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It's quite simple: You can spot more easily whether someone has opened it It can not open by accident The luggage doesn't get dirty You don't want your expensive luggage to be scratched! It looks really sexy


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I remember seeing this at an airport once before. They didn't have this at my local international airport so I thought it was some crazy thing for paranoid fliers. But in hindsight it has a purpose. The companies that provide these services claim a lot, but it is definitely going to provide the protection from the following things: Tampering (or at least ...


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Even though the people who walk past are unlikely to be want to buy a suitcase right now, they are still the target demographic. How many other locations are there in a city where you can open a store where 100% of the people that walk past are people that travel by air, and thus the type of people that will be in the market for your products? How many ...


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Appending MR etc seems to be a trend (ie becoming more commonplace) for air tickets/boarding passes and, particularly when names are relatively long, this might be without a space. Examples: Since very likely Aegean's custom, their staff should cope with interpreting this. The key point may be that the website you refer to does indeed recognise you ...


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Needs of a domestic flight: check in check luggage go through security board plane Additional needs of an international flight: valid passport check at check-in visa check at check-in to ensure you have the rights to enter the destination country (not every country) exit passport control - outbound stamp, check (not every country) departure forms need ...


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Why do you need to give them an excuse? [Currently] we have the right to opt-out, no questions asked. Having to explain yourself eats away at this right. I've never been asked why I opted-out, but if I was, I think I would say something like "to protest overly-burdensome security regulations". Which is the truth.


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I expect it's because most airplanes are designed for boarding and deplaning on the left. Next time you're on an airplane, take a look around as you're boarding. In my experience, the area around the boarding door on the left is relatively spacious and designed to direct passengers into the cabin. The corresponding space on the right is usually a galley. ...


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Contrary to popular belief, JFK and Newark (EWR) are just about equivalent, for all intents and purposes, as long as you're travelling to Manhattan. Reasons to prefer Newark: It is slightly more convenient to the West side of Manhattan It is way more convenient if you are travelling to New Jersey or Philadelphia If you are flying United. As a United hub, ...


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A number of airlines will append your title (MR, MRS, etc) to your first name when they issue your boarding passes, so it appears as SURNAME/FIRSTNAMEMR. It can appear this way on the gate agent's terminal as well. I have not had any personal experience with Aegean Airline's system, so can not say with 100% certainty, but likely you are OK.


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It prevents anyone in the airport from stealing anything from your bag. Not a problem in many European/USA airports, but when travelling through, say, Africa, you have to be careful. I remember a friend of mine, after transferring through Johannesburg, picking up her laptop case from the luggage carousel and remarking that it felt very light.


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I can't find the reference now, but there was a great story that an organisation was testing security at airports around the world, by taking a suitcase to the airport and leaving it there, timing how long before it got stolen or identified. The exception was Johannesburg, where the car was hijacked enroute, and the suitcase never made it to the airport ;) ...


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Plastic wrap, or some sort of net, is also a common technique for people traveling with backpacking packs. The number of protruding straps, handles, etc. are irresistible bait for baggage handlers or machines to grab your bag by the wrong strap and rip it apart. Bundling it until it reaches your destination prevents backpack disabling misadventure.


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Shrinkwrapping your luggage also protects anything protruding or attached such as handles, straps, fittings, padlocks, wheels, etc. Apparntly it's also used to keep things of odd shapes and sizes together as in this photo from Bangkok airport: (Thanks to WikiMedia Commons for the photo)


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In short, Putin's wrong, or at least oversimplifying drastically. Airport transit areas are exempted from immigration regulations, but they are very much the country's property, under its authority and jurisdiction. As a simple example, if you're transiting via an airport and are caught carrying contraband there, you'll be punished under the transit ...


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Several things spring to mind: Paying for excess baggage (if needed) is usually cheaper online than in person When you check in online, you can pick your seats, so you can get that sorted before everyone else does theirs at the airport (so you can often get better seats) You know you have a seat (reduced chance of getting bumped because you'll already have ...


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The "left" side of the plane is usually referred to as the Port side. The term most likely comes from terminology as used for Ships (Fore, Aft, Port, Starboard, Up and Down). I would say it is convention that ships dock such that the Port is on the left, from which the term for the side gets its name ("The side of where the Port is").


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Setting aside the people who suddenly need more or different suitcases, an airport is one of the few places where you feel dissatisfied with the suitcases you have. While they're sitting in your closet, they're fine. You've used them for years and they work. But for the hour or two after you've packed them, lugged them from the car into the airport, and ...


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I assume people do that because they are afraid someone could easily hide some illegal substances in unattended, non-wrapped baggage and try to steal it back on the other side, after the victim passed the luggage inspection.


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Yes, you can have that experience in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (JED). The new airport is still under construction and most of the old airport uses stairs to board until now! Anyway, Two daily A380 flights operated by Emirates depart from JED to Dubai (DXB), one in the morning and one in the evening and passengers board these flights using stairs. This is an A380 ...


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My personal view is that it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Most people working there won't give a rat's * about you using a powerpoint, save perhaps for security, but at most they'll just tell you to move along. I do a lot of travel, airports, bus stations, train stations, and my eye is always looking subconciously for power sockets now ;) ...


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I agree with most of the answers, but don't think that if your luggage is wrapped in plastic it can't be "opened by accident". I have a friend who traveled from the US to Venezuela with his luggage wrapped in plastic, and some things "dissapeared" from his luggage, aparently someone opened it got some stuff and wrapped it again in plastic so my friend ...


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While I don't regularly sleep in the airports, I suggest you check out these tips: Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. They've probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will ...


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You have several choices: You currently have subway from the airport which will make life easier. But still, depending on the time you arrive to Lisbon I would or would not risk go downtown. The subsway can be very crowded at rush hour. Options Go to "Parque das Nações". It's not a historically iconic part of the city but it's 3 subway stations away from ...


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Well, if you are traveling for business or in some other arrangement where someone else is paying for airfare, achieving elite frequent flyer status in a program is quite cheap. Being the travel companion of someone who has access is another route. Somewhat more seriously, flying intercontinentally in a premium cabin (or in a few selected services, such as ...


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The solution to the language barrier problem may be much simpler then relying on the immigration to provide the interpreter for the native language of your family member. Given that he/she is coming from your native country it is much simpler to do one of the following: Find a person on the plane who speaks one of the major languages as well as the native ...


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I've used the power in a lot of airports, including YYZ, and never been told not to or even glared at. A few tips: They have to vaccuum the place. Look for power and you'll see it In the gate area the plugs are often in the floor. You might have to pry up a cover. Again, no-one seems to mind. When they're not in the floor, they're in the concrete columns ...


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Assuming you are an EU citizen, you are indeed allowed to exit the airport and be able to return without problems, as long as you have a valid boarding pass for your next flight. In fact, the Schiphol website suggests that you leave the airport and stroll around the city if you have more than four hours before your next flight. The recommended check-in time ...


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Some airlines now enforce plastic wrapping your luggage themselves. I flew out of Johannesburg with Emirates and they took it upon themselves to plastic wrap my luggage. I assumed it was for 2 reasons: to help prevent theft from luggage because OR Tambo International is known for pilfering to make the luggage as compact as possible.


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The general rule of thumb is that one is supposed to arrive 2 hours early for a domestic flight and 3 for an international flight. That said, I've never found that rule to be terribly useful because it doesn't take into account size of the airport, day of the week, or anything like that. Personally, I also find the times to be a little bit ...


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Since you are flying internationally, you will have to clear customs and re-check your baggage at Newark. You can carry your duty free purchase on board the Glasgow-Newark leg of your journey, and can then simply place in your checked baggage in Newark, for your onward connection. Some more information is available from the TSA website.



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