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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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It is most probably because the straps are filled with some kind of foam rubber. The tiny pockets of air in foam rubber are not necessarily completely sealed, but they may take some time to ventilate and adapt to a surrounding change of pressure. If you have a piece of foam rubber and rapidly decrease the surrounding air pressure, the foam will initially ...


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In theory, you can be asked to show that receipt when claiming your bags. (I faintly remember having to do this at JFK once.) Also in theory, if your bag is not there, some of the numbers on that receipt will be useful for tracing it. However I have had lost ("delayed") bags on numerous occasions and they've never asked for the tag or the numbers. In ...


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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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If need be, you can strap the two items together, and then cover them cling-flim / saran-wrap. Some airports provide wrapping services. This way it will be counted as one item, but you should check if the dimensions are within your allowance


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On Emirates flights to or from the USA, checked baggage is by piece, not by total weight as is offered in most of the rest of the world. Here you can check two bags, each of which weighs up to 23 kg (50 lb). The total weight of all bags is not considered. If you want to check a third item, it must also weigh no more than 23kg (50 lb), and a $200 USD charge ...


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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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Vienna International Airport offers porter services for departing and arriving passengers. The minimum charge is EUR 15, which covers porterage for up to five pieces of luggage. More details here: https://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers/airport/baggage_services.


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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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International and Domestic flights do arrive into the same terminal in Canberra, on the grounds that there is only a single terminal. However, the international arrivals area is completely separated from the domestic arrivals area. If you were arriving on a domestic flight then the first opportunity you would have to meet them would be after they have ...


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For Lufthansa, the situation is complicated enough that they have a Free baggage calculator. For an Economy Class passenger with no elite status flying from New York to Berlin the allowance is 1x Carry-on, 1x Personal item, 1x checked baggage, with limitations on size and/or weight stated for each. You should enter your actual flight information but there ...


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The reason you cannot find an easy solution to your problem is that you are trying to do something that the system intentionally does not support. Various sources on the Internet will claim that you are either allowed light hand luggage and one (!) piece of heavy luggage, or that you are allowed "what you can carry by yourself". Interestingly, that ...


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BE REALLY CAREFUL WITH THAT, and if it's illegal to import to Russia, DO NOT DO THAT! Just recently there was a highly publicised story of Naama Issachar (you can google for her name and read all the details), who was flying from India to Israel via Moscow, and had several grams of cannabis in her luggage. This is legal both in India and Israel, but not in ...


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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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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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If it's a single booking/ticket: depends If these are two separate bookings/tickets: yes


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I've seen plenty of things on the luggage carousel that don't look like luggage and I've checked backpacks many times. I wouldn't check exactly that, though--I would take some strong tape and tape down those handles. Things like that that can catch on things in the system are asking for damage.


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Since it's your and your wife's return flight being separate, there are multiple options to reduce the direct physical load on your wife: You can take most of the luggage with you, when you depart. For example you can pack all laundry that has been worn and only leave your wife with as much as needed for the time left. Probably you'll have to check in extra/...


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This varies a lot. It used to be that there were two concepts: piece concept: you are allowed a number of pieces of luggage, and there’s a max weight per piece. This was most common on flights to/from the US weight concept: you are allowed a total weight, and there isn’t any limit to the number of pieces. Nowadays it’s a lot murkier, and it really depends ...


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Liquids in checked luggage is generally fine, although there some local rule specifically for alcohol. A few bottles of soda should not pose a problem. You need to pack them properly since the checked baggage gets banged around quite a bit and you should monitor your weight limits. Carry on is not a good idea. It's very hard to predict whether you will get ...


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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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"Bang for the buck" mostly. In the US you can certainly walk into any airport's domestic arrival area and grab any bag you like. Apparently it's not enough of a problem to warrant any type of control Generally you would end up with a beaten-up bag or suitcase and a lot of dirty laundry that won't fit you. That's not a particularly attractive ...


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Luggage handling staff have very limited time with each piece of luggage, this lock will surely make it harder for them to steal during this time, and since they are located in sterile locations, they will not be able to bring tools and break locks. In addition to that, and most importantly, it's a selling point, makes people feel that the product will save ...


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The airlines will take it as it doesn't contain anything that is against the rules. However, given how easy it would be to peirce the bag and damage the quilt/comforter itself, you may want to consider some extra protection. For example putting it in a heavy duty garbage bag. I check-in things regularly in a garbage bag as I often have multiple smaller ...


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On a single itinerary (ticket) with a "layover" your bag will always be checked through to the final destination . That's different from a "stopover", where the airport in the middle is a separate stop: Your bags will indeed be unloaded and you have to check in again and get new boarding passes for the second leg. Mainly the difference is determined by ...


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The answer may depend on which airport(s) you’re travelling through and/or the size of the containers. The TSA website says: Powder-like substances greater than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening. They may require additional screening and containers may need to be opened. For your convenience, we encourage you to place ...


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The airport probably assumes people can handle one carry-on bag and one personal item each without a trolley. There is often limited space for the immigration queues at busy times, and trolleys significantly increase the queue space per person. The airports I've arrived at do provide trolleys at international baggage claim, where people will be collecting ...


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Forget it. The BUBM bag is Size: 54cm x 44cm x 52cm according to Amazon The carry on restrictions: Air Canada: Carry On: 23 x 40 x 55 cm. Add'l carryon: 16 x 33 x 43 cm 23kg is maximum (without paying overweight) for normal luggage with economy. Number depends on ticket class Delta Checked: 23kg, number depends on ticketing class. Carry On: 56 x 35 x ...


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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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