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Dec
31
comment Is it rude to ask if the food contains pork or alcohol?
Why would you consider someone's belief against killing animals to be less important than their belief against eating a food for religious reasons? That seems like a trivial distinction, considering they're both dietary decisions made for spiritual reasons.
Dec
24
comment Immigration officer that stopped me at the airport is texting me. What do I do?
@DJClayworth Like I said, my comment is definitely one that enables them to get away with it. But not everyone is Rosa Parks, and for every Rosa Parks, there was a thousand people that history forgot who stood up to their oppressors and lost at great expense, and sometimes life. With the increased scrutiny on travelers due to recent attacks, and the (not logically founded) fears of terrorists coming to the US from Canada and Mexico, is now really the time to pick a fight with someone who can slap you on a terrorist watch list? I'm not saying don't report, just saying do some research first.
Dec
23
comment Immigration officer that stopped me at the airport is texting me. What do I do?
In a perfect world, the appropriate people handle this situation professionally. In a cynical world, this ensures the traveler in question is flagged for every possible hassle in the book. Do you happen to know where this situation likely falls? I hate to sound like an enabler, but if this means spending multiple extra hours at the airport every time you go through US customs for the rest of your life... you have to weigh that into the decision. I'm certainly hopeful that someone can give assurance "No, they don't work like that" but I think it's worth asking the question.
Dec
16
comment What is the arrival process in international air travel?
@MichaelHampton I remember the strange look on my face when my friend (from India) said Italy had approved his visa for his vacation. I'm like you need a special credit card to go to Italy? He's like no, you need permission to enter the country! I said that's odd, I thought you just showed up! He's like "... if you have a US passport, sure... The rest of the world... not so much"
Dec
4
comment Refund for cancelling return leg of an itinerary in advance
Took me four read-throughs to figure out what (undable) was...
Sep
11
comment What happens if you are refused entry between two countries?
That awkward moment when the Russian police are your preferred option...
Sep
3
comment Why do hostels require you to 'rent' bedding?
@dirkk While I'm not a diamond here on Travel, I am elsewhere, and I can say the guidelines I've been given require an explicit declaration in every post, even if your name is "the_guy_from_foo_dot_com". =)
Sep
1
comment Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
@Tor-EinarJarnbjo As a business owner, we have gotten chargebacks for the most ridiculous things. Unfortunately, the bank always sides with the customer, even if they clearly received the product they intended to purchase. It's become a cure for buyer's remorse as of late. =(
Jun
22
comment Why is the departures level always above the arrivals level?
@superluminary That would be the part of the airport where they store all the "please pardon our progress" signs, right? I'm pretty sure every airport has 80% of their floorspace under permanent construction.
Jun
8
comment Celebrating the same new year several times over?
Sorry, option 4 doesn't work. =(
Jun
2
comment Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?
I saw a documentary once with a similar thought process: youtube.com/watch?v=ofQ6i9I1IYY
Mar
24
comment Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?
"Although injuries to turbulence are rare" ... because of the rule that says you put on your seat belt during turbulence.
Mar
9
comment Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?
The pricing is a big difference. In Miami, we paid about 60% more for one of these than the posted-rate for the taxi we should have taken. They also don't necessarily have a guarantee of insurance in case of damages like the licensed taxis do. At least we were save, right? =)
Feb
2
comment Is it normal to walk around an (American) hotel in pajamas?
@frostschutz I am insulted that you would imply that Groundhog Day is not a model by which we should all live.
Dec
22
comment Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?
I want to upvote this so bad, but I have such a hard time with "definitely may". :-)
Dec
22
comment Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?
A big one is the playground zones that are also school zones. They write you two tickets :O
Nov
26
comment Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden
@dotancohen That reminds me of the time I was talking with an Indian friend of mine who said his visa to go to Italy had been approved. "Visa? Don't you just show up with your passport?" and he replies "Sure, if you're an American!" - I didn't realize that most countries' citizens have to ask first... I felt naive, to say the least.
Oct
16
comment Must drivers stop at zebra crossings / crosswalks in Michigan?
@KennyLJ Having grown up in Michigan, you don't find those crosswalks very often. I found it very stupid moving about the country that any shmuck could stop traffic because they wanted to cross the street when there's a freaking stop light a few dozen yards away.
Oct
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Oct
1
comment May an airline change the aircraft from the scheduled one?
When I first read this, I thought it meant in flight. And my only thought was, no that would just be absurd. I think I need a coffee or something.