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Here are few tips travelers can follow to make sure they are reunited with
their bags at the end of their journey:
Ditch the detours: It can be tempting to grab a bite to eat, make a few phone calls, or do a little shopping on the way to the
baggage claim area after your flight. But it’s best to be standing by when the bags begin their ride on the carousel.

Work in teams: After all, many thieves do. If someone is meeting you at the airport, have them meet you at the baggage-claim
carousel armed with your flight number and a photo of your bag that you’ve sent using the camera in your cell phone.

Say it with style: Some bags really are taken by mistake because so many bags look alike. So put a really obvious, even garish,
marker on your bag so it stands out. You’ll be able to pick it out from all the boring, black roll-around models on the baggage belt.
More importantly, you’ll notice right away if someone else tries to walk off with your bag.

Avoid it entirely: Checked-bag fees, waiting around baggage claim and worries about security is reason enough to pack lightly
and travel with just a carry-on.
                            Which country?

I sat on a plane in London waiting for take-off, minding my own business. An air stewardess walks up to me and asks me to confirm
my name. I tell her.

She asks me if I am heading to Bordeaux. A bit perplexed, I say I am.

She smiles and announces in a very loud voice. "You might be going to Bordeaux, but this plane is headed for Frankfurt. Goodbye."

Talk about doing the walk of shame down the aisle and off the wrong plane. But the sniggers from those passengers were nothing
compared to the glares I received walking down the aisle of the plane that I had delayed.
About Airplanes, Airlines and Flying........
  • On landing, the flight attendant said, "Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going
    to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have.
  • (Note: Southwest has no assigned seating; you just sit where you want.) Passengers were apparently
    having a hard time choosing their seats, when a flight attendant announced, "People, people we're not
    picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!"
  • "In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull
    it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling
    with more than one small child, pick your favorite."

  • "Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank
    you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."
A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it
reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made
an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and
gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight
Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The
weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a
smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH,
MY GOD!" Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the
captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and
Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was
talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup
of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my
A passenger in Coach yelled, "That's nothing. You should
see the back of mine!"
At the airport for a business trip, Maureen settled down to wait for the boarding announcement
at Gate 35. Then she heard the voice on the public address system saying, 'We apologise for
the inconvenience, but BOAC Flight 937 will board from Gate 41.'

Maureen picked up her luggage and carried it over to Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public
address voice told her that Flight 937 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.

So, again, Maureen gathered her carry-on luggage and returned to the original gate. Just as
she was settling down, the public address voice spoke again, 'We would like to thank all
passengers for participating in BOAC's physical fitness programme.'
From November 26 to December 23, 2009, Basel will be opening its
doors in preparation for Christmas. Basel Christmas market is located
at Barfüsserplatz and is the Christmas City of Europe. No other
European location can beat Basel for its Christmas market.

Basel has a long tradition of celebrating Christmas the way they do.
Many tourists gather at Basel every November to December to
celebrate Christmas. Basel is by far the best looking city in
Switzerland during this time of the year. Not only will you enjoy Basel’
s fine Christmas decorations but the markets in Freiburg, Strasbourg
and Colmar are just an hour’s worth of drive away so you can also
visit them.

So, what should you expect on your travel to Basel during this
season? You won’t just find the most traditional and largest
Christmas market in all of Switzerland but you’ll also love the
illuminated streets and Christmas music.

Some of the top of the line shops for Christmas decorations and
giveaways are also found here. You would surely love listening to
Christmas songs and melodies sung by choirs and singers on the
several concerts and you will surely feel the Christmas season while
you’re here.
It is definitely incomparable. You will never find any place in the world
that celebrates Christmas the same as in Basel.

Christmas celebrated here is truly one of a kind.
With the focus on staycations and naycations, there’s little reporting on important nuts-and-bolts issues affecting thousands still on
the road.  Expect to hear about these only when they start causing major snarls for casual tourists unaware of the changes.

  • Flying to the United States ? As of January 12, 2009, all travelers to the U.S. from Visa Waiver countries (that’s Andorra,
    Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
    Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San
    Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom [and in the near
    future, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Poland  and Romania too]) are required to submit their travel plans online 72 hours
    prior to travel.  Failure to complete ESTA authorization before travel may result in denial of boarding or entry.  

  • After January 16, 2009, you’ve got to use Euros when traveling in Slovakia.  They’re the 16th EU country to switch to the
    currency since its introduction a decade ago.  The Czech Republic to finalize a date for their switch (expected early 2010).

  • Travelers transiting or changing planes within Mexico are subject to customs inspection before continuing to their next
    flight.  International travelers to the United States will be familiar with the drill:  claim checked baggage and proceed through
    customs, then drop off baggage again before heading to the connecting gate.  Flights from the Caribbean, Central and South
    America ,Canada, Asia,Europe and USA have already begun the procedure. Be aware and avoid tight connections.  And
    don’t forget to lock that luggage!

  • Since  June 1, 2009, it is no longer be possible to travel by air, land or sea without a passport to destinations in the
    Western Hemisphere, such as Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.  Children under 16 may use a birth certificate in lieu of
    passport.  This requirement also applies to Americans attempting to reenter the United States.
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