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Travelling with beach sand in carry-on

I'm making a trip back home (to the coast) shortly, and I would like to bring back sand from the beach with me as a keepsake or memento. It's just a short weekend trip, and I won't be checking any ...
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What are some ways to minimize the time spent in customs?

Every time I've gone through customs, it has been a relatively quick and friendly series of basic questions and credential verification. However, I have heard people complain about delays due to ...
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How to book a bassinet for an infant on a flight?

We are planning a trip with an infant and have heard that you can book a bassinet for the flight. How do you book it? Is it tied to your seat assignment? And if the seat with the bassinet is taken by ...
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Is there a flight search engine that has an option to show full flights?

Quite often when searching for plane tickets I get only some high priced results, ridiculous schedules, etc. It makes me wonder if these are the only options to get from point A to point B or have I ...
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Compensation for delayed baggage on international United flight

My bag on an international flight with United Airlines was delayed. The bag got delivered at its destination about 36 hours after I arrived. During that time, not only did I not have clothes to change ...
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What direct flights connect Brazil or Argentina to South Africa? [closed]

I'm curious, what airlines offer direct flights between South America and Africa and what cities do they connect?
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Online travel agent leaving and returning with different airlines

I have noticed that with all online travel sites, you have to leave and return on the same airline (or partner) for international trips. Is there a way around this? It seems as though when you try ...
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Is a chest X-ray / report required to enter the UK?

I remember that two years ago, passport holders of non-EU nationalities were required to present a chest X-ray along with accompanying report on arrival at Heathrow airport. (And if you didn't have ...
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Which airlines provide free stopovers?

I have heard that British Airways provides free stopover in London i.e. a flight by British Airways via London costs the same as two separate flights from departure city to London and from London to ...
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Are there low cost airlines to travel within the US?

I'm from Europe where there are a lot of low cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, etc... But these operate mainly in Europe. Then, my question is if there are airlines which provide cheap flights ...
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Which airlines fly from Ulaanbaatar / Ulan Bator?

Looking at getting back to London from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia in mid August, and trying to reduce the price. What airlines or crazy routes might exist? Currently have found Aeroflot, ...
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What is the best method of purchasing a ticket with an open return date?

I’ve been doing some research on traveling to South America and staying for an extended period of time (working vacation). The usual sources for flight info (Kayak, Expedia, Hipmunk) don’t have any ...
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Do infants need their own seats on long flights?

What is the best way to approach a long (8+ hours) flight with a young child (1-2 years old)? It seems I am not required to purchase a seat for a child under two years of age which would save some ...
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How can I fly with a guitar?

During my upcoming holiday to the USA I'm thinking about buying a new guitar as the exchange rate is extremely favorable. Excuse my naivety but I have never flown with a guitar before. What is a ...
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How can I avoid or minimize jet lag on flights?

From my personal anecdotal experience, I've found it worse when travelling east around the globe. I also tend to stay awake most if not all of the flight, so sleeping time doesn't tend to matter as ...
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Using an Amazon Kindle onboard a flight?

Airlines don't let you use electronic devices when the plane is taking off/landing. Let's suppose I have a Kindle 3, and I have turned off wireless (i.e. both Wifi and GSM/3G is off). Since you don'...
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What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?

Given the extensive time taken for immigration formalities in the US, what is the shortest time to consider between connecting flights in the US, when coming from abroad? Until now I have always ...
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"Flight mode" phone use banned on Ryanair. Is this a worldwide phenomenon?

On a couple of recent flights with Ryanair I've noticed that they require phones to be turned off during the whole flight even if they are in the "flight mode". Pretty annoying that you can not use ...
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How to book courier flights (discounted fare in exchange for delivering a package upon arrival)?

I've heard people talking about courier flights; cheap fares that can be obtained in exchange for carrying a package from one place to another on behalf of a company or benefactor. Do these flights ...
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When to book tickets from travel sites rather than airline sites?

When booking plane tickets, I generally buy directly from the airline's website (as it is often the lowest or near-lowest price for the destinations I travel between). However, I know there are many ...
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Are some permanent markers not safe for checked luggage?

