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Even though the people who walk past are unlikely to be want to buy a suitcase right now, they are still the target demographic. How many other locations are there in a city where you can open a store where 100% of the people that walk past are people that travel by air, and thus the type of people that will be in the market for your products? How many ...


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Take two suitcases. You will (probably) get charged extra for the overweight bag, and if it's too overweight they won't accept it at all. And you will pay again on the return. Assuming you are going on vacation, you will most likely buy something and need a way to carry it home. yes? One overweight, stuffed to capacity case won't work. Note that a ...


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Setting aside the people who suddenly need more or different suitcases, an airport is one of the few places where you feel dissatisfied with the suitcases you have. While they're sitting in your closet, they're fine. You've used them for years and they work. But for the hour or two after you've packed them, lugged them from the car into the airport, and ...


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On flights into Canada they repeatedly announce that all passengers must claim their bags and clear customs at the first point of entry, regardless of their final destination within Canada or elsewhere. Repeatedly. Also customs in Montreal usually asks if you have checked bags. It is really unfortunate that you were given wrong information by Qatar Airlines. ...


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Overweight bags are not only so designated as a way to make money for the airline . They can actually be difficult for baggage handlers to, well, handle, and to place inside the hold etc. The extra fee is to deter you from bringing a heavy bag; the airline would definitely prefer even a single traveller to bring two lighter bags. Then to complicate matters ...


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On an aircraft like one you're on, it's interesting to realise that the cargo hold is actually pressurised, just like the cabin. (The floor between the two is not a pressure bulkhead, so needs to be roughly the same or it could collapse from the pressure. However, as you've observed, the temperature is often cold as while the cabin is warmed, the cargo ...


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There are no international standards for airline transport of musical instruments. Each airline has its own policy as to what it will or won't accept as checked or cabin luggage, what its dimensions are or how large or heavy it can be, how much insurance might be required, what the baggage fee would be, and so on. So unfortunately, you will need to check ...


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While I've never seen this on a customs form, or been asked this at customs, it used to be super popular at checkin. I never lie, so this would happen: Did you pack your bags yourself? Yes. And then Have the bags been out of your sight or control since you packed them? Yes, I left them at the hotel bag drop all day, or the conference bag drop all ...


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Here's my limited understanding of limited release :) Baggage is basically divided into 3 categories: baggage that the airline will accept, baggage that it will not accept based on its rules, and baggage that it will only accept if you agree to "limited release": I.e. they will only accept the piece of baggage if you agree, in writing, to release the airline ...


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As I understand it, lithium batteries are not permitted to be carried aboard if there is any possibility of the contacts being shorted out in transit (this can lead to excessive current draw, heat, and possibly fire or even explosion). If the battery is inside your laptop, it is considered protected against accidental short. If a battery is carried outside ...


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So I am reading a blog on a TSA site, which describes though not in great detail the standard operating procedure for the inspection of the bags including an automated system that triggers the bag inspection. So if the inspection is warranted a human being will pull your bag and do a manual inspection and finds the notice inside the bag. Now here is where ...


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Buy a strong, light suit case. I have a large "Samsonite" suitcase and it is so light. These kind of suitcases are usually more expensive but for the durability and the saving on the long run, it really worth it. Cardboard boxes are a good idea if no other option, make sure to wrap it with plastic at the airport for extra strength. Also, ask the guy who ...


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Re Minimimising weight of checked in "suitcase": In probably everywhere I've been you can buy large strong cheap (choose any 3) polypropylene (I think) bags which fold flat with a very small volume, are strong enough to resist airline handling and which cost very little (see photo below. They have a zip top, come usually in pastel stripes or tacky tartan or ...


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So this had been bugging me as it'd never occurred to me before not to trust their scales, but your question makes perfect sense, especially as you've checked all your scales. So I did some digging. CBS Local in Boston did an investigative spot check with an inspector - (all airports are meant to be tested and standardised) and found 30% of them to be ...


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Suitcases may fail in transit. That's a built-in market for replacements.


