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In the US, as of 16 September, from the Federal Aviation Administration: Following a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the FAA is issuing general guidance to airlines about the rules for carrying recalled or defective lithium devices on board aircraft as cargo or in carry-on luggage. And Samsung's recall of the ...


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This model is prone to spontaneous battery combustion, not desirable inflight. A specific example of this is shown here: Plane crew douse smoking Samsung phone


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The 23kg limit is the "advised maximum weight limit" as issued by the IATA in its "Baggage Reference Manual" and is set for health and safety reasons. The maximum weight of a single item of normal baggage that an airline should accept is set at 32kg, above this the airline can start to receive fines under IATA health and safety guidelines. http://www.iata....


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The airline may have union contracts, employment conditions, or contracts with baggage handling services that limit the weight it can allow. For example, it may require employees in certain jobs to be capable of lifting X pounds, test for that during hiring, and limit bags to weighing no more than X. You can limit yourself to carrying one very heavy bag, ...


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In general, it is illegal for an individual under 21 years of age to possess alcohol, whether open or sealed, in a public place in the United States. You would have to consult the laws of the state you are in, as well as any states you transit through, to see if this is the case for you specifically. A related matter is whether or not it is legal for an ...


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Your best bet is to try to phone in and get a sympathetic agent to waive the fees and seat you. But it's entirely discretionary, you have no right to claim these seats, it's just if they're feeling nice or generous. Or try to get some seats when you check in when some of them are released, but there’s no guarantee to this strategy. Once you get on the ...


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You are not guaranteed to board, no, and it is unlikely the flight will wait for you. Your connection is guaranteed in the sense that American has sold it to you as a single ticket (which means they at least consider it reasonably achievable if all goes well) and will honor it. It is within the minimum connection time or they wouldn't have sold the ...


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As you get nearer to the day of the flight - especially once check-in opens - many of those paid seats will be available for free. Of course, that also means that other passengers will likely be able to select them and you may still miss out on seats together. Given that you are travelling with children I would suggest giving the airline a call and ...


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If you take a look at the Admirals Club access page, you'll see that there are a number of ways you can get access to the lounge. A membership is one of them, and the cost goes down with higher tiers of AAdvantage status. The membership is also included as part of certain credit cards' annual fees or can even be purchased with miles. Some companies may ...


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Go to the airport anyway. Most likely you will end up with a seat. If not, the airline will take care of you and get you to your destination on another flight. Some possible explanations: The flight is overbooked. If someone else fails to show up for the flight, you'll have a seat. If not, they will offer incentives (vouchers for future travel) for ...


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Assuming that you have booked a single ticket, you will not need to collect your luggage, recheck luggage, enter or exit the terminal, or go through security or immigration. You will simply need to get yourself to the gate for your next flight before boarding closes. When you check your bags in Greensboro, simply confirm that they are "checked through" to ...


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There are two ways, depending on the kind of BA flight you booked with AA. If you booked the BA flight under the AA flight number, eg American Airlines flight 6543, Operated by British Airways, then all you need to do is add your British Airways Executive Club number to the booking. After a few minutes, log into your BAEC account, and look at your upcoming ...


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It is likely that only the airport and government taxes are refundable on this fare. I can't actually find an O fare to see the fare rules that might be applicable, but the nearest I can find is an S fare. Since you're transiting through London and they have high passenger service charges you might get up to about 100 Euro back. An alternative would be to ...


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If you are choosing between a business or first MileSAAver or an economy AAnytime, the only reason to choose AAnytime is to maximize your flexibility in changing flights. An AAnytime award can be changed essentially any time until the day of departure with no penalty, provided there is a seat available, whereas to change a MileSAAver flight, there would need ...


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No, you don't! From the terms and conditions of American Airlines AAdvantage program: You may accrue mileage only for purchased, eligible, published-fare tickets on qualifying routes used in accordance with all applicable conditions of carriage, tariffs, rules and terms of ticketing and travel. AAdvantage mileage accrual eligibility on airline ...


