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Security. Process. Security. Sanity. At least, those are the words I mumble to myself as I progress through these repeated checks ;) Some reasons and logic: They need to check at the check-in gate to ensure that their carrier is allowed to take you. As such, they need to ensure that you have a valid passport, with a valid visa (and usually a return ...


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The details vary but the thing is that the states themselves made it a “third-party company”'s responsibility to check passengers' immigration status. If a carrier brings someone without documentation and this person is denied entry, they will have to bring him or her back and can face a fine. Furthermore, for US-bound planes, airlines are also required to ...


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Passports are your ID when traveling globally. Driver licenses and national IDs are not always accepted as a form of ID in many countries. As such everyone who needs to verify your identification will ask to see your passport. For flights to the USA, there is often several layers of security employed. The first is a security check before you reach the ...


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There can be a couple of reasons for this -- one they could all be working for different people or trying to catch different things. At check-in the airline needs to know that you'll be allowed to get into your destination (and the UK & US are somewhat stricter than a lot of places). At border control the officer needs to know that you're allowed to ...


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No, most airlines would not allow you to check baggage to B in this circumstance. One exception... if B->C is domestic you might HAVE to take your luggage off at B to clear customs. (For example if you're talking about LHR-JFK-LAX you will get your luggage at JFK even if it's "checked" to LAX) In some circumstances, airlines might allow you to book a ...


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Hopefully these will help you. Flying is by far the safest way to get around, so you should try to calm yourself and enjoy the experience! Airbus A320: Wifi - yes, above 10,000 ft. Power socket - No. CRJ 700: WiFi - No Power socket - No Q400: WiFi - No Power socket - No 737-900: WiFi - No Power socket - Yes (but its shared) For cell phones, ...


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While the city is only 15 minutes drive from the airport at times, given your narrow window, it would make more sense for your friend to come to the airport to meet you. Indeed, Wikitravel suggests that in busy periods, it can even take up to an hour, which you don't want if you're stressing about getting back to your flight! Assuming your bags are checked ...


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You should not have any issues traveling between Terminal 1 and 3. As you are arriving at Terminal 2 and have a connecting flight from Terminal 3 you will be put on the transit bus to take you to Terminal 3. I would like to add a point to @Mark's answer that unless you have a boarding pass for Terminal 3 or 1 (gates A, B or C) you cannot freely move between ...


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It really depends on the shop location and airport layout. If the duty-free shop is only in the international departures zone then they probably don't set up a tax-in/tax-out process in their cash register. Therefore they have no process to sell with tax. If the shop is in a mixed departures zone or public space then they have a gate delivery process and ...


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The reason I asked about how many jetways were used is because there is an exit right by where we're sitting in the back of the plane. If they used that I would get off rather quickly The jetbridge does not stretch all the way to the back of the airplane (irrespective of the type of aircraft) it has very limited movement. If you were to be deplaned ...


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From the Charleroi Airport website page for "Rail and Bus", you'll discover that there's a special shuttle bus between the airport. It's Bus A, and the price is included in the cost of the train ticket if you buy a ticket to/from the airport. It takes about 20 minutes from the airport to the station at Charleroi. There are special train tickets for travel ...


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Unknown, but: Long ago I locked a suitcase full of electronic gear when travelling SF-London. The customs men came out and asked for the key. Thoughtful of them - a broken lock would have been within the rules. Alas, the case also held a large container of dairy whitener placed in it during packing. It has a clip shut spout for normal use AND the whole top ...


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There are no rules against wrapping your bags with plastic film. If TSA decides they want to inspect your bag, they will cut the film off and will not re-wrap it. So it is up to you to decide to pay to have it wrapped and hope TSA doesn't cut it off wasting your money. If you are flying in from an international destination and connecting/rechecking to a ...


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There are three common situations: The country you are departing has outbound passport control Once you cross the line you have officially left the country as far as immigration is concerned. You must pass through immigration to exit this area back to the public spaces. In some cases, like Vancouver, it's not really "passport control". It's just ...


