1. Adhere to the rules. Know tlw baggage limits for each leg of your trip so you can pack smart. On most domestic flights, two checked bags are allowed per ticketed passenger. (See previous pages for detalt0 On some international segments. baggage allowances are determined by weight rather than by number of pieces so know the rules before packing.
2. Use sturdy ID tags. Always have an ID lag on every bag, carry ens included. Use a sturdy tag with a durable strap—airline paper tags with elastic straps arc a very pom, emergency-only choice. The best tags have a cover hiding your name. llus cover could be a photo of you—proof of ownership In any language. To protect your privacy, use your business address and phone whenever possible.
3. Include your Identification Information Inside the bag. This Is especially important in the outside tag Is lost en route Place an itinerary In an outside pocket or Inside your bag on top so the airline can track you in transit, in the event your bag Is delayed or misrouted.
4. Check your bags as early as possible. Airlines suggest at least 90 minutes In advance (Iwo hours for international travel) but at daily high traffic times and with seasonal crowding you should add 30 minutes to this time. Inst. minute checked bags simply may not make it through security screening to the plane, so check In early. t tinny having a relaxed snack before a flight or having time to place phone calls so always check In early. You can use any extra time before boarding to shop, have breakfast, or read the paper.
5. Remove any old baggage claim tap from your luggage. They can cause destination confusion. Take off any detachable straps and luck them Into your carry-on bag tome straps get caught in the baggage-handling systems and can seriously damage your hag as well as the Ma lunery
6. Mark your bags well. Mark clearly so you can recognise your black bag In a sea of bLick bags_ Distinctive marks emphasize ownership quickly. Put a big X on each side with colored tape; attach a bright triller bun lightly to the handle, put your initials In large, colored, stick-on letters on the skies or apply unique bright stickers For added security, use a brightly colored strap around the middle of the bag to hold it together In case of tipper or latch failure—this makes your bag easier to identify too.
7. Make sure that your bags have been ticketed to the correct destination and on the correct flight numbers before you leave the sky cap area or ticket counter. Airlines now lag bags with bar codes, which is much mole accurate than the old visual system, but it is still possible for an error to occur Barbara Se’s bags were checked to the wrong Portland on a business trip, but she knew the airport codes and caught the error before it was too late
8. Do a bag count every time you check or claim bags. Do II when you board or St a bus Of taxi, or Mint at or depart from a hotel, too
9. Insure your bags (if this important to you). Ask for “excess valuation” at the ticket counter. Your bags will be tagged with a code that lets baggage handlers know that these bags get special treatment and extra careful routing This Increases the airline’s liability to as high as 55,000 at a cost of about 52 per 5100; for 520 you can add another $1,000 of coverage Under current rules, airlines are liable for only up to 32500 for baggage loss or damage. See page 103 for more on insurance.
10. Always pack • survival kit In your carry-on Include basics needed should your hags he delayed I pack a small cosmetics case prescriptions and other medications, a change of underwear. and a clean blouse.
now the Carry-on Baggage Rules
Follow these TSA came on luggage rules now in effect in every airport In the US to ensure a stress-free trip.
I One carry-on bag per passenger on domestic flights, plus one personal Item. The bag may not exceed 45 linear inch-es (length width depth). Personal items can be a purse, laptop, briefcase, or bag that will Bt under the seat In front of you. Pack your canyon bag so the contents are easily examined. See-through containers speed hand checking of cosmetics or groups of clothing. International carriers may be more restrictive so contact each carrier you will be traveling on and ask about their carry-on policies
2 No knives or cutting instruments of any size allowed in an aircraft cabin, train, or bus. Pocketknives may be carried only in checked baggage. No sharp object of any kind or size is allowed to pass through security checkpoints on tour person or in a carry on bag. Pack these items in checked baggage only.
3. Measure your carry-on, wheel-aboard bag carefully. The maximum allowable total dimension is 45 linear inches. Length – width – depth = linear inches; be sure to include wheels and handle. Measure the bag yourself, do not simply read the dimensions on a tag. Often the manufacturer measures the packable inferior size of the bag, not the exterior (including wheels and handle) If you pack in the exterior pockets, your bag may be rejected by the airline .