language barrier – Planning to travel to South Korea for voice surgery, do you know of any good phrase cards?

So, once this COVID-19 situation dies down, I’m hoping to travel to South Korea to get voice surgery. Now, I remember hearing of these laminated cards that you could use to point to a phrase or something in order to help communicate. Do you know what these are called? (I called it a phrase card in the title of this post, but since NOTHING is coming up when I look for Korean phrase cards, I’m thinking it might be called something else). It might look something like this (but include a bit more information):

A picture of a page including phrases in English and Korean. On this particular page, it is a picture of phrases to use at restaurants and at the airport

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international travel – What happens when you die while traveling internationally?

The possibility of dying while travelling always existed even though a pandemic like COVID-19 makes it more likely as travel resumes while there could still be carriers of the virus. Of course one could get into a car accident, victim of crime, etc, so the question is:

What happens when you die?

Specifically, are there international treaties that establish a procedure to follow when a foreigner dies in a certain country? Now, I know that International treaties are rarely signed by all nations, so there will be exceptions but hopefully there are common procedures which is what I would like to know.

What do the treaties say? How is the burial or cremation procedure chosen? Do other countries respect a will created in another country? Do they send the body to the home country and who bares the costs of anything beyond a normal funeral?

Are procedures depending on the country of death, citizenship, residence or combination of these? If there are no treaties covering death of a foreigner, then it is possible we have to ask what happens when an Afghan dies in Albania to a Zambian in Zimbabwe!

air travel – What is the name for the set of the outbound segment and inbound segment together?

I have a technical naming question.

Image I have this set of flights for a passegner flying from Paris to Thailand:

International Outbound:

- From Paris (France), Airport Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
- To Bangkok (Thailand), Airport Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
- 1 stop at Istambul (IST)


- From the city (Bangkok/Thailand) (BKK)
- To the beaches of Phuket (Phuket/(Thailand) (HKT)
- No stops

International Inbound:

- From Phuket (Thailand), aiport Phuket (HKT)
- To Paris (France), Airport Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
- 2 stops, one at BKK, one at IST.

With all this, the terminology is:


  • Any “piece” of flight: Each piece you takeoff and land.
  • For example the outbound flight has 2 legs, the second one being IST-BKK


  • The set of legs that connect the origin to the destination.
  • For example when returning from Thailand to Paris, there’s one segment HKT-CDG which is made up of 3 legs.


What is the “name” for the full set of segments in the tourism industry?

Ie: The same way { leg CDG-IST + leg IST-BKK } is named “segment”

what is the name for { segment CDG-BKK + segment BKK-HKT + segment HKT-CDG }?

air travel – EU261, cancelled connection and predating duty of care

Unfortunately you are almost certainly due nothing.

Under normal circumstances, you would be due an amount of between 250 and 600 Euro under the “compensation” section of EU261, however the airline will almost certainly claim that the cancellation was caused by “extraordinary circumstances”, which absolves them of paying compensation.

“Extraordinary circumstances” does NOT absolve them of the “right to care” provisions of the legislation. That section states :

Right to care

1. Where reference is made to this Article, passengers shall be offered free of charge:
(a) meals and refreshments in a reasonable relation to the waiting time;
(b) hotel accommodation in cases
- where a stay of one or more nights becomes necessary, or
- where a stay additional to that intended by the passenger becomes necessary;

The problem in this circumstances is that no “stay” is necessary. If you agree to the earlier flight, then you will arrive at your destination (as far as BA is concerned) 1 day earlier than planned. It is not BA’s concern that you have a connecting flight the (now) following day – once they have delivered you to your destination (LHR) their commitment is completed.

If you had purchased the two tickets as a single itinerary, then you WOULD be due a hotel in London, as in this case the commitment of British Airlines would be to get you to your final destination, not just to London (this would be the case regardless of which airline the 2nd flight was book on, as long as the flights had been booked as a single ticket/PNR).

Despite no hotel or other compensation being due it would not hurt to at least ask for one. It is certainly possible that BA will provide you something as a customer service gesture, even though it’s not required by EU261.

(And before someone points it out, although the UK is no longer a member of the EU, part of the legislation around them exiting means that the legislation behind EU261 is still in effect and enforceable in the UK for a period of time)

air travel – When will commercial flights from Italy start again after the Covid-19 lockdown?

As @Arthur’sPass noted in the comments, around June 3rd:

Italy is taking a “calculated risk” as it moves to further ease its coronavirus lockdown measures, PM Giuseppe Conte has admitted.

He said “the contagion curve” could rise again, but the country could not afford to wait for a vaccine.

Mr Conte announced that travel to and from Italy, and between the country’s regions would be allowed from 3 June.

(source: BBC)

It could be a day earlier, as The Local mentions:

Alitalia said on Wednesday it would increase flights by 36 percent as Italy prepares to reopen all airports and welcome holidaymakers in June.

The troubled Italian airline, which is set to be nationalised, plans to resume flights between Rome and New York as well as certain flights to Spain, including from Rome to Madrid and Barcelona, from June 2nd.