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My answer will be about how to get help in a "complicated situation". Other people have already explained that you need permission from your parents to travel; and the police will return you to your parents if they notice you haven't one. While we do not know you situation, there are a number of ways to get help to resolve a difficult situation. Even if you ...


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If you don't know what a visa is then you haven't begun to understand the complexity of what you seem to be attempting. You can visit the UK on a US passport without a visa, but you can't live there. If you show up at the UK border you can expect to be asked about your plans. If you don't have a credible plan for your stay, including how you'll return to ...


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The German Bundespolizei suggests that to leave Germany as a minor you should have a letter by both/all of your legal guardians, stating your identity, their identity and contact details, your travel plans, the identity of any adults other than your guardians you're traveling with. This is completely independent of your passport or immigration status. ...


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This is maybe not a conclusive answer, but more than a comment, so posted as an answer: While i can't speak specifically for Australia, in Germany to my knowledge the airport in cooperation with our federal police is responsible for all security related matters. Security checks are usually contracted out (federal police is still responsible). For the costs ...


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If you have a US passport, you don't need a Visa to travel to the UK . Most airlines allow you to travel alone when you are 12 or older. Different airlines have different rules, you should check with your airline Some airlines may require a letter of consent from your parents or guardian (Erziegungsberechtigter) You may get some questioning at check in or at ...


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Frame challenge (, I think they say here ....) @Autumn - how do you plan on supporting yourself when arriving in the UK? As a minor, you will not be able to work, rent property, or open a bank account in the UK. I don't know your situation, but as you've not mentioned friends or family I'm concerned you may be planning to meet somebody you've met on the ...


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The answer will potentially depend on a number of factors, including the country and the size of the airport. From personal experience in the US, I would not expect you to have any issues entering several hours after the flight was scheduled to depart - presuming it was still on the same calendar day, and presuming there were still flights due to depart ...


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You pay for it (of course), as a part of your ticket. If you check the details of your ticket, you will see that a large part of it is from up to a dozen fees, for landing, starting, using airport facilities, and using security checks (for each airport on the flight, including stop-overs). For example, often a transatlantic ticket costs only $ 80 or less, ...


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How do convenience stores stay in business when they charge much higher prices than supermarkets? It's easy -- they are selling convenience. Similarly, airport money exchange counters are convenient, especially for people who trust cash more than electronic transactions (if I'm carrying cash it can get stolen, but it can't be used to drain my bank account)...


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(Once again, I am unsure of what a visa is. Sorry.) Citizens are allowed to live and work in their homeland. Foreigners need permission. The details depend on the laws of the destination country, the country of origin of the applicant, and the length and purpose of stay. Sometimes the application must be made before arrival. This is called a visa or an ...


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The bad: You can travel as tourist using your American passport to the UK for up to 6 months. You cannot move and start living in the UK using your American passport. You would need a visa for that (without a parent/guardian and money you will highly likely not be able to get it). If you manage to arrive to the UK border and you mention you want to move ...


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It's certainly true that there are often areas in airports (including Norwegian airports) where photography is forbidden -- most frequently in the security control zone. Here's an example from Sandefjord Airport in Torp, near Oslo (source): As you can see, there's a sign at the entrance clearly indicating the prohibition in Norwegian and English (circled in ...


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I'd say it's fairly likely. I've never done it at ORD, but I've received gate passes from United at other airports without much in the way of questions. You might want to phrase it as a gate pass "to help my son with a disability" or something similar, as airline staff usually are told not to pry too deeply into the nature of someone's disability. United ...


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What I often do is simply walk up to a free check-in desk and drop by bag on the belt to weigh it. Not that in some airports, if the desk is closed, the scale will be switched off, so you often need a position which is manned but with no one using it, so you’ll have to make a big smile to the person at the desk. It may be more or less difficult to find such ...


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You arrived from Slovenia, which, like Germany, is in the Schengen area, a group of countries which have largely abolished border controls between each other. For the purpose of border control, you were effectively on a domestic flight. You'll go through (exit) passport control when you leave the Schengen area. Here they'll check how long you've been in the ...


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On some airports, it is illegal. For instance, there is a huge warning displayed that entering secure area without intention for travel is an arrestable offense. Eventhough mannual checks are minimal for the boarding pass, if you do not travel and try to exit airport. They will definitely catch you. Another instance, almost all Indian airports allow you to ...


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The main issue for you that nobody mentioned so far, is that nobody can accommodate you. Hotels, hostels, Airbnbs etc. won't accommodate unaccompanied minors. And if you are travelling to the U.K. to stay with a non-family member without permissions from your parents, your parents can file criminal charges against said person, and have you deported back to ...


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There are a number of airports where such procedures are in place. In Amsterdam, all passengers on US-bound flights operated by US airlines are interviewed by security personnel before their boarding passes are scanned and they are allowed to proceed in a holding area immediately before the gate. As far as I can tell, these people are not affiliated with ...


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After you've been through immigration and customs, there's a dedicated security checkpoint to get you back airside. In my experience at multiple airports (though I've not been through DFW), the queues at these checkpoints are short to non-existent. So while, technically, you are landside, in practical planning terms, you should think of it as being airside. ...


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Note: This doesn't apply to Australia, but it may be relevant for some visitors to this question. Some airports and locations, primarily in Canada, have a preclearance procedure that sounds remarkably like what you describe above. In those cases, they are actually US Customs and Border Patrol agents who clear you through customs before you board, so that ...


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A visa is a document from a country that authorizes the identified individual into that country and defines what they are allowed to do while in that country (school, work, apply for residence) and how long they are allowed to stay. It is typically attached to a passport. If you have either a US or German passport a visa is not required for a visit, if you ...


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'Secure' applies to the TSA's understanding of 'free of weapons and other stuff that is not allowed to be carried on an airplane'. It has no relation to 'crime-secure' or even 'crime-reduced'. It is a different question if thieves would consider this a good area to work in; as they would have to show an ID when entering, and will probably be video-recorded ...


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According to http://www.airindia.in/new-correct-name-bookings.htm passengers are required to make their bookings in their correct and full names. For Indian domestic passengers that name should match with Aadhaar Card, if available. A list of acceptable ID is available here http://www.airindia.in/new-documents-to-carry.htm I’d recommend you contact the ...


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I think it is wrong to assume that airport's airside will always be be a "safe area". The risk of physical violence is certainly diminished because perpetrators have fewer possibilities to escape. However, an airport's airside can be a fertile hunting ground for pick pockets and other thieves: departing passengers are unpacking and repacking their valuables ...


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As far as I know, there is no airside transfer between Terminal 3 and any other terminal (Terminal 3 is the low cost terminal for charter flights and very low cost carriers — even EasyJet don’t use it). You will have to deplane, go through immigration, reclaim your bags, go through customs, transfer to Terminal 3 (a bit of a walk + CDGVAL + more walk) and ...


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