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There was a time when the Ear Popper required a prescription in the USA while in Canada AFAIK never did but now even in the US you can just buy it. It's a lifesaver.


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White noise is particularly good at "cushioning" sound so that the highs/lows as well as ambient sounds blend into the background. In fact, there are very well-reviewed machines whose sole purpose is to make white noise to help block out sound and make it easier to fall asleep. For situations like yours, though, I usually just go to iTunes and play a ...


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Bring $20 - $50 cash. After you board, if you happen to be near a toddler, find a more preferable seat that seems to have a solo passenger in it, and make an attractive cash offer to the person who currently has that seat to switch with you. Be upfront with your reason for wanting to switch, as they will likely be suspicious otherwise.


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Odds are pretty bad since your ticket is just about the lowest in the pecking order and it's a really busy travel weekend. You can monitor prices for the flights: if they go up, seats are filling quickly. If they stay or go down, there is plenty open. Current low bidder for 7/4 is Alaska at $160 non stop. 7/3 seems fuller: American offers a one stop for ...


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While long haul, no layover flights may seem advantageous, this is one area where a multi-hop flight has advantages. If you are seated in an inconvenient manner, you don't have to deal with it the entire flight, the next flight will provide a different seating, and even if that one is inconvenient you'll at least have a layover where you can walk away from ...


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This is a common problem, especially if you have a flu and your nose is clogged. What usually does the trick for me is: yawning. luckily flights make me tired in some way gulping. chewing gum and a bottle of water will be helpful. A quick google for "ear pressure relief" adds to the list: "Inhale, and then gently exhale while holding the nostrils ...


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Judging from your description it seems like your complaints are mainly noise related. You would most likely benefit from some noise canceling headphones. While there are many models out there, Bose has a pretty good reputation in this area.


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This is a common problem, especially if you have a flu and your nose is clogged. What usually does the trick for me is: yawning. luckily flights make me tired in some way gulping. chewing gum and a bottle of water will be helpful. A quick google for "ear pressure relief" adds to the list: "Inhale, and then gently exhale while holding the nostrils ...


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The best way is to have a chewing gum. You can also block your nostrils, close your mouth and push the air through your ear conduits. If you have a cold, it might get worse. There are some medicines available to take before the flight.


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Assuming you fly with a second person, you could use a small trick to increase your level on insulation. During check-in, reserve two middle seats which are directly behind (or in front) of the exit row: Since no children can sit in the exit row and parents will want to sit next to their children, you're guaranteed to have nine child-free seats. If you're ...


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Rather than using earplugs, get some headphones and listen to music or something. It'll give you something else to focus on rather than the toddler. This is the approach lots of computer programmers use in open-plan offices, by the way. If you're wanting to sleep, then choose classical music. The following is just speculation, but it may work: try having a ...


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Toddlers cannot be seated in exit rows. If you are able to select your seat, choose one that has an exit row behind it. You may lose the ability to recline your seat, but you are guaranteed that there will not be a toddler behind you.


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To avoid disturbance from small children, you can use a multi-pronged approach: first, try to choose flights that are more of a hassle for parents. Generally this means night flights - some parents may be sure their child will sleep (and not bother you) but others are worried the child will not sleep and will cry. So they take a daytime flight and are ...


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You may avoid such problems if you travel first class. On the long term you may not be all that better off, as by the time you get used to traveling first class your tolerance of imperfections may decrease. See e.g. this review of Royal First Class travel on Thai Airways.


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I believe you'll need to submit the claim with Austrian first even if you have booked with Lufthansa. The end responsibility is with Austrian as they have been operating the flight even if your booking was made with Lufthansa.


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Yes, you can wear it, as even the TSA doesn't have anything against tin foil in any forms. Of course you'd have to take it off for the metal detector, but that's it.


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Etihad Airways require to check your musical instrument, from Etihad's policy: Musical instruments must be transported as checked baggage only. So it all comes down to the size and wight of Tabla Set. If you can fit it in a proper bag and are less then 7kg, you are good to go. Each item must not exceed dimensions of 115 cm (40x50x25). You can ...


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When determining a price for a journey, the price is a function of the availability on each individual flight. The availability loosely corresponds to the number of seats that have been sold and to the number that are still unsold. But really it is a tool that can be actively used to manage supply. The airline will open cheap seats if demand is weak and ...


