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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?
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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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I was allowed to enter the airport terminal by showing a boarding pass for a future flight. Should I be concerned about "security"?
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You didn't skip any security controls. Your luggage was checked and you went through a metal scanner. Finally, you were not allowed on board without a proper ticket. The rest is just to prevent people ...

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How to book a flight if my passport doesn't state my gender?
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The number of people without a gender is extremely small and therefore even the most progressive countries still issue passports with a gender field. Airlines have even less incentive to accommodate '...

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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?
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Assuming you fly with a second person, you could use a small trick to increase your level on insulation. During check-in, reserve two middle seats which are directly behind (or in front) of the exit ...

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What is the last point where one can throw away fruits if one has indicated "not bringing any fruit" on the US customs form when flying to the US?
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It will depend on the exact border post. In airports you're likely to have a bin somewhere between the plane and passport control. When taking the bus you might not have a big enough bin until you're ...

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What action is recommended if your accommodation refuses to let you leave without paying additional fees?
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Calling the police might be the way to go in jurisdictions within developed countries, but wouldn't necessarily work in regions where governance is weak. In this case it would be better to pay the ...

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Stay longer in the US than what I told CBP
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Your problem statement sounds like the beginnings of a huge mess that would potentially take years to untangle. When talking to immigration, your best strategy is to always answer truthfully when ...

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My online friend is asking for money in order to visit my home country. Is this a legit request or a scam?
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The first rule for every such question is simple: If you have to ask, it's probably a scam While we cannot possibly examine every possible situation from every angle, online scams are simply far ...

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Is tap water in Munich safe to drink? If so, why do locals buy bottled water?
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I live in Prague where the water is equally safe to drink and tastes well, however plenty of people still buy bottled water. The reasons are: Different flavors. Bottled water comes in a variety of ...

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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?
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A return flight from Westray to Papa Westray is a mere £21, or £10.50 per leg. It also happens to be the shortest scheduled flight in the world. Prices haven't changed since at least 2013 and tickets ...

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Rebooking same hotel for cheaper price - ethical?
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Let's take a look at the facts: You've signed a (virtual) contract with the hotel stipulating that you are free to cancel your stay for any reason The hotel now has an offer to book a room for a ...

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Are you protected in an untrusted embassy in a country you trust?
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Assuming that your friend is in a conflict with the bureaucracy of his home country, a much more likely problem is that the consulate will simply refuse to extend the passport and your friend would be ...

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Caught in Czech Republic for travelling with invalid ticket
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They did not believe me and took me to another person who forced me to pay 800 Kronas as a fine. They said if I refused to pay, I would be taken to the police station. Ticket inspectors cannot make ...

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Where can I find publicly accessible paternoster elevators?
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There is a fantastic website (albeit in German) called PatList that lists every paternoster elevator in existence, as well as whether or not its publicly accessible. Currently there's about 300 such ...

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Do celebrities require work visas for every country they visit?
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If you're a celebrity organizing a world tour you are guaranteed to have dozens of crew members or partners resolving various issues with logistics in every country. Remember that visas aren't the ...

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Can a person be arrested/detained if a prohibited item is found in the carry-on luggage while transiting?
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Why wasn’t the knife taken out at Russian airport ? Probably because they missed it during screening. Airport security has been known to miss actual explosives in peoples bags, so a tiny knife is not ...

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Crossed rangeland or pastures (such as fields with sheep or cows) in England. Have I been to a farm as far as U.S. Customs / Agriculture is concerned?
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Being on a farm is obviously not a crime. The customs controls simply want to make sure that you're not carrying any livestock parasites on your clothing or inside your luggage. In case of doubt mark ...

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How to fly with Ryanair as a non-EU citizen?
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Is it legal for a third party in general to stamp my passport? Your passport won't be stamped. Only the print out of your boarding pass, with a stamp that says "VISA VERIFIED" and a signature. Here'...

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Why must hotel customers check out after a stay longer than a rather low number of days in the United States?
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Because hotels are in the short-term rentals business. If they let you stay too long, they risk turning into a landlord as some states will consider you to be a tenant after only 30 days. Becoming a ...

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Windows 10 Wallpaper - photo location
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Those are the Archway Islands on Wharariki Beach in New Zealand: (Source - no author specified)

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Is there a website listing the location of all the Windows 10 lock screens?
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Windows 10 has added an update in the latest version allowing users to see where the photo came from. In the top-left corner of each lock screen there is now a short description of the location. ...

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Are travel agents required to pass on any phone calls they receive from the airline?
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Travel agents are normally required to inform you of changes to material circumstances. Those would be things like: change of flight time, change of seats, change of airports, change of layovers, ...

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Where in the world can I fly on a reduced-gravity aircraft as a tourist?
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As of 2017, the following companies operate reduced-gravity (aka zero-gravity) flights: EU: Air Zero G, flies from Zurich and Bordeaux. Approximate price: 6000 EUR. Russia: Gagarin Cosmonaut ...

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Why did I not pass through passport control when transiting to an international flight in Vancouver?
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Unlike most other countries, Canada doesn't have exit immigration controls. Similarly the US and the UK don't either. This makes perfect sense as there's no point in checking a person on the way out ...

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Is there any way to find out what happened to a post card sent from other country?
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I used to do Postcrossing a lot a few years ago and I can tell you that the shipping times for unregistered mail are just plain unpredictable. Sometimes you can get a letter from the other end of the ...

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Are there benefits in travel insurance for travelers with deep pockets?
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The basic principle of buying any insurance is that it is only prudent to do so if you can't afford to pay out the potential liability out of pocket. That's why getting insurance for something like a ...

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I was denied entry to the UK 22 years ago. What's the best strategy for applying for a new visa?
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An answer to this question has been posted by Gayot Fow, a former immigration lawyer, on his blog: This type of question solicits an opinion-poll. Some people say ‘yes’, some people say ‘no’ and all ...

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What is way to eat rice with hands in front of westerners such that it doesn't appear to be yucky?
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The only realistic option is to eat somewhere where others won't see you: either in the privacy of your home or in a restaurant which offers private cabins. Otherwise you will always face people who ...

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Was I scammed by BoraJet? They cancelled the flight, promised to pay for another ticket - it didn't happen
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If you bought the ticket using a debit/credit card, the easiest way of solving the situation is to file a chargeback with your bank, stating that you did not receive the product you've paid for and ...

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What are the options of getting from Ukraine to Crimea (and vice versa) after 2014?
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From the Ukrainian point of view, Russia illegally occupied the Ukrainian region of Crimea in 2014. As a result, transport options have been restricted from both the Ukrainian and the Russian side. In ...

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