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The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

Old Mar 10, 12, 6:16 am
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When I was travelling in 2007 I went to Japan and bought two japanese throwing stars for about a fiver each, and had them gift wrapped. I put them at the bottom of my backpack and continued on through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore for 3 weeks before flying to Australia. I landed in Melbourne and our luggage got scanned again as we left the airport (I thought this weird at the time). However the machine beeped at my bag but I thought nothing of it. They asked whether I had anything in the bag that could have set the beeping off to which I replied no, completely forgetting about the throwing stars. Of course they got discovered and I looked like a right tit. They read me my rights and issued me a formal warning of which I have kept the documentation as a souvenir. They told me that legislation for this kind of offence had changed in the last 6 months and had this incident occurred 6 months earlier, I could be facing a jail term or up to $50,000 fine. A close shave. I think they took pity on me because firstly they were gift wrapped and secondly I said that if I were to bring a weapon into the country with the intention of causing harm, Japanese throwing stars would not be my weapon of choice!!
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Old Mar 10, 12, 6:27 am
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Got a cab to the airport to head back to the US. Did you know there's TWO airports in Oaska?
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Old Mar 10, 12, 10:11 am
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Several years ago I arrived back at EDI from KUL, I collected my bags on a trolley and hung my briefcase on the hook under the handle.

When I came out of customs there was a guy from work to pick me up.

I wanted to go to the bank in the terminal, so he took the trolley to put the stuff in the vehicle, you could still park at the kerb at that time, I came out jumped in the car and off we went.

It was about 40mins drive to get home, and of course when we got there, no briefcase, he hadn't seen it and just pushed the trolley into the storage line with it still there.

We went straight back and I asked at the information desk, I was sent straight to the airport managers office for a severe dressing down.

Security had spotted the case, evacuated the area and the bomb squad had cut the top out of it!

I slunk out with the remnants of my case.
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Old Mar 20, 12, 2:36 pm
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Have you ever had that feeling when something is not quite right but you can't put your finger on it?

After a long multi-segment journey I was relieved to be driving home from the airport and was looking forward to unwinding chez Wilco. The light bulb did not go off until I discovered that my key would not open the front door - and then it took me a moment or two to figure it out.

No, Mrs Wilco had not changed the locks. We had moved house the previous year! I must have really liked the old place. Fortunately it was only a few miles away.

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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by Roger Wilco View Post
Have you ever had that feeling when something is not quite right but you can't put your finger on it?

After a long multi-segment journey I was relieved to be driving home from the airport and was looking forward to unwinding chez Wilco. The light bulb did not go off until I discovered that my key would not open the front door - and then it took me a moment or two to figure it out.

No, Mrs Wilco had not changed the locks. We had moved house the previous year! I must have really liked the old place. Fortunately it was only a few miles away.

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Definitely the best of this entire thread - good thing you hadn't switched metropolitan areas! (or, we hope, wives)
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Old Mar 21, 12, 1:50 pm
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Last weekend I used a card at a restaurant with iDine and I hadn't registered the card on the website
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Old Mar 21, 12, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Last weekend I used a card at a restaurant with iDine and I hadn't registered the card on the website
Last weekend, I used a rarely-used card (that had a 3x promo going on) that was registered with Skypesos Dining instead of AAdvantage Dining
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Old Mar 21, 12, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Halo2012 View Post
For my career I travel extremely frequently. Well about 5 months ago I caught a cab to the airport and forgot my drivers license at home, need less to say I could not check in for my flight. Pretty rough day!
If you think about it, not everyone has a drivers license (it may come as a shock in the US!). Even the TSA says:

"We understand passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, due to lost items or inadvertently leaving them at home. Not having an ID, does not necessarily mean a passenger won’t be allowed to fly. If passengers are willing to provide additional information, we have other means of substantiating someone’s identity, like using publicly available databases."

