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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 is nothing that prohibits you from carrying a microscope onboard an airplane. One thing to mention is the tools that comes with it, if I am not mistaken microscopes comes with a set of tools (I have seen one made for amateurs), it comes with some sort of sharp tools and/or some kind of liquids in small bottles (I guess dye or something like that). ...


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The official rule for dairy products (which whey protein is) is that you can bring 20kg, valued at $20 or less, and of course you must declare it. I wasn't able to discover what happens if you bring something valued at over $20, though my strong suspicion is that you may have to pay a duty and/or taxes on it. In practice what may happen is that the customs ...


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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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I have used the following Collapsible Dolly Cart, which could carry all three Bags easily. http://www.handtrucksrus.com/crashdetail.aspx?ID=371&cx=rwm It was a successful experiment.


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With in the EU there is a freedom of capital moment. However, having said the above you need to know that up to €10.000 cash no questions are asked. For larger amounts like €50.000 or €100.000+ you would be asked to prove the source of that cash. (money laundering regulations). Also you would be asked the reason for moving this kind of money in cash. As ...


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There is only a reporting limit of 10.000 EUR when entering from outside. The rules which are actually often misquoted, does not require you to report any cash travelling within the EU


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Turkish Airlines applies the MSC (Most Significant Carrier) rule. We'll come to that in a minute. Firstly it's worth noting that their 'official' baggage allowance is on their website. So that's the first point of call. It lists economy class limits at 20kg. However, all over that page are exceptions. Example: Free baggage allowance from Germany to ...


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Flight booking websites tend to push connecting flights via hub, even if there are also multiple direct flights between your airports. For instance, check your favorite website trying to book a return flight between Zurich and Frankfurt. At least five direct flights daily are offered by Lufthansa alone, in both directions. However many booking sites will ...


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My answer is short and simple: when I tried to buy a ticket for my forthcoming flight on date X/Y/Z (other dates was less convenient) there was already no tickets by airline. However one of travel agents have one remaining ticket (with almost the same price). So sometimes travel agents can give you more possibilities.


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One thing that I get from a travel agent that I have yet to find from an airline website is ticket reservation without paying for it. In other words, I want to hold a seat for me now, because I might be traveling on future date X; lets say its four days from now. If tomorrow I decide to cancel my trip, I can cancel and then do the refund process through ...


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As @greyshade commented, I don't know what you might be worried about. I've bought tickets for parents, kids, boyfriend and they all worked fine. Admittedly, those were all domestic flights, but I've had international tickets purchased for me by my employer. Definitely try to access the ticket record via the confirmation number on the British Airways site ...


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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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A few years ago (online) travel agents would pretty much always offer lower price than the airline on its website (e.g. British Airways). At some point it seemed to change though, and now many airlines (including BA), but by no chance all, make sure that their online prices are not worse than the agents. I am not sure what is American Airline's approach. ...


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NORMALLY, temperatures in a cabin will be room temperature. There are occasions when it will be a few degrees colder, either because of the outside air temperature, or because of the air-conditioning. In such instances, ONE extra layer of clothing will be helpful. You can "carry on" that extra layer of clothing, but if you haven't, you can ask for a ...


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I always book using online travel sites and on many occasions found them to be cheaper than booking directly on the airline website. On the downside, not all travel sites allow you to enter a FF number to claim miles. Also, some airline websites allow you to choose a seat right after booking.


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Booking with a single airline puts the onus on them if a leg is delayed so long that you miss a connection. If you book a journey on multiple airlines (eg to China and then within China can easily make a change of carriers a good choice) then if you make the bookings yourself separately you may not be covered for a missed leg in the case of a delay. Subject ...


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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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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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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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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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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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This article describes what is known as the Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag-Diet and is a method which seems deceptively simple, while contradicting some bits of advice offered by other answers here. I have yet to try it myself, but a coworker says it works wonders for his wife on trans-Atlantic trips, and for his brother on cross-continental-US trips. The basic ...


