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First time traveler, short travel date, lots of questions

First time traveler, short travel date, lots of questions

Mar 28th, 2019, 09:20 PM
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>>You mentioned sandwiches from home, are there any restrictions on food or beverages taken into the secure area? I will so stuff my backpack if we can take food/drink with us.<<

You can't take drinks through -- but also can't take things that are in liquid or gel form if they are larger than 3.4 oz. . . . like peanut butter, or yoghurt, or Nutella etc.

this is the complete TSA list/instructions for all sorts of food https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-...canibring/food
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Mar 29th, 2019, 03:57 AM
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You can't bring drinks through security.
Also.....don't bring any smelly food to eat on the plane. Remember, you are in an enclosed space.
Lunch meat sandwiches are fine, chips, crackers, etc. are all fine to bring on board from home.
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Mar 29th, 2019, 07:26 AM
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"In 2016, gas stations in Oregon counties with populations less than 40,000 people will be allowed to offer self-serve pumps -- but only between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lawmakers approved the measure after hearing from gas station owners in rural areas who said they couldn't find enough employees to staff their stations overnight."

You might be able to find a self-serve pump around LaPine, but don't count on it. If you go to a station that requires you to pay inside, be sure to take your handbag and keys and lock the door to your car when you go inside. Sometimes you can pay the attendant.

I have not been to that part of Oregon in decades, but my understanding is that it has built up incredibly in recent years. So be prepared for much more than you left behind!
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Mar 29th, 2019, 11:03 AM
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I haven't ever pumped my own gas in Oregon. Station attendant only in any situation I've ever been in (my family lives in the Corvallis area).

As others have already clarified you are welcome to take picnic food from home onto the plane with you... just not liquids. Beverages you need to purchase after you have cleared security or wait until they serve something on the plane. Pack all the sandwiches, chips, granola bars, cookies, candy, fruit, etc. you want.
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Mar 29th, 2019, 11:12 AM
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Pack all the sandwiches,
But not PBJ.
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Mar 29th, 2019, 01:21 PM
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Why all the restrictions on liquids?
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Mar 29th, 2019, 01:27 PM
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From wikipedia:

" The 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot was a terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives, carried on board airliners travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States and Canada, disguised as soft drinks. The plot was discovered by British police during an extensive surveillance operation. As a result of the plot, unprecedented security measures were initially put in place at airports. The measures were gradually relaxed in the following weeks, but passengers are still not allowed to carry liquid containers larger than 100 ml onto commercial aircraft in the UK and many other countries ..."
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Mar 29th, 2019, 01:37 PM
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But don't people walk through nitrogen detectors as well as metal detectors at the airport checkpoints? Back in the 90s when I got to tour a nuclear power plant we had to walk through nitrogen detectors to make sure we weren't bringing explosives in. I thought the same technology was being used at airports now.
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Mar 29th, 2019, 01:43 PM
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No you only walk through one scan (either x-ray or full body). If they are checking for explosives, they'd swab your hands.

Because liquids in larger amounts could be made into explosives.
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Mar 31st, 2019, 09:49 AM
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I fly out tomorrow, eep. Wish me luck.

Can I make a call once I've boarded, before the plane takes off? My family hasn't seen me since 1994, and I haven't told them I'm coming in case something goes wrong with the travel plans. I've heard that people can be involuntarily taken off the plane if the plane is overbooked, so I don't want to get their hopes up and then that happens and they don't get to see me after all.
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Mar 31st, 2019, 12:54 PM
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You’ll be able to use your cell phone after you board but only until the flight attendants close the door of the aircraft. They will make an announcement over the PA system telling you it’s time to turn off all cell phones or put them in the “airplane mode”. You can turn you cell phone back on and make calls once the plane has landed.

Don’t fret too much about getting involuntarily “bumped” from the flight. That doesn’t happen very often and if it does occur it is only in extreme circumstances. If a flight is overbooked the gate agents will first ask for “volunteers” and give them free travel vouchers plus seats on the bnext available flight. It is only when/if they don’t get enough volunteers that they bump people.
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Mar 31st, 2019, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rachel120 View Post
Yeah, I was just grumbling and complaining. Bend has very reasonable hotel prices, she was moved to La Pine and the price was insane. I'll drive the half hour, the gas prices can't be so high as to make that unreasonable. It's just odd to me, La Pine has nothing going for it as a tourist draw, and back when I lived near that area the hotels were dirt cheap. I remember as a teen being shocked by the hotel prices when we traveled to Portland or up and down the coast for overnight trips.

