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Getting stopped for going only 5 MPH over is unlikely anywhere in the US. Of course it can still happen if something else is suspicious, e.g. very dark tinted windows (which may also be illegal), a very unusual looking vehicle, etc. 5 MPH over could be a discrepancy in measurement equipment, and officers do not want to go to court to explain when and how ...


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It is indeed a (national) collector's coin. It is legal tender in the country where it was issued, but not elsewhere in the eurozone. Even in its country of origin, I could imagine that many people would be surprised to receive one or perhaps even refuse to believe that it is genuine. And looking at the photos you can find on the web, I must say that their ...


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TL;DR: It's complicated, but in practice, yes, building snowmen is still allowed for everybody. A fatwa is not a law, it's a ruling by an Islamic scholar that's technically only binding on the person who issued it, not all Muslims in Saudi Arabia, much less all people there. This particular fatwa does not appear to originate from the Permanent Committee, ...


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In New York you definitely MAY be pulled over for exceeding the speed limit at all. In other words, if a cop wants to pull you over (to fulfill a ticket quota etc) he can use the fact that you exceeded the speed limit by 1 mph. Now, having driven across the United States, I would have two observations which may illuminate how cops decide whether or not to ...


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It's true that you can often see details of the aircraft on the website now, so you could have some expectations or think you have a contractual agreement to be flown on that aircraft. But in practice, airlines merely promise a best effort to bring you somewhere and can and do do a lot of things (switch airplanes, reschedule, cancel a flight outright, change ...


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If it is overbooked, it can't take off. Each passenger must have a seat, it is not a bus. In that particular case where the airline needs to move some crew from one airport to another (Deadheading Crew), they only do that in cases where the crew will be essential for a flight at the destination airport to take off, so for the greater good, they might ...


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Tickets get checked once in a while, usually by people with nondescript clothes waiting for passengers exiting the platforms or getting into the carriage and revealing themselves as ticket inspectors once the train moves. Happened to me once or twice when working in Berlin and commuting by public transport for 6+ months a few years ago so I can vouch that it ...


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While there are no guarantees, you can always file a claim for redress under the DHS TRIP program (Traveler Redress Inquiry Program). This program is intended for people who, among other things, are: Denied or delayed airline boarding; Denied or delayed entry into and exit from the United States at a port of entry; or Continuously referred to ...


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It's not legal to sell cat meat in Switzerland, neither raw nor cooked. The Swiss Regulation of the Confederate Department of Interior on food of animal origin, article 2 has a list of animals of which the meat can be sold or distributed as food. It is therefore unlikely that you will find a restaurant catering with cat meat. If there are any, they are at ...


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Let me first state that I've lived in Dubai for a solid 19 years (years 0 to 19). In these 19 years, I have done almost everything there is to do in Dubai and been almost every place there is to go (including going to night clubs even though I was under age). At the outset, let me clarify this: I'd wish to visit Dubai with my girlfriend, but after ...


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I work in an airline (cabin crew), and I know for a fact that there is no published list for such a thing. Beside the famous (bomb, explosive, hijack, etc.) words, which is usually said by naive people trying to be funny, the current political situations and international or national threats related words/sentences would raise a flag. Cabin crew are ...


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To my experience, tickets get checked by people dressed as passengers, so you cannot notice them when entering the metro and change your path. When the doors close, they rapidly ask everyone to show their tickets. I was checked twice on the same day during my 3-day visit in Berlin, which was quite a shock to me. There are no barriers to enter the metro ...


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In the US, crosswalks are regulated in state laws and most states have some sort of regulation that motorized vehicles must yield for pedestrians being within a crosswalk. This is of course quite odd, since in most situations, the pedestrian must move into the road and potentially put himself in danger, to get the right of way on his side. Michigan is one ...


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If you paid by credit card, dispute the invalid charge immediately with your credit card company/bank and let them handle it. You'll get the money back quickly, and it becomes their problem from then on. If you did not pay by credit card, things get more difficult. If you're still in Thailand, contact the Tourist Police, who should be able to help you ...


