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Scottish ex-pat, currently working in Manila, Philippines as a Software Architect for Embedded Systems.


Oct
24
answered Why there is passport check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate?
Oct
23
answered What I need to know when going to typical (traditional) wedding ceremony in Philippines?
Oct
10
comment Is it possible to manually release an oxygen mask on airplanes?
@tom sadly something you don't know until after you've been seated and the doors are locked ... actually, I think because it's such a short flight it doesn't get that high, might be why they get away with it.
Oct
10
comment Is it possible to manually release an oxygen mask on airplanes?
@Tom I've also been on a plane (internal flight in the Philippines) where they said that the masks don't release automatically and you have to stick a pin in the hole to release them. Dunno if the automatic release was broken or if it's just how that plane worked.
Oct
7
answered Two seperate ticket transit via Hong-Kong and more
Oct
2
comment Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?
Yeah, in newer airports you don't see it as often because the extra space is there for future expansion (airports tend to last a long time and have plans stretching out years or decades). I've definitely seen older aiports and terminals very busy at peak times.
Oct
1
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
18
comment Need to understand why my Schengen visa was rejected
Point 2 seems to contradict point 1, but I read it as "we don't trust the recruiting company" -- can you can individual letters from the hospitals your going to? Also, did all your dates match up (i.e. schedule matches accommodation dates matches entry/exit dates).
Sep
9
comment Missing Flight Check In
Good point about the tax refund -- I was wondering about fuel surcharges myself. I guess if you cancel early then they don't use the fuel -- but if you no-show and it's already loaded? Are planes only fueled after the check-in time closes (would make sense, actually -- I guess they need to know the weight of the luggage too).
Sep
8
comment Must one always request a visa in his country of citizenship?
@200_success Ah, thanks for that. I guess it does vary a lot depending where you are, where you're from and where you're going. Always best to check specific cases in advance.
Sep
8
comment Allowed to board without Schengen visa, can I get reimbursed for costs incurred?
Did you book all the tickets as one trip? Did you book yourself or through an agent? It's possible you can get a refund for the unused part of the original, but I doubt there's much of a way to get the extra costs back. As always check all applicable travel insurance (i.e. on your credit card if you paid using on) just in case.
Sep
8
comment Must one always request a visa in his country of citizenship?
The key point is that if there are rules they normally come down to residency (rather than citizenship -- although I'm sure there are exceptions and citizenship will affect your visa options). For what it's worth I've never seen a visa application where you had to prove residency short of having a local address for correspondence (which is rarely, if ever, used). China does ask you to apply from the country where you're resident but I've never seen any effort to actually confirm that fact.
Sep
6
awarded  Yearling
Sep
3
comment What to do when you can't print your boarding pass?
As the other answers above say this very much depends on the airline you're flying, their rules and where you're flying to and from. I do this all the time with no problem so saying you MUST is very misleading.
Sep
2
comment Is there any way to tell if someone has been through our hotel room?
That is a seriously awesome answer, so many useful tips. I've never thought of the take a picture of the scene and compare later -- so simple! (And "if the camera vanishes you know that there has been an intruder" -- brilliant. +1 for that alone).
Sep
1
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
30
comment Send 1 overweight suitcase instead of 2 underweight?
It very much depends on the airline -- I know several that count weight per booking and others that insist on weight per person. As such I'm not sure you'll get a definitive answer to this, but if you have a specific airline (or a few options) in mind then edit the question to state that.
Aug
30
comment Could not board flight LHR to BKK without departing ticket
I wouldn't recommend this but since proof of onward travel can just be a printed e-mail, and since they probably will not check you're actually booked on the flight (and may not have any way to if it's a non-partner airline) you could just edit the date on an old e-mail and print that out ...
Aug
29
comment Aircraft headphone volume
@dhekir I have a feeling I've read something like that somewhere, and some planes still have the old two/three prong socket so you can only get mono if you have a single jack and no adapter.