FLYING OUT OF QUEEN ALIA AIRPORT

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡ΈπŸ”œπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Headed back to LA for a wedding. Here's a few peculiarities about my home base airport.
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    Uber is BAE
    Trying to argue with taxis is expensive and frustrating, and who has a car? Uber charges a flat 15JD from anywhere in Amman to the airport. No smoking and no hitting-on-the-passenger. Bless.
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    Headed west? Takeoff: 1am
    Almost all flights to the states will stick you with a departure time in the middle of the night. Get used to it. ((I fly AirFrance/Delta so I always get into LAX mid afternoon.))
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    I was illegal. Oops.
    Overstayed my visa by... A bit. The fine is 1.5JD per day. You have to step out of the passport control line to pay your overstay fees. It's a huge pain, but ultimately not a problem.
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    Please remove your... Nevermind
    I was asked to remove my hoodie until I showed them I was only wearing a tank top underneath. What is this, a brothel? Sweatshirt stayed on.
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    Airport special treat: Starbucks
    I live a few neighborhoods away from Starby's, so it's always a special treat. The airport has a McDonald's and Popeyes... And falafel and shawarma, if you're feeling it.
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    The one Arab stereotype I don't get...
    Why do Arab families have SO MUCH LUGGAGE?! Almost every family I see at the airport has 3-4 checked bags per person. Where are you going with all that stuff?! (I am a chronic under packer and am going to LA with one checked bag and a carry-on.)
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    See you soon, America!
    With a brief pain aux chocolate at CDG for brekky.