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The CBP/TSA have recommendations from both their own and external parties about certain individuals for whatever reasons - innocuous, cautionary or other, indicating that their recommendation is that said individual not be allowed to board a flight. For example, the CDC (Center for Disease Control): CDC provides “Do Not Board” recommendations to CBP and ...


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Since your flight left from a EU member state, regulation 261/2004 indeed applies to you. This regulation entitles you to compensation and assistance from the airline in case of a long delay/cancellation. Your flight was over 3500 km and went outside the EU, making it a type 3 flight. You can read on the link what exactly your rights were, but basically, the ...


12

Assuming you paid money for the ticket then, yes, you are due a refund. Gagravarr links to the EU rules (EU261) but there's also Air India's Conditions of Carriage [PDF], which states: 6.4 SEATING Carrier does not guarantee to provide any particular seat in the aircraft and the passenger agrees to accept any seat that may be allotted on the flight in ...


10

You absolutely must talk to the airline. Buying an A-B-C ticket and flying A-B is called hidden city ticketing and airlines generally frown at it and most definitely do not allow normally to claim luggage in B. In fact, your ticket is A-C with B just being a coincidence. If there is a problem the airline has absolutely every right to route you through A-D-C ...


9

Given your update of the question to the correct date of December 24th, 2014... Your flight departed around 2 hours and 22 minutes late. It has a normal scheduled flight time of just under 4 hours. According to the regulations set by the Indian Office of the Director General Of Civil Aviation (available here) the airline is required to provide "Meals and ...


9

Your extra bag, unfortunately, will not travel as the second passenger will never be boarded. This is an almost universal security practice across all airlines and airports; except for fringe situations like charter aircraft, pleasure flights and some domestic airlines - none of which applies to you. Now, how you can avoid this is if you have one flight ...


7

2:20 should be plenty. If the first flight is delayed, causing you to miss the connection, and both flights are on the same ticket, then yes, Air India will take care of you. If you bought the two flights separately, then you're on your own.


7

Whey protein is made from whey, whey is made from milk, and milk is a dairy product. So, you should tick "Yes" to the customs declaration question which asks about dairy products (if you're required to fill out a landing card). Then go through the red channel and show the product to the customs officer. Note that if you tick "No" or go through the green ...


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Yes, you can exit the airport freely. You will clear Indian immigration & customs at Delhi, after which you can choose to stay in the terminal (both your arriving and departing flights are to/from Terminal 3) or continue anywhere else in Delhi.


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Use the name in the passport. All ID checks will be comparing against this, not what it says on the visa. For US visa checking, it is well known that the US uses "FNU" as a placeholder for people with single names.


6

The T3 Terminal is open throughout the night and you should easily be able to move around anywhere publicly accessible inside it. If you have a visa, you can just as easily go out. Since you mentioned you have a domestic flight, I'll assume you do have a visa. Unfortunately though, there is a lot of hustle and bustle due to international flight departures in ...


6

According to Flightstats.com for flights from IXL to DEL, you really want to go to Air India. Their cancellation rates are almost nil, and way ahead of GoAir and Jet Airways. It doesn't mention Kingfisher, however. Air India's policy on cancellation, refunds and the like is available on their webpage. It's long, but basically there are a few rules about ...


5

Yes, you can leave the international airport once you clear immigration and customs; meet your brother, then go to the domestic terminal. As a visitor to India, you will need to have either a visa or are exempt from a visa (for example, you are an Indian citizen). Therefore, you can choose to enter the country at the international airport. Here are the ...


5

It should be INDIA. In general scenarios, only the Government (or Govt officials representing that country) can issue visa for that country. Air India flies to many countries, and they fly many global citizens worldwide. In above scenario, you are traveling to India, and got your visa issued by Indian Embassy in Germany. Since Indian Embassy represents ...


4

Air India is the national, government-owned airline of India. Because of this, it has a mandate to run on less popular sectors and provide them air connectivity, even if it is at the expense profitability. Private airlines like Kingfisher, GoAir (not to be confused with Indigo), and Jet Airways sometimes do cancel flights if seat occupancy on any particular ...


4

Air India has bilateral partnerships with at least two programs: Lufthansa Singapore Airlines There may be others; they have a number of codeshare partners, for example, and even though Air India is not listed as a partner on either's website, Austrian and Swiss also participate in Lufthansa's Miles & More program. Note that for frequent flyer accrual ...


4

I am pretty sure the message 'DO NOT BOARD - CONTACT US TSA/CBP' means 'DO NOT BOARD - CONTACT US TSA/CBP.' It might be an immigration issue, and they were not willing to let you enter into the US anymore, despite your B1 visa. Has your life situation changed lately? Or it can be a safety issue, and they thought that for whatever reason you are a risk ...


4

There's the Executive Lounge, which opens at 6. It's landside too, and it looks like access is paid or through Priority Pass.


3

Yes, if booked by third-party. From the Air India booking FAQs: Q. Can I make an online booking with my credit card if I am not travelling myself? Answer If the cardholder is not a part of the traveling party, then the passenger should possess: A photocopy of both sides of the card, which will have to be self attested by the card holder ...


3

You will have to contact Air India because your situation technically becomes three separate itineraries (ORD -> DEL, DEL -> CCU, CCU -> ORD). You can most definitely cancel and reschedule your flights and retrieve your bags at DEL, although there may be cancellation/rescheduling fees associated with that. If you cancel within 24 hours, there is no fee.


3

According to FlightAware (free account required to view) AI951 on December 25, 2014 left Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad roughly on-time, and arrived in Dubai at 22:53 GST, approximately 38 minutes beyond it's scheduled arrival time of 22:15 GST. Compensation is certainly not due for a 38 minute late arrival, regardless of what airline you ...


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Air India will not provide overnight accommodation on this route. I think All Nippon were the last to offer such a service, but even they have stopped it now


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TL;DR: You need to present your M&M account number at the check-in or apply for retroactive credit for a flight online at miles-and-more.com under the menu point "Mileage request". There is no real harm in registering at all the frequent flier programs where you are able to earn miles on. The airline has your data anyhow already once you take a flight, ...


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The Guide to Sleeping in Airports has an entry on DEL.


3

I believe one can carry tripods on carry-on bags. But its advisable to fit that inside the luggage than strapped to backpack/camera bag. I've carried my tripod like this on two occasions. First time I traveled on Jet Airways - a domestic flight between Bangalore and Delhi. I packed that in a kit (one similar to sports bag) and a friend who was travelling ...


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Flights from Dubai to Rajkot on Air India are not 'direct', which means you will exit the plane in Mumbai as usual, enter India/get your passport stamp, and then proceed to wait for the departure of your second flight. So the answer is that you will get your stamp in Mumbai.


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If your two legs are on independent tickets, they won't care, and are not obligated to either. If it's on one ticket, they have to take care of you and make sure reach your destination. That will naturally include getting you a ticket for another flight (which may be with another airline). If there's a night in between they also should get you a hotel room,...


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If you are on the same ticket, your luggage is normally checked through. There are rare exceptions, but then the airline would explicitly tell you at check-in, and probably before deboarding again.


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Call the airline and ask. Clearly something has happened to your booking. It would be dangerous to just try to check in, or to wait to deal with it at the airport on the day of departure.


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