Questions tagged [luggage]

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What's an easy way of making my luggage unique, so that it's easy to spot on the luggage carousel?

I've bought a new piece of luggage which is great in every way except that... it's completely black and looks like half the other bags. What's an easy way of making my luggage unique, ideally ...
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Does leaving mini-bag-tag stickers on your luggage confuse airport bagging handling?

It used to be quite a tradition to keep stickers from destinations you'd been on your luggage after your travels, rather than ripping them off, building up souvenirs over time. This seems to me like a ...
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Empty suitcase on flight

I need to take 2 big empty suitcases on a flight. Is there an increased risk of losing the suitcases? A couple of risks come to my mind: Airport conveyor might not deliver big empty suitcases well. ...
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How can I travel with a double bass?

I need to travel among several eastern US cities to auditions and must bring along my instrument: a (huge) double bass. What is the best way to travel, given that I do not drive, but that most of the ...
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How to remove airlines/security tag stickers from suitcases?

I travel a lot, for both business and pleasure reasons. One of the annoying things I face (beside full passport pages) is the many tags stuck to my suitcase which I like to take in almost all my trips....
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Can TSA open regular suitcase combination locks? How?

I just flew back from the USA, and found a TSA notice in my suitcase that it had been inspected. I could tell that they checked a couple of items, but thankfully nothing was removed or damaged. Now ...
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How to deal with inaccurate luggage weighing scales at an airport?

TL;DR: What options does one have at (US) airports when they know the luggage weighing scales are inaccurate? This has happened twice now. My bags always appear heavier when measured at the flight ...
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How to send baggage from US to Australia?

We are planning a trip to Australia. We are going to spend some months there and we would like to take with us more than the current baggage limit. One option would be carrying in the plane just what ...
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Is there a weight limit for carry-on luggage with United Airlines?

I'm flying in economy with United Airlines, and I know there are limits on the physical size of carry-on bags, but is there a certain weight limit for them?
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Why is TAM Airlines baggage allowance so much? [closed]

I travel around Europe, and also between Australia and Europe quite a bit and am always frustrated with the low luggage allowance (just 23kg per person normally). I do also travel to Brazil quite a ...
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Ryanair: Wearable luggage, where's the limit?

Say, I wear pants and a jacket/vest with PALS webbing, and I attach large sized pouches, then where's the limit, i.e. when would Ryanair qualify my clothing as a carry-on bag? Any experience?
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Is traveling to Canada/US with desktop PC as carry-on possible?

I'll be moving to Canada in a couple of months and I'm taking my $2,000+ PC with me. Obviously I don't want it to get damaged, specially since I'm an electrical engineer and I work with the thing. It'...
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Airline and Travel Agent disagree on baggage allowance, who do I need to resolve it with?

Recently, I was looking to book with one of the traditional "scheduled carriers" who now offer both baggage-inclusive and hand baggage only fares. Looking on the airline's own website, the fare at the ...
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Carrying Condoms while traveling to Dubai

I am traveling to Dubai in last week of May 2016, I wanted to know is it OK to carry condoms in my luggage or I'll be stopped at security check?
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Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?

When arriving in some countries you must fill out an arrival form at customs and immigration. You may also be asked some questions by customs agents. In some countries one question is whether or not ...
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Are carry-on bags being weighed on long-haul flights?

It's been four years since our last international flights. We're flying with Air New Zealand from the US to Oz. And we are seeing weight limits for carry-on baggage. Are the carriers actually ...
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Is it possible to purposefully miss a flight to force a short-check?

Let's say you're transiting through London with checked bags. The airline refuses to short-check your luggage. You then proceed to miss the second flight, forcing them to take your bags off the ...
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10 pieces of checked luggage on a flight instead of a shipping service - crazy?

I'm moving to another country (Israel/Palestine to the Netherlands) and need to ship my personal effects. For the sake of discussion suppose I'm not shipping any furniture, and every single item fits ...
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Confused about Ryanair cabin bag policy

Here's a quote from the Ryanair website: What you CAN bring on board All passengers are entitled to bring 1 small personal bag on board which must fit under the seat in front of you (35cm x ...
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Is it possible to buy a ticket where the luggage cannot be checked to the final destination?

My brother recently flew on a flight from the USA to Africa involving three flights on three different airlines. When he checked in, the agent told him that it was impossible to check the bag all the ...
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Camping stove on a plane?

Can I bring a camping stove (without fuel) on a (domestic or international) jet, either in checked baggage, carry-on, or some other means?
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What does the 10 digit code on luggage tags represent?

I have observed that baggage tags for commercial carriers have a 10 digit code on the bottom which appears to be a part of a universal baggage handling argot, see this picture... The number appears ...
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Can I check through my luggage on a flight with a long (~1d) stopover, combining two different airlines on one ticket?

I'm working on an itinerary that consists of XXX → OAK → HNL → XXX, with a ~1 day stopover in OAK. The XXX → OAK leg is on AA and the OAK → HNL leg is on HA, and as far as I know, both carriers ...
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What is more effective seeking luggage damage compensation from the aiport or airline?

We found air luggage to be damaged after a flight and reported the damage right at the airport. The airport then advised us to seek damage compensation from the airline as this would go more smoothly ...
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How to deal with possible delayed baggage?

I'm traveling from Toronto to Rome with Air Canada... There's a 1 hour stop and plane change in Montreal. From Rome I still have to buy a ticket to Olbia (Sardegna). We can't take only carry on ...
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Changing planes at Frankfurt

I am planning a trip to Rome, Italy from Bangalore, India. Looking at the flight tickets, it will be 30% cheaper for me to book the Bangalore-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Rome legs separately rather than ...
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Delta carry-on policy

So, I will be flying with Delta (from Europe to the US, if that matters) soon and I'm trying to understand what I can take with me to my seat. The following conditions were copied from Delta's ...
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Is it okay to bring a bottle of champagne on an airplane (as checkin luggage)?

