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FLYING TIPS & RESOURCES
If you are traveling to the Yucatan during hurricane season, plan to be away 3 months or more, or you are traveling to remote jungle locations you are advised to register your itinerary with your country's consulate. This can be done on-line:
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HOW TO PREVENT LUGGAGE LOSS
Losing luggage is, as it seems, is an inseparable part of air travel. Approximately 1 per cent of bags that are checked in at airports worldwide get lost every year. Nevertheless, airlines are not eager to publicize how much baggage they lost.
Here are several ways to avoid or at least minimize the possible loss:
For example some 33 per cent of Australian travelers do not insure their bags because they believe nothing can happen or because they simply do not know how to insure their luggage.
There are also companies that offer services that should prevent baggage loss or make its finding easier. TRACE ME provides extremely durable tags. If the luggage gets lost the authorized baggage handler who finds it can easily, using the unique code from the tag, notify TRACE ME server via the internet. The server then generates an automatic message to the owner of the bag. It is safer than putting one's name all over their luggage.
Another method that prevents loosing a traveler's baggage and also makes traveling much more convenient is sending the luggage forward. There are for example, the services like Luggage Forward and Luggage Free. Some travelers are using U.S. Postal Service, FedEx Corp. or UPS Inc to get their belongings where they need them.
THINGS TO KNOW
Going it Alone: Avoiding Single Supplements
How to - or Avoid - Getting Bumped
Tempting the Thieves With the Pocketables
A New Drug May Prevent Jet Lag
Curing Jet Lag
Don't Drink Coffee