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GlasgowCyclops wrote:
@ThreeBlades, Boots are.fine on BA. I've done that loads.of times.

I've also had tools taken from me. Hex (Allen) keys. I suggested to them the tools really means big spanners etc and not something smaller and blunter than the pen in my pocket. No joy.

So I have experience of both scenarios.

But you can carry a nice big umbrella snowHead
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@sugarmoma666, only really an issue if the passenger is John Steed or a Bulgarian.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@ster, Or Mary Poppins?
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Thanks for the encouraging news about boots at geneva.
My wariness comes as I also have had bike spanners taken off me before. I am sure that I could do a lot more damage with a broken duty free bottle !
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ThreeBlades wrote:
Hi. What is the view of boots as hand baggage through Geneva ? (sorry but could not get the link in findtransfers.com to work). Their size and weight limitations are the same as BA but they say that "blunt objects of work tools and sports gear," are prohibited. https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Preparation-voyage/Enregistrement-Bagages/Bagages-cabine
Thanks

The "In order to ensure smooth passage through security, please present the following items separately" of that link is a bit out of date. If you go through the shiny new security lanes at Geneva (turn immediately right as you go into security), you can get shouted at for delaying things by starting taking things out of your bag and presenting them separately Laughing
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I always take the view that you should carry as little as possible through the airport, so always offer my hand luggage to be checked it.

I stick a small backpack (laptop, cameras etc) in the top of my hand luggage, and just take it out if they accept.

Usually no problems with BA, but might be with some other airlines.

At Geneva in December, I couldn't because the flight wasn't full, so plenty of locker space. Just shifted a few bulky items into my ski bag before dropping it off.
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Butterfly wrote:
GENEVA - car hire
(From other posts in another thread)

The car hire desks at Geneva have now been moved from the arrivals hall.
On entering the hall turn right and walk to the far end where an extension has been built fo the car hire desks.

To find the cars it's a 5 minute walk:
Turn right out of the double doors after the car hire desks and walk to the right, follow the footpath/cycle path markings on th pavement, up a slight hill, pass the coaches parked on the right and the hire cars are parked in the second multi sorey on the left, think it is P51. Cross the road at the traffic lights crossing, go down in the lift to level 1 and the car hire places are all down here.

NB: It seems that there may be a charge (CHF 8.) to use the car hire courtesy bus, charged to the driver's credit card.

GENEVA - time to kill

If you have more than a couple of hours to kill the city is easily accessible. The railway station is at the far right hand end (if you have your back to the doors to the outside) of the ground floor level. There are left luggage lockers there and a left luggage office where you can leave skis. All trains go to the city & they're frequent. The journey is under 10 mins. On arrival come out of the station the side where the very wide street is, cross that and head straight away from the station and 10 mins walk takes you to the lake.

+1 I've done that, we had breakfast in Geneva before flight. Very civilised.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
OK this is a query about summer travel rather that winter but airports never change (well not the major ones anyway)

We are off to the Dolomites and flying for the first time for years. For various reasons we have discounted flying to Innsbruck and ever since Monarch went bust there are no direct flight to Venice so we are faced with changing somewhere.

I've changed at Frankfurt in the past and it has been a nightmare with luggage not making it and on one occaison missing a transfer. So we are looking at changing in Munich. What what experience do people have of changing planes in Munich. What is it like? I feel Franfurt and CdG are just too big and the plane spends half an hour or so taxing and hence the transfer is difficult.
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@johnE, where abouts in the UK are you? -- I believe Ryanair fly from Manchester to Treviso..

have you thought of flying to Verona ?
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Munich has Weissbier on draft, which is all you need to know. I've not changed planes in MUC, but I've used FRA and CDG for that a lot, and both are on my "avoid if possible" list, Frankfurt being in my least liked airports.
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@albob, Birmingham. We have to allow at least 2 hours to get to Manchester and yes we did look at Verona, Treviso and even Bergarmo, and flying from Luton or East Midlands but they are all more hassle than changing planes.

We will, of course have to go through passport control in Germany - what are the queues like?
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Frankfurt being in my least liked airports.

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philwig wrote:
Munich has Weissbier on draft, which is all you need to know.


It actually has its own brewery!
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Munich has 2 terminals a short walk from each other. I haven't transited but it's a civilised place and pretty easy to get through/around
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Be warned that the oversized bag drop is now at the opposite end of Venice Marco Polo from the BA check-in desks. That is a VERY long walk, the entire length of the terminal building.
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I flew to the US for Xmas and bought a very expensive bottle of malt to share with my brother. I knew I’d see my bags at the connection so was going to stash it in there before I went back through security. We were late and as I was in business they thought they were doing me a favour by rushing me through but in that they just transited my bags ! So I was spat out on the wrong side of security in LA with a bottle of whisky. I had time so I went outside and started to drink it ! I was doing quite well when a car dropped someone off which had a saltire flag in the window so some poor guy from Kilmarnock who lived there had a bottle of partially drunk whisky thrusted upon him, he was delighted. I was just spannered !
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