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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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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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It's not really true - especially if you have a transfer. The idea behind this concept is of course that if your bag is last, it'll go near the cargo-hold door, and come out before anyone elses. The reality is that the luggage handlers put your bags on their carts in an arbitrary place and hook them up in an arbitrary position of their little luggage-cart ...


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Recently I was watching luggage handlers loading luggage into my plane at Amsterdam Schiphol while I was queueing to board (20-30 minutes before takeoff). There was a female luggage handler who started unloading a luggage-cart train starting form the last cart. She was very slow and would pick up only smaller pieces. I suppose she was waiting for males to ...


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


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When I've needed to do this in the past I've used Victoria Coach Station's left luggage facilities, which are cheaper and more flexible than the rail stations. There are details on TFL: Deposits up to two hours: £2.50 per item (no weight consideration) Deposits 2-24 hours: £4 per item under 20kg Deposits 2-24 hours: £6 per item over 20kg Multiple days ...


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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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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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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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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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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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When people still checked in with an attendent, there was basically one important question that you were always asked: "Has your baggage been under your control at all times?" The airport security announcement still tends to say: "Do not accept packages from strangers." The idea of selling your luggage allotment is tantamount to accepting ...


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Each airline is different, however, most of them will inform you of this policy on their specific website. (For Example, Delta's policy.) Also, keep in mind that most airlines will state that they are not liable for: -Cash, camera equipment, fragile items, jewelry, etc... For example, I have lost luggage with AA before, and I had to wait at least a week ...


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Firstly, the lesson for next time - if you've got something important, especially if it's small like documents, then always carry it onto the plane with you rather than putting it in your checked luggage. There is always the possibility of bags being lost, and taking it in your carry-on is always the safer option. As far as getting your bag back, there is ...


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If you are holding a type (D) visa issued by another Schengen state (in your case Germany), then you do not need a via to transit via Amsterdam airport. Actually you can use your type (D) visa to visit any other Schengen state for not more than 90 days. This is the case for all type D visas since a 2010 regulation modifying the Schengen Convention (article ...



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