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Apr
21
comment Does anyone still offer standby without already having paid another fare?
@WGroleau TSA does not hesitate to waste taxpayer and passenger money. I don't know how the TSA is financed but I do believe they impose fees on the carriers to recover the cost of screening. If "you are hanging out an airport for a few days", does TSA bill the carrier ever time you go through screening? I really don't know. This is just speculation.
Apr
20
comment Does anyone still offer standby without already having paid another fare?
@WGroleau I don't actually understand the point of the ticket check. You wrote "I'm retired and have no problem hanging out an an airport for a few days to save money." Do you really think TSA wants people hanging out at the airport?
Apr
18
comment Does anyone still offer standby without already having paid another fare?
Would not such a thing be useful to terrorists. I mean if you could get a standby ticket for cheaps then what is the point of TSA checking peoples tickets?
Apr
15
comment Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?
@JoeBlow OP being new and disappearing is consistent with this being a throwaway account. If OP has legit interest in the question, it would not be wise to ask using an account that could be linked to his/her real identity.
Mar
21
comment Applying for US visa while overstaying in another country
"US your passport number and, presumably, telling them that you're living in Portugal" ... in fact, the OP will be giving US consular officials his passport which contains all his visas and residency permits - which is probably alone enough for them to figure out he is overstaying.
Mar
5
comment Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?
@reirab I first became aware of this phenomena when I was waiting for a flight. They asked for volunteers to be bumped (they put you on a later flight and give you some freebies). I checked online and found that you could still buy tickets for my flight (but the price was much, much higher). The airline did not really have a problem with overbooking. They just saw an opportunity to make more money.
Mar
5
comment Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?
@reirab I am not in the hotel business, but if I were: I would try to honor reservations as much as possible, but if someone is willing to give me $1,000 per night for the room you reserved for $100 per night. I am going to refund you your $100 and take that $1,000. Money talks.
Mar
5
comment Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?
@reirab I don't typically read t&c. thistle.com/group/terms_and_conditions.html is the first thing I found in a google search. if I read the OP correctly, he has not given the hotel any money yet. The t&c says: "No Booking shall be treated as confirmed until the details and/or payment/deposit described in this paragraph have been provided." But if he had given them money, it later says "Very occasionally we may need to cancel your Booking. In such circumstances you will be given a full refund but we shall have no further liability to you arising out of such cancellation"
Mar
4
comment Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?
@HenningMakholm I suspect that the hotel's terms of service reserved them the right to cancel OP's reservations and rebook the rooms - and they would do it if the price was right.
Feb
5
comment Flight booked through Expedia transit issue
I am going to disagree with this: (1) the airline somehow figured out the OP needed a visa, why couldn't expedia use the same algorithm, (2) expedia does not really need to figure out if the OP needs a visa to transit through the US, just whether the OP needs a visa to board the plane.
Feb
2
comment Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?
@NewWorld Some do. articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/25/local/me-warning25 Hence the 28 day shuffle.
Feb
1
comment Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?
@NewWorld Who would you rather have in your hostel: local people who can't afford traditional housing and may accrue tenant rights; or budget minded travelers who can afford international airfare and will be forcibly returned to their home country at government expense (if they overstay their visa)?
Jan
18
comment Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?
@RoflcoptrException obviously one uses a mountainousity meter
Jan
15
comment What conditions can hold luggage expect during a flight?
The worst? your luggage will end up on the bottom of the ocean - near an underwater volcano.
Aug
24
comment How did security checks at airports change after September 11th, 2001?
@Schern You are correct. I was just noting that if you have disposable cash, you can still do whatever you want to do. I have noticed that some airports have special security lines for first class passengers - which remarkably are shorter than the coach class lines. If I was organizing a 9/11 sequel, my team would be flying first class.
Aug
23
comment How did security checks at airports change after September 11th, 2001?
You still can greet visitors at the jetway. You just have to buy a ticket within a 24 hour span of their arrival. The new security procedures filter out terrorists who can not afford to buy an extra ticket.
Aug
11
comment Should I put books in carry-on or checked luggage?
If you are not worried about stolen/lost luggage, then the books are not valuable. It will probably be cheaper to sell/donate/throw them away and buy them again at your destination than to pay overweight fees.
Aug
9
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Jul
10
comment Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?
@Scimonster a proper airline would line their route with anti-snipe snipers to shoot the snipers who would shoot the survivors. but if you're flying with el-cheapo, there's no telling what corners the bean counters will cut. Nevertheless I fly with a bulletproof vest just in case one of the anti-sniper snipers goes rouge.