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Mark already explained the why, but there's a simple but rather accurate simple approximation for jet flights: 30 min plus 1 hr per 500 mi flown Consider LAX-ABQ: 0:30 + (670/500) = 0:30 + 1:20 = 1:50 And ORD-SJC: 0:30 + (1859/500) = 0:30 + 3:43 = 4:13 The logic behind this is basically that, while take off and landing take around 20 min each, ...


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First, I believe you are overreacting to the current situation, all I'm aware of is the disappearance of flight MH370, and I believe that will eventually prove to have a tragic but non-malicious explanation, with an accident, heroic pilots (and maybe a touch of government bureaucratic incompetency thrown-in during the search, not that it would have probably ...


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There are a number of times and cutoffs and activities that happen before a plane leaves. How long these activities take depends on how many people are involved, in other words on the size of the plane. These include: paging passengers who have yet to demonstrate they'll be admitted to the target country, and looking at their passports. The more people ...


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In short, no, he can't realistically bring them on board: under TSA rules, semi-solid foods are considered "gels" and thus fall under the "liquids, aerosols and gels" restriction of 3 bottles x 100 ml max, and these rules are applied worldwide on international flights. You could still probably bring a few tiny containers of curry and something dry to eat ...


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Airlines ask people to come earlier on some flights for several reasons, for example: The long-distance last flights of the day sometimes try to leave as early as possible. If people arrive earlier, this helps a lot. I made this experience frequently, along with the appropriate announcements. Some airlines try to get people to the gate much earlier because ...


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There seems to be no limit as such. However if you carry more than 10'000 €, you might have to declare it depending on the country. For example in Germany, you are to declare it when orally asked to do so. For the UK on the other hand, there seems to be no need to do so. So if you consider taking more than 10'000 €, you should check the rules for the ...


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I just checked my previous tickets from Singapore Airlines and it seems to be normal that the boarding time starts 1 hour before the flight for flights departing from Changi Airport. One reason for that is probably that the baggage checks at that airport are at the gate only and thus they might want to allow for enough time in case somebody's baggage needs ...


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As far as I'm aware, at time of writing the only airlines that currently operate both the 787 and the A380 are British Airways and China Southern Airlines, although Etihad will be joining this rather exclusive club by the end of the year, and Korean Air, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have all placed firm orders for both. That said, the obvious ...


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A lot of the time in travel is the initial takeoff and climbing to altitude, as well as the descent, queueing and slowdown at the end. During this time you're not actually travelling that far, but it uses up time. Every flight has this component, and let's say for argument's sake it takes 20 minutes at the start and 20 minutes at the end. Then the rest of ...


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Regarding ID: they do not need id. Source: TSA Blog Regarding written consent: It is definitely a good idea but is not a strict requirement any more than if you were driving. Nobody would ask unless one of the kids tries to make a huge scene, yelling "you're not my parent", etc. International travel would be a different matter.


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There should be no problems, unless you're on a Ukrainian passport, according to the Russian in my team here. Even then it should be fine, you may just experience some questions on your reason for your trip. Of course, as you're just continuing on to Europe, you're going to get very little attention. In terms of the city, it's far from Ukraine and the ...


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Actually some airlines still do that. Air New Zealand hands out sweets/lollies (to adults and children), and I've seen it on some other airlines too in recent years - but can't remember the names off hand. There are SOME technological advancements - the 787 and A380 are meant to be better for jetlag and certainly the 787 has higher air pressure leading to ...


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Three are two main factors for the difference between the two flights you've listed. The first is the overhead of take-off, climb, decent and landing. These will be roughly equivalent for all flights, so are basically a fixed overhead. For the two flights you've listed, the times you've given are those published by the airline and thus include the time ...


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Every airline will have its own policies, so contact your airline and ask. Airlines regularly transport all sorts of weird creatures, up to and including a herd of elephants, so they'll be happy to advise you how to deal with a tarantula.


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Apart of regulations mentioned by drat, EU also has anti-money laundering laws. They apply regardless if you travel internationally or not. The EU directive 2005/60/EC "on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing" tries to prevent such crime by requiring banks, real estate agents ...


