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Mar
5
comment Is it true that people “can just take all the luggage off the airport conveyer belt and leave with it.”?
Not that much of a deterrent for a skilled social engineer. Just tell "Oops, sorry, I thought it was mine." with an honest looking face and move on. However, I guess that skilled social engineers can make much more money in other areas than by stealing dirty laundry.
Jan
2
comment Celebrating the same new year several times over?
I would use "airliners" instead of "airplanes". Airplanes exist which are in use today and are faster than the rotation of the Earth, but they are either military or experimental planes. With a lot of money or friends in the right places you could pull it off.
Jan
2
comment Celebrating the same new year several times over?
Note that by living in a diaspora, one can celebrate twice without moving anywhere: celebrating the New Year of their host country, and celebrating the New Year of their country of origin. Especially if you ended up in a diaspora not because of emigrating, but because of shifting borders, you are more likely to be culturally attached to your old country: I know of at least one example of a border change which also led to a time zone change.
Nov
5
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
In Europe, espeically in the central and eastern parts, this is very differenlty handled between rural and urban areas. In the city I was used to how cookies and drinks were offered to guests: I offer them, and they either accept or refuse. If they refulse, I maybe offer it once again, but that's it. In villages, they always refuse, you must offer it again, they refuse it again and again, and they expect from you to almost force them to take some.
Oct
20
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
@SalvadorDali : this sounds more like a conspiracy theory. Any proof of this regularly occurring?
Oct
18
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
@SalvadorDali : If I don't fly, how would they know it? By the time I fail to turn up at the check-in it would be too late to sell my ticket again.
Oct
9
comment Haggling for autos in India
Would a tactic like "hey, but yesterday I went to the same place from here and it only cost half this much!" work?
Oct
3
comment If I don't declare a not-yet-used engagement ring at airport security, am I smuggling jewelry?
If you take everything too literally, having a paper tissue worth 20 cents in your pockets is also "smuggling".
Jul
4
comment Why is sex/gender present in EU-issued passports?
@DJClayworth : it is helpful as it is valid in over 99% of the cases. One can also change their eye color nowadays (surgery or colored contact lenses), but it happens so rarely that it's still a useful identification method.
Mar
19
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
This cultural difference in how people answer (or whether they don't) in these situations might have a factor in what kinds of people do behave in a pushy way in the West. It happens rarely, but when it happens, it's usually either a homeless beggar, someone collecting for charity, or conducting a survey. In all these cases we usually answer at least a "sorry", or even excuse ourselves that we don't have the time or money, if we don't intend to deal with them.
Mar
13
comment Can I land in a different time zone before my take off time?
Wrong. There are a number of short-distance flights in Europe which cross a time zone but take less than one hour.
Mar
4
comment Where can I visit former Nazi camps and prisons in Europe?
The House of Terror is mostly about the victims of the communists.
Feb
13
comment Is it wise to pretend to be Christian to safely travel through the US?
@DJClayworth : well this is a good advice for all religions/world-views/ethnicities. If you don't purposefully insult them and their culture, they leave you alone. Maybe with the exception of a civil war or revolt, but in that case you have to really ask yourself the question whether you want to travel there.