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I found this article. Loosely translated: Station Schiphol disallows balloons since recently. The reason for this is that it has happened a few times last year that a kid's ballon hit the overhead power lines, often resulting in smoke and smouldering particles. Because the smoke alarm is very sensitive, because of safety concerns with the long train tunnel, ...


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This is a bad plan. EasyJet and Delta do not interline, so you'd be purchasing two separate tickets. When you do this, you are responsible for arranging your own connection, not the airlines. If you have checked baggage, you'll have to go through immigration, baggage claim, and customs, then go to the Delta counter and check them in before proceeding through ...


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There are hourly trains from Amsterdam Centraal station to Schiphol all night long, every day of the week. Alternatively, http://9292.nl/en# is the public transport journey planner for Netherlands, which should have all the options.


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Screening at the gate is done at a number of other major airports, including Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur International, etc. And it has one massive advantage from the airport operator's point of view: you don't need to separate arrivals and departures. This means that instead of essentially duplicating all routes to the aircraft (one for passengers ...


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No, it isn't generally allowed but it is indeed foreseen by the Schengen regulation when the queues are particularly unbalanced. When it does happen, whether third-country nationals (i.e. non-EU/EEA/Swiss) are allowed to use other lanes is up to the border guards. The rules about this are defined in article 9 of the Schengen Borders code. 2. (a) ...


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Yes, it is possible for you to leave the airport in Amsterdam. You will clear Schengen immigration controls there, whereby your passport will be stamped. After that, there will be nothing preventing you from leaving the airport. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get back to the airport, pass through airport security, and find your gate. There will be no ...


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According to this article the rate of bags lost in Europe is about 8 per thousand. That's less than 1%. It goes on to say that 85% of bags reported as missing are delivered within 48 hours. Choose your layover on whatever basis you like, but lost bags shouldn't be an issue.


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Actually I found the answer, in case someone else wonder if it's possible, the answer was found here. Do I have to leave the EU straight away from the country where I purchased goods? No. You can buy VAT-free goods even if you are going to be visiting other EU countries before you finally return home, as long as you actually leave the EU with the ...


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If this is a single ticket, and the airline is willing to sell it to you with that connection, then any financial risk is theirs. If your transAtlantic flight gets in late, or the airport is crowded, then they will have to put you on their next flight. If your luggage doesn't make the connection, then they will have to compensate you for that somehow. So if ...


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There is a direct train, and it is easy to find from the airport. You don't have to go outside. According to http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner-v2/index.shtml the one way trip will cost you €11.60. And you have two options per hour Travelling by taxi would be significantly more expensive if you take a taxi directly from the airport. I can't predict the exact ...


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I cannot imagine 10% of luggage ever misconnected in AMS. This just seems sooooo much higher than anywhere else. Moreover, it would imply that KLM as the major user of the airport would have a rate of mishandle luggage at around 10%, which would have put them in an untenable business situation. More importantly, what matters is the mishandled rate now, ...


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Yes, you can. You should be able to buy a card at the train station or the Albert Heijn supermarket on the airport. The Schiphol has a train station which functions just like any other train station, there is no special 'airport train' like you might find in other places. It's not even an end station, it has trains leaving in two directions. As you can see ...


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It's extremely short and probably impossible, even with no hold luggage. Easyjet has no interline agreement with other airlines, which means not only that they would not take care of any hold luggage for you but also that they don't offer any facilities for transfer whatsoever and that the answers to earlier questions about transfer in Amsterdam do not apply....


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To add to the other answers. First, you've booked the entire ticket in one go (I assume that's what you mean as 'one leg') therefore KLM/Delta (SkyTeam) have decided it's possible. And if you miss the connection you'll get the next available seat on that flight (note, that that may very well be the next day and 'next available seat' doesn't guarantee 'next ...


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AMS is Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. It's called Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Search engines usually let you search either by the airport name directly, or by the city. The airport name is sometimes given as one, sometimes as the other, most of the time as a combination. Rail planners make this a mess more often than air search sites, as those mostly give ...


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EasyJet does not do connections and does not do 'one ticket' with other airlines or even their own. So you are on your own if the EasyJet flight is delayed. I have flown a few times on this route in the last few years and my record of delays runs from nothing to almost 3 hours. With 2 out of 6 journeys with a delay of two to almost three hours. One time I ...


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I imagine that KLM's procedures for flying with firearms to the Netherlands should be indicative of the typical requirements, should other airlines allow their transport at all. KLM's page on weapons states: Reservation, documents and licences To be able to take firearms and/or ammunition with you on a flight, you will need to take the following ...


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It is very easy, thirty hours before the flight, in this case, the line disappeared and was replaced by the invitation to check in now. So it was not about it being on a national holiday, it was just the flight not yet being open to be checked in. Of course, not all KLM flights open for checking in 30 hours before departure, in the case it is a different ...


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According to the Schiphol website there are a some public phones throughout the airport. You will need a credit card, or euro coins. Seeing the prices, I think it is far easier to have them call you by their mobile phone, or maybe send a text message. Public telephones Public telephones are available throughout Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. They work on ...


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I've travelled quite a bit in countries where I can't even read the script (Russia, the 'stans, Japan). At least I can read English, and sometimes they have English counter-signs. Of course, if you can't read it at all, then you start instinctively looking for other clues. Firstly, you may have noticed most airports use both words and pictograms. Little ...


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The go-to site for public transports in the Netherlands is 9292.nl. You can enter two addresses but it also knows major sights and attractions so in this case you can look for “Schiphol” and “Keukenhof” directly. Bus 858 is direct and should cost €4.69 (with a pay-as-you-go OV-chipkaart which costs extra if you don't already have it). Depending on the time ...


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Coming off the planes you come in the same halls as those going to the planes use. All of the airside that is 'non Schengen' is connected, if by a long(ish) walkway. That means that the first to arrive can go to the gate used by the second to arrive and meet there. Although at most of the airside space is open, there might be some parts of the airport still ...


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You are holding a Lebanese passport. This means two things: To enter the Schengen area, you need a visa. You can transfer at Schiphol airport remaining airside and you do need an airport transit visa. So "I require a short term visa for Amsterdam" this is entirely wrong: a) there's no such thing as a visa for Amsterdam, if you enter the Netherlands, you ...


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The airport itself is in the middle of nowhere, I don't think there is any walkable attraction around but the public transport connections are very good. If you did not plan to go there during the next days and did not have to worry about a small kid, taking the train to the center of Amsterdam would be the obvious choice. I don't know Hoofddorp itself but ...


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It did sound a bit crazy at first, but with a bit of luck, it should be doable, at least if you do have a driver on hand and your incoming flight is not delayed. Rotterdam airport is tiny, no time lost walking to the baggage claim area and exit or anything, you can literally be in front of the terminal building in 5 min. At Schiphol, EasyJet flights depart ...


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Last year I was part of the software team of sections of the baggage handling at Schiphol. From the data I saw there they never reached the 10% you claim. The year I was working the number of lost bags was 0.75%. Which is lower than the European average of 0.8%. Though that might be because of the number of significant digits.


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Schiphol has a train station, which you will more or less walk into from the arrivals. In the main hall of the airport, go downstairs to get to the platform. Before that, buy a ticket at the yellow machines to Amsterdam Centraal. Trains are departing at a very regular basis. On the website of the major Dutch train company, you can find all trains leaving ...


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