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Consultant, developer, mentor, author, speaker. C++ and .NET, Windows 7, Sharepoint, whatever else I like.

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comment Why do I need to buy a ticket to get into the secure half of a US airport?
something to keep in mind if you think this cheat is a great idea (and remember, it is a cheat) viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2014/07/01/…
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comment Why do I need to buy a ticket to get into the secure half of a US airport?
@pnuts yes. Even after checking in you could, assuming you were the kind of executive flyer who reacts to things by flying, get a call at the gate saying "ooh, emergency, don't get on the plane" and you would therefore cancel your checkin and change or refund your flight.
Oct
27
comment What should you do if you smell sulfur in a crowded subway in a foreign city?
ok, but to make it travel related, let's say you smell or see something that in your home would have only one meaning (eg natural gas leak distinctive smell) and that you would know how to handle at home - subway attendant or conductor. But you're traveling and you don't know what to do, nobody else seems to notice or care, perhaps there's a language barrier - is that what you're getting at?
Oct
27
comment What should you do if you smell sulfur in a crowded subway in a foreign city?
why are you specifically worried only about a natural gas leak, only on a subway, and only in a foreign city? What if you smell smoke? Or smell natural gas in an office building? Or on your own local subway?
Oct
27
comment What should you do if you smell sulfur in a crowded subway in a foreign city?
what do you have in mind specifically from smelling sulphur? Are you thinking natural gas leak?
Oct
25
comment Canadian citizen traveling to USA and what other documents besides passport are required?
the answer depends on your reason for traveling there. Tourism? To attend university? To start a new job? To look for a job? Marry a resident? Please edit a few more details into your question.
Oct
24
comment How can I find out when cruise ships (of any line) visit a particular port?
I'm more worried about the small places though...
Oct
24
comment How can I find out when cruise ships (of any line) visit a particular port?
That sounds perfect, but for Papeete in Aug 2015(ports.cruisett.com/schedule/French_Polynesia/500-Papeete_Tahiti/…) it includes the 330 passenger boat I discovered but not the 2000 passenger Princess whatever that is coming Aug 6th and 7th. Still it is part of the resources available.
Oct
20
comment What to do when no search engine can find a connection that clearly exists
are you doing searches on one-way flights? That often keeps you away from cheap fare classes. See travel.stackexchange.com/q/26828/46 for example. Make sure you're searching round trips.
Oct
17
comment How do I mask my location while traveling so I can use geo blocked services?
@Flimzy I considered asking on SU but believe the larger audience there would in fact answer "I live in X; how can I access geo blocked services there?" which is not the same question. For example things that take weeks to set up aren't worth it so I can watch a little TV one night on a one week trip but might seem like a great plan to someone living where local TV doesn't meet their tastes.
Oct
17
comment How do I mask my location while traveling so I can use geo blocked services?
there is no law that says I can't use Netflix here. Perhaps Netflix doesn't want to have Polish customers, but I have a paid-for subscription from home and want to use it while I travel. This is different from the situation of a non traveler (for example, I have machines at home that could be involved in the process, and I am already a legal subscriber to the service.)
Oct
17
comment Best possible seat room
a better question (more useful for future readers) is "how can I find out what plane I'll be on, and what the seats are like on that plane?
Oct
17
comment Packable pillow for side-sleepers that actually work?
is your objection to the inflatables that they are slippery and rubbery? Because they don't have to be.
Oct
17
comment Carrying confidential corporate data into US on laptop/Drive/device - how to prevent data theft?
@pnuts may get your laptop confiscated or admission denied - claiming you don't know the password is indistinguishable from refusing to provide the password.
Oct
16
comment Languages in Bulgaria?
reminds me of the French "toute a droit" meaning "go straight" not "turn right"
Oct
15
comment Languages in Bulgaria?
learn to read the script. Many of the words I laboriously sounded out were then obviously English words or French words (eg HIBO on a mall map, sound it out and it's clearly Niveau or level.) All the Bulgarians I met (including store employees, taxi drivers, airport security staff etc) spoke English, at least enough for me to conduct my business with them. But the signs will be utterly opaque to you until you learn the alphabet.
Oct
15
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
Airlines don't have their pricing structure as some sort of public service, @ShivanDragon. They have it because it makes them money given the strange mix of customers they attract. And many of their rules support their pricing structure. The fact that Apple has a different pricing structure, or that concert tickets have a different pricing structure, or my time as a consultant has a different pricing structure, is really not relevant. The products are different.
Oct
14
comment Leaving the airport during a long layover
I've given your question a better title but it would help if you edited to include your nationality, what kind of visa you got, and what airport you would like to step out of.
Oct
13
comment Returning plane ticket if delayed in the USA
Notice that wording doesn't allow you to decide you want a refund. It allows them to give you your money back and not take you where you want to go, which is rarely a happy thing. I've had relatives face this problem on Xmas eve when weather delayed flights and the airline just said "here is your $200 back, we're not taking you home for Xmas, buy another flight on another airline or whatever, not our problem." If the flight is just several hours delayed, you won't magically get a refund.
Oct
10
comment How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport?
@pnuts better to just edit the Wikipedia page, no? Signing up as an editor takes a minute or so.