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Are these three particular plants of importance to you? Coleus is a pretty common house plant sold in markets all over the world and you maybe able to find it in plant shops in Denmark. Or perhaps take some seeds and grow them from scratch. But if the plants are special to you and they aren't covered under CITES (unlikely since most flower shop versions ...


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As far as carrying them on the plane goes, you should be fine (just make sure that the soil is not too wet, so that it won't fall under the "liquids" rule... if in doubt, put the plants in checked-in luggage). As far as Danish customs is concerned, the English-language information I could find ( http://www.skat.dk/skat.aspx?oId=2083356&vId=0 , ...


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The airline IS responsible for checking your visa before boarding, however that responsibility is for the good of the Brazilian government, NOT for the good of the passenger. By not correctly carrying out this check, the airline will likely be fined by the Brazilian government. However, the airline has ZERO responsibility to the customer to check the visa. ...


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Currently, U.S. citizens require a visa to visit Brazil. There is an upcoming exemption for the Olympic Games, and there is also some talk about implementing a general visa waiver for U.S. tourists, but that hasn't happened yet. The airline should have checked for your visa when you initially checked in for your flight; they have a system called Timatic ...


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Since this thread has become the universal flight search engine thread I want to give a breakdown of all the options mentioned in the other answers: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ (answer) is the most powerful search tool I know of: multiple departure and destination airports (including nearby functionality), +/- 2 days or departure window with length of ...


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Some airlines (like Avianca in Colombia), have mail service that sends packages between airports, so another option could be sending the item to yourself and pick in your destination


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Since the last this question was answered there is an update. Company called OneGo offers unlimited flights as a monthly subscription depending on where you fly and how often. Plans pricing can be found here but they start about $1500/month for regional plans. I think it offers more benefit for business travelers but you may take advantage of it if you ...


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Of course. Check your contract: you bought a service to get you from Doha to Atlanta. The could route your through a totally different city, put you on a direct flight etc. This is a well known risk to skipleggers. While it'd been nicer to get you to PHL if you are asking whether they can, whether they are legally allowed to, the only answer is a yes.


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It is not uncommon for an airline to hold a passenger at the point of origin if they know the entire series of flights can not be completed as booked. By doing so, for many passengers it means they simply go home and return the next day. For non-local passengers it means some lodging and meals to be provided. For legal responsibility it is simply a ...


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Really depends on why the connecting flight was cancelled. As I noted in a comment above, a severe weather condition could have created a scenario where you could have been stuck in the connecting airport, PHL in this case, for an extended period of time. If the airline could have known that you might be stuck in a weather bound airport for a day or more, ...


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Something that hasn't been noted by others is that while this is testing for explosives, it can also pick up residue from firearms usage e.g. if you've been shooting and/or handling ammunition, particularly spent casings like shotgun shells it can also cause these tests to come out positive. If you have been shooting say at a range or you've been ...


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Yes that is pretty poor handling by Qatar. More generally I can imagine there would be immigration problems in certain circumstances, but obviously in your situation that doesn't apply. I suspect [but obviously I don't know] that Qatar have messed you about here and offloaded you from the flight for other reasons, perhaps it was overbooked as a consequence ...


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Times on flights are always given in the local time of the place the time refers to. (There may be exceptions to this but I'm not aware of any.) So, the first flight leaves Washington at 2310 Washington time (EST, GMT-5) and arrives in Istanbul at 1615 Istanbul time (EET, GMT+2). It is confusing that the ticket doesn't explicitly say that the arrival in ...


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If you book a flexible fare, you could potentially modify or even cancel it. But I doubt that it will be 100% free. It usually depends on the fare purchased. Another option would be to purchase an Y ticket and then apply for an upgrade. It might work and you would lose less if you can't be refunded on the return flight.


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Looking very quickly at the fare tariff Air France has filed on PRG-SIN, the cheapest return fare in business class is 1777.00 EUR and the cheapest one-way fare is 1915.00 EUR. These figures exclude taxes, fees and surcharges. The cheapest fare has a change fee of 240 EUR. Therefore the cost of cancelling the return flight would probably be 378 EUR, however ...


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The date shown for each flight is the departure date, not the arrival date. Flight TK8 from Washington Dulles to Istanbul departs on February 10th at 23:10 (11:10pm) and arrives in Istanbul on February 11th at 16:15 (4:15pm). Flight TK740 from Istanbul to Islamabad (with a stop in Baku, Azerbaijan) departs on February 11th at 18:15 (6:15pm) and arrives in ...


