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Something that hasn't been noted by others is that while this is testing for explosives, it can also pick up residue from firearms usage e.g. if you've been shooting and/or handling ammunition, particularly spent casings like shotgun shells it can also cause these tests to come out positive. If you have been shooting say at a range or you've been ...


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The swabs are used to check for explosives and/or drugs. Indeed, if you manipulated any such substances in the near past, it's likely that traces can still be found on your hands, and on the things your hands usually touch: bag handles, zippers, pockets, etc. If you pay close attention during the checks, these parts of your personal belongings are the ones ...


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Often at security they swab my backpack and some of my possessions with a small piece of damp paper. It is supposed to pick up traces of the materials I've been handling. Then they put it in a machine that analyzes those traces. At customs and immigration it's set to detect various illicit drugs (I've seen this on Border Security) but at security I believe ...


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This is a way to check if you have manipulated explosives recently. The paper will absorb the particles and then react during their test afterwards.


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Almost a month ago I had a violent accident in Bolivia. Luckily, I'm pretty good, but do not want this happen to someone else, so I'll tell you my experience. 01/04/16 Patty and I traveled to Bolivia. We had a whole plan between La Paz, Uyuni, Copacabana, Puno and Cusco. As we wanted everything to go well, reaching La Paz we bought our tickets and tours in ...


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It appears Ukraine airlines gets relative poor reviews overall on this site called SkyTrax, a.k.a. "airlinequality.com". They have a bunch of per-airline reviews... I'm not sure how statistically sound the scores are, but it's something. Also, as @davidvc suggested, I checcked what it says about the legroom, and well, it seems to be sub par. The seat in ...


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a) EASA doesn't allow unsafe airlines into their airports (like AMS) b) On top of that, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), recertified with IOSA just last year It's as safe as any other airline if you are worried about the planes. What happened to MH17 was an outlier. You should look at some numbers instead of going "omg civil war ukraine". I recommend ...


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Some places have laws that make it hard and expensive to evict hotel guests who overstay their welcome. International visitors often have to leave the country after a set amount of days, which makes it easy to get rid of them. Unfortunately I do not know if there are any of these "hard to evict" problems in Australia.


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Well, That happened to one of my friend. It's true that this happen often. Like the comment above mentioned, some hostels want to have a global social environment rather than bunch of people from the country. I think also the people who use the hotels expect the travelers to be from around the world which create a different environment. Don't be upset but ...


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Don't take it personally, that happens in other countries as well. It's not common, but there are hostels in the US, Canada, and Europe that don't allow people from their own country to stay there. So if it makes you feel any better, there are U.S. hostels that will happily accept you, but not a U.S. citizen. I ran into that once myself when I wanted to ...


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Transportation and getting around wise, your best bet would be to stay somewhere near the Termini train station. That is where the long haul trains arrive, and you are pretty much 10-20 minutes away from pretty much every major attraction. Being close to the Termini station can be helpful if you plan to go/come from Florence, or Civitavecchia, where the ...



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