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...documents.shtm
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Old Mar 21, 12, 3:20 pm
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Last summer, I traveled through Scandinavia. The plan was to take the overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen, and since I'd been told that the more reasonable cabins sell out quickly, I made my reservation from home about two months before leaving.

On my last scheduled morning in Oslo, planning to sail out at 5PM, I took out my reservation form and discovered that I had made the reservation in the wrong direction, Copenhagen to Oslo instead of Oslo to Copenhagen.

The ferry company's office was within walking distance of my hotel so I went down there to see if there was any way to change my reservation.

There wasn't, and it was too late for a refund. If I really wanted to sail that night, I would have to buy the only option left, a super-duper luxury cabin.

I ended up staying another night in Oslo and taking the train to Copenhagen the next morning. It was cheaper than buying up to the super-duper luxury cabin.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Halo2012 View Post
For my career I travel extremely frequently. Well about 5 months ago I caught a cab to the airport and forgot my drivers license at home, need less to say I could not check in for my flight. Pretty rough day!
Why could you not fly?

Check in at kiosk -- you do not need DL for that.

TSA also does not require a DL ... altho it will take longer to get thru security.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 9:45 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Last weekend I used a card at a restaurant with iDine and I hadn't registered the card on the website
After iDine partnered with a decent restaurant in ANC, I meant to get around to registering my primary card but forgot. I had a dinner at that restaurant one night and kept meaning to try to do it via iPhone before dinner but kept forgetting. I finally registered it just after dinner but it was just after midnight Eastern time, and I never got the miles.
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Old Jul 5, 12, 2:48 pm
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I did this yesterday and figured this was a good thread to post this in.

I was taking a short trip to Dayton and put my camera in my overnight bag in an outside pocket. The bag went into my trunk and I drove to work, then to the airport. While waiting on the bus to drive me from the parking lot to the terminal I reached into the pocket of the bag for my camera and couldn't find it. I figured I'd just left it at home and went on my trip.

After getting home, I couldn't find the camera. After searching all over my house I got an idea. I remembered my bag had been upside down in my trunk (sharp corner, maybe?) when I retrieved it. I went back to my car, lifted up the floor mat and lying down beside my spare tire was my camera. If only I'd thought of this at the airport I would have had some nice pictures
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Old Jul 5, 12, 7:28 pm
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I was in charge of booking a cruise and air for a group of 7, including me, a few years ago. For some reason I booked the return air the day before the cruise arrived back in port. Luckily I caught it 8 months ahead of time and they were able to waive the $100 per ticket change fee. I would have eaten that $700.
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Old Jul 5, 12, 8:09 pm
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About to depart from Calgary to Toronto, I was comfortably settled in my FC seat when I reached for my briefcase...and realized I had left my laptop in the bin at security.

With about 5 minutes to door close, I frantically explained my plight to the FA. Her advice: "RUN."

I sprinted from the gate to security. They had the laptop, and I would have snatched it up and run back to the plane, except they made me boot it up and enter my password to proof ownership.

It was a really slow laptop.

The security agent finally took pity on me and let me take my half-booted computer and run back to the plane. I made it with thirty seconds to spare and shook like a leaf all the way to Toronto.

Still doesn't top my dad's dumbest travel mistake, though.

Back in the early 1980s, he did a lot of intra-European travel. One day, on his way to Budapest, he was approached by security and escorted off the flight.

He had inadvertently boarded a flight to Bucharest. Not something you wanted to do, accidentally or otherwise, back then.
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Old Jul 5, 12, 11:49 pm
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I was in Toronto and pretty focused on a bit of a crisis at work which meant I had to head to LHR asap. I had turned up at the SE concierge office on my cell and let them check me in (only had hand luggage), had put the phone down to go through security, then got back on my call, headed to the gate on the boarding pass....

I was intending heading to LHR, but instead found out that the travel gods had conspired against me and I was booked on a flight to London, Ontario! A grovel to the concierge, parting with my Amex number, and I was booked onto the right flight... had that sinking feeling for a moment though!
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