Insider Baggage Tips for Traveling Seniors

Mar 9th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

TSA: Travel Assistant is a very helpful site that will give you an insider view of how those folks who check you into an airport via the security checkpoint work..  Those checkpoints are there to make sure that travelers can not bring anything aboard the plane that might put passengers and crew in danger.   With this URL you will find many travel tips to make your screening experience hassle-free. Even if you have passed through this area many times, you may want to review their step-by-step screening video and follow the 3-1-1- procedure (1 3.4 ounce bottle or less (by volume), 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag and 1 bag per passenger placed in the screening bin.  

 

20 travel tips from Air-Travel Insiders describes the difference between “direct” and “nonstop” flights, and always opt for the latter. Unlike nonstops, direct flights can touch down at other airports on the way to their ultimate destinations.  While stops are built in to the total travel time, the potential delays they can cause aren’t. “Whenever possible, fly nonstop.”   I did a “dumb thing” in a flight from Buenos Aires to San Paulo when my wife and I thought we had arrived in SP it was Florianopolis.  We deplaned and had difficulty getting back on the plane.  We were unaware that this was a “direct” flight and not a “nonstop..”  Twenty Tips provides advice on many issues that you may experience as you travel by air. 

 

Know your airport’s code.  Airport location identifiers, commonly known as airport codes, are assigned to airports throughout the world by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).  Along with airline designators and transport document accounting codes, these three-character codes are required to identify airlines, destinations, and traffic documents.  These three sets of codes are used by myriad computer systems to process passenger and cargo traffic information smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end of each flight.  I speak from experience.   As I was departing Marseille (France) for Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CID) I noted that the code tag was not correct.  It was for the Ivory Coast.  Imagine that.  My suitcase would have traveled to Africa and possibly never to be seen again.  I said in French…”No, No that is not correct.”  It was “corrected” and this time was to be sent to Mumbai, India. The neat part was that after two incorrect tags, I was upgraded to business class.  When my group members passed by me in business class they asked “What are you doing up here?” I reponded…”Don’t Ask!”  So KNOW YOUR AIRPORT CODE of your final destination and where you want your suitcase to end up.  Many have weird three letter codes.  It has been said that “Someday I hope to travel all the places where my suitcase has been.” 

 

It is a good idea to wrap a bright colorful and easily identifiable ribbon on your suitcase handle to make it easier to identify on the carousel.  Be present when your suitcase arrives.  I had one stolen at the airport in Brussels as I was the last one off the plane with a large group of travelers.  Two weeks in France without a suitcase…not cool!  The airline did compensate me but not nearly in the amount that I lost.  

 

The Traveler Insider provides full information on what to do in case your bag does not arrive or is stolen.  Know your rights.  Did you know that the airline is liable for compensation up to a maximum of $3,300 per bag (it was raised from $3,000 a few months ago).  Learn Domestic airport codes and International codes and carry a copy for each leg of your trip.

 

When packing place all your suitcase items and your cash in two piles.  Now take out half of your clothing and double your cash.  Now you are packed and ready to leave.   jeb



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