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Here's how that flight looks on the Turkish airlines web site: It will leave late tonight (Washington time), and then land in and leave Istanbul on afternoon/evening of the 11th (Istanbul time) and then arrive in Pakistan at about 5am Pakistan time. But that will the be the 12th. Does that make more sense to you?


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Beyond the options already listed, azair has very powerful search options (see the advanced options), including choice of return and departure day, length of stay, period within which the trip should happen and a range of departure and arrival airports.


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I once realized I had my pocket knife with me and I was not checking any bags. I went outside and buried it in the dirt. A week later when I can back, I dug it back up.


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Japan The time I made this mistake with a multi-tool in Toyama (around 2007 I think), I simply (and even with my limited Japanese it was simple) brought the situation to the attention of the checkpoint workers, who handed me a plastic bag with a form on it to fill out, stuck the article in the completed form-bag, tore the receipt off the top and handed it ...


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The swabs are used to check for explosives and/or drugs. Indeed, if you manipulated any such substances in the near past, it's likely that traces can still be found on your hands, and on the things your hands usually touch: bag handles, zippers, pockets, etc. If you pay close attention during the checks, these parts of your personal belongings are the ones ...


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This is clearly not allowed in hand luggage - nor in the checked in luggage. That is, you are not allowed to transport it by passenger plane at all. This page from the gov.uk site lists what's forbidden in hand luggage, related to weapons and ammunition (emphasis is mine): You can’t take any of these items as hand luggage or in the hold: ...


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Something like this happened to me some years ago. I was flying from Sydney, Australia to Bali, Indonesia with China Airways - I think!? There was a final hand-luggage check at the departure gate. I was "randomly" picked and my bag was checked. Unfortunately, I'd completely forgotten that my Leatherman Wave was in my hand luggage! Apart from the initial ...


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In most of the Europe, if you are found with prohibited items you are given a chance to go back to the Airline counter and arrange a checked in service (maybe meaning that you'll have to buy a bag to put it in).


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Often at security they swab my backpack and some of my possessions with a small piece of damp paper. It is supposed to pick up traces of the materials I've been handling. Then they put it in a machine that analyzes those traces. At customs and immigration it's set to detect various illicit drugs (I've seen this on Border Security) but at security I believe ...


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This is a way to check if you have manipulated explosives recently. The paper will absorb the particles and then react during their test afterwards.


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If it is detected, you'll certainly have problems. They will ask you why you travel with such a replica. Even if you don't have bad ideas around it, one can certainly state that you could create a panic in the plane if someone sees it. So it will definitely be forbidden. It is the same as holding a fake gun in the street. People aren't supposed to know that ...


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My home airport has a kiosk near where the line forms for security that's meant for mailing things that can't fly. It's nowhere near as obvious as it should be, I wasn't aware of it until the day I found myself almost in front of it waiting for my wife in the restroom. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the security people know about it and can direct ...


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In San Francisco (and probably other airports?) there are small self-serve dropboxes, next to the line to go through security. You can take an envelope from the supply on top, fill it out, including writing your credit card number down, and they will ship the contents to you for about $20. I did this a few years ago, when I forgot to leave my pocketknife ...


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I would ask someone that is not going to fly to keep the item safe until my return, and offer money in order to do so. Even though you are asking a favor to a random stranger, this is not as awkward as it sounds. And there are plenty of options you could choose. This would work better if the person in question lives in the same city as you, but it really ...


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It's hard to find more than anecdotal evidence -- there's no set policy as far as I know or can find. This flyertalk thread however mentions Some airports with a very sophisticated baggage handling systems have a minimum weight of what can be checked-in (don't know about size), I think it's something like 3 or 4 kilos minimum. To the contrary, I ...


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You should check the baggage information page of your airline for two things: are razor blades forbidden in checked luggage, and is there a minimum size or weight for checked luggage. For all airlines I have encountered, the answer to both questions is no, so under the presumption that anything not explicitly forbidden is allowed (within law and common ...


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This option is probably not available everywhere (but it's available in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Heathrow), it only works if you'll be back to the same airport at some point, and the cost may be a tad high if you'll be away for while (but probably cheaper than the fees for an extra checked bag): just leave the item as left luggage! The company managing ...


