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comment Why aren't conventional thermometers allowed onboard?
The problem is that the mercury-aluminum reaction is catalytic. The mercury just keeps eating, it's not consumed.
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comment From booking to boarding: What is typically the shortest time to book a flight until boarding?
Second this. I've been on a plane 20 minutes after walking into the airport with no ticket or flight schedule. (Pre-9/11, family emergency, I knew there were a whole bunch of planes on the route I was flying so I just packed what I needed, headed for the airport and lucked out on the timing.)
May
19
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
Reading from a computer poses a safety risk--if things go bad that computer becomes a substantial projectile in the cabin. All objects of that size are required to be stowed for takeoff and landing. I think the issue with tablets is more a matter of not wanting to draw a line--my Kindle would be no more hazardous than a book.
Apr
17
answered Airlines refusing check-in without return ticket
Apr
17
comment Why do cities impose a tourist tax?
Also, tourists don't vote. It's a case of sticking it to the other guy.
Apr
10
comment Is an open-ended ticket more practical than a one-way ticket for touring China?
Beware that you might not get in without the onward ticket. I've never been asked for proof but we have a long track record of not overstaying from back before they had onward travel requirements.
Apr
10
comment Do electronics bought airside have to be fully charged?
Back in the pre-9/11 era I took a laptop through security with a very bad battery pack--it would die soon after the POST was completed. I warned the agent what would happen, he accepted seeing it start the boot process and then die. (I was only using it plugged in, the useless battery wasn't worth replacing.) It's possible they are more strict now, though.
Mar
30
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
@LieRyan The unit I was using certainly didn't have 3G/4G location. It was pure GPS. This was in the late 90s and it was an old unit besides. I could only get a fix on satellites high in the sky and that's not enough.
Mar
28
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
@unforgettableid I have no idea what it might have downloaded--probably nothing as I don't think it had any non-volatile memory. It worked in open areas or high up, even with acquisition it would then fail if you tried to walk down a street.
Mar
27
answered Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
Mar
26
comment Can I really finance a Silk Road trip, from India to the UK, by importing and selling the motorcycle?
Is a moo point what a cow makes?
Mar
25
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Mar
9
comment Cheapest way to get from Tucson, AZ to Boulder, CO?
Looking further after I posted that comment it doesn't look like anyone serves Boulder. I don't know why.
Mar
9
comment Cheapest way to get from Tucson, AZ to Boulder, CO?
Interesting... Greyhound's site won't let me select Boulder, Colorado as a destination and neither Trailways' site nor Megabus' won't let me pick Tucson, Arizona as a starting point.
Mar
9
comment What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?
Even VPNs aren't a panacea for the Great Firewall. I found many of the nodes of mine blocked the last time I was over there.
Mar
6
comment Driving a rental car through Colorado
I haven't done the specific route but I've taken a cheap rental over the 10,000' pass on the interstate and I've taken it on the high road through Estes? park, no problems at all.
Mar
5
comment How to intentionally get denied entry to the US, without getting into trouble?
@Sylverdrag But they would figure she had triggered the strip search. She's looking for an option where there's nothing that can be traced to her.
Mar
3
comment How to intentionally get denied entry to the US, without getting into trouble?
@Sylverdrag The spoon trick is to get away from guardians. She seems to have reasonable freedom as it stands and would be able to simply ask for help. I read it as her looking for a way to be kept out that she won't be blamed for.
Mar
3
comment If I lose my papers/passport in the US, what police station should I report it to?
Note that some places have county police also. You also may find things like our <city name> metropolitan police--one department that covers not only the city but nearby developed areas also.
Mar
3
comment Are wet wipes subject to the TSA's 3-1-1 Liquids Rule?
I don't think their x-ray can tell such things contain liquid in the first place. I used to travel with ampoules of liquid medicine, after a couple of times where I didn't get them told I realized they didn't see them--and I quit telling them. I was never questioned about it despite sometimes carrying a total of about a quart of liquid.