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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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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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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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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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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How to research facilities/ratings of US airport lounges online?

For an upcoming trip, it looks like for my US departure I'll have access to more than one airport lounge. (One via FF status, a different via a credit card). This is a nice position to be in, but ...
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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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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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A day at Dubai International Airport and the city?

On my way to India I'm planning to stay one day in Dubai. I would arrive at 6am in the morning and leave at 3am the next day. My naive plan is to lock my backpack at the airport and then walk into ...
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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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Can I put new wrist watch in checked or carry-on bag?

My parents are flying from India to China. They have a newly purchased wrist watch to carry. Is it allowed to put the watch in either checked-in or carry-on baggage?
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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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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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Which of these airports is the most interesting for a pilot? [closed]

Recently, I won a flight in a very realistic flight simulator. I'll get some instructions and then I can make a city trip with a Boeing in a professional flight simulator. It is possible to choose ...
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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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Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?

I will arrive at Haneda Airport at 19:00PM and depart from Narita Airport at 17:25PM the day after. Can I stay the night at Narita Airport without any problem with the airport officers? The time spent ...
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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?
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How can I contact 'lost and found' to in enquire on a lost laptop in Dubai Airport? [duplicate]

On 16th March 2013, I travelled via Dubai to Dallas. During the security checking at Dubai Airport, I put it in the belt and after that I forgot to to take it back. that I've filled up the online form ...
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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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Transit visa on arrival in Kazakhstan

I've been told it's possible to get a transit visa on arrival at the airport in Kazakhstan. Can anyone find me some current details on this - how long it's for, how much it costs, and what's required ...
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Can you transfer from Ukraine International airlines to British Airways at Kiev-Boryspil without clearing immigration (only hand luggage)?

So I'm considering flying Tbilisi-Kiev-London (TBS-KBP-LHR), with the TBS-KBP leg flown by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), and the KBP-LHR leg by British Airways (BA) I will not be able to have ...
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Duty-free liquids on a connecting flight in the US

I am going to the USA next week and want to bring some bottles of the good stuff as presents for my relatives living over there. My flight was cheap however it requires me to make a stop over. ...
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is it possible to change to an earlier connection by asking at check-in counter?

I would be traveling from Mumbai - Doha - Cape Town South Africa. (Qatar Airways all the way) This would be in late June. While the Mumbai - Doha is an easy and sweet ride. The next connection from ...
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Can you enter the departures area without a boarding pass at London Heathrow airport?

My girlfriend is leaving the UK from Heathrow tomorrow. Is it possible for me to go through security with her so that we can be together until she goes to her departure gate?
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Does going to Russia on a travel visa require providing the proof of hotel booking at the border?

A Russian-based company issuing tourist visa invitation does not seem to care about me having a hotel booking, nor do they say it will go on a visa. They only ask for a hotel name, and claim that this ...
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Is 50 minutes enough time to transfer between Terminal A and C at Newark (EWR)?

We'll be arriving at Newark airport (with two kids under 7) at Terminal A and our flight connection is in Terminal C. Is that enough time to catch the connecting flight? Update: both flights are on ...
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Hong Kong Airport - restricted/non-restricted areas

I have booked a flight to the Philippines and I have a layover of 3h 30m in Hong Kong Airport (arrival an departure in Terminal 1). So I looked at the shops in that terminal to see if I can buy a ...
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Is there information if a given airline at a given airport is using a jetway or a bus to board?

I am not particularly a fan of boarding a plane with bus that drives you from the terminal building to the airplane. I know that most low cost airlines use busses for boarding. So then I could ...
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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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Re-checking luggage at connecting airports

I'll be leaving Morocco within the next week, and I'm wondering whether I'll need to re-check my luggage after my connecting flights. I fly from Casablanca to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to London via ...
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Are there cameras inside toilets in aeroplanes and in airports? [closed]

I was on the seat in my plane today when this thought arose. Is it possible that air carriers have cameras fitted inside planes? Similarly is it legal for governments to have cameras fitted inside ...
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Stop over of 33 hrs at Hong Kong by flight Cathay Pacific

I am most likely to travel to LAX from Mumbai in next month by Cathay Pacific air lines. I have lay over of about 33 hrs at Hong Kong. I want to know whether air line will provide to and fro journey ...
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Forgot to submit consumption tax (GST) declaration form upon exiting Tokyo

I travelled to Japan last year and bought some stuff from shops in Tokyo which were subject to return of consumption tax (GST). However, I forgot to submit those consumption tax receipts (which the ...
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Connecting time at JFK

We have an International flight leaving JFK at terminal 4 (South African Airways) at 11.40am... and our connecting flight arriving on Delta arriving at 8.55am at Terminal 3 (there are 2 of us ...
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First time travelling alone - transit Munich airport, terminal 2

I am 13 and it will be my first time travelling alone. I have a few questions related to my transit flight. I am flying from Dublin->Munich->Sofia(Bulgaria) and I have my layover in Munich airport so: ...
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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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Can you get a gate pass at LAX to help someone who doesn't speak English?

My mother-in-law is Chinese and doesn't speak more than a couple words of English. We're planning on dropping her off at LAX to fly China Air to China. I don't know anything about international ...
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How to sleep on an overnight layover in Kotoka Airport, Accra

I'm considering options for a difficult flight route. One of the best options (no, really) involves a beast of a 14-hour overnight layover in Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana. This is ...
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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 can'...
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Souvenir shops at Heydar Aliyev (Baku) airport?

I have an upcoming trip, later this month, that includes a short (1-1/2 hour) stopover in Heydar Aliyev (Baku) airport. Having never been to Azerbaijan before, I'd like to be able to pick up some kind ...
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How late can I board a plane waiting at the gate?

I have an extreme dislike for standing in queue's and waiting. The worst is standing in the airbridge, while people settle in. So whenever I fly with an assigned seat on the plane, I try to board as ...
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How do you weigh luggage ? [duplicate]

My luggage is allowed to be 50 lbs each bag, and I'm not sure how much it weighs. Is there any way to weigh it with an accurate weight?
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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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Why do airports sometimes detect traces of explosives in bags?

So there's a (usually spot check) inspection point at airports sometimes, and they do a check for traces of explosives/gunpowder residue. I've never had any problems, but a couple of friends have had ...
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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 ...