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comment Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?
Since you have to accept the airlines terms and conditions when buying a ticket (it is really your job to actually read them), this ought not to come as a surprise.
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comment Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?
@OllieFord: A captain obviously abusing his right to refuse passengers may of course face internal consequences, but the airline is not liable towards you. The relevant part of the Lufthansa terms & conditions reads as follows, other airlines will have similar texts in their T&Cs: "... we are entitled to refuse to carry you on your journey ..., if ... the carriage of you causes security risks, health or discomfort for other passengers ... . Lufthansa will not be liable to you if we have exercised our right to refuse carriage according to this Article 7.1."
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comment What's the drinking age in the duty free area?
Your first paragraph is not correct. Duty free stores at airports are located after you have passed the "customs line" (that is, left the country for the purpose of tax and duty collection), but they may be located before or after any immigration control. On intra-schengen flights, you may even be entitled to duty-free purchases without having anything to do with immigration.
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comment Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?
@OllieFord: There is absolutely nothing well defined and unconditionally understandable about the reasons given in any of these situations. I can't of course refuse you to expect a refund and compensation should it happen to you, but you simply won't get that.
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comment Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?
@OllieFord: Even if it's rarely a problem, flying actually forces you to succumb to several subjective decisions by a single person, which are often not disputable at site. You may be rejected at the security check. The captain may reject you boarding or send you off the plane. In case of international flights, you may be rejected by immigration officers. In any case, you may not expect a refund from the airline as they relieve themselfes from any liability in their terms and conditions.
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comment Schengen Visa Expiration
Why do you think that you have to leave one day before the expiration date?
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comment In which European countries do I have to have a country indicator on my car?
@JoErNanO: That is not a problem and it would only had been an issue if the discussion was about operating foreign vehicles in Liechtenstein. Even if Liechtenstein hasn't ratified the Vienna Convention, vehicles from Liechtenstein must of course fulfil the requirements if they are operated in other signatory countries or countries with national regulations similar or identical to those in the Vienna Convention.
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comment In which European countries do I have to have a country indicator on my car?
@Relaxed: No, the Lichtenstein registration plates do not fulfil the requirements in the Vienna Convention on incorporation of the nationality sign on the license plate: "The distinguishing sign of the State of registration shall be positioned so as to be easily identifiable and so that it cannot be confused with the registration number or impair its legibility."
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comment In which European countries do I have to have a country indicator on my car?
The licence plate is not old, but the current Swiss design. The Swiss national emblem is also not only "most likely not good enough", it is not good enough. The Vienna Convention requires the nationality designation (for Switzerland: CH) to be printed. A flag or other national or regional symbol is allowed additionally.
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comment In which European countries do I have to have a country indicator on my car?
@RemcoGerlich: Switzerland and Liechtenstein are actually two of the quite few non-EU countries in Europe, not having incorporated the nationality sign in their licence plates. Except Andorra, Croatia, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City, all other non-EU countries have (at least in the currently issued registration plates) a nationality sign compliant with the requirements in the Vienna Convention.
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comment Crossing from USA to Canada (or vice versa) by car, without going through a standard border control
@AndrewLazarus: Most of it is still correct. The port of entry in Angle Inlet is part of the CBP Videophone Inspection Program: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Dec
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comment Importing home-baked cake into the EU
"It is forbidden to bring milk and eggs into the EU." - Not necessarily. Where are you traveling from?
Nov
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comment Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland
@O.R.Mapper I don't know. In Germany, services like couch-surfing and especially short-time appartment rentals (e.g. through airbnb) are in a legal grey area and regularly subject to discussions wether or not they are to be considered to be commercial lodging services. Not so much to find out if they can offer cat stew, but to clarify if people offering such services are subject to all other regulations and tax duties, which normally apply to commercial lodging services.
Nov
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comment Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland
@Thomas: Perhaps you don't, but I doubt that would hold as a general rule. In Germany, it is both common to hold rabbits as pets and to eat rabbit meat. It is also becoming increasingly popular to keep pigs as pets.
Nov
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comment Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland
@hippietrail Someone already had that idea and wrote a question over there.
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Nov
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comment Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland
There are AFAIK no EU regulations on this subject and you must differentiate between slaughtering, consuming and commercial distribution of the meat. The German Wikipedia article on cat meat summarizes the legal situation in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In Germany and Switzerland, commercial distribution is prohibited. In Austria it is not allowed to slaughter cats and dogs for the purpose of obtaining food. Unless I miss something, this means that consuming cat meat is allowed in all three countries.
Nov
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answered Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland
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