RULES & SUGGESTIONS
In addition to
carry on luggage restrictions & regulations, passengers must
be prepared to present a local, state, or federal
government-issued identification card at the boarding gate,
along with the boarding pass. In the past, passengers were
required to show an ID at the ticket counter, but not at the
gate. And travelers and their bags may be subject to additional
carry on luggage restrictions & regulations will reduce the
time needed to screen baggage, giving screeners more time to
examine bags and passengers closely.
released the following travel tips "to help air travelers
accommodate and assist" the heightened security measures:
heightened measures require more time to properly screen
travelers. Travelers should contact their airline to find
out how early they should arrive at the airport.
- Take public
transportation to the airport if possible. Parking and
curbside access is likely to be controlled and limited.
check-in is available on an airline-by-airline basis.
Travelers should contact their airline to see if it is in
place at their airport.
government-issued ID (federal, state or local) is required.
Travelers may be asked to show this ID at subsequent points,
such as at the gate, along with their boarding passes.
travelers should check with their airline to make sure they
have proper documentation. Written confirmation, such as a
letter from the airline acknowledging the reservation, may
ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the screener
checkpoints, except for those with specific medical or
traveler will be limited to one carry-on bag and one
personal bag (i.e., purse or briefcase).
electronic items, such as laptops and cell phones, may be
subjected to additional screening. Be prepared to remove
your laptop from its travel case so that both can be X-rayed
- Limit metal
objects worn on person.
should remove all metal objects prior to passing through the
metal detectors in order to facilitate the screening
prohibited from aircraft cabins which must be placed in, or
transported as, checked baggage or risk confiscation:
- Knives of
any length, composition or description.
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.
- Golf clubs
- Pool cues
- Ski poles
- When in
doubt, transport item in checked baggage
canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited
items are not concealed)
razors (including disposable razors)
(with documented proof of medical need)
- Eye lash
At the gate:
must be prepared to present a valid photo identification
card, along with their boarding pass.
and their bags may be subjected to additional screening.
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
information may change at anytime and already may be outdated at
the time of this writing. This information is only meant
to be a suggestion and it is highly recommended that you contact
either the FAA or your airline for specific information.
Planning a trip?
Thinking about carrying-on your luggage?
If so, here are a few tips for you:
-The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45
linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag).
Anything larger should be checked.
-No oversize packages or luggage can be stowed
-Pack less to carry-on. Stow only your essentials
(such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items, passports and other
documentation) and valuable items, such as jewelry or cameras, in your
-Plan to check more of your baggage and carry-on less.
-Check with your airline before packing to determine its
carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items you may carryon and
the maxiumum size of those items.
-In certain situations the airline may require most or even
all of your bags to be checked, so be prepared to do so.
-Carry-on items which may fall from overhead bins can
injure you or other passengers during flight or in the event of an
-Stow heavy items under the seat in front of you, not
-Don't stack items in the overhead storage bin.
-If an emergency evacuation is necessary, leave your
carry-on items on the plane. Retrieving personal items may impede the
safe evacuation of passengers.
-Remember, be safety conscious when stowing your carry-on
Have a Question?
-Call your airline or visit its web site.
-Check with your travel agent.
-Check the FAA
cabin safety web page at: www.faa.gov/avr/afs/cabin.htm
should I pack in my carry-on luggage?
can be lost, your best defense is a well-packed carry-on bag.
This is the
best place for your travel documents, itinerary and coupons.
valuables, such as jewelry and electronics, are also safest in
converter and/or adapter, if you plan on using any electrical
if you are traveling into a region with an unfamiliar
A list of
everything in your checked baggage, in case you need to fill
out a claim form.
phone numbers of friends, relatives and contact phone numbers
of your doctor.
A copy of
your credit card numbers and contact information.
A copy of
your travelers checks and contact information
also include a one-night stay package in your carry-on, in
other words, everything you’ll need to make it one night in
case your bags are delayed or lost.
umbrella, sweater, change of shoes, extra pair of eyeglasses,
camera, film, batteries, first aid kit, moist towelettes.
for all those hotel curtains that won’t quite close.
also pack your medication, especially temperature sensitive
medication, in your carry-on keeping your pills in their
original bottles to help avoid security questions.