Are some permanent markers not safe for checked luggage? This stationery retailer advertises its markers as being airplane-safe, implying that others are not. I also came across a page mentioning ...
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Is it possible to bring a bicycle on a plane?

I have often wanted to bring my own bicycle while traveling. Are there some international regulations regarding bringing my bicycle on a plane? What should I expect to pay?
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What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?

I've travelled a lot. Living in New Zealand or the UK means anywhere is likely a flight, but I've always flown economy. Twice between LA and Auckland I managed to get the exit row after talking ...
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Shoes for long flight

Does anyone have recommendations for great shoes for a long flight? I usually wear running shoes, but my feet often get very uncomfortable after a few hours.
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Getting to Guangzhou from Melbourne

I am taking a business trip to Guangzhou from Melbourne is a few months. I have noticed that there are no direct flights (correct me if I am wrong). Looks like I have to transfer in Hong Kong. ...
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Is there any trick to checking in more weight on planes?

I soon have to move from France to Spain, one way no coming back. And as with most of the airlines carriers in Europe I am allowed at 23Kg checked-in and 10Kg on board with me. Packing lifetime stuff ...
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a webservice for finding the flights by country [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I do a “broad” search for flights? Do you know any webapplication/service which allow me to specify the contry/state for destinations and arivals and it ...
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Can I take my liquid medication on a plane?

If I am taking a liquid medicine, but is over the ounces for a flight, will they still let me take it on a plane?
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Repeated reminder email from EasyJet for API document

I'm flying to Geneva (Switzerland) in few days with EasyJet with my wife. I have provided both our passport details for advance passenger information. But keep on getting emails from EasyJet to add ...
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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How can I do a "broad" search for flights?

Several airline and trip planning sites will allow you to check "I am flexible with my dates" or a similar option. Is there any way to also search more broadly for location? For example, if you ...
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How to get into and travel across Tanzania

I'm interested in visiting Tanzania - the capital of it (Dodoma) and Kilimanjaro park, and I didn't find any info about any airlines to get into Tanzania and about local transport - buses or taxis. ...
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Traveling to USA with tripod attached to my camera bag

I like to travel with my DSLR and I have nice slingshot bag for it which I can take with me on the plane along with my carry on. This picture shows what I want to do while boarding the plane. Would it ...
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What rights do passengers have when flights in the USA are delayed?

What rights do passengers on delayed flights in the USA have? In some countries, depending on the length and type of delay, passengers can receive a free phone call, meal ticket, lodging, booking on ...
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Avoiding air travel sickness without Dramamine/Dimenhydrinate or other drugs

My wife is very prone to motion sickness, especially on air flights. In the past we've handled this with Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate), which helped quite a bit. Unfortunately, my wife's reaction to ...
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How can I protect camera equipment in checked baggage?

While I usually take my camera equipment in a carry-on when I fly (within the US), that's not always an option (small plane where no carry-on other than my purse is allowed, travelling with too much ...
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How to insure checked luggage?

I know that you are not supposed to put valuables into checked baggage, but in some cases it is necessary. For example if you have large valuable items that do not fit in carry-on or if you have ...
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Best time to buy Airline tickets to Shanghai/Hong Kong from USA (Dallas/Fort Worth)?

My boyfriend and I are looking to visit Shanghai and Hong Kong in December, and we were wondering when the best (the cheapest price) time to buy tickets would be. Should we go ahead and purchase now, ...
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Flight deals from the UK

Can someone recommend a good website with flight deals from London/UK, which I could subscribe to? I mean promotions in different airlines, e.g. bmi used to have a bmifriday promotion (not sure if its ...
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Sightseeing the USA by air [closed]

The next time family from overseas comes to visit me in the USA, I would like for them to see the major sites in the USA. Is there such a thing as a prepaid flying tour of the USA?
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What should I know about "Around The World" flights?

I have heard rumours of such things, and have had a difficult time find information on "around the world" flights. Are they worth it (do you have a limit between usage, do you save money.. etc.) and ...
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