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We just created https://bookwithmatrix.com, a site that lets you simply copy and paste the itinerary from ITA Matrix and get links to the major OTAs (online travel agents) where you can make the booking. As jpatokal mentioned, for the most complex fares you may have to talk to a travel agent, but this looks at the fare construction and tries to build the ...


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Spirit Airlines charges for advance seat assignments, so yes you need to pay if you want to request seating in advance. Just because you have a child traveling with you is not grounds for them to waive that fee. That said, in most likelihood, the counter agent checking you in or the automatic assignment algorithm will take into consideration that you are ...


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If you have booked two separate items, a flight reservation and a hotel booking, and paid only the airfare portion of the bill, then perhaps the third party will allow you to keep the air. If you booked a package deal, airfare plus hotel and have paid 400 towards that package then you are stuck with that package to continue with or cancel in its entirety. ...


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As a general rule, the major airlines are pretty reasonable when it comes to carry-ons. If you are not trying to drag a steamer trunk into the cabin, they will usually let you slide, and if they do have to stop you, they will usually check your bag on a courtesy basis and not charge you. This is not true of Spirit and some of the European budget airlines, ...


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This is just a theory, but I suspect the airlines or airline body responsible, set a volume limit, but as Zach mentioned, this could result in people taking unwieldy sized luggage excessively long in one dimension. If you take the cubic root of this limit and multiply by 3, this results in a single measurement that simultaneously sets maximum dimensions and ...


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The system is set up to accommodate the infinite variety of baggage dimensions while limiting the volume to an acceptable maximum amount. However the key words in the rule are 'checked baggage'. A cardboard box or other such packaging is not 'baggage', it is a parcel or cargo. Most airlines will accept cardboard boxes or other containers as checked ...


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Freight packed into a container (be it a plane's cargo hold or truck or something else) can be said to either "weigh out" or "cube out": Weigh out - The weight of the cargo is equal to the maximum carrying capacity, even if there is more space available. Example: a truckload of gold bars Cube out - The volume of the cargo is equal to the maximum carrying ...


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I recently flew with KLM from Amsterdam, where self-checking luggage is possible. Apparently (the screen tells you so) it will measure the size of your luggage, so it seems to get enforced at least somewhere. It tells you to make sure handles are down etc. Then it will take a few seconds to scan your bag and will tell you if it is okay or not. Possibly, as ...


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I wouldn't. Check this comment from Amazon.com: I just Goodwilled a similar bag (65.5 inches linear) with a long history of reliable service after being warned twice on a recent overseas trip that they'd "let me go this time" but that it was oversize and to not trust that I encounter someone as flexible next time through... Posted on May 29, 2013. ...


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Searching on Matrix, it is possible to find a fare from, for example, OXF (Oxford railway station) to MUC (Munich). An example fare is Carrier 9B ZNXADT OXF to LON, where 9B is the IATA code for AccesRail (in this case a National Express Coach journey) connecting to fare Carrier KL T7WKWGB LON to MUC, where KL is KLM. The fare rules for the 9B fare contain: ...


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To add to Berwyns answer. The BBC have specifically used this functionality from Flightradar24 where you can enter an aeroplanes registration mark and search. Flightradar24 will show the flights from the previous 7-10 days (Date, From, To, Flight Number, Flight Time, STD, ATD, STA and Status) You can even replay flights. Other information includes age of ...


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Yes, here is the recent history of SU-GCC, the aircraft that was operating flight MS 804 between Paris and Cairo on the morning of the 19th of May. See Berwyn's answer for more information about how that information is collected. You can see where an aircraft was before booking your flight if you want, but unless you are buying a flight for the same day, it ...


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The image shows the source of the information which is flightradar24. Flightradar24 works by utilizing a network of people providing information transmitted from aircraft using ADS-B. You can download apps for Android and iOS that show this information in near real-time. You can also assist in providing this information by purchasing ADS-B receivers which ...


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You can fly without any ID at all in some of the Northern Europe countries... Source: I was there last month and I did it multiple times!


