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May 5th, 2010, 03:00 PM
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How different are the rules for flights to Europe vs. US domestic ?

Sorry, it's been a while... Here in the US I can go to TSA website, how do I know what the rules are in Europe? Also, the customs in the US.

We'll fly SFO - AMS - CPH on KLM, and CPH - ATL - SFO on Delta.

I know the liquids should be checked in, shoes and jackets taken off, no fresh fruit/veggies, meat and fish may be a problem coming back. Anything else?

And I know, no snow globes
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May 5th, 2010, 03:17 PM
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are oyu asking what foreign airports do or what US airports do if oyu come in form overseas?

for CPS their site gives a lot of info

http://www.cph.dk/CPH/UK/MAIN/Security/Baggage/
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May 5th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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cph that is

and same for AMS
http://www.schiphol.nl/Travellers/At...ol/Luggage.htm
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May 5th, 2010, 04:08 PM
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Hello Dayenu,

As you know there was a great overreaction after the panty bomber on Christmas Day. As you probably heard, they stopped the interactive maps and they were going to make everyone stay seated for the last hour of the flight. But when I flew to Europe in March I discovered that nothing had changed. We did have maps and they never told us to stay seated during the last hour.

Otherwise I don't think it will be so different from the last time you flew. Except there might be a bit of ash over Iceland.
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May 5th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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Here are the main points to consider:

> Liquid rules are effectively the same for European flights as they are for US flights. Technically, it is 100 ml max for each item and they must fit in a 1 liter bag, which is basically the same as in the US. My understanding is that the rules are reciprocal, anyway.

> Among the differences for security at AMS and CPH is that shoes can usually stay on (provided that they are not heavy boots), but belts need to come off. Laptops need to come out, as do your liquids bags. Otherwise, it is pretty similar.

> For SFO-AMS will be subject to the normal US liquids and security rules and procedures.

> At AMS, you will clear passport control and clear security again, but you do not need to claim your luggage. This does mean, however, that you can't buy any liquids from duty free at SFO that exceed the normal carry-on limits. You can buy "tax-free" liquids once past security at AMS.

> At CPH, you will claim your bags and will clear customs there. If you are not planning on leaving anything in CPH (i.e. gifts), then you probably don't need to declare anything. In reality, there is hardly ever anyone at the checkpoint anyway and you just walk on through. There are no customs declaration forms or landing cards for Denmark.

> For the CPH-ATL flight, you will have to clear security twice; once at the main security checkpoint and again at the gate. You will also have to go through passport exit control at CPH, but this is a non-event. You will need to fill out your landing card and your customs declaration card.

> Upon arrival in ATL, you will clear passport control (the lines can be long). You will also need to collect your bags and re-check after clearing customs. This does mean, however, that you can buy duty-free liquids in Denmark, as long as you can fit them back into your checked luggage at this point.

> Once you have re-checked your luggage, you will have to clear security. At this point, normal US security rules apply (shoes off, liquid restrictions, etc).
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May 6th, 2010, 08:33 AM
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Thank you, all, got that, except one thing:

"For the CPH-ATL flight, you will have to clear security twice; once at the main security checkpoint and again at the gate" - does this mean I cannot buy a water bottle at CPH airport to carry on the plane?
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May 6th, 2010, 09:26 AM
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aside to travelgourmet: what a great description! I want you to answer all MY questions about customs
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May 6th, 2010, 10:32 PM
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Dayenu - Yes. No water bottles. You can bring sealed duty free, but not water bottles.

mztery - I'm not as good of a source for other destinations, but I live in CPH and often connect through AMS, so have a lot of experience.
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May 7th, 2010, 08:43 AM
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Oh, so I can bring a sealed bottle with water bought in the airport? Good to know!

You live in Copenhagen? Great, what about GTG? We just had a great one in San Francisco, I'm on a roll
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May 7th, 2010, 10:25 AM
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Oh, so I can bring a sealed bottle with water bought in the airport? Good to know!

No, you can't. When I say sealed, I am talking about the sealed bags that they put duty free liquids (booze, fragrances, etc) in. The shops that sell water and soda do not have the sealed bags, AFAIK.

Sorry if I was unclear.

Great, what about GTG?

When? I will be traveling a LOT over the coming months, so might simply not be around.
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May 7th, 2010, 10:45 AM
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We'll be there Aug 9-12, so maybe Aug 10 or 11 Tue/Wed? Evening?

Hmmm... no water can be a problem for me...

I can open a bottle of booze
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May 13th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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You should also note that the size of your carry-on luggage is different in the EU vs. the US. Check each individual airline's policy on carry-on sizes.
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May 13th, 2010, 09:06 AM
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I've flown recently...London...Paris..Venice..Florence,Rome and it is MUCH easier to go through security in europe than USA... it's also safer over there imho
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