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It is not a pleasant situation for either of them - the passenger or the large passenger. It is very uncomfortable for the passenger and totally embarrassing for the large guy. In addition to that, it is uncomfortable and embarrassing for the staff. Unfortunately, there is no one single rule that applies here; each airline has its own policy regarding ...


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The most important thing in this situation is to get documentation about your luggage as soon as possible. No matter what the airline says, the only thing that matters is what they write. As this issue might be continued within the legal system (lawyers, etc) you should start gathering documents you can show to the judge. As I see it, the most important ...


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Assuming they are not code sharing the identical flight :-). While I have flown frequently in recent years, the following are "common sense" conjectures, not information based on knowledge of the deep inner workings of the system - as will be obvious when you read them. Delta may be more honest or realistic than Air France. Pilots quite frequently announce ...


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It varies, and flight attendants will often alter it over the course of longer flights as well (for example, on overnight flights they often turn up the temperature by a degree or two). Often there are drafts from the air conditioning, although it's hard to predict exactly where unless you often sit in the same seat on the same plane. The traditional and ...


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The differing durations are a result of the aircraft that are used to fly the route by the two airlines. Delta uses a Boeing 757 aircraft while the Air Frances uses the slightly faster Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 aircraft on this route.


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In the UK, one major thing you lose by not using a travel agent is ATOL protection. This may not be relevant if you're not booking hotels though the agent (did you recieve an ATOL certificate?). But if you do and the airline goes bust while you're away ATOL will: ...make sure you can finish your trip and return home. If your holiday is booked but you ...


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I can't list all possible things you might lose by not booking through travel agents, but I know one or two for sure, in regards to cheaper prices. Airlines do sell seats in bulks, same as in manufacturers sell goods in bulk, these bulk seats will be cheaper and customers to these bulk seats are travel agents. This type of seats are called consolidated ...


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External drives (or internal ones - same drive, different case) will have zero problems with commercial air travel. X-rays don't affect them, and any in-flight vibrations capable of damaging a disk drive will also destroy the airplane. Now that's assuming it's turned off. Running drives don't like to be knocked around, but that applies on your desk too. As ...


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No laws as such, but check with your travel insurance or your flight/holiday booker. If they are a part of ABTA, you should find the process relatively painless. Responsibility is a tricky thing - most will blame customs, who are separate from the 3 organisations you have named. I always use airlines that will reimburse my incidentals until my luggage ...


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According to Delta, for eCerts: Delta eCerts Credit Voucher must be redeemed and ticket issued by the date above. Extensions are not permitted. So, the date shown is the last date in which you can issue the ticket, not the date to end the travel.


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The biggest difference between doing it yourself on an airline's website and going through through a travel agent is less flexibility. The travel agent's reservation system shows them how many seats in each fare class, allowing them to build your booking flight by flight. The airline system uses algorithms that cover many possibilities, but not all. So an ...


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The UK is indeed among the countries requiring “Advance Passenger Information” according to Wikipedia, although I don't recall ever needing to enter my passport details in advance (last time I went there must be a couple of years ago). Trains are treated differently, probably because you have to clear immigration in France or Belgium, before boarding the ...


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I've never been on a passenger plane that was anywhere close to being as low as 16 C. Almost all of the ones I've been on have been either normal room temperature (~22 C/72 F) or warmer. Particularly when sitting at the gate in a hot climate, the cabin can get quite warm (27 C/80 F or more.) Sometimes sitting close to exit doors can be cold from what I'm ...


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The TSA is insane. They require gate checks for liquids on US-bound flights. I've encountered the same nonsense at the gate on every flight from Shanghai since they put the rule in place. Of course, without an x-ray it's not very effective. Here's a link from Cathay Pacific confirming this requirement to flights to the U.S. from Hong Kong.


