New FAA Airline Regulations: How You're Affected

 

The Federal Aviation Agency new rules regarding air travel affect all travelers. Cruise passengers no longer have the luxury of saying good-bye to their bags once they've checked in at the airport. You must now claim your bags at the airport, take them to waiting transportation and then check them personally at the cruise port.

Below is a summary of the most pertinent regulations and links to the major airlines. Be sure check your air carrier's website some airlines have implemented their own regulations in addition to the FAA's and have specific information regarding the size and type of carry-on luggage, what constitutes a "personal item," etc.

In summary, the new FAA guidelines/regulations are as follows:

  • Passengers are limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item (such as handbag or briefcase) on all flights.
  • Allow extra time for check-in. Contact your airline to find out how early you need to arrive at the airport.
  • Check with your airline or local airport regarding parking and curbside access. Curbside check-in is available at some, but not all, airports.
  • A government issued ID (can be federal, state or local) with photo ID is required and you may be asked to show your ID at other checkpoints, including at the gate, along with boarding passes.
  • Got an E-ticket? Check with your airline to be sure you have proper documentation ahead of time. Some airlines require written confirmation acknowledging the reservation.
  • Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the screening checkpoints unless there is a special medical or parental need.
  • Electronic items, such as laptops and cell phones, may be subject to additional screening. Be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case so that both can be X-rayed separately.
  • Remove all metal objects from your person before you pass through the metal detectors to facilitate the screening process.

Some items are prohibited in aircraft cabins. The following items must be placed in checked baggage:

  • Knives of any length, composition or description
  • Cutting instruments of any kind and composition, including carpet knives and box cutters (and spare blades), any device with a folding or retractable blade, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors and metal nail files.
  • Corkscrews
  • Baseball/softball bats
  • Golf clubs
  • Pool cues
  • Ski poles
  • Hockey sticks.

Items that are permitted in the aircraft cabin include:

  • Pets (check with airline for procedures)
  • Walking canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed)
  • Nail clippers
  • Safety razors (including disposable razors) (although I know of one situation when this, too, was confiscated)
  • Syringes (with medication and professionally printed label identifying medication or manufacturer's name)
  • Tweezers and eyelash curlers.

And at all times:

  • Control all bags and personal items.
  • Do not bring anything onboard for another person.
  • Report any unattended items in the airport or aircraft to the nearest airport or airline personnel.

For further information and updates from the FAA visit their website.

Below are websites for the major airlines

 

 

 

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