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Oct
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Sep
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Sep
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comment Is there a legal limit to the amount of cash one can carry on domestic flights
@alex.forencich: They would presumably have reported the income on their annual income taxes as it was acquired. If they failed to do so, well, ...
Sep
1
comment If a baby is born mid-flight, what happens visa-wise for them when they land in a foreign country, sans-passport?
@Relaxed: How can an airline "restrict flying at the end of a pregnancy"? Do they have gynecological exams in the security checkpoint to determine how many months? I can't see how this would even come up, especially since there are people big enough to look pregnant when they're not, and conversely some about to give birth who look like they're 7 months or less.
Aug
29
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
@NateKerkhofs: Was that interview perhaps regarding domestic shipments rather than an international ones?
Aug
28
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Aug
28
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
Do not follow @NateKerkhofs's advice.. I really wonder who +1'd that. "Animal semen" is definitely something subject to customs regulations and would likely be destroyed immediately by customs inspectors as a pathogen risk unless you have the proper documents for importing it. Nice way to get your data destroyed...
Aug
28
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
How is Dropbox a viable solution for backing up that much data? I consider even USB2 speeds way too slow to copy that much data; certainly most non-insanely-priced residential internet service is too slow for uploading that much.
Aug
28
comment Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?
+1 for external HD case. This is what I'd probably do. The only possible reason I can see for not doing this is that it makes it easier for them to plug in the device "to check that it's actually a working HD" and copy files off, [inadvertently] install malware, put illegal content on it and blame you for having the content, etc.
Aug
25
comment Is it against regulations to pack my laptop battery on its own in my checked luggage?
@Flimzy: That's easy to say, but in fact the vast majority of people don't do that, and don't have anywhere near the technical knowledge to do so. Even if they thought to do so, they would have no idea how to evaluate different encryption options and know whether they offer legitimate protection or just snake oil. So, short of being a computer security expert, physically safeguarding your laptop is a pretty good option.
Aug
25
comment Is it against regulations to pack my laptop battery on its own in my checked luggage?
@Flimzy: Hardly. Even if the physical replacement is easy, dealing with the potential compromise of all data (saved passwords, etc.) on the laptop, knowing what passwords you need to reset, and so on, is a HUGE headache.
Aug
22
answered Is it possible to downgrade a business/first class flight to economy without the ticket purchaser knowing?
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to downgrade a business/first class flight to economy without the ticket purchaser knowing?
@sgroves: No, once someone gives you something, it's yours to do as you please with. Being a benefactor (or worse yet, employer) does not give you a right to control the people you give things to.
Aug
19
comment Do I “Need” a luggage lock in the US?
I'm in the US and I've never seen one of those things, but it strikes me as a typical scam to get fools to part with their money. If you follow common sense and don't put valuables in checked luggage, what are you worried about that a lock would solve?
Jul
2
comment Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany?
Real homeopathic "medicines" are as Michael says, but lots of "homeopathic" medicines are not actually homeopathic or their makers would lose all their customers as soon as the customers notice no effectiveness. Instead, they often contain unlabeled active ingredients that make them work: things like high doses of zinc (cold remedies, etc.), steroids, or even (on the more extreme end) viagra.
May
19
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
This question would get more detailed answers on Physics SE, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's off-topic here.
May
19
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
It also takes less energy to produce them (less volume/mass of water) for the same cooling power (surface area). On the other hand, it means you end up giving customers more beverage/less ice, which might have a cost in itself. ;-)
May
16
answered What should I do to stay safe if my flight arrives late at night?
May
12
answered Keeping old passports?
Apr
29
answered How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?