in FRA?

How much time should I allow myself to get from Frankfurt Airport train station to Terminal 2, check in and fly (with Emirates Airline)? What if I check in online (but still have bags to drop off?)? ...
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Are official airport sites more accurate than flight tracking sites?

My friend was saying I should stop using unofficial apps or sites to track flights as they could be wrong but don't the official site and the numerous flight tracking sites get the tracking info from ...
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Is it safe to check in luggage one day before at airport?

Some airlines allow you to check-in luggage at airport a day before travel. This far I haven't been using that option because the risk of lost luggage concerns me. Is my concern valid? To be more ...
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Where does Ryanair allow carrying a separate duty-free bag?

I read that Ryanair now allows carrying a bag of airport purchases ("duty free") in addition to one carry-on bag, but only in certain airports. In which airports?