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Airlines have the right to change aircraft as they see fit. It is a quite common occurrence. Sometimes because of mechanical issues, sometimes because the passenger load would be better handled by a different aircraft, sometimes because they need to aircraft originally assigned somewhere else, etc etc. While this time you got an older aircraft, it is just ...


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TL;DR: Probably not, but I still wouldn't risk it A speeding ticket is a traffic infraction and not a criminal offence; however, failing to show up for your court date is a misdemeanor and you have likely been issued with a bench warrant. These are state-level warrants and most states do not extradite for misdemeanors, since that would require California ...


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A fatwa is not a legal opinion, it is a religious opinion and it only sometimes has to do with the law. This distinction is important if the country's legal system follows the Sharia, and typically in those cases, the rulings are done by a central committee (as in Saudi Arabia) and not just any goof with mouth. In Saudi, there have been some insane ...


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You are asking the wrong question. Finding uninhabiteds island is not a problem, there are countless ones in Oceania or the Caribbean. Marooning was the term of leaving someone on an uninhabited island and it was considered a capital punishment. The reason is simple: What do you want to do there what you cannot do with a big yacht or a house on a ...


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Please note this answer is from May 2014. The situation might have changed since. Please consider alternative answers to this question. As you saw on the official TSA Blog, it says explicitly "Frozen gels/liquids are permitted if required to cool medical and infant/child exemptions. Frozen gels/liquids for any other purpose are not permitted." So ...


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Various online sources (Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor, USA Today, Dubai FAQ) seem to agree that as long as you don't start making out in public and telling people that you're not married, or attract the attention of the police in other ways, you'll be breaking the law but are very unlikely to get into trouble. People in general, and hotel staff especially ...


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It happens regularly in NZ, because of the fruit and plant matter laws. The point is, you're reminded so many times, and given a form where you have to tick 'I don't have this, or this, or this', that not knowing is really not an excuse. Like any country, ignorance of the law is not a valid reason to break it. By the time you've got to that point, it's ...


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In Switzerland it will depend if it's an illegal article or if you fail to pay duty. In the first case (if it's mildly illegal, usually counterfeit watches, I'm not talking guns or anything) they'll just seize it and destroy it, no fine involved. There is a slight chance that the copyright owner might sue you, but I think the chances are you'll just lose ...


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No. There is no transfer to the UK (although note that some info seems to be shared with Mexico and Canada). The UK ONLY has a mutual recognition of driving points / disqualifications with Ireland. They address this with regards to the future, hopefully initially with other EU states, which they don't even have this with currently: We agree in ...


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I believe you should be able to form a civil partnership or marriage in the UK as foreigners, regardless of it being same-sex or not. From 29 March 2014, same sex couples can get married in England and Wales. You can only get a civil partnership as a same sex couple. There're some differences being made between marriage and civil partnership, but as ...


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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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ARE is indeed the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code for United Arab Emirates. These are the codes used for machine readable passports as defined by ICAO. Looking at the wikipedia page showing the format used for machine readable passports you can see that the ISO 3166-1 codes are used both to identify the issuing country as well as the nationality of the ...


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Michigan specific information Michigan does have a section of law regarding traffic control areas. This mostly deals with crosswalks at signals, but portions of it refer to crosswalks in general. See state statute 257.612 which deals with disabled individuals crossing at any crosswalk, not just signal locations. There is also a definition of school ...


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On the highway, doubtful, but if you are in a residential area, or school zone, most likely yes. Here in Fort Worth, Texas cops will pull you over for going 5 over the limit in a school zone in a heart beat. Anywhere else though, not really. I've been passed by casual cops when I was doing 8 or 9 over the limit. I've even passed cops doing the same speed. ...


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In general the laws pertaining to age for consuming alcohol and purchasing alcohol apply to people within the international departure area of an airport. You are within the territory of the country the airport is in, so you are subject to that country's laws. Some countries do waive specific rules within an international airport, such as allowing ...


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To expand the other answer and my comment ... Why do you want to do this? Your profile says you plan to live in Sweden for a bit then Canada. I'm assuming you want to take the Taser to Canada, and there it might be legal, the prohibited weapons lists says only: 30 Device with incapacitating electric charge shorter than 480 mm This category ...



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