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Alcohol is not a federal issue, it's a state issue. So, the TSA is legally completely unconcerned with the presence of a bottle of booze in your luggage. When the TSA searches your luggage, they are concerned with security, not state alcohol regulations. They will not know how old you are. Yea, that's in your traveller data, but they are not going to look at ...


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Arriving in a country for a "visit" without a return (or ongoing) ticket usually raises the suspicion of the immigration officers. They may think that you are not actually intending to leave. The airlines are responsible for your return transport if you are refused entry into a country, so the airline has interest in avoiding you getting refused entry at the ...


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Short answer: no. Even paying with a credit card at all is optional as American Airlines accepts PayPal. Your mother may be asked to present a credit card if she is presented with the option of an upgrade and wants to take advantage of it and she may be asked for a credit card if she wants to buy snacks on the flight but she does not need to present the ...


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When you book your flight, it'll tell you what your Premier qualifying miles (PQM), Premier qualifying segments (PQS) and Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) are. Attached is a screenshot of a sample flight on United, with the details highlighted. When in doubt, you could just call/email the airline to get confirmation. Perhaps emailing would be better so ...


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No, in the specific case of AAdvantage Terms and Conditions as jpatokal has already noted, but also, no in general. Accrual of points in multiple programs is expressly prohibited by most programs in the T&C, not just airlines but for frequent dining programs (you can have multiple credit cards for one program, but a max of one program per credit card) ...


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Just flew that route a few weeks ago. No, you don't, you will go through US customs pre-clearance at YYZ (Toronto) and your bags will be checked through. Traveling in the opposite direction would be different. By the way, be sure to leave enough time at YYZ, it's been horrible recently, I left 2.5 hours for an 08:45 flight and it was not enough time to be ...


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Normally, when entering the US (anyone making a connection still needs to enter the US), you need to collect the baggage, go through customs and re-check the baggage on the connections belt. However, you will enter the US at Toronto (rather than Chicago), and thus already be customs-cleared on arrival in Chicago, whereby you'll end up directly in the ...


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I contacted them and I got this response: When booking, select "place booking on hold" (screenshot:) Then, call them and give the paper voucher code and the booking number that you will see in the next page. They will adjust the price for you to pay. After that, mail the voucher to their address, (like e-mail was never invented... VERY ironic compensation ...


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When entering the Schengen area as a non-EEA citizen, you do not need proof of onward travel, but proof of "means of subsistence ... for the return to your country of origin or transit to a third country into which you are certain to be admitted" (Schengen Borders Code, Article 5). An onward or return ticket would of course also fulfill this requirement, but ...


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If it's American Airlines, you will have to provide your Passport details at some point before or during check-in. I always have. You don't have to enter them online, but even if you use the kiosk at the airport, it will ask you to scan your passport. No one at the A gate will ask to see your Passport, will I've never been asked. There is no way to short ...


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As to the reason for the name, from the Terms and Conditions: Each upgrade is valid for 500 miles of travel. Each flight segment requires at least one upgrade. Thus, if you wish to upgrade your seat on a flight which is 1500 miles long, you would need to use three of these 500-mile upgrades.


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A non-refundable ticket is just that, non-refundable. That means you get no money back if you cancel the flight, ONLY if the airline cancels the flight (and then not always, depending on the reasons for cancelation as set down in the contract of carriage and applicable law). The latest cancelation date is likely a generic statement that's there for all ...


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This will depend on at least four things: the rewards program, how close it is to your flight date, the insurance you've bought, and to a certain extent the reason for your change. For example, most programs won't let you cancel the flight within a certain number of days (22 is popular) and instead will only let you change it. Before that point, you get ...


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NOTE: Due to changing circumstances related to US citizens this answer is NOT currently correct. Turkey is no longer issuing e-visas to US citizens, and visa-on-arrivals are only available to US citizens under very restricted circumstances (non-US residents, and some people related to Turkish citizens). Exact circumstances are changing every few weeks, so ...


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