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Oct
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comment How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
I'm not a big fan of long-planned proposals with the ring already in a pocket myself, preferring a ring-getting trip together after a propless question, but opinions vary. I can't imagine that the person who is going to be asked at the Eiffel tower or whatever might say no, so the pressure thing seems bogus to me. I also don't think a proposal can be ruined. One asks, one answers, yay. A sense of delight helps of course.
Oct
3
comment Why is plane boarding done at the last minute, with everyone suddently queueing at the gate?
Simple: the plane is more important than you.
Oct
3
comment Are the same planes used for the same flight number the next day?
Further, it has already been made clear that he had no symptoms on the plane. The symptoms started later. No-one is contagious before they have Ebola symptoms. The person who sat next to him on the flight has nothing to worry about and your daughter has even less.
Oct
3
comment Why does it take so long to check in at the airport?
of course it is. How many bags are you checking? What ID did you show and how can the person prove they saw it? (Often they swipe my passport.) Are there notes on your file to tell you something or to have you show something? Has something happened to your flight (it's already closed, it has a smaller plane now) that this person will take care of right now, instead of leaving you to discover and solve it at the gate? Did you pay for something? Can they charge you for something? There's a lot going on.
Oct
3
revised How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
clarified the with/without companion scenarios
Oct
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revised How to key in Asian names when making a flight reservation?
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revised How to key in Asian names when making a flight reservation?
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Oct
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revised How to key in Asian names when making a flight reservation?
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Oct
2
comment Best way to make my ears pop?
Which is why I emphasize to start gently. You want to blow just enough to clear the pain, not start at full blast and possibly hurt yourself.
Oct
2
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Oct
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comment How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
it would certainly be a surprise!
Oct
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comment How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
this answer seems to be all about security. Security does not care about rings - in your pocket, bag, whatever - and would not open a tiny little ring box to see what was in it if the xray clearly showed it was a ring. Customs is likely to care about rings, especially expensive ones in ring boxes, as actually happened in the linked question.
Oct
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comment How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
@BurhanKhalid that's just not true. I've seen episodes of Border Security where watches and jewelry were getting all kinds of attention and not because they were worth over 10,000. Some countries are going to want duty paid on items less than $10,000.
Oct
1
answered How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
Sep
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Sep
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Carrying two laptops to India - will I have to pay duty?
Sep
29
revised Using a B-1 Visa for training in a different state than on application
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Sep
29
revised Connecting through Abu Dhabi with Etihad and Virgin Australia
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revised American citizen that visited Pakistan
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revised American citizen that visited Pakistan
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