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Best way to dispose of a carry-on bag in Hong Kong airport?

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. ...
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Can I safely eat whatever goes through the x-ray machine?

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, ...
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How do I identify an airport’s official free Wi-Fi network?

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 ...
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Best way to dispose of a carry-on bag in Hong Kong airport?

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 ...
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I was allowed to enter the airport terminal by showing a boarding pass for a future flight. Should I be concerned about "security"?

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 ...
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Can I call the airport to see if my boyfriend made it through customs?

There won't be a way to contact anybody at LAX to see if your boyfriend made it through immigration. In my opinion, the best thing to do is to drive the 40 minutes to the airport under the assumption ...
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Where can I change my clothes at the airport?

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 ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

I nominate Paris Vatry airport. 147 km from Paris. Don’t even think there’s a direct link to Paris...
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Can I safely eat whatever goes through the x-ray machine?

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 ...
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How early can you go through security at London Luton Airport?

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 ...
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Can I travel from Germany to England alone as an unaccompanied minor?

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 ...
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Best way to dispose of a carry-on bag in Hong Kong airport?

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'...
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What are cell phone lots at US airports for?

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,...
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How do you prevent somebody from stealing your luggage when traveling by air?

In principle, yes, this can happen. In practice, it is very rare. Speaking personally, in years of travelling, I have only ever once had someone try to walk off with my own luggage ... and that was on ...
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Which airport will I land at in Iceland if my ticket says "Reykjavik Keflavik Internationl Apt."?

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. ...
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I was allowed to enter the airport terminal by showing a boarding pass for a future flight. Should I be concerned about "security"?

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 ...
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What are some tips for a child flying alone for the first time?

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 ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

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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What is shown at an airport arrival board if a flight is missing or has crashed?

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, ...
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Does the GDPR entitle me to refuse to show my boarding pass at EU airport shops?

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 ...
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Which airport will I land at in Iceland if my ticket says "Reykjavik Keflavik Internationl Apt."?

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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How to find better food in airports

If online resources aren't doing the job as you said, then the only logical solution is to find an employee who seems to be friendly, and ask them! Employees know better, perhaps they even know some ...
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What happens if you swab positive for a drug sample at Canadian airports even if you don’t have anything on you?

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 - ...
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Must airlines switch to "Last Call" before closing the gate?

No, they are not mandatory. These calls are nothing but reminder calls, you know the time and you know the limits and that's what counts. You most likely have checked a "I agree to terms" ...
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Is 45 minutes enough to check in and board plane at Chicago O'Hare airport?

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 ...
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Am I allowed to leave Houston airport during a long layover on an international connection?

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 ...
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How to tell if your flight has an air-bridge or stairs?

Flights JQ747/JQ748 are to/from Launceston Airport, which does not have aerobridges: Due to airport operating restrictions, Launceston airport cannot provide aerobridges to board aircraft. All ...
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Who to complain to about the speed of airport security at Frankfurt?

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 - ...
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