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Is there special status with flights between countries with special immigration agreements (e.g. Shengen area)? Let me answer this first: If you fly from one Schengen country to another, you won't pass a passport control. So the so called "Schengen area" at airports, where intra-Schengen flights depart (not to confuse with "The Schengen area") is not ...


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You may have passed a border check, but that doesn't mean you've left the country (just as at land borders: there's a gap between the border posts, but that land is still in one country or the other). So the laws of the country apply. Of course, there are usually some special laws or exceptions that apply to such areas, with respect to immigration and taxes. ...


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"Was"? Travel insurance vending machines are alive and well in that wonderland of vending machines, Japan! Ryokouhoken-jidouhanbaiki (旅行保険自動販売機) can be found to this day at most larger Japanese airports. For example, JII has machines at 8 airports, and here's a row at Kansai Int'l: (courtesy this guy) As for how they work etc, it's really no different ...


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The exact steps vary based on the type of flight (international, domestic), but the agent has to check the following: Your ID matches who you are. Your flight is actually opened for booking. Your reservation is still valid. The conditions of your fare. Are you authorized to travel? (visa check, passport expiry check, ID validity check) If you are checking ...


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Was in the same situation couple of months back. You will need a UAE visa because of the immigration holding transit area is out of bounds for people who are not travelling. On the bright side, applying for a 96-hour UAE transit visa is easy and quick from Emirates Airlines' Manage Booking portal if you are travelling with them. You don't even need to ...


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flightstats.com can show upcoming flights by airport. The TNR website is actually showing an iframe from flightstats.com. This also means you can't trust this data 100%, since my canceled flight is still indicated as Scheduled on there, although I suspect that the reliability of the data is a bit higher in developed countries.


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Normally they don't "select my name from a list", they enter the data you give them: your name, destination, flight number (any or all) and the system looks up your booking. The counter agent then reviews your booking, checking destination, special requests, booking notes. And then they start to check you in. Seat preselected? Save some time. Not ...


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Back in the good old days you would arrive at the airport, walk directly from the parking lot to the aircraft, the co-pilot would heave your bags into the hold, the steward would take your ticket and you climb up the stairs. Then air travel became popular. Cancellations, rebookings, overbookings etc. meant the pre-departure arrival time had to increase. ...


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There are shared airport shuttles from Van Ness to National that early. Super Shuttle fare is about $14, there may be other shuttle companies.


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There are two main reasons. Most people don't want to spend any more time sat on a plane than necessary. Would you really want to spend an extra hour sat in one of those tiny seats? It takes a lot of time to get a plane ready. The airline wants to minimise the amount of time the aircraft is idle at the gate. As soon as the passengers have left, the ...


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Supposition on my part but aircraft have to be used intensively or competition may force the airline out of business. This means turn-around times as short as possible. I would hope that while you are held back from boarding all kinds of checks are taking place - equipment functioning, brochures replenished, antimacassars tidy, left luggage and so forth - ...


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Note: this answer is a bit speculative, based on general economic principles rather than any specific knowledge about the airline industry. But I think your question may be based on the sunk cost fallacy. My understanding is that counter space is allocated to airlines as part of their lease agreements with the airport, and that these are fairly long-term ...


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Check in counter and aircraft parking gates at airports are usually provided in as copious quantity as is possible for the space. This allows for maximum usage during peak arrival/departing times slots and allows space for expansion in terms of number of flights/airlines serving the airport. Airlines that make frequent flights to an airport tend to have ...


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I think the objective is not really to speed up clearances – just to reduce the manpower requirement. Both systems usually have queues so when you arrive and make your choice others (if they have the choice) have probably evened out the delays anyway. The gates do seem to have had teething problems for quite a while which can’t help, but then many passengers ...


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It will be heavily dependent on the country. I live in Japan, where the automatic gates are slower as they are almost never used and someone has to come over and start it up. I use it so they don't pollute my passport with entry stamps. In Canada, the self-serve process is faster than the lines unless the system is behind on it's quota of random secondary ...



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