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Babies and small children at the airport Did you bring your own baby food to the airport? You can have it heated in all restaurants at the airport. Our staff are happy to be of assistance. Microwave ovens are available in most of the airport restaurants.


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Just so we are clear. Security at airport(s) in Brussels is not the responsibility of the US TSA even if flight is coming from or going to the US. If you're interested you can go to the Brussels Airport Site on Bags & Security for more details on what is and is not allowed on board which among other restrictions states: Medicines and dietary ...


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It is a 20 minutes train ride to the city center. A single ticket costs 7.80 EUR and a return ticket twice that price. There are at least 3 or 4 trains per hour. Details about train travel can be found on http://www.belgianrail.be On that site you can also buy an online ticket. This will save you some precious minutes. However, you should be aware of the ...


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Strikes usually end officially at 10 p.m., but don't count on any train after that time. There might be an odd train, but usually there is not. In reality the normal schedule resumes the next morning with a few cancelled trains still possible. Source: I take the train daily in Belgium and have seen my share of strikes. If you are referring to the upcoming ...


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If you booked the journey as one ticket you are guaranteed to be transported to your final destination (JFK) regardless of whether you make the connection at BRU or not. Indeed, if you miss the connection the airline will re-route you on a different flight. Having said this, what happens when you land at BRU and have to transfer? You will arrive at gates A (...


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Yes, there are direct trains but I would not trust voyages-sncf.com to book train journeys entirely outside France (or for anything else actually). The official site from the Belgian State Railways will show you all the trains and should allow you to buy a ticket online. Another option to book the tickets would be loco2 (I find the site nicer and easier to ...


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With the minimal information you've given, the only sane answer is that "no, it will not be enough time". Flights to the US have a 60 minute cut-off for check-in and baggage drop. This is strictly enforced (at least for check-in, and almost always for baggage) as it is based around US legal requirements. This will give you 20 minutes to go from the train ...


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No, the rules are not different in this context. Currently the rules for liquids are exactly the same in US and EU. The rules are: Containers up to 100mL (3.4oz) In clear bag up to 1L (1 quart) One bag per passenger Also in both in US and EU exceptions apply, but they are essentially the same: US – „Medically required liquids, such as medications, ...


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In Brussels, both Dutch and French are considered the main languages. Logically, it should be about 50/50. However, Brussels Airport is located in Zaventem, which is not in Brussels, but in the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) area (Flanders). So the chance of finding native Dutch-speaking staff should be higher. (again, in theory, as I don't know the staff). Last ...


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The reason for the strike ending at 22h is so they can attempt to get all the material at the required destinations for the next day, e.g. they need x amount of trains in Gent or Oostende so they can handle the morning traffic the next day. Note that this is not a guarantee for success, I've often experienced delays the day after a strike because not all ...


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There are newspaper articles stating that the security measures have again relaxed, e.g. this one. Therefore, the queues should not be that big as they used to be. Actually, according to their own FAQ, the waiting time should never be more than 10 minutes. However, this sounds a little bit optimistic. The best thing however is to get the real data. The ...


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Zaventem is the name of the town where the airport is located, which is why it's often called Zaventem airport. Its official name is now Bruxelles-National/Brussel-Nationaal but this is the same airport. “Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven” (literally “Brussels-National-Airport”) is the train station designed to serve it. Another potential source of confusion is ...


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Everything Kevin said is true, and I can tell you from lots of experience that they are almost all native Dutch speakers, so go with Dutch if you know it!


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I went very recently through Brussels Airport. It was a Saturday afternoon and therefore I am not sure how that influences the experience since there might be less people flying. There is a new security check before entering the airport. It was quite easy and there was no queue at all. Inside the airport the process is similar to what it was. At least from ...


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From Brussels Airlines: Connecting at Brussels Airport is easy since there is only one main Terminal. If you are already in possession of your boarding pass for your connecting flight, you may proceed directly to the gate. When exiting the plane, do not forget to check the flight information screens for your departure gate. If you need to get a boarding ...


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He should use regular (online) check-in of the airline, using papers received 7 days before departure, according to the website where you booked. (translated from dutch): http://www.prijsvrij.nl/veelgestelde-vragen/voor-vertrek/inchecken-and-stoelreservering


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Not the best way but if you want to save a couple of euros, you can. From Gare de Midi you can catch bus 27 to Parc Leopold, where you can change to bus line 21. You're supposed to get a ticket of 4 euro for this ride because of the airport bus. Even cheaper is using normal public transport all the way. Lines 359 or 659 are a possibility. Google Maps shows ...


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The practicalities of traveling to the city centre are covered in Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center? The only problem left (or not, considering that 3 hours is really short) is whether it's allowed at all. This will depend on your citizenship. If you are a citizen of either Rwanda or Russia, you won't be allowed ...


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If your connecting flights happen on the same ticket, you will be guaranteed to arrive at your destination. A ticket is a contract that says "we will transport you from point A to point B". In such connections, the delay is always calculated to allow you to easily change planes. If the inbound flight happens to be late, the airline will arrange the ...


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Make sure you have different means of transport. It is very doubtful that you will see a train that day. I suggest you take a cab, at that hour there shouldn't be too much traffic. And it's not too hard to get one in Brussels.


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There is actually an express bus I've used on several occasions. http://www.airportexpress.be/page?pge=4&ssn=&lng=2 It takes a bit less than an hour and arrives at the central station in Antwerp and costs 10.00 EUR.


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The "Zaventem airport' station is in the airport itself. When you do the search, than the name will be corrected to Brussel-Nationaal Luchthaven or just Brussel-Nat-Luchthaven. The trains in belgium, except for a few special services, like thalys, don't have sit / train reservation. You can get any train. The only detail that you must have in account is ...


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When an airline sells you (or a re-seller) tickets for a multi-stop flight, they imply that it is reasonably possible to change planes. Brussels Airport is not very large (in comparison to, say, Atlanta), so walking distances are reasonably short. Nevertheless, for any connecting flight, it's usually a good idea to go straight through all security controls ...


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KLM Visa Information, back-ended by Timatic Web, which in turn is used by most airlines, says that your wife, travelling to Mexico from India can Transit without a visa in Belgium, provided: she has onward ticket, stays international/air side, has visa for destination, and same calendar day (?).. 1: Is possible for my wife to remain in the Brussels ...


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Schengen has passport control when you exit, in addition to normal airport security and waiting to check luggage. And international flights tend to have earlier boarding cutoff times. If it were me, I would not be comfortable with this, and would try to arrive at the airport more like 9am.


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Not Brussels airport specific - but in general, when travelling or eating out, some places won't heat up baby milk/food in a microwave (the usual excuse is legal liability about "preparing food"). An alternative is to ask for a large cup of boiled water instead, and place the baby food in there to warm up. Every eatery can provide hot water, it's the same as ...


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One can't stay in the Transit Area and collect the baggage. To collect the baggage she would have to cross the EU border first. If both legs of her flights are flew by airlines which have baggage agreement with each other, she can probably send baggage to your destination directly (México) but she'll have to wait the whole stopover in the airport's Transit ...


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Keeping in mind things could be slower at Brussels Airport due to recent events, the minimum transfer time is around 50min (according to Brussels Airlines) so if passport control goes quickly you should be fine with the time you have.


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It depends. The question is if they block access to signaling control builing or not. You can not predict this beforehand, but generally they do. If signalling control building is inaccessible, no trains can pass in the area controlled by that specific building. If the signaling control buildings remain functioning, you can count on some trains, but can not ...


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