air travel – What do I need to know to make my connecting flight? First time with a layover

Assuming your flights were booked as a single itinerary, you will not need to go back through security nor pick up any checked luggage in Denver. When your first flight lands:

  1. Get off the plane, taking your carry-on luggage with you (note 1)

  2. Look for a monitor displaying departing flights

  3. Find your second flight and note its gate number

  4. Go to that gate and wait until it is time to board. (note 2)

You should be given boarding passes for both flights when you check in in PDX (or online). If something happens and you lose your second boarding pass, it can be reprinted at the departure gate of your DEN-BNA flight.

If your flights were not booked as a single itinerary, things get more complicated, but I won’t go into that unless you confirm it’s the case.

Note 1: If your PDX-DEN flight was on a smaller regional aircraft, some of your carry-on luggage may have been “valet checked” or “gate checked” at the departure gate in Portland. If so, you need to pick it up in the jetway as you exit the plane in Denver, and take it with you to your next flight.

Note 2: DEN has three gate areas, A, B and C; every gate number includes the area letter (e.g. A31, B17). Most likely your DEN-BNA flight will depart from the same gate area where the PDX-DEN flight arrived, in which case you only need to walk east or west along the concourse in the appropriate direction until you find the gate. If you should need to go to a different gate area, they are connected by an underground train, which can be reached by going to the center of the concourse and taking an escalator or elevator down.

covid 19 – Extend USA B2 Tourist Visa (for My Mother) stay under COVID19 + Flight ban situation

My Mother (63 yrs) is currently visiting me from India on B2 visa.
Now her I94 is valid till Sept 15 this year (visa is 10 yrs). Due to COVID19 India has flight ban imposed, and till now we dont have dates when the flights are going to resume. So I can see there is an option for requesting stay extension by filing a I539 with documents supported and I131 as I (son) will be her sponsor for stay and all expenses. We are looking for a stay request extension for max couple of months.
Now the questions are –

  1. How long it takes to get a decision (approval or rejection) in such cases ?
  2. What is the best time to file the extension request considering we have still 60+ days till the I94 expire in Sept 15.?
  3. If I file now, and we get rejection of extension of stay (before the current I94 expires), do my mother need to leave immediately or she can stay till the current I94 date (which is Sept 15)?
  4. If we get the rejection after I94 has expired (Sept 15), how many days she will have to leave the country? Does she accrues out of status in this case? and does the B2 visa (10 yrs validity) gets void as well?
  5. Last case – we file extension, we don’t get any decision quickly, but she leaves before getting the decision (approval or rejection, say she leaves at October end). In this case is she good in status, means no out of status and visa void?

i have always travel with thomas cook and the inflight headset for the flights can i use them on a british airways flight

You will be allowed to use them, whether they work depends on the plug on the headset and the actual plane you use.
And on whether BA have an in-plane entertainment system.

When you know which route you will fly you can ask for one us to tell you whether it is likely that it will be usefull.

uk – Connecting flight got cancelled after first leg of journey. Am I entitled to a full refund?

I booked via a one-way ticket from Nanning to London. When I bought the ticket, I also bought travel insurance from the agency as well.The flights were:

Nanning -> Shanghai (Spring airlines)

Shanghai -> Hong Kong (Hong Kong Airlines)

Hong Kong -> London (Cathay Pacific)

After flying the first leg, I was told that the flight from Shanghai to HK wasn’t available at the airport. In the end I bought a new ticket at the airport to London. This was around 2 weeks ago and I’ve since contacted the travel agency and insurance company (AXA).

The travel agency has an automated refunds system which says it will contact each carrier separately to obtain refunds and will take up to 3 months. It also mentions I could end up with nothing refunded and I will not be entitled to any further refunds once I apply. I contacted the UK branch of AXA (the travel agency links to the Czech branch of AXA) and filed a claim with them. I’m wondering if I should just issue a chargeback from my credit card company for the booking or should I wait for the my claim to be processed? If the claim fails then what would I be entitled to, if anything?


air travel – After flight rescheduled infant is >2 years old. Do I need to buy a new ticket?

I can empathize with your plight. Logic and common sense would say that you complied with the letter and the spirit of the airline rules when purchasing the ticket. Through no fault of your own, you will be out of compliance with those requirements after the rescheduling of the flight. And, there is no Appreciable difference between an average 23 month old infant and an average 25 month old toddler. There’s even less of a difference between a 729 day old child and a 731 day old child. Logic and common sense would say that the airline should make accommodations for you to be able to hold your daughter.

Unfortunately, in the US, there are also federal regulations with which you must consider and the airline is required to ensure you comply. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.107(a)(e)(i) States the following:

§91.107 Use of safety belts, shoulder harnesses, and child restraint systems.
(i) Be held by an adult who is occupying an approved seat or berth, provided that the person being held has not reached his or her second birthday and does not occupy or use any restraining device;

The aviation authorities of other countries probably have similar regulations.

Check with the headquarters of the airline. I don’t see how they are obligated to provide a free seat for your child. But, good customer service would dictate that they accommodate or compensate you somehow while staying in compliance with federal regulations. After all, the reschedule of your flight was their fault and not yours.

Ec261 compensation : European Flight of less than 3000km, delayed by 9 hours. Is compensation limited to €400?

My flight from Tenerife south to Gatwick had to make an emergency landing due to technical issues in Porto Santo. We were delayed getting back to Gatwick by 9 hours (finally landing at 00:30, thereby incurring an £80 taxi fare home) whilst waiting on a replacement plane to collect us. The airline initially tried to deny me compensation erroneously claiming I was “a member of staff”.

Now they are saying as the flight is less than 3500 km I can only receive €400 regardless of the 9 hour time delay. Is this correct or should I receive €600?

air travel – Are Thai citizens returning to Thailand tested for COVID-19 prior to taking the flight?

I read on (mirror) that quite a few Thai citizens returning to Thailand over the past two months have tested positive for COVID-19 once in Thailand (at the airport or during the mandatory state quarantine). Are Thai citizens returning to Thailand tested for COVID-19 prior to taking the flight? (mirror):

There has now been two cases so far of Thais returning from The
Philippines with #COVID19 out of 961 returnees. The top 5 for most
infections among returnees are:

  1. Quwait 34 out of 174 returnees
  2. Saudi Arabia 28/274
  3. Indonesia 65/913
  4. Pakistan 13/196
  5. Kazakhstan 2/55

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air travel – Direct flight connection between LAX and LGW in COVID era?

Is there any?

Previously I used mainly Norwegian to fly to Gatwick, but it has shut down most of the flights till December. What may be the substitute?

Non-direct are also appreciated (1 stop) and also I am considering other US cities. Through engines, I found only 1-stop Turkish Airlines flight (LAX-IST-LGW), but it seems rather pricey, about $900.

air travel – Asiana + Air New Zealand codeshare flight

I will have a flight from Seoul, Incheon -> Tokyo, Narita -> Auckland, NZ -> Sydney, Australia, all in one booking.

As it is in one booking, in most cases you should be able to check-in once and you will have all of your boarding passes available at the same time.

My question is if I can get all 3 flight boarding passes when checking in at Incheon airport with Asiana?

You might have to check with the airline. You can check online right now by viewing your booking and seeing if it displays all 3 flights or are they separate. It is better to arrive to the airport with time to spare just in case.

I notice that Seoul-Tokyo is a codeshare flight between Asiana & ANZ, but onward flights from Tokyo-Auckland-Sydney are solely operated by ANZ.

It may well be that you have to get boarding passes for the first 2 flights and separately for the 3rd flight, this has to be checked in your booking/with the airline.

air travel – India – ID proof for child traveling on domestic flight

My 8 yr old child is not carrying his Aadhar card with him. Can he travel on domestic flight without ID proof? Can E-aadhar be used as Proof of identity to travel within India?

He has to travel from Jaipur to Mumbai. He will be accompanied by his grand parents who have valid documents.