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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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Yes, I have seen this on many occasions, on flights to USA, Europe and Australia with multiple connections. The scenario is exactly as you describe - at the airport where they cannot be checked through, you need to pick up your luggage then check it back in for the next leg of your journey. A long as you plan for it, it ends up just being a mildly ...


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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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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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As Simon suggested, you do not have to estimate and can buy a handheld scale which you place in your luggage after measuring if you intend to acquire things during you travel. Prior to having one of those I estimated and was rarely off by more than a few pounds. The idea is very simple: learn what 50 lbs feels like. You have to do this at home by lifting ...


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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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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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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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For Germany: The most inconspicous backpacks are either Jack Wolfskin or Deuter. Seriously, while traveling it is like a lighthouse: Hello, compatriot ! Other popular brands: Arc'teryx, Eagle Creek, Tatonka, The North Face, Thule, Vaude or special brands like PacSafe. But you can always use a cheap No-Name brand: They are also quite often visible. For ...


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This is a great question which probably applies to everyone. The obvious thing is to start with a minimal set of keys. Only take those you absolutely need to get back in. Although they are not needed everyday, I do keep with me almost at all times. The reasoning is that they are required to get home, just like a passport, only the latter must be used first. ...


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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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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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United Does honor IATA Resolution 302. Simple as that. Where you are going wrong is confusing marketing carrier and operating carrier. Your flight from Newark to Tokyo may have a ANA flight number, but it's operated by United, and when it comes to baggage (including IATA 302), it's the operating carrier that is important. Under IATA 302, the airline that ...


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If you do take it and store it in the hold, I'd suggest removing the harddrive. You don't want that bashed around by other suitcases. Taking it as carry-on - as long as it fits in their luggage dimensions (the airline you're using will have this on their website) and is under their weight restrictions (you sure it weighs less than 8kg?), then there's no ...


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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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First of all, "explosive detectors", be it ion-mobility spectrometer or specially trained dog, do not typically detect explosives, they detect chemical markers (aka taggants), which have to be mix into all explosives produced legally since 1991. The idea of these detectors is that they are used for screening, which means you want to have low rate of false ...


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I leave my car at airport valet parking, and I leave the house key on the key chain that stays in the ignition of the car. You might think that's crazy, but I live over 90 minutes (at 120 km/hr) from the airport, and it's a very determined thief who will go all that way in the hope my house has something good in it. I never worry about losing my house or car ...


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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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@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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Simple answer: It depends! In general, in physics, pressure on shorter structures has less chances of bending/breaking them. For exmaple, you can bend a metal stick of 1m length easier than a nail of the same diameter. So if you have pressure coming from above, the shortest edges should be vertical to maximise the resistance against the pressure. If you ...


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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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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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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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