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Arriving 2 to 3 hours early is unnecessary and neurotic. 1.25 hours is optimal. That is plenty of time to check in, go through security, find the gate and sit down and wait to board. Eat something before you go to the airport and make sure to use the airport's facilities at least 15 minutes before boarding the plane. Definitely bring some headphones or ...


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First of all, if you've been sold the entire itinerary as a single ticket, it's by definition a valid connection, and UA will put you on the next flight for free if you don't make it for a sensible reason (incoming flight delayed, etc). So don't worry too much. That said, it's going to be a bit tighter than I'd recommend. Four hours would be more than ...


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If it helps, this once happened to me in Kazakhstan, I needed to exit through immigration to re-check my bags. However, I didn't have a visa and couldn't get one on arrival. My understanding is that this is fairly common, and an airport staff member I spoke to was VERY helpful, went out, found my bag and re-checked it for me. I picked it up again happily in ...


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Technically he is allowed to only check in his own luggage. So there is the possibility that if there is a limit on how many checked bags a person can have, he might have to pay excess baggage since all bags would be under his name. Another issue that may effect your plan would be document verification. His documents would be verified when he drops the ...


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The airport website will usually have this information, for example, the Orlando airport maps list names and locations of shops both land- and airside. Similarly, the list from Berlin Tegel suggests that, indeed, airside shopping is sparse.


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They express the maximum weight of each bag because they don't want individual bags that are too heavy--it's a worker safety issue handling the bags. Thus 2x20kg doesn't mean you can check 1x25kg.


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Whether or not you are charged for an individual bag going over the 20kg depends on the airline. It seems to me that if the airline says "2 bags of 20kg" (rather than "up to 2 bags, max 40kg") that means that each bag cannot go over 20kg (without extra charge at least). You should be able to find the answer in the luggage info, or terms & conditions, ...


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The airline rules on baggage allowances are fairly straightforward. You may check X bags, each of which may weigh up to Y kg. Any bag over Y kg costs the overweight bag fee. bags over Z kg are not accepted, period. You do not get to check one bag weighing X1 + X2 kg. So your options are fairly clear: pay the extra charge or buy another bag. Probably work ...


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If you have more or less 30-40 kilo overall, you will have to get an additional luggage. If you are closer to 25 kilos overall, the recommendation is to get a bag out of a good nylon (like a light, cheap backpack or similar) and put the items in there that are not fragile and where you do not care that they get crumpled. Stuff the items above 20 kilos into ...


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As pnuts commented, Iranian nationals need a transit visa to transit through any airport in the Schengen area, even when not leaving the airport transit area. See Wikipedia, or portugal.com. This rule is enforced by the airlines, who will not let you board the flight towards Schengen without seeing an airport transit visa.


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Ok I can answer my question, as I did travel to North Cyprus via Ercan this weekend and came back last night :-). In the whole airport there are couple of benches, however they are not sleeping material, because of the following reasons: They are made of metals, and sleeping on them is obviously uncomfortable. These benches are in the arrival section ...


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Most Canadian airports have a US border post in them, including Pearson. For direct flights from these airports to the US (Detroit) you'll pass through the US border pre-clearance after check-in and before getting to the departure gate in Toronto. You'll want to arrive a little bit early to the airport in Toronto to account for the time it'll take you to go ...


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Yes, there is a code for the Bay Area: QSF, which covers SFO, OAK and SJC. These are called "Metropolitan area airport codes", and Wikivoyage has the full list. However, there's an important caveat: unlike "NYC", this particular code is not actually an IATA code, it's just convenient shorthand for some airline booking systems (GDS). "QSF" will thus work ...


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I'm afraid that when it comes to psychological disturbs, there is no real cure but rather a set of skills and applied methods which can help managing them. One of my personal favourite is to take preventive action against those events that trigger the anxiety. So here it goes. If you are afraid of someone tampering with your check-in bag, you can always ...


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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has good results with all sorts of anxieties. Some of the same ideas are behind the seminars many airlines offer to people who are afraid of flying in general but since your fears are so specific, you would be better served by seeking a therapist who can define a tailored program with you. Like everything else, it's not a ...


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According to Booking.com, the closest hotel to Ercan airport is 8.5 km away, but that's in Nicosia across the border, which is probably quite inconvenient. The closest hotels in Northern Cyprus are located in Kyrenia, which is 40 km by car. A one-way transfer by taxi would cost $40 and it doesn't appear that there is any public transportation available.


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The official page of the airport does not mention any hotel/sleeping facility. Moreover, the Sleepinginairports page for Ercan contains two reviews, one, dating 2003, mentioning uncomfortable metal, albeit armrest-free, seats on which it is indeed possible to sleep without lying down due to a small number of them: even though all seats were metal ones, ...


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There is a priority access lane at the security checkpoints used by UA. DTW & UA are also on the TSA-Pre list. That would be the better bet. Get pre-authorized by TSA and go through even quicker than priority. One thing to think about, however, is that TSA-Pre gets you through security faster and that's it. Premier Access gets you boarded quicker ...


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I have also used the wrapping service to tie together two pieces of luggage so that they count as one. I had two soft duffel bags but my fare allowed me to check-in only one item. Since their cumulative weight was inferior or equal to the allowed weight I wrapped them together and thus checked-in only one piece of luggage.


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I'm back from my trip, and I thought I'd share my experience. The first flight departed on time, but landed half an hour late due to strong winds on the landing site. I started to get quite concerned about making it by then, with only 2 hours to departure and a check-in to do. Moreover, there was quite a line at the passport check (it was quite fast ...



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