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Apr
25
comment Why do we have to get out off the bus in a ferry?
@DavidRicherby: Reading the whole document, I think the relevant concern was the speedy evacuation of passengers into lifeboats. The document makes it clear that the post-Estonia investigation asked "how could this happen, even though stricter rules were introduced after the Herald of Free Enterprise". The IMO seems to have not limited themselves to just the direct causes of the Estonia disaster.
Mar
22
comment Does the flight departure time take Daylight Savings Time into account?
At least the airlines are reasonably sane. When I worked for the Dutch railroads, their DST procedure was to physically stop all trains and restart all computers. :\
Jan
11
comment Legal to hire a model for non-professional pictures under ESTA/VWP?
You do get copyright for the pictures, it's automatic.
Jan
11
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
The non-Arabic media recognize Indonesia as a Muslim country, but it's never considered Middle-Eastern.
Oct
14
comment What are the drawbacks of taking TWO (unconnected) indirect flights?
I'm not sure why it matters that you're from a developing country. The problems with B are universal.
Sep
21
comment Hotel asking cancellation fee
@AnthonyGrist: In the end, your bank decides how your bank account works. It appears your bank account has a rather nasty feature, overdraw penalties. A decent bank account just refuses the payment. (And in fact in many EU countries such a penalty would be illegal as it's effectively an implicit loan agreement) The card is a debit card because it's directly charged to your bank account, while a CC is charged monthly and could be paid from other accounts. This also means a debit card is processed immediately and could be rejected if the balance is insufficient.
Sep
21
comment Hotel asking cancellation fee
It's also good to realize that there was an intermediate in this case (booking.com) which tries to keep sticker prices low. They may not resell all rates.
Sep
14
comment How much money do you need to have on hand when entering USA?
It helps to understand the goal of the CBP. They're looking for people who are (A) planning to overstay or (B) planning to work while on a tourist visa. The first category may have excessive funds on them, the second category may be lacking funds. Looking "well-off" (to quote CGCampbell) is an indication of a good job elsewhere. That tends to exclude you from both categories, even when travelling with quite some cash. IOW, if you travel with $5K on you, is that for 12 months rent or a new suit?
Sep
14
comment Do I have to pay traffic fines issued by foreign governments?
@Random832: The proper way to do this is a Vienna Convention-conforming "closed to all traffic" (round sign, red edge, white interior) with an exception "except ZTL". Failing to understand the exception won't cause a traffic violation. Similary, "No parking allowed Mon-Fri 0800-1800 ". You don't need to know the weekdays, following the general rule is sufficient.
Sep
11
comment Train trip from Stockholm to Hamburg via Copenhagen next week (amid closures due to migrants/refugees)
@Klaster: In fact most buses from Copenhagen go to Denmark ;)
Sep
2
comment Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
@Random832: Here's the point: they'll probably get blacklisted by the CC company as soon as they pull that stunt. So the scammer is likely to do this once, with as many chargebacks as possible. If that includes your application, it will affect you, regardless of whether you triggered it. But yeah, the problem here is that you gave a scammer your CC details plus the opportunity to blackmail you. That is bad no matter how you look at it.
Sep
1
comment Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
@Random832: The scammer probably used another CC so that the real ESTA site could charge their $14. Regardless of what the victims do, the scammer can still do a chargeback of those $14. The scammer doesn't lose a lot because they won't be affected by the ESTA ban. The two chargebacks are effectively independent.
Jul
6
comment Why do some countries require everyone entering to see a customs officer, and some don't?
@O.R.Mapper: I was actually thinking of trains, having just travelled to Gare du Nord where the French have to differentiate between Eurostar (to London, outside Schengen) and Thalys (inside Schengen). There are no more checks to board Thalys than there are on domestic trains. I think the customs check on some airports is mostly because those airports get their pax flows mixed up, on small airports with only Schengen flights I think they don't bother you with customs.
Jul
6
comment Why do some countries require everyone entering to see a customs officer, and some don't?
It might be useful to mention the Schengen area; within that area border controls are much reduced. So it's not just arriving in France, but also the country you left which explains the lack of border controls.
Jun
27
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
Taxes, however, often are refundable because the conditions for those are set by the authorities. Some other fees may similarly be refundable independent from the ticket.
May
11
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@Relaxed: EU passports are machine readable. Most are, in fact. Look at the two lines with <<<< and >>>>. In addition, some passports are even ICAO9303 RFID-enabled.
Apr
20
comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Unfortunately, sound travels quite well in water. Hundreds of kilometers in fact. The whale singing overhead might well be heard at the bottom.
Apr
20
comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Your phone microphone almost certainly isn't designed to reliably pick up silence, nor extremely loud sounds. That is to say, it will likely generate electronic noise internally which will drown out the ambient sound, or it's Analog-to-Digital converter will just flatline at 0 because the analog input is below 0.5 ULP before rounding.
Apr
7
comment Airway companies that overbook flights, and those that don't overbook
Note that an unplanned change in planes may appear similar to overbooking. Not a problem for Ryanair which flies 737-800's exclusively, but most other operators have multiple plane types and only limited spare planes.
Apr
6
comment How much cash to carry for a conference in the Netherlands?
I think you dropped a 0 on the speeding penalties: you're unlikely to see fines over 350 euros source.