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If you have been asked to bring something that belongs to "a friend of my friend", please make an excuse. I currently do not have the possibility to get more information about the owner or the book Never bring anything through customs that is not yours, or has not been packed by you, or has the opportunity to be "altered". If the friend-of-a-friend's ...


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I am with commenter Aganju here. In some countries this kind of things is completely normal, even among complete strangers. And in plain view of custom officers. I think it depends a lot on the level of mutual trust within a society vs. the availabality of other modes of sending (small) packages quickly. It is also a situation I have been involved in quite ...


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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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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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Just a different view here. During floods in Kerala, India, I was in Singapore. There was a high problem of clean water, especially in rural Kerala. So, we friends met and found a high volume manual water filter that is found by a startup in Singapore. Problem is sending via mail or courier. It will take too much time to clear customs and by the time it ...


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This depends on a lot of things but first and formost it should depend on how much trust you are willing to place in the ‘friend of a friend’ (hereafter FOAF) and in the friend whose friend it is. If the FOAF is someone I met a couple of times but whom I wouldn’t yet call a friend, if the actual friend of mine is someone I share and do a lot with and if the ...


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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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TSA has size restrictors (the grey metal rectangle) in front of their hand baggage X-ray machines: (Source: Wikimedia commons) If your suitcase can fit through the size restrictor; then you could conceivably bring it all the way to the gate. TSA itself doesn't list any restriction on the size of hand luggage - they defer to airlines, however most ...


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Singapore Airlines flies between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt, and their current baggage policy is at least two bags (up to 23kg each) for economy class flights to or from the US.


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Yes. The Airport Limousine is a standard high "tourist" bus with tons of luggage space. The official allowance is two large suitcases, but they allow surfboards (and hence, presumably, equally awkwardly sized ski gear) under 2m in length on a space-available basis, and in my experience the buses are rarely if ever full. Source: http://www.limousinebus.co....


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As they say, if you have to ask, the answer is "No". It's fine to accept parcels from friends (I've done that myself), but only for a definition of "friend" which implies deep unconditional trust. Imagine you're stuck near that person's house with a body you need to get rid of. You have an explanation for what's happened, but a random stranger will likely ...


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It will depend on exactly what you mean by a 'plastic bag', the airline involved, and potentially the specific check-in agent, but the general answer is NO, they will NOT accept it. Airlines will generally not accept "luggage" that they do not consider to be suitable to survive the trip without damage - and a plastic bag would normally fit within that ...


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Yes it's fine to carry laptops in your carry-on bag. You can carry the external hard drives too, if you want. Just be aware that your bag might still be gate checked. This happened to me back in October: Just as I was getting to the jetway they announced they were gate checking everyone else's bags because the plane was full, so I ended up pulling both of ...


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On the basis that you've purchased the flights on a single ticket as you've stated, your bags will be checked all the way through to Malaysia from your first airport. As always, it's a good idea to confirm this when checking the bags (in particular, check the baggage tags as they are printed, or the small tag you are given that will show their destination) -...


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A the bus can't guarantee to be able to take your skis, I would advise that you take the train. There are direct trains from Haneda to Narita that cost half as much as the bus.


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Some guy apparently checked a (375ml) can of beer on a Qantas domestic flight back in 2017. It made it undamaged from Melbourne to Perth. He noted that he initially had some trouble getting the automated equipment to register it, but eventually it was accepted.


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From my own limited experience (fly once or twice a year, always from Amsterdam), luggage handling was very bad in the '90 but is good now. On returning home i hardly ever have to wait more then 15 mins for the luggage to arrive on the belt. Only once had two bags misplaced, they were sent after us on the next plane, this was about 15yrs ago. It used to be ...


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There might be some, but you should always look at the overall price for the flight and the luggage together. There is no advantage of booking an 800 $ flight to get two free pieces of luggage, when you can book a 400 $ flight, and add 2 x 60 $ for luggage to it.


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Air Serbia allows this on its direct flight between Belgrade and JFK. https://www.airserbia.com/en/information/baggage/checked-baggage/checked-baggage-weight


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One advantage of the TSA locks is that it is easy to get spare keys for them. Look at the number on the lock (should be TSA00n with n between 1 and 7) and then search ebay for keys. Or go to https://github.com/Xyl2k/TSA-Travel-Sentry-master-keys where you can download the files to print a key yourself (or have someone print one for you).


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As others have stated the loss rate you quote is probably a misquote, and these days probably irrelevant. Faster connections <1h increase the risk of luggage missing the connection, but they'll send it to you on the next flight. So if you're worried about late bags, pick the airport with the longer layover. Or better yet, plan your flight so the ...


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Just say No. It's not your book, so you shouldn't be taking it unless you're being paid as (and have insurance as) a courier - which would be much more expensive than mailing the book. Also, is that book available in India? If so, it would probably be cheaper to buy a new copy. You don't know these people. You should not be risking so many unknowns for ...


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https://www.caa.co.uk/Passengers/Resolving-Travel-Problems/Lost-delayed-or-damaged-baggage/ "...If your bag is delayed on your return home, airlines may consider that your losses were less as you had clothes and other essentials available to you....." (edit for this link) And from Air Mauritius: "....With respect to delay, carrier shall be under no ...


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I think I remember from years back when there was a strike or a system failure there was a huge backlog of luggage in Schiphol, it may even have happened a few times when they were installing the current luggage system. But that was years ago and I have not heard about system failures for a long time. If there was a 10% luggage delivery failure it was to ...


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This page from the flydubai site says that they will transfer the luggage for you via the “flydubai connect” service. It’s not completely obvious if this is standard or an option, though I don’t see any option for that in the booking process (the early part of it at least). Of course this only works if you booked both flights on a single ticket.


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So, I had my flight a couple of days ago. for anyone having this problem sometimes swiss air system does not update, but if you have bought the checkin luggage everything should be fine. just go to the airport with the copy of the mail that confirm your purchase of the luggage. Additional info since I was not clear enough: I have bought the tickets through ...


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