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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?

To avoid any lingering feelings of guilt, you can call the airline and ask them what they'd like you to do with the blanket. Explain that you took it by mistake because you were not fully alert when ...
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Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?

Airlines have a pricing strategy known as "yield management" or "revenue management" - they charge less for some seats than others, and expect these seats to be bought a long time in advance. They ...
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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?

We live in a strange world where manufactured goods (like blankets) are very cheap, and people's time is very expensive. Our moral (and legal) codes haven't caught up with this: so we feel bad at ...
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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?

Or should I just forget about it, having learned my lesson? Just forget about it. No one is going to come after you for stealing a 2-euro blanket. Keep it as a souvenir and don't steal any in the ...
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Etihad refusing to board at AUH despite being medically fit to fly, airport police called and now being detained (Updated 2022-06-03 with resolution)

This is something well beyond the scope of Travel.SE as it involves a potential disaster, including jail time and an entry ban. The priorities of your friend should be: Forget about "justice&...
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In US museums, why are backpacks only allowed to be carried on one shoulder?

Because if your bag is large enough to be only carried on your back (i.e. you cannot carry it on one shoulder), you'll much more likely to bump into, and do some damage to objects/sculptures/other ...
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Cooking inside a hotel room

The simple answer is, no, this won't be allowed in any normal hotel-hotel. Very simply, use holidayrentals.co.uk or airBnB.com to rent a "gite" instead. You'll save more money and it will be far more ...
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Who goes first? Person disembarking bus or the bicycle?

The bicycle riders have to be careful and wait if necessary. Here is a German newspaper article on the subject. The basis for the rule is § 20 of the German traffic regulations (StVO), whose first ...
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Why are balloons prohibited at Amsterdam Schiphol?

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 ...
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Am I supposed to respect traffic signs that are upside down (in the USA)?

Yes, any sign posted in the US is intended to be followed unless it explicitly has an X over it or it is covered up. Most likely the top screw of this sign has come loose and no maintenance has been ...
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How would the airline carrier compensate if the change in flight schedule breaks my entire itinerary?

I'm afraid that, because you booked your Air Italy and Ryanair flights separately, your connections are not the airline's concern. Air Italy is obliged to offer you a choice between alternative ...
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Will TSA allow me to carry a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)/sleep apnea device?

I carried my Cpap device to/from USA with no problems. I contacted the airline in advance to enquire as I'd not done this before and - like you - I was unsure of the procedure. Without any hesitation ...
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Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?

As a cabin crew member, I have first hand experiences with real turbulence, both anticipated and unanticipated. The story of asking passengers to fasten seatbelts is not about people being thrown off ...
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What are mini-bar policies for one-night stays in hotels?

There are a few things you have to consider. I worked before at a hotel refilling those minibars. So I know a bit of how it works. Some hotels have an electronic system. This system registers if ...
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Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?

You're fortunate enough to have never hit really bad turbulence. Although injuries from turbulence are rare they do happen. And from the FAA page: Why is it important to follow these safety ...
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Why can't I take food from the plane when entering the US?

The USA has restrictions on the import of food items. Some information is given here. I have on one occasion forgotten items I bought before boarding, intending to snack on the flight. These were ...
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Is there a 'minimum daily spend' in Bhutan, and does it vary on citizenship?

Yes, seriously, although the US$65 "royalty" is actually included in the US$200 "daily package fee". However, that's the group rate (3 or more people), you get socked another $40/30 per person if you'...
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What happens if I bring 100+ of the same item in my luggage with the intention of selling?

There are several things which may affect your plan: First, many retailers (especially if they are the brand’s own store) have limits on how many identical items one can buy, especially when there ...
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Consequences of being arrested by mistake in the USA

You will know when you are arrested in the United States because an officer will say explicitly that, and read you your rights (just like on TV). You may be read your rights before or after you are ...
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How does the new Ryanair luggage policy work?

From the 1st of November Ryanair policy will change: The main thing changing is that you can no longer travel with 2 bags for free to the airplane. Details are given next You have 3 bags: 1 big bag, ...
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As a dual citizen, my US passport will expire one day after traveling to the US. Will this work?

As a US Citizen - which is what gives you the right to a US Passport, you can stay indefinitely in the US. You are not even required to have a US passport, although that makes it easier to enter the ...
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Need to understand why my Schengen visa was refused

First I am a Doctor, of Indian origin. I had some interviews in Germany, and the interviews were being organised by a recruitment company. They were taking care of my accommodation and my ...
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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?

Other then flying Aer Lingus again and leaving the blanket on board, 99.4% the airline has no procedure or ability to take it back. If this was truly an oversight, forget about it. If the blanket is ...
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How does the new Ryanair luggage policy work?

Yes, you should purchase the check-in bag. The new policy is that you have two "carry on" items - a large one (55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm, typical hand luggage suitcase) and a small one (35 cm x 20 cm x ...
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What happens if I bring 100+ of the same item in my luggage with the intention of selling?

If the perfumes are liquids, you may not be allowed to bring a large quantity of them in a carry on bag. A checked bag should be fine from a security standpoint; however as Nate Eldridge points out in ...
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What happens if I bring 100+ of the same item in my luggage with the intention of selling?

This is not an issue for airport security (unless you violate the limits they define), they couldn't care less if you have 500 pairs of underwear or such. It's an issue for Customs at arrivals. Most ...
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What are mini-bar policies for one-night stays in hotels?

One thing to consider is that, despite what common sense or simplistic views of economic theory might suggest, many businesses actually rely to a large extent on the customers' honesty. For example, ...
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Can Schengen resident permit holders use the "EU" line at passport control?

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/...
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Am I allowed to videotape (dashcam) when entering the United States by car?

A quick google search yields this: https://clearit.ca/canadian-customs-broker-blog/dashcam-recording-prohibited-u-s-ports-entry/ and this https://www.immigroup.com/topics/it-legal-use-dash-cam-border/ ...
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Do I have to pay this cancellation fee?

From the way you described it, it looks like you agreed to a contract with specific terms, which include cancellation penalty. Unless the contract stated the penalty would only apply once you made ...
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