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capturet
1969-12-31 16:00:00

You can't. I assume you have an employee pass.  In  this day and age ID's are thoroughly checked so no one else could use your pass.

sparker1
1969-12-31 16:00:00

I don't know if you're flying on an employee's privileges, but if you are...

It's against the rules of pass travel to use standby flights for business purposes. The employee could lose their benefits if the wrong people found out.

By the way, cigarettes are getting very expensive in the USA and Canada. I was in St. Maarten recenly and they cost about $1 per pack. In Canada $9.50.

ArtForms
1969-12-31 16:00:00

I think that if you read the fine print in whatever agreement gives you standby flight privilege, you'll find serious limitations on how and for what purpose you can use that privilege.

Additionally, there are zillions of other legal ramifications that you'd have to be aware of—being able to fly for free is in fact almost insignificant compared to these other considerations, if you want to do things legally.

screwdri
1969-12-31 16:00:00

You can't.  There was a time when a very minute number of passengers could standby--as a pre-approved courier--on a few select and rare international flights for very low prices, but since 9-11, those days are gone....

Baggage allowances are so low, and excess baggage fees so high, that couriering your own goods seems like a difficult way to make some cash--unless you're importing something like rare feathers, for example.

Keep in mind that if your travel is for work, and you actually perform work in another country, you might well be liable for tax on income earned there--further complicating the idea.

Have you considered going with older people who might need some assistance while travelling?  Just an idea.

joedlh
1969-12-31 16:00:00

I do know someone who has the same ability who travels back and forth to Japan to teach English. I also have thought of import/export, though I don't know much about it.  Being an antiques scout/buyer was suggested to me.  I doubt I could compete in the photoessay/travel writer category.  Do you have any ideas?  Thanks.