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The most obvious answer is that not everyone checks luggage. I go to the counter maybe 10% of the time that I fly, as I very rarely have bags to check. Even if you are checking bags, the online check-in system allows much of the process to be completed before you arrive to drop off your bags. Depending on the airline and the flight, that could include ...


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I had the opportunity to check the measures of the Ryanair "baggage sizer" yesterday even though I hadn't a meter with me. My hand luggage fitted almost perfectly so I can say that the size of the baggage sizer is roughly 23 x 43 x 50 (the last measure is probably the least important one since it is open on top). In the end, you have something like 3 or 4 ...


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There's generally only one major disadvantage to booking two one-way tickets in situations like this - Change/Cancellation fees! If for some reason you have to cancel your trip, instead of paying a single cancellation fee you'll have to pay two - one to each airline - and odds are that each fee will be the same as the single fee would have been so in effect ...


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Singapore Airlines actually close boarding just ten minutes before departure, so there is indeed absolutely no need to get to the gate an hour before departure. Back in the days when I flew out of Changi pretty much weekly, it was standard procedure for me to arrive at the airport 30 min before departure. (Already checked in, access to citizen/PR lanes in ...


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First, your baggage will be checked through, and if you miss the connection, Lufthansa will put you on a later flight at no extra cost. Since you arrive early and there are many flights between Munich and Paris, it will probably be only an hour or two later. You will have to go through immigration and possibly security, but at 6 AM there probably won't be ...


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Leaving aside the question of round trip versus one-way fares, there are some potential disadvantages to booking your outbound and return flights on separate one-way tickets as opposed to a single round-trip (aka return) ticket— unless all tickets happen to be fully flexible, fully refundable, full-fare tickets, which you won't be buying if you care at all ...


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I think the answer is the 4th of july. If you check for airfares to Frankfurt, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, or even Tokyo. You'll see the same pattern, of sudden high fares in that period. Americans apparently like to leave the country during their independence day. Check one week before and one week later and suddenly the prices are lower.


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While sometimes the airlines are simply trying to get you to board early to speed up there turnround time, and don't close boarding until much later, there are some important occasions when this early boarding time is significant and important. The most usual reason is when the flight will be boarding by stairs in the field and not by a normal gate. In this ...


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You can re-enter the US if you have proof of citizenship, so that doesn't strictly require a passport -- although it may make your enter procedure more troublesome. As mentioned above, you can theoretically travel to US territories without a passport, from answers.usa.gov: For Travel to/from/between U.S. Territories, U.S. Citizens and Nationals: ...


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You could take the rather pleasant Silver Ferry service from Hachinohe to Tomakomai if you have a few hours to spare and would rather do so on a boat than on a train. The transfers from your desired start / end points only take 20 minutes (from Misawa to Hachinohe) and about 45 minutes (from Tomakomai to Sapporo). In total you're looking at 12,500 JPY for ...


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The one faster alternative would be to go to Aomori and fly from there to Sapporo, there are direct flights on both JAL and ANA. However, this is considerably more expensive (~US$190). Personally, I'd be tempted to drive, unlike most of Japan a car is quite handy in Hokkaido. Sapporo is a nice enough city, but the real attractions in the countryside. ...


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It's not necessarily suspicious, but the airport staff are trained to look more closely at anything unusual. As you may suspect, a big device with wires and batteries will likely garner some additional attention. The best thing to do is to be prepared. Make sure that you've checked the airline's list of prohibited items (the one with guns, grenades are ...


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Don't you hate that? ;) Sadly, no, if you miss a leg of a flight at any point on a ticket, they'll cancel ALL other legs of the flight. So unless you can get yourself to Allentown, you are unable to take that flight. It's for various reasons, logistics, regional pricing, airport taxes, but basically, no, you can't. Similar question here, with the same ...


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It'll depend where you're flying, what type of flight (multi-leg etc), how busy the season is, and how far ahead of time you're booking. The tighter the time frame or higher the demand, the harder it is. Of course, the Flightfox hackers until a few months ago were all experts/hobbyists/searchers and you could get a dozen people all trying to beat your ...


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I think there's probably not much you can do: If you have a mobile phone, you can always try to contact someone, but it seems the chances of having network coverage are rather slim. You could hope that whoever took over the plane forgot to shut down the in-flight phones and call somebody with those. Your chances of disturbing the pilot when he is in the ...



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