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Large travel agents have 24/7 assistance numbers. If you end up stranded at 2am on Sunday, they can get you rebooked, find a hotel room, etc. Most organizations are simply unable or unwilling to provide that support. OTA's (online travel agents) such as Expedia and Travelocity are notoriously bad at pointing a finger at the airline or hotel, while the ...


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It's possible to do an airside transit at Incheon airport which is fast and you can do that on seperate tickets. Vietjet doesn't have a transit desk there as far as I know but they offer web checkin for ICN departures so you should be able to get a boarding pass. Both airlines use the satellite terminal where it's possible to go through transit security ...


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I would say that some cultures are more emotional and playful to the event of something that could go wrong and this is a way to cope/reliefing with that back of the head stress. Less travel time leads to more excitement. This wears down once flying becomes more frequent in life and you become experienced with its procedures. But once in awhile, why not cope ...


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IF in UK, something called ATOL protects all purchased tickets. IF in a backward place like the usa; One suspects that, in the case of 'a problem', they know which building to burn down and who gets a visit from 'BigVinnie' and the 'boys'. Additionally, someone's brother-in-law is probably involved somewhere...


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No. (Of course they could always deny you entry in general, but not for that reason.) You can use the visa to enter on any day on, or before, the expiration date (that means you can enter on June 7th too).


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Something not mentioned so far is the fact that the ticket booked through the travel agent may be refundable, where the ticket from the online vendor is most likely not refundable. A number of years ago when I traveled on behalf of a government agency this was the case. We often booked flights that were one or two hundred dollars more than the cheapest price ...


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The Extra $50 25$ -> additional profit for the travel agent 25$ -> the one who referred you for that agent [ PS : 25$ figure, Roughly Taken ]


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At many universities this is recommended but it is rarely a requirement, for the reasons listed in the other answers. However, there are downsides to booking via a travel agency, e.g. if you need to rebook the flight back while you are at the conference. You then need to contact your travel agency to do that for you, and they may ask that you make a payment ...


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All the answers so far seem to miss an important point: Your university might be legally required to do that. Specifically, above a certain amount of money, in many countries, public sectors organisations have to go through a specific procedure (call for tenders) to procure goods and services.


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Another reason - they think the time you would be spending looking for cheap flights is worth more than the price difference.


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On top of the other answer by DCTLIB... You haven't specified where you are and where is 'your' company, but there might be tax or financial book-keeping reasons. E.g. if the company is in EU they might require a proper VAT invoice to properly book it (and maybe get a VAT refund). And some vendors, especially in US, are unlikely to provide that. Using a ...


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There are several reasons why such internal policies exist: Your institution may get a discount on certain services of the travel agent if it buys enough from the agent By having a contract with a reasonably-priced travel agent, they make sure that no employee books the flight with a very pricey agent or with a travel agent that happens to be a relative of ...


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According to section 8.4.1.1.3 of the conditions of carriage skateboards are "blunt instruments" and are not allowed to be carried on board. I assume this extends to longboards, too. On Twitter Eurowings confirmed that skateboards can't be carried on board. They refer to the sport equipment page which does not mention skateboards/longboards. Other sport ...


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adding to the excellent list by @Willeke also directions of google maps can be worth a try. It does also calculate itineraries for specific times of travel. Their selection of means of transport isn't as good though (they are missing some metro lines in some city for example) and in your example it fails: Sorry, we could not calculate transit directions ...


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Besides Rome2Rio, which works internationally, I know several 'one country only' versions who do or might not do ferries. OV9292 (link in English) is the Dutch one, designed and started before internet searches became easy and named after its phone number, (which still works but has become expensive.) It claims to do all 'within the Netherlands' travel by ...


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The accepted answer and the supporting answers are all good, but me living in a country neighboring Romania, and having too many flights between the UK and my country, the explanation is much simpler. We're generally poor. We don't get to fly that often, half these flights are filled with older relatives visiting their migrant children. So a flight is ...


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I found myself in the same situation: my girlfriend is away from me and we try to travel often. So I've built a tool to search for flights to a common destination: http://destination.smoogly.ru/


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Israelis do this. In Israel, it is very common for people to clap their hands and applaud after landing, especially when flying with the national airline El Al. While it might sound silly - a lot of Israelis are very proud of the fact they do in fact have a nice airline with good pilots. Add that to the fact that pilots in El-Al often have ex-airforce ...



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