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Ask at the airport information desk, lost property, or a luggage shop (thanks @Fattie). They most likely know some way of ensuring the contents gets given to a charity or at least recycled properly. Subterfuge will at the very least create overhead for the airport personnel, who will have to either destroy the contents safely or hold on to it for a long ...


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Is it safe to eat food, drink beverages, use medicine, or apply cosmetics if any of these products have gone through a cabinet x-ray system? There are no known adverse effects from eating food, drinking beverages, using medicine, or applying cosmetics that have been irradiated by a cabinet x ray system used for security screening. The radiation ...


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Unfortunately, you cannot. Nowadays anyone can use a small portable device to create a bogus Wi-Fi network, so even if you know SSID (network name), you still cannot be sure you are connecting to the right access point. For instance, if the official network is "Berlin Airport Wi-Fi", anybody can create their own network named "Berlin Airport Wi-Fi", and ...


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The fundamental problem is that what you want to do - leave a bag somewhere and depart without having it associated with you - is exactly what a bomber would want to do. Therefore, I do not believe there is any way to do this without risking being mistaken for a bomber. I think that trying to leave a bag at an airport will inherently cause a security scare....


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You didn't skip any security controls. Your luggage was checked and you went through a metal scanner. Finally, you were not allowed on board without a proper ticket. The rest is just to prevent people from accompanying their friends and family to the gate. Merely being in the terminal is not a security flaw per se, since pretty much anyone can buy a ticket ...


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It's quite simple: You can spot more easily whether someone has opened it It can not open by accident The luggage doesn't get dirty You don't want your expensive luggage to be scratched! It looks really sexy


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If you're willing to pay a bit to avoid hassle, Frankfurt Airport has 5 shower facilities scattered throughout its terminals that can be rented for 6 euros. The stalls aren't exactly luxurious, but they're fully separated, private and kept very clean, so you can change in comfort and take a shower if you feel like it. Most larger airports worldwide offer ...


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There is radiation that can only heat, radiation that can additionally ionize, and radiation that can actually make stuff radioactive. XRays are the second kind, ionizing radiation, meaning they may alter some molecules (i.e. the arrangement of atoms), but will not affect the atoms themselves(so no radioactivity is created). The altering of molecules ...


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I nominate Paris Vatry airport. 147 km from Paris. Don’t even think there’s a direct link to Paris...


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I was finally able to get into contact with London Luton Airport, who stated that i'd be able to pass through security ~5h before departure - which is the point at which the airline activates the flight.


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Tell a member of airport staff that the bag is broken - perhaps even break off something to do with the handle or a wheel (in a toilet, less visible) as these bags aren't so robust. Tell then you didn't have much in it anyway, and where can you throw it away.


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The idea is that when you go to pick someone up from Arrivals, instead of circling around until they show up, you go and park in the cell-phone lot until the person calls you and summons you. Ideally, the lot is located so the time to drive from there to the terminal is roughly the same as the time to deplane and walk to the curb. It differs from a ...


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Google was wrong. There are two airports "in" Reykjavík: Reykjavík Airport, which is close to town and serves only domestic destinations and Greenland, and Keflavík International Airport, a.k.a. Reykjavík–Keflavík, which is 50km to the west and which has all the international flights. At the time when the question was posted, if you searched Google ...


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Make sure you meet the requirements First - really actually first, before any plans for the day-of are even made, double-check your requirements. Many airlines will assume a passenger has a common photo ID like a drivers' license, which is of course age-restricted. You might need to arrange another form of ID (like a passport) - and something like a school ...


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The reason why you have to show your boarding cards at the security check is not because it is insecure to let people without boarding passes in (there is no particular reason to think people without boarding cards are more dangerous than people with boarding cards), but merely to reduce the workload of the security screens. If people without boarding cards ...


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You can demand that explanation. In this explanation the shopkeeper/company will try to explain what they do with the data, how long they keep it, and why they think it is legal. If it is legally required to collect this data, you are out of luck. If it is not legally required but legal to collect the data, they should give you an option to opt out of data ...


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There's no general standard; it depends on the airport's own procedures, how much information is available, and potentially a snap decision made by the airport manager on duty. Here is an article, found by Googling “arrival board crashed”, with photos of arrival boards following some famous accidents. The statuses shown in various cases include Delayed, Go ...


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You will be arriving at Keflavik (KEF), which is a 40-ish minute drive outside Reykjavik. Keflavik is now the main airport for Reykjavik, and all the car hire agencies have a presence there.


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For any landing in the US, you have to go through immigration, no matter what your further plans are - there is no concept like 'Transit Area'. After that, you are inside the United States, and free to go anywhere you like. In your case, immigration is actually in Toronto already (so be early at the airport!), and you are technically 'in the US' before you ...


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Warning, guesswork ahead -- I couldn't find anything definitive. Checked baggage is handled at ground level (i.e. that's where it comes out of the plane). Therefore it makes sense to have baggage claim on the same level to save the not inconsiderable energy it would require to move baggage up a floor (and then inconvenience people having to take it down ...


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According to the airline's website, check-in counters at O'Hare are "closed punctually 1 hour before flight departure". Arriving 45 minutes before the scheduled departure will essentially guarantee that you will miss the flight.


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Just because your bag is triggered doesn't mean you will be in trouble. I bought a backpack at Heathrow duty free while in transit to the US which triggered a positive hit on the explosive wand - while it was still in the plastic. It got swiped twice, detected twice, and then the inspector looked at it and just let me through, no muss no fuss. In your case,...


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The defunct Ciudad Real Airport, also marketed as "South Madrid Airport", is/was about 200 km (227km from the Puerta del Sol, the official distance) away from Madrid


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From the Frankfurt airport website: The Federal Police will also deal with compliments and complaints concerning aviation security matters. Airport Security Check +49 (0) 69 690 - 78578 bpold.frankfurt@polizei.bund.de I believe much of the work is performed by contractors, but the police oversee the operation. If you wish, the airport ...


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As far as I'm aware, and this is from personal experience since I visit Japan several times a year, these are no airports in Japan that do retina scans. You will be fingerprinted (index fingers only, not 10 digits) and photographed, but the camera used for the latter is akin to a consumer webcam (see photo here) and not sufficient to extract retinal ...


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JPatokal gives the answer for FRA, but in every restroom in every US airport there is a handicapped stall, where it is easy to change, and typically two clothing hooks to help you.


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The main reasons on why the OP's baggage never arrive one of the first fall under two broad categories - priority baggages and when you check your baggage. Some baggage get prioritised when getting off the plane Flight class matters As the OP has pointed out in the question, the order for a baggage to be loaded on the luggage belt (or their equivalent) ...


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I remember seeing this at an airport once before. They didn't have this at my local international airport so I thought it was some crazy thing for paranoid fliers. But in hindsight it has a purpose. The companies that provide these services claim a lot, but it is definitely going to provide the protection from the following things: Tampering (or at least ...


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Flights JQ747/JQ748 are to/from Launceston Airport, which does not have aerobridges: Facilities at Launceston airport do not include aerobridges to board or disembark aircraft. All access onto the aircraft is via aircraft stairs or mechanical lifting equipment (Personal Assistance Device) operated by the airlines. I would strongly advise you to ...


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Contrary to popular belief, JFK and Newark (EWR) are just about equivalent, for all intents and purposes, as long as you're traveling to Manhattan. Reasons to prefer Newark: It is slightly more convenient to the West side of Manhattan It is way more convenient if you are traveling to New Jersey or Philadelphia If you are flying United. As a United hub, it ...


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