Mysteries of travel

The mystery and exotic appeal of distant places is what makes travel so alluring — but that doesn’t mean it should be inscrutable. It’s interesting how billions of people every year take to the skies or seas or roads without knowing the reasons for some very basic experiences, such as, why do airlines want to know if travelers are children? (It’s for takeoff weight calculations.) Here are more travel mysteries exposed to the clean, clear light of day.

Text by Eric Lucas | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Dec 6, 2012 4:11AM

US cards will work in Europe but you have to go to a human so they can verifiy (in theory) your signature.  The self serve machines (such as for train/bus tickets) and *possibly* vending machines that take cards will not accept a card without a "chip and pin".  As Daniel435 says, PINs greater than 4 numbers may not work.  If one ATM doesn't work, try another.  Also the keypads on ATMs in Europe and southwest Asia do not have letters on the keys. So, if you memorized your PIN using letters, you will need to memorize the  numbers that correspond to those keys. 

Nov 27, 2012 9:30AM
all airliners that take animals =must put that animal in an area in cargo that is pressurised -just like we as travlers are - there is no air in many baggage areas in the plane -so if that animal is dead on arrival-its because  someone put it in the wrong cargo area!!
Nov 25, 2012 1:33PM
You can't use your card in Europe? Bull. I am an American and have traveled all over Europe, Africa, and Asia and I have never had an issue with using a credit card anywhere overseas. Sometimes your DEBIT card won't work in a specific ATM because that ATM doesn't recognize American banks but when that happens just go to another ATM and it will probably work. I have never had an issue with using my credit (that DOESN'T have a PIN) or my debit card at any vendor. If you're traveling overseas the only thing that you have to make sure is that your debit PIN has four numbers because not all machines overseas are set up to accept more than four digits; the card will work just fine, though (also, my experience is with Wells Fargo (my old bank) and Chase (my new bank) and so I can guarantee that it works with at least two major U.S. banks).
Nov 23, 2012 1:56PM
Since when does the US banking industry care about what the public wants?  i believe it has to do with what the banks want, and there not  talking.
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