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In the US, according to the TSA you have some options: When prohibited items come through the checkpoint, passengers are given options: Take the item to the ticket counter and check it in your baggage or a box provided by the airport. Many airports have a US Postal Service or other shipping services area where boxes, stamps and envelopes can ...


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It happened to me once in London Heathrow. In my case I didn't have any emotional attachment to the item and it only cost around £3 to replace, so I threw it away, however I discussed with the security and the airline what my options were. They offered me the following options: Throw it away (I actually ended up doing just that) Post it to whatever ...


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I have indeed seen counters that will pack and ship for you, at some expense. I believe I saw that in Zurich and London, but memory is foggy. I've also noticed long after that something prohibited went through without getting caught, which can be annoying in a difficult-to-describe way.


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The EU policy is crystal clear: passengers must be given the possibility of opting out from a security scanner. In this case the passenger shall be screened by an alternative screening method including at least a hand search; The UK government attempted to resist opt outs going so far in 2010, per this Guardian article Earlier this month two women, ...


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If you are actually carrying (including your checked luggage) more than $10,000 Canadian in cash or certain bearer-type instruments, then you should pro-actively declare it. The country you are leaving (and possibly other countries you are traveling through such as the US) may have similar regulations, which would usually be in their own currency, of ...


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Is this a problem? Will they ask me at the airport how much money I have on me? Can they access my visa application and ask why I didn't bring as much as I promised? No, it's not a problem. Maybe but only to check you don't carry more than 10K in cash which you'd need to report. Access, I believe yes but that's likely to be not relevant. Bring? Noone ...


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There are two reasons why they asked you this question. One is that they want to be sure that you have enough money for the time that you'll be in Canada and enough to leave as well... Then the second one is that there are some limitations in the amount of money you can travel with. For instance, if you had indicated that you would come with 1 million CAD, ...


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In my experience the very best flight search engine is the ITA Matrix. I believe it is so comprehensive that it negates the need for a 3rd party website to list which websites return which airlines. Note that you cannot book flights on this site. I am yet to find a scenario where this search engine wouldn't return a flight option (aside from airlines that ...


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Yes it is possible! Schengen visa allows you to travel inside Schengen area by foot, boat, car, air and even more 😀😀😀


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You cannot get "booked" flight lists, but you can get "scheduled" flights. Try to search Google for Destination Airport official website. They must have a schedule of departures & arrivals, look into arrivals list. But if your friend has a transit somewhere in between of journey, the arrival will list the last transit airport as origin. For example, ...


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My strategy as a non business traveler is to have a few accounts with airlines that I know I will want to redeem miles with and that have a good airline alliance/code share program. For example, I have a mileage account with American. I fly quite a bit with American as well as US Airlines and Alaska. Then I use the miles collected with these airlines ...


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No. I know this site doesn't allow for such short answers but seriously: no. These days for a little extra legroom you are expected to pay for, Premium Economy under various names (United Economy Plus, American Airlines Main Cabin Extra, Delta Comfort+). Edit: Alaska too.


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There are also credit cards which give out cashback in the form of air miles, however their pay-out is usually lower than simply getting a fixed cashback in dollars. Aeroplan points exchanged for international business tickets can be worth 4.5-6CPM and if you manage to find an upgradeable ticket it can be 10-12CPM. I've never seen a generic cashback ...


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To directly answer the title question, yes, non-business travelers can absolutely benefit from airline loyalty programs (i.e. earning points/miles as well as status.) Whether it's worth it for you in particular, though, will be extremely dependent on your particular situation and what options are available to you on the routes you normally fly, as well as ...


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tldr: If you travel once or twice a year, on full-price airlines with frequent flyer progammes, sign up for them. But don't obsess over them, and focus on price and other benefits first. Longer answer: As always, it depends. Many (most?) budget airlines don't have a frequent flyer programme (or at least one comparable to those on full-service airlines), ...


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I have a small (A5) Moleskine notebook that I use for travelling. In the inside cover I write things that rarely change and will be the same throughout multiple trips, such as my passport number (in case it gets lost), card numbers, phone numbers for my bank (in case I need to cancel my cards), etc. Then on the individual pages I write the details of each ...


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There are three things that set (some) frequent flier programs apart from other rewards programs. How important these are to you may determine whether they are worth doing. The first is "Status" which you refer to by mentioning business travellers. Never lining up, spending an hour or more less in the airport than others, waiting in the lounge eating and ...



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