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Forgot to pass through customs

If you exited the baggage area, then you passed through customs. US customs officers do not always stop everyone leaving the baggage area. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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Forgot to pass through customs

In the US, the "immigration" and "customs" are the same people and the same agency (Customs and Border Protection agency, the CBP). They wear the same uniforms. If you passed ...
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Forgot to pass through customs

littleadv explained what likely happened in your situation, but to give a broader answer: In any commercial airport in a developed country, it is virtually impossible to "accidentally" evade ...
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Lost luggage, no tag receipts

You originally deposited your checked luggage at SPU with the air carrier for the first-leg flight. Because that carrier tagged the bags, that carrier should have the tag numbers in their computer ...
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Forgot to pass through customs

I don't remember any green or red area in any of the US airports I have been to, just a space with metal tables and officers standing around. Typically, you had to hand them a customs declaration form ...
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Manchester-London-Tel Aviv. Chance of cancellation of first leg? Safe to check bags through?

Retrieving your baggage at Heathrow and rechecking it would be a very bad idea. One of the main problems that Heathrow is having right now is not enough capacity to get passengers through security, ...
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Does traveling without checked-in luggage increase the odds that a standby passenger gets into their flight?

This depends largely on the airline, what specific mechanism got you on standby, and the mood of the gate agent. A friend of mine had a free stand-by for life from United. These tickets have the ...
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Backpacks 27lt on board?

Litres is a terrible, terrible way to measure a backpack. There's no agreement whatsoever what it even means. There was one backpack maker -- was it the Tortuga blog? Some Carryology intervew? Tom ...
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What does "work backpack" for hand baggage mean?

I actually found found the page in Italian which is way more helpful and it is in fact a translation issue and work backpack doesn't mean more than a normal backpack. It is said : In aggiunta ITA ...
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Does international-to-domestic connection in Canada require baggage claim and drop-off followed by CATSA pre-board security?

It depends on your departure country and airport, your port of entry in Canada as well the airlines operating the two flights. The base rules are that you have to pick up your baggage and exit customs ...
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Manchester-London-Tel Aviv. Chance of cancellation of first leg? Safe to check bags through?

Is it likely the MAN > LHR flight will be cancelled? No one knows. LHR has announced that beginning July 11 (and ending September 11, 2022), fewer flights will be permitted, but it'll be up to ...
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Backpacks 27lt on board?

Each airline has their own set of rules and their own style of enforcement. The rules vary all over the place and so does the enforcement policy. You can only answer this for one specific airline at a ...
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Will a Samsonite Laptop Backpack/Wh be considered a hand luggage on Lufthansa?

Since this is a soft bag and the dimensions are very close, this will be fine. Lufthansa can be aggressive about enforcing the weight limit. 8 kg is not a whole lot and it's to exceed this. Your empty ...
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Backpacks 27lt on board?

Airlines usually don’t give limits in litres but rather as width x depth x height. Sadly, the limit is extremely variable, and can even vary for a single airline depending on the class of travel or ...
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Manchester-London-Tel Aviv. Chance of cancellation of first leg? Safe to check bags through?

The only way for you to retrieve your bags in LHR is to book the two flights separately and "self-connect". With a regular connection, this is what happens in LHR: You go from your arrival ...
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Backpacks 27lt on board?

Airline carry-on allowance varies slightly by airline but a 21" x 14" x 8" bag satisfies the majority of carry-on size limits set by airlines. This gives a total external volume around ...
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Will a Samsonite Laptop Backpack/Wh be considered a hand luggage on Lufthansa?

This isn't a question we would be able to answer. According to Lufthansa's baggage calculator page, you are allowed one personal, one carry-on and one checked. Under the checked baggage they list the ...
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Will a Samsonite Laptop Backpack/Wh be considered a hand luggage on Lufthansa?

Provided weight limits are followed, this is a perfectly ok bag to bring on board. Lufthansa is unlikely to enforce a 1cm over the limit issue.
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