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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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It depends on the airline and your port of departure; because these checks are done at the gate and at most airports, gate employees are contractors and not airline employees. Although one time a few years ago I remember while departing Newark the INS was checking boarding passes on the jetway, which was weird. I have had similar problems, because I have a ...


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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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This answer is more of a general one, and it can be different for Hong-Kong. But generally, you are taking a huge risk but it is still permitted. If you have only one ticket, then you should be totally fine. Airline will take care of your baggage if any, and if the first flight was delayed, they will compensate you and/or arrange alternative flights ...


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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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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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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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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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The answer by jpatokal is perfect, I have a little addition. Imagine if you have a ticket from Australia to London with one leg only (SYD-LON), then from London you will go to Rome by a car or a train. Finally, you have another separate ticket to take you back home. Now is that a problem? not at all. Same exact procedures will apply for your ARNK ticket, ...


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What you're describing is more commonly known as an open-jaw ticket. These are quite common and can be easily issued by any halfway competent travel agent, although you may have some trouble booking these online since most booking engines don't support them very well: you may get quoted the price for two one-ways, which is usually far more expensive. ...


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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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Basically, the airline for some reason considers it more advantageous to sell the A => B seat as part of an A => C journey than to sell it alone, probably because an A => C ticket brings in more revenue than an A => B one. A => C could also have more demand than A => B, so the airline doesn't want to sell an A => B ticket and miss an A => C customer later. ...


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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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Many airlines provide a list of accepted ID cards and, as far as I remember, the Post Office card is not explicitly mentioned by any one of them. However, its the airport security (CISF) which checks the ID and not the airlines. Also, there is some variation in the list of acceptable IDs given by different airlines. I believe that almost any photo ID card ...


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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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The checks only relate to hand luggage. Check it in. I've done a dozen flights out of the UK since this alert, and I haven't been challenged yet to carry this out.


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If you paid for the trip by credit card, check with them too. At least one of my cards offers free travel insurance, which may cover your (documented) loss. If they reimburse you, they have an incentive to go after the airline -- and they have more clout than you do.


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Trying to be as objective as possible - your case will be extremely difficult to prove that the error was on the airline side. In a way, the airline can show that they did the utmost in order to inform you on the gate change Using the PA multiple times and NOT assigning a gate number at least 30 minutes before departure. (Was not on the screen) You can ...


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Probably not, check the luggage contents for stains. If there are stains, wipe them down with warm soapy water as directed from http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-off-mosquito-repellent-stain-from-polyester Otherwise wipe down with warm water to remove the residue and it should be good to go.


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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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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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It may be next to impossible to find the flight plan and the aircraft registration for that date. However, there is a limited number of aircraft that it could be since KLM operated only 3 747-300s. The list is: N4548M PH-BUW N4551N


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Recall that my itinerary is: MAA -- FRA -- YUL -- YYZ and that I would like to break my journey at YUL. Here is the only relevant detail I figured out subsequently: Irrespective of my final destination, I will have to clear customs and go through immigration checks at the point of entry as far as Canada is concerned. In particular, being a student, I ...


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There are two different things in aviation business: Flight Availability You can know if the flight has a seat for you to be booked. You can simply know this by visiting any flight booking site, for example: Kayak.com. Seat Availability This is to know how many seats are available in a given flight for each class, this information is usually available ...


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As I mentioned on the answer to What if one family member doesn't have a photo ID for domestic air travel in India?, According to the airlines charters for Air India and Jet Airways, as long as you have a government issued photo ID (CBSE will be included in this case as it is on of the major Central Boards for education in India), you should be able to ...


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As far as I know it's not possible for free, but you can buy a subscription to a tool like KVS that can look up availability on any flight: The numbers in the "Availability" column represent free seats in each fare class: in this case, Business class (buckets J C D) on LH401 is wide open (9 or more seats), while the same flight codeshared as UA8840 has ...


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Choosing where to sit based on which location is safer requires that you also know, in advance, what kind of accident you are going to have (if you can do this, take the next (not this) flight to Vegas). Yes, if you fly into a mountain the front rows hit first but it's not like the back rows are going to walk away. Cabin fires can start anywhere. If the ...



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