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There are locations that fly to LHR that do not conform to international norms regarding international safety. Lagos, Nigeria, for example, does not conform to certain protocols, and Therefore is not considered secure. Rather than ferreting out individual flights, it is considered prudent simply to screen all passengers again.


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It's not hard to identify flights which may fly over the Grand Canyon— but finding out which ones definitely will, and whether or not you will have a view if you take one, are a different story. With some trial and error, you can find flights that pass over the area on any of the websites that offer flight tracking, like FlightAware.com. Grand Canyon ...


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Depending on plane ETOPS, route can be different, even if the planes have the same engine number. 777 has quite a big ETOPS... edit: To add some explanation. ETOPS (Extended range Twin Operations) is a rule which allows 2 engine planes to fly over oceans. Depending on how strongly the manufacturers promise that their engines are reliable the plane may be ...


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The scenario you describe is not uncommon and there are a couple of legal/political and marketing-related reasons why it would be the case. Cabotage/Freedoms of the Air The airline may lack the rights to carry passengers from A-B, though they can carry them A-B-C. For example, if the segment is domestic and the airline is foreign, the airline must have ...


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A 2012 Conde Naste Traveler article notes that Statistics on baggage theft are hard to come by; the airlines don’t compile them, and if a journey involves multiple legs, it can be difficult to prove where the theft occurred. The TSA, which collects information on lost property, reports that between 7,000 and 14,000 claims are filed with the agency each ...


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Compensation? No. Whenever you have a schedule change the airline will allow you to cancel and get a refund if the flights no longer meet your needs. But if you accept the change (ie: don't cancel), then you have effectively agreed to the change and are stuck with it. The only time you might claim compensation is once the flights are under way and they ...


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Quoting this, this, and this: External disks are no different that internal disks, in terms of media and components. Laptops have been going through X-Ray machines for decades without incident, so I see no issue with external drives doing the same safely.


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First, understand that you're not the normal customer and airlines really aren't set up to serve your particular needs well; they've oriented themselves towards the majority. It looks like your options are: buy a no-change fee fare. Typically, this will cost two or three times the cheapest fare, or even two or three times [cheapest fare plus one change ...


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The US is a non-visa national country which means you do not have to apply for entry clearance (visa) before you arrive. Instead, you have a landing interview with an Immigration Officer at the port. If your landing interview is successful, you will get 6 months leave to enter. The landing interview will cover the points listed in Paragraph 41 of the ...


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If you haven't seen this page yet, check this one out. There seem to be few requirements to exporting cockatiels from the US, because as you said, they aren't CITES-listed. At a minimum, you'll have to get a veterinary health report usually within 30 days of travel and you'll need this report if you want to bring the birds back into the US. There are also ...


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According to this resource, you can use some of ITA's routing language with Hipmunk.


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While this is just as much of an educated guess as all of the other answers, I would suspect that part of it is probably due to congestion at one or both terminals at the scheduled times of day. You can see this effect even on domestic flights. Even for the same cities on the same airline with the exact same model of aircraft, it's not unusual for scheduled ...


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Hidden city ticketing Basically means buying a ticket A>M>Z where that is cheaper than A>M, but only going as far as M. Only works on singles (because the return would automatically be cancelled if the full booked route is not flown) and even so might not work after a few attempts (ie once the airline gets wind of the attempt to violate its rules, which do ...


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The US does not have passport checks upon leaving the country. The only way the government can attempt to prevent you from leaving the country is to refuse to renew your passport. So, you don't even have to drive to Mexico. You can simply take a flight from wherever you are now to wherever you want to go. This is assuming that you do have a valid passport, ...


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Different airlines will estimate different times based on their own data. As such, it is reasonable to expect a few minutes variation from one airline to the next. Large variations between flights at significantly different times of the day can also occur (even for the same airline). This is often due to the congestion of planes at peak times of day. I ...


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Adioso includes this functionality and also allows searching for flights to a whole country, a broad region (“Arabian Peninsula”) or continent or even from lists of friends or attractions.



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