Can you bring a bottle of champagne with you as luggage (not as hand luggage)? Or would the pressure pose a risk and as a result not be allowed?
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How to calculate if my battery will be allowed in hand luggage? (Voltage in mAh to Wh conversion)

Follow-up question to Are battery packs allowed in hand luggage? I have a 26,000 mAh battery pack ("Intocircuit Power Castle") which I want to take on a plane (Royal Air Maroc). Airline battery ...
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Hiking rucksack with a rollmat hanging out - will it survive as checked in luggage?

I'm expecting to do some travelling soon - this will involve both backpacking (possibly sleeping on a floor or two, maybe some camping) and air travel. I'm thinking of bringing a rollmat. It's too ...
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How are customs duties handled by the Fedex “Baggage Free” service?

Fedex offers a baggage free traveler's service. It purports to ship your belongings to your destination rather than taking them on your person. This raises a question: How are customs ...
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Does easyJet allow a “personal item”?

Standard hand luggage policy for most airlines allows a "single" carry-on bag of (roughly) 50 x 40 x 20cm, "plus a personal item". The baggage allowance for easyJet however makes no mention of a '...
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Luggage in multi-connection intercontinental air travel

I will be flying from Brussels (BRU) -- via London (LHR) and Calgary (YYC) -- to Saskatoon (YXE). And then back the same way. On the way to Canada, I have a 2.5 hour connection in London and 4 hours ...
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What does “hold bag” mean when traveling with easyJet?

I will move to the Netherlands and am searching flights to select a price I can afford. I found easyJet and since I am moving permanently I will have plenty of stuff with me. I am booking: a ...
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How to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Stanley Park from Vancouver Airport?

Suppose I have ten hours waiting time in Vancouver airport, I want to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park then Stanley Park. What is the efficient way to do it? I don't want to miss my flight. My ...
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Can I bring a growler of beer in my checked bag?

I want to bring a growler of beer on my checked bag (not on-board). Growlers are generally 64 oz. According to Delta, I can bring alcohol that has been purchased after going through a security ...
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Two legs on different tickets with Turkish Airlines - is baggage checked through

I'm booking a flight one-way from Ashgabat to Dublin via Istanbul. If I book the two legs separately, both with Turkish Airlines, it'a about €120 cheaper than booking it as a single (again with ...
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Wheeled backpack with waist strap? [closed]

So I have some back problems, and my physio recommended a rolling backpack. But unfortunately, none of them seem to come with a waist strap. Sometimes I will use the shoulder straps of a backpack when ...
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How to handle checked baggage when transiting international to domestic at DEL?

There are a couple of questions on this forum that address international transfers at Delhi airport, and whether checked luggage has to be reclaimed in the process or not. This answer links to ...
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Two PNR, one itinerary - baggage allowance for Qatar Airways and American Airlines

I have three flights (two connections) in my itinerary. The first two of them are Qatar Airways business class tickets, and they cover 95% of the entire journey. The last one is an American Airline (...
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What would happen if you miss the bag drop-off deadline and it's kind of the airline's fault for bad ground service? [closed]

I turned up at the airport today in what I would consider moderate but not great (since the train was late) time: 35 minutes before bag drop-off closed. 75 minutes before departure. To cut a long ...
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What can I do about a laptop stolen out of luggage in transit?

My uncle was coming to visit me in Ecuador and bringing a laptop for me. It was in his checked bags, but somewhere between Panama City, Panama, and Quito, Ecuador, it was stolen out of his luggage. ...
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How do I cheaply carry a separate extra check-in bag in domestic flights in India? [duplicate]

I have booked a (return) ticket from Boston to New Delhi. In this flight, I'll be carrying two 23 kg bags. However, My destination is Kolkata. So, I'll be buying another (return) ticket from New Delhi ...
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How to dispose of a broken suitcase at an airport?

Recently I had to catch a flight from New Delhi to Frankfurt. On arriving at the airport, I realized that my suitcase was broken at the bottom near the wheels. Probably due to its rough handling ...
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Can I fly with a robot as a passenger instead of shipping it as luggage?

Can I book a ticket for my C-3PO human-size figure and let it have a seat instead of paying extra money to have it shipped? I couldn't find a law which says the passenger has to have a soul, its all ...
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Dealing with smelly travel daypacks?

This came from an idea I saw on another website's thread that wasn't getting much love. When travelling, especially in hot, humid regions, you tend to sweat - especially in the back area where your ...
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What exactly is unaccompanied baggage? How do I use it?

This is my first time on a flight. So pardon me for the question. My luggage weighs more than the specified limit. I read elsewhere that in order to avoid excess baggage fee, one can send the luggage ...
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How can you have luggage moved cheaply within England, if you do not care about delivery speed?

My grandmother will be travelling within England (London, Cambridge, Portsmouth) for the next year. Her health problems prohibit moving her 3 suitcases herself WITHIN England; each weighs 25 kg and ...
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Key vs. combo lock security for international travel

I leave on my trip next month, and I wanted to buy locks for my backpack since I'll certainly be passing through crowded areas of the city where it may be difficult for me to notice a pickpocket ...
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Can I use German Rail Luggage Service to send luggage from Frankfurt Main Airport to Airbnb in Chemnitz?

I want to use Bahn Gepaeckservice to send my luggage from Frankfurt Main Airport to an Airbnb in Chemnitz. The Airbnb is a private apartment. I'm a tourist and do not live in Germany. The Bahn's web ...