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Stockholm airport Arlanda shopping: This is the way to the gates and lounge right after security at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. For years, the exit has been blocked by luggage carts.

Arlanda shopping trick—offensive

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Like shopping? Like to be forced into shopping? Ever feel like boycotting a store because of the arrogant manner shown towards its customers? Arlanda…

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Masked traveler in a lounge in Istanbul airport

Airport survival

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Sometimes an exhausted traveler just has to give in and conk out. You can intend to be productive. You can try to be productive….

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Springfield Il airport luggage scale

Springfield IL airport

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Here it is, 2014, and we are in the airport of Springfield IL, the capital of Illinois. I’m amused to see the actual, in-use,…

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Handicap stall in ladies rooms

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90% of the times I bypass a long line at a ladies’ room, I find an unused, available, extra-wide, “accessible” cubicle. Trained by parking…

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Banana liqueur in Turkish Air lounge, Ismir airport

Banana liqueur

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You find the strangest things in airport lounges. Fancy banana liqueur? This was in the Turkish Air lounge in Izmir. Let me tell you:…

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6 rules for luggage security

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Another ring of airport luggage thieves has been arrested, this time at Los Angeles International Airport. So? Big deal. I’m not impressed. Not relieved….

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Tokyo Narita Airport comfort

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The weather was terrible when we visited Japan last month. There was a whole inch of snow on the ground, and slushy puddles to…

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United Airlines' boorish clientele: United begs its airport lounge customers to behave

United Airlines’ boorish clientele

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Just wondering: what kind of clientele does United Airlines have? I mean, is it really necessary to place a formal request on each coffee…

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Luggage self-check: The caged suitcase is tipped into a river of luggage.

Luggage self-check at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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Luggage self-check Luggage self-check? There’s nothing new about self-checking in and getting boarding passes from an airport terminal. The KLM check-in machines at Amsterdam’s…

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PowerKiss

PowerKiss

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I found this red circle embedded in the wooden table at a coffee shop in the Helsinki airport. Next to it was a little…

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Luggage carousel

Bag tag sabotage

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For various reasons, my luggage is hard to steal from. I take hundreds of flights every year, and so far, thank goodness, nothing has…

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TSA thieves

TSA thieves

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“New figures out today show 381 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers and their luggage, and members of Congress think that…

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A road warrior self-portrait taken in a hotel mirror

Bag theft epidemic at Atlanta Airport carousel

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Atlanta Airport Police tell a business traveler that luggage theft from the carousel is currently an “epidemic” and “out of control.” The busines-traveler-victim plays…

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Airport security belt steals

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There goes our iPad. Swallowed by the security conveyor belt, immediately under the prominent sign that says “The tray stays until it is emptied.”…

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Airport teargas box

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Arlanda airport, Stockholm—When I first saw this box from a distance, I took it to be some sort of dispenser. As in, get your…

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Police, security, challenge photographers despite public right

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Is it legal to take photos at airport security checkpoints, or not? Occasionally I’ll politely ask a TSA officer if I may take a…

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Sabrina Zotter, alleged luggage thief in Phoenix

More airport luggage theft

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Imagine the post office delivering your mail to a big open heap, mixed with the envelopes and boxes of 300 strangers. The honor-based system…

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Why thieves prefer black bags when stealing luggage at airports

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Why Thieves Prefer Black Bags Yeah, this story’s everywhere, about the Phoenix couple who made a living stealing luggage off the airport carousel. Police…

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When TSA confiscates your pocket knife…

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Brother-in-law, though a frequent flyer, forgot to move his pocket knife from his carry-on to his checked bag. He groaned when TSA discovered it….

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Bangkok airport scam and fake police

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We good citizens are trained from an early age to respect authority. It’s not easy to ask a uniformed policeman for identification, or even…

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Commercial flight; no security

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We flew from Anchorage to Homer on Alaska Airlines flight 4878, operated by ERA Aviation. No TSA. No screening; none at all. Liquids? Okay!…

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Nigerian nightmare

Nigerian Nightmare

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The moment Michael Griffith turned his back, his wife let out a bloodcurdling scream. He whipped around to see Nancy jumping up and down,…

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Thieves in airports

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So you’ve made it through security. Does that mean you’re in a secure area? Not secure enough to relax your attention. Thieves have been…

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Confessions of an airport thief

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Kharem’s Lucky Haul Kharem, a pickpocket in Spain, sometimes chooses Barcelona’s airport over the rich pickings of the city. When Bob and I again…

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Airport danger and the strategist thief

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“Did you know you’re wearing mismatched shoes?” a well-dressed Englishman said to our friend, Brooks, at London’s Heathrow airport one day. Brooks was talking…

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My 2008 travel stats

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Mid-08, I noted my travel stats year-to-date. Here’s how the year wrapped up. I made 105 takeoffs and landings during the calendar year. I…

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Violence in Mexico

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A few days ago, a foreigner arrived at Mexico City’s international airport and exchanged money there. What he didn’t know was that he was…

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Thieves and caves

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Lord and Lady Ball (yes, their real names), enjoyed a week in warm Palma de Mallorca, an annual retreat from the dreary London weather….

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Laptops lost in airports

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As a very frequent flyer, I can understand that 12,000+ laptops are lost each week in U.S. airports. What’s shocking is that, according to…

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Travel is glamorous

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Example of a journey that did not go smoothly. 1. Taxi was late picking us up at home. 2. Taxi reeked of cigarette. 3….

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