It is also
best if your carry-on bags are plain. A computer logo may look
cool, but it also says " Hey, look everybody I have
something really expensive in here. Now watch cause if I only
look away for a second, it’s steak dinners on me".
Put lots of
crisp one-dollar bills in with your other cash. This will come
in handy when dealing with all the skycaps, bus drivers and
can I avoid damaging my film?
film is the most susceptible to damage, but all your film is
film in your checked bags used to be a safer bet, but with
stronger bomb detection devices, your film is now more likely
to get fried.
carrying cases designed for protecting film.
You can ask
for a manual inspection in the United States and some foreign
airports to avoid the x-rays if you place your film in your
walkthrough and hand wand security devices shouldn’t effect
bet for film is to buy it after you arrive and develop it
before you go. This may not be the cheapest route, but it is
the best guarantee to keep your memories safe.
are the size and weight restrictions for my luggage?
- Since the
Airlines’ luggage restrictions are going through a recent
period frequent change, you should check directly with your
Airline as to size, weight and number of bags that you can
check and carry-on.
- In many cases,
the Airlines have added new limits on both carry-on and
checked baggage. You should check, but most Airlines limit
their carry-on bags to a range of 14" to 16" high,
21" to 24" wide, and 8" to 9" deep. The
lower limits are for under seat storage and larger limits for
the more generous overhead compartment. A 45" total (height+width+depth)
can be used as a basic guideline to see if your bag will be
allowed as a carry-on.
- Most Airlines
have a carry-on weight limit of 40 pounds and a checked
baggage weight limit of 70 pounds.
- Some Airlines
allow you a larger size and weight for your first bag, but
have more restrictive limits for additional bags.
Airlines’ limits vary if you are taking a domestic or
international flight, are flying first, business or coach
class or if you are a member of their premium membership
- All limits are
much more strictly enforced then in the past. Bags are weighed
at check-in and many Airlines have placed bag-sizers at their
gates. If your carry-on bags are too big, you’ll have to
check them and that might cause them to be classified as
"extra bags" which usually carries an extra charge.
If you bags are too heavy, you can be charged a rather high
overweight luggage charge.
many pieces of luggage can I take with me?
- Just because
you sneaked it on once, don’t always expect to get away with
it. More rigorous enforcement of the rules and more and more
bag-sizer stations will likely catch you now. This is
especially true during the holidays and other peak flying
times when the Airlines are watching closely since the planes
are full and everyone is trying to sneak lots of stuff on the
- During periods
of high security, you may be required to check items you would
normally be allowed to carry onboard the aircraft.
- Most Airlines
allow for a combination of three bags to be divided among your
carry-on and checked baggage. You’ll want to check with your
specific Airline, since there are differences in their
allowance programs. The Airlines also look at some items
differently; some will count a laptop or briefcase against
your allowance, while others will not.
- You may be
allowed to bring more luggage free of charge if you are
traveling on a first or business class ticket or are a member
of the Airline’s premium membership club.
- If you plan on
bringing extra luggage, you had better check with the Airline
to see if they will allow it on the plane. Even if you are
willing to pay an extra fee, they can still refuse your extra
luggage if the plane is already full. If you do receive
permission to bring the extra luggage, have the person
granting the permission note this on your reservation and be
sure to get their name.
- If you are
changing Airlines during your trip, you’ll need to take into
account the luggage limits for all the Airlines you’ll use.
What is acceptable to one Airline may bring an extra charge on
- Check the
regulations when making connecting flights in European or
other foreign countries. You may be held to more restrictive
luggage limits while flying within the area than you did
flying into the area.
- If you are
flying on a commuter Airline for any leg of your trip,
you’ll need to know their luggage limits. Many commuter
Airlines have limited space and only allow carry-on baggage,
they also have more restrictive weight limits.
can I avoid extra charges for my luggage?
luggage limits on all the Airlines you’ll use on your trip
and try to stay within those limits.
pack, overweight bags have caused a great many injuries to
baggage handlers. To try to discourage people, the Airlines
often charge a hefty fee for handling an overweight bag.
If you really
need the items, then you should check into paying the extra
bag fee. It is usually cheaper to divide your items into two
bags and pay the extra bag fee than pay one overweight bag
charge. You might also avoid the embarrassment of having your
luggage explode because they are packed too full.