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You don't have to be too worried about it, since the aircraft is able to cope with this. People are instructed to turn them off in order to avoid some disturbances and parasite noise in the communication between the pilot and the airport. As electronic devices using radio frequencies, they could also in theory cause some troubles to some aircraft equipment's ...


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As a cabin crew member for long time, I can tell you that your responsibility ends by notifying a crew member, that's it. Let the crew members deal with it. This is true for all other violations, unless it's a life threatening situation that cannot wait, for example fire! Grab the extinguisher and fight the fire. But that's a whole different issue. ...


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The EU policy is crystal clear: passengers must be given the possibility of opting out from a security scanner. In this case the passenger shall be screened by an alternative screening method including at least a hand search; The UK government attempted to resist opt outs going so far in 2010, per this Guardian article Earlier this month two women, ...


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I am a software engineer and I also test the software on many different smartphones and tablets. I fly frequently within Europe, so my answer will be limited to this area. However, this is also from west to east and east to west, outside of the Schengen region! As a Dutch citizen, I rarely need a visa to travel, which makes this easy. I do carry a lot of ...


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A few years ago I read a study about cell phone usage on U.S. domestic flights. Using RF locating equipment, they determined that the average U.S. flight has 2-3 cellphones left transmitting during the flight. Unconfirmed pilot anecdotes notwithstanding, if there were any significant risk of planes malfunctioning from cellphones, they would be falling out ...


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Your personal safety is not affected by your fellow passenger using a cellphone. In the US, the FCC (not the FAA!) has limited use of cellphones on aircraft because of the potential effect on cell towers on the ground. From an empirical standpoint, if there was a significant risk, it would have been observed many times by now as people frequently leave ...


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There are three concerns: 1) terrorism; 2) export/import limitations; and 3) the fire hazard from the lithium contained in the cell phone and laptop batteries. Terrorism: the difficulty of addressing terrorism is that the level of screening and scrutiny is often arbitrary depending on the current political climate and the capriciousness of the security ...


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I didn't know until I started working in the field, but the most serious problem with leaving your cellphone on is the frequent failed attempts to connect to the many cell towers you are passing over at 500 mph. Not only does this tie up the towers' ability to connect with other people, it drains your handset battery faster.


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HMPO have now included a little note along with the passport that says "the label on the back of your passport was used during the production process and can now be removed".


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My father's an airline pilot (United Airlines) and this is something that I've asked him about at length. The idea that any kind of signal from your cellphone can interfere with a plane's electronics is purely myth (Though one that the airlines are happy to allow to propagate). There're endless such signals in the air at all times anyways, and modern ...


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Note that while EMI concerns are practically bogus considering modern airplanes and mobile phones, you are still required to turn off all electronics during takeoff and landing, for your own safety. In case your airplane has to make an RTO maneuver or catches fire, you won't see it coming if you're concentrated on your phone or laptop. You may get hurt ...


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I am going to give you a different take on this question. It is in your question (customs) and seems to be overlooked in most answers. It is not really about planes, batteries, safety, or how big your bag is, it is mostly about the law of the departure and destination countries (not usually transit countries). Many countries prohibit what you can bring in ...


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When I sent my minor children abroad alone, I always gave them notarized letters of consent. No official at any American or European border ever asked to see any documentation beyond their passport. I would treat this situation as the girl traveling alone -- having an adult "with her" in some official capacity would make the situation more complicated -- ...


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You Schengen visa is valid until its expiry date. It can be used for more than one visit to the Schengen area if and only if it is not a single entry visa. Schengen visas can be single, two, or multiple entry. In your case, if you have a multiple entry 2-year type C visa, you can use it until it expires, provided you leave the Schengen area within 23:59:59 ...


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No (basically, although you might get a couple of bucks if you jump through enough hoops). The terms of your travel are governed by the airline's contract. Some US airlines have language specifically addressing this case. For instance, American Airlines says on their website: Upon request, taxes and fees not imposed by the airline may be refunded if ...


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Although camping in Byron Bay and surrounding suburban areas is not permitted, if you head north of Byron Bay along the Pacific highway there are numerous free parking spots. One of them is the Yelgun rest area. There is also one about 5 minutes north of the Byron turn off. If you go further north, you can also find the Sleepy Hollow rest area even further ...


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Resting Tired Travellers vs Free Campers Roadside rest areas are intended for tired travellers and not for campers. Indeed most of them are signposted with "no camping" signs, as are most urban and suburban parking areas. Some rest areas allow overnight stays, and the longest one can stay is 24-hours. The thin line between a tired traveller and a camper ...


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The consensus on the internet is mixed, with people who managed to carry their soldering iron in hand luggage without any problems, as well as others who had it confiscated and thrown away by TSA. However, the TSA prohibited items search engine does not provide any indication on the topic. The only US-related official source I could find is the Delta ...


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No, this seems to have changed. Apparently your trucks could be weaponised. Checked luggage is rarely stolen, the bigger risk seems to be it going to the wrong airport. If you're worried about theft wrap your bag properly so it's more hassle than it is worth. People who steal normally are more interested in macbooks and other such luxuries


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Your Safety is Compromised if You’re an Intervener If you feel compelled to do something about someone 'breaking the rules' you may want to consider why it's so important for others to follow them. Primarily, if you find yourself wanting to intervene and play Sherriff you may find yourself in a compromising position if the person you are trying to ...


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It's hard to find more than anecdotal evidence -- there's no set policy as far as I know or can find. This flyertalk thread however mentions Some airports with a very sophisticated baggage handling systems have a minimum weight of what can be checked-in (don't know about size), I think it's something like 3 or 4 kilos minimum. To the contrary, I ...


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You should check the baggage information page of your airline for two things: are razor blades forbidden in checked luggage, and is there a minimum size or weight for checked luggage. For all airlines I have encountered, the answer to both questions is no, so under the presumption that anything not explicitly forbidden is allowed (within law and common ...


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Sure. Join the spy agency of your country, and they will issue you another passport with altered details for your work. If you only want to change your age, join the Chinese gymnastics team. If you have documents to prove that you have another legal name, or that the details on an existing passport are wrong, you should be able to have a passport reissued. ...


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It is largely dependent on where you are. In general, the US take a more relaxed approach to skateboards and do allow these to be brought onto flights as carry-on. However many airports in the EU see the skateboard as a "blunt instrument" and don't allow them regardless of the stance of the airline. See this article: Can You Take a Skateboard Onto an ...


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As pointed out in the answers given so far, a few mobile phones are not going to cause problems. We then have a few 100 milliwatt transmitting power on frequencies that are totally different from what the plane uses to communicate with ATC, and all equipment used by the plane are well shielded from EMF interference, so it looks like we can just allow ...



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