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TSA approved travel locks are a joke. TSA (and anyone who cares) has a master key which will open it. The locks are very light weight, and easy to break. So, in my opinion, a TSA-approved lock is good for exactly one thing: Slowing someone down who might try to get into your bag in your presence. That is to say, on a bus, or train, or in the airport. ...


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I've said "no" in the past. I've been on a guys' trip to the Canary Islands, and was carrying some boots for one of the others guys, didn't even think about it until I saw the form. However, I simply answered honestly, they questioned my response, I explained, and they were fine with it. Didn't even ask to see the boots. So no, you don't have to pack all ...


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That question is common when you're checking in to a flight, because they're worried about bombs being smuggled on board. (The Hindawi affair is the most notorious case of this actually happening.) The question is asked by airline check-in staff, not Immigration/Customs. If you do answer "No", the bag will be thoroughly searched, but you're free to ...


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Out of first hand experience with this as a previous cabin crew, sometimes the cabin crew of a flight signal the ground agents about the overhead compartments being full in the middle of the boarding process, so to avoid possible delays if removing excess hand luggage from the cabin is needed, the ground agents will prohibit cabin luggage for the remaining ...


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Weigh yourself on a home scale, then weigh yourself holding the bag. Subtract the first from the second and you'll get the weight of the bag. If the bag is bigger than the scale, such as hanging over the sides, it won't weigh properly and that's why you have to stand on the scales holding it.


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@Michael and @tohecz are close... but not quite there. It's not actually a luggage tag... rather it is a protector for your luggage tag. It works like this one: However the rounded shape is intended specifically for the luggage tag that comes on some Guess luggage, such as the one shown here: I suspect your bag came with a similarly shaped luggage ...


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To save $100 fee take out an article or piece of clothing that weights 1/2 lb and either put in your carry on bag or wear it. Then get bag reweighed. This is fast so you can still make your flight, avoids the fee and doesn't waste time arguing over the scale accuracy. I have done this several times at check in without problem. The key is putting your bag ...


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It seems like this is a number the manufacturers give the bag that is close to the largest single dimension of the bag. Looking at some bags on Amazon I see a 20" bag that is 9 x 21 x 15 a 20" bag that is 9 x 20 x 13 a 20" bag that is 22 x 17 x 9 (just a different order) a 27" bag that is 27 x 19.5 x 12 a 25" bag that is 10.5 x 24.5 x 17.5 So if you ...


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When you check in at DEL, you should ask that the bag be checked all the way through to MEM, even though yes, you will still need to claim it and re-check it at ORD. Passengers on all international flights to the U.S. are processed upon arrival at their first airport in the U.S. (including transit passengers; the U.S. does not have sterile transit). In your ...


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Airsoft guns, are considered a dangerous toy in Israel, so you won't be able to import it without a proper permit from the Israeli authorities. Here is a list(in Hebrew) from the ministry of industry trade & labor site of examples of dangerous toys. You can see on the list also tear gas canisters and lighters in the shape of a gun and other toys that ...


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Limited Releases are applied to baggage that the airline considers to be at higher risk for damage during flights and transfers. They often apply it to large sporting goods, fragile items, poorly packed items, all ready damaged items and others. Due to the low weight of your bag vs its size, they likely were afraid that it would be fragile and therefore ...


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On the page for excess baggage charges there's a separate section For seamen traveling within Europe which strongly suggests that's what your "Marine" refers to - a seaman.


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Like any airline and flight, you'll have to check the terms and conditions on the ticket or the airline's website. However, generally excess baggage fees are per flight, not per leg. So if you're flying from London to Sydney and the flight stops in Dubai or Bangkok, you'll only pay once for the excess bag. However, while that's the norm, it ALWAYS pays to ...


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100 ml bottles are easy to come by, and food safe at that. Nalgene, for example, makes strong and well-sealing screw top bottles in a variety of sizes. The problem might be the lack of a label - make sure it reads 100 ml somewhere on it. (Or better still, 91.)


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Common sense is the best feature you can have when wearing a backpack. Always keep the valuable stuff in the inner big pocket not in the outer small pockets. Pickpockets can simply manipulate the outer small pockets when you are wearing the bag without you feeling a thing. Even if you are using locks on smaller pockets, pickpockets can use a blade to make a ...



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