Question: Is there a national telephone service that offers up-to-date information about flight delays, weather, airport transportation and other travel facilities ?
Answer: Airline Passengers of America, based in Alexandria, Va., has a number providing such information: (800) 872-2359. The service costs 75 cents a minute, charged to your Visa or MasterCard.
Q: What is the amount of duty-free merchandise that travelers can bring back from the U.S. Virgin Islands ?
A: The duty-free allowance is $800 for U.S. island possessions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam, but not Puerto Rico.
Q: During our extended foreign trip we’d like to receive mail from home. Can this be sent care of our consulates or embassies ?
A: They don’t handle private mail . Have it sent to general delivery at post offices in cities you are planning to visit. Some banks and credit-card companies also will hold mail for you.
Q: Can we bring back a parrot or parakeet sold in Mexican shops ?
A: Mexican birds, though widely sold, cannot be imported into the United States.
Q: Is it really safe to pass film through airport X-ray machines ?
A: Some photographers still worry about possible damage. For a free folder on how to avoid problems, write to the National Assn. of Photographic Manufacturers, 550 Mamaroneck Ave., Harrison, N.Y. 10528; (914) 698-7603.
Q: I’d like to join a university educational tour. Must one be a student or alumnus to be eligible ?
A: Many colleges and universities sponsor trips for alumni, students and teachers, but outsiders often are accepted. Contact institutions in your area or your travel agent.