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Warning, guesswork ahead -- I couldn't find anything definitive. Checked baggage is handled at ground level (i.e. that's where it comes out of the plane). Therefore it makes sense to have baggage claim on the same level to save the not inconsiderable energy it would require to move baggage up a floor (and then inconvenience people having to take it down ...


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In addition to SpaceDog's answer, the main issue which forces airport designs to make arrivals at the lower level and departures at the higher level is land space due to vehicles. Cars, Taxis, busses, etc. when dropping people for departures they take much less time to do so, just drop and leave. Which means less space is required for that and upper levels ...


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Many US airports do in fact have a "mail back" kiosk near security, where you can drop off your pocket knife, attach a form with your address and some money (postage plus a hefty markup), and have it mailed back to you. Airport Mailers is one of the companies that operates these kiosks; they claim to have kiosks in these 22 airports (elsewhere on their site ...


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Even if they don't, it's a matter of being a bit quick and resourceful. If you have sufficient time it should not be a problem. Same thing happened to me at Schiphol with a rather expensive Leatherman Tool. Went back out, down to the newspaper stand and brought a boatload of postage stamps. They were even kind enough to give me a free envelope (otherwise I ...


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Note that these are just assumption based on observation. To add to the other answers: Good design can be born in many ways. Either by creation, but also by trial and error (or a mix of both). With airports people just realized that this setting works. Note that this setting (2 floors) is typical in large airports. A good reason for having 2 floors is ...


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I think the basic reason comes down to baggage and gravity. If you want gravity to help move the baggage forward, it makes sense to have the baggage check in at the top, the baggage claim at the bottom, and the loading dock at tarmac level somewhere in between. This not only saves energy in moving baggage along the conveyer belts, but also cuts down on ...


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The bag will remain on the claim belt until eventually an airport worker removes it and takes it to lost property. If the claim belt is used for many flights at a busy airport then of course that could be a long time (all day, perhaps). It is not unusual for international bags to go unclaimed for a long time (many hours perhaps) because of immigration ...


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In addition to the reasons others have listed, an additional advantage to having the departures on top of the arrivals is that you can then add another floor for departures, if desired. As others have mentioned, departures is where most of the airport amenities will be on the airside. Thus, in order to add more space for amenities, many airports actually ...


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Depends! Immigration and Customs at Jakarta can be very slow (an hour in line is not uncommon), so I would recommend adding a generous amount of buffer. I would not risk an int'l-dom connection on separate tickets with less than three hours to spare. Terminal 2 is used by all international airlines (except Air Asia), and by Garuda domestic flights ...


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The first leg is a domestic flight. Melbourne and Sydney are both in Australia. You should allow a few minutes of extra time for a passport and visa check which might be carried out at Melbourne, but apart from this it is no different than any other domestic flight. I would say arriving at the airport 60 minutes before departure is more than sufficient, 90 ...


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In addition to the point mentioned about baggage generally flowing downhill (which definitely makes baggage collection on the ground floor / basement a good idea), and the tendency for for drivers waiting to pick up spending longer than drivers waiting to drop off, there is one other point that has not been mentioned. Passengers generally spend very little ...


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There is not an "exemption" you can apply for, all you can do is take your power cord with the laptop and tell them that you only use the computer when plugged in. TSA officers have the right to ask you to turn on an electronic device to prove it is a functional device. But not every device is checked, nor every flight, it is at the discretion of the TSA ...


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Even for your later connection, 2 hours 54 minutes are above the minimum connection time for that airport (appears to be 2 hours according to this source). This means that you can book such a connection onto a single ticket. If the incoming flight is delayed and your will miss your connection, then you will be rebooked free of charge. You didn't write, ...


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There are services like that in Germany. I twice forgot to check in my Victorinox knife, and they found it during the hand luggage control step. So they just offered this service and it was sent back to me to Moscow by mail. It was in Berlin in two different airports. It worked like that: you pick an envelope from a stand nearby and put your thing there. ...


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If the two airlines have an interline agreement and are willing to help, the first airline can through-check your bag onto the second airline. However, many airlines have a policy of not doing this outside special circumstances. A minority of airports (the low cost terminal at KUL springs to mind) have a baggage claim before passport control precisely to ...


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I recently had this concern when traveling through Dubai with a companion who required a visa to enter UAE. Fortunately our two airlines (Emirates and BA) had a cooperation agreement which allowed us to check us and our luggage through to our final destination. Failing that, a lot will depend on your passport and the countries you are travelling through. ...


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There's one airside paid lounge in Terminal 1, the “Convives de Marque” Lounge. If you have a priority pass, you can get access to the lounge. If you fly a lot with airlines where you don't have status / no such thing as status, then getting a Priority Pass can be a good idea. You can often find trials and discounts for new signups, and there are various ...


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There is one lounge only (Convives de marque, available in departures and in arrivals), the access can bought directly at the lounge for a fee of (24.000 Dhs). Another way to buy the access can is from prioritypass for $27 USD (single visit fee will be deducted from your standard membership balance which will cost you $99). You also can make a reservation ...


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There actually is a right answer to this. Surprised it's not here yet. Look at the airport this way: | (*) Departures Jet Bridge _|_ ________________________________________________ (*)/===\(*) ...


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Rain. When someone drops you off at an airport, you can go inside immediately. When you are being picked up, you usually have to stand around for a while. If departures were on the upper level, either they would have to build awnings or everyone would get wet and miserable. As it is, the people waiting for a ride are sheltered by the departure lanes ...


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Yes I have heard from authorities of Shremetyevo airport that this airport remain open in night time and seems very pleasant during night also and you can enjoy your stay there. But I have no experience staying there.


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Having done this, I can confirm I needed no more than about an hour to get through security and exit immigration - although I was travelling through the "business" lane for both (not in Business, but I have OneWorld Sapphire). Mumbai seemed very efficient. If I were doing the journey again, I would arrive 2 hours before, just in case.


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Here are Airport guidelines that I found in the internet regarding what to bring and what not to bring when checking-in. Customs and Airport Guidelines NEW RULES FOR TAKING LIQUIDS, AEROSOLS AND GELS THROUGH SECURITY ONTO INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FLIGHTS Are your liquids, aerosols and gels 100ml or less? Liquids, aerosols and gels include items such as ...



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