For those recent travelers to Oregon, can you pump your own gas, or is it still station attendant only?

Thanks for the tip for eating ahead. schmerl You mentioned sandwiches from home, are there any restrictions on food or beverages taken into the secure area? I will so stuff my backpack if we can take food/drink with us.
la pine is one of the closest “towns” to newberry volcanic and crater lake. And I don’t know how old you are—I’m in my thirties—but even in the last twenty years, Oregon tourism has exploded. The high season has been creeping out further and further. Bend has changed a lot—I’m a little surprised you found the hotels affordable in comparison to la pine. I camped north of bend last time I was headed through there because the prices were insane. But there are also fewer choices in la pine, so it’s probably largely a lack of competition and high demand.
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Apr 1st, 2019, 09:34 AM
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She's already gone... and hopefully in the air. Good luck to you on this trip, Rachel.
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Apr 1st, 2019, 04:41 PM
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I didn't have any useful advice for the OP and didn't want to clog this thread just to wish her well (which I do).

BUT I want to say thank you to suze and thursdaysd -- how awesome of you two to jump in so quickly and with such excellent advice! You make Fodor's look good.
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Apr 2nd, 2019, 09:07 AM
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kja~ It's posts like this where we (as a forum) can shine. Really help someone out when they need support. Thanks for the kind words. She just needed a friend(s). Hopefully all is good in Oregon.
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Apr 3rd, 2019, 05:09 AM
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Kja - thanks for the compliment. Not many people follow this forum, so glad to be able to help.
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Apr 3rd, 2019, 04:41 PM
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kja is right, y'all are great.

It's been way too much of a whirlwind to get on the computer until now. I learned a lot, I learned things that I would never have thought to ask in a million years, and I think that the travel bug is trying to bite me.

marvelousmouse Holy bleep bleep. Bend had roughly 20,000 people when I left. My daughter was reading stats, Bend-Redmond metro area has 165,000, and my reply was "Where did they come from and why did they think to come here? And what metro area? There's about half an hour of desert between Redmond and Bend!" I traveled I-5 to 58 and up 97, so I haven't seen what happened to that empty expanse.

Another question. I've got traveler's tummy, but my daughter doesn't. At first I thought it was nerves, but it's getting a lot worse. I was a bit lightheaded the entire time I was in the air, and during one of the flights I made the mistake of mixing mind altering drugs (my prescription medication that has as side effects dizziness/room spinning, extreme sedation, feeling of partial disconnection from body) and plane travel. Two hours later when the side effects were really getting strong I ran for the lavatory and got sick. I rinsed my mouth out with water from the sink though I didn't swallow it, but I walked out, a stewardess was right there, and I was drinking a little Sprite to settle the stomach seconds after rinsing out my mouth. Since my daughter isn't sick, could that lavatory water have triggered the traveler's tummy? If so, is there anything that will cause serious enough harm that I should consider medical attention?
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Apr 3rd, 2019, 06:31 PM
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<<....Since my daughter isn't sick, could that lavatory water have triggered the traveler's tummy? If so, is there anything that will cause serious enough harm that I should consider medical attention?...>>

It is difficult to give you a precise answer since you indicated you started to become lightheaded and took some prescription drugs 2 hours prior to rinsing your mouth out with tap water from the plane’s lavatory then followed that up with some Sprite. You could be just suffering from motion sickness (some people get that while flying).

The tap tap water in the plane is potable and though most people avoid drinking it, I seriously doubt using it to rinse your mouth will cause you anything that will require medical attention. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consult a doctor if your symptoms persist as they could be a result of your medication or some other condition totally unrelated to you having flown in a plane.
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Apr 3rd, 2019, 06:40 PM
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Glad to know the water was potable.

I know it was the combo that made me sick because I was a lot better and happier after and zero nausea on the next flight after the usual side effects went away. But it's been nearly two days since getting off the plane and travelers tummy is getting worse, so I worried about the water because that a single breakfast biscuit this morning are the only two things that my daughter hasn't also ingested.

Maybe it's just stress though.
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Apr 3rd, 2019, 07:04 PM
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Unfortunately, rachel120, most of us aren't physicians and anyone who is would likely decline to offer an opinion without the information required for a competent diagnosis. I would encourage you to do what you would do at home: If you think you need a medical evaluation, get one. If you have health insurance that includes a triage phone consult, you could do worse than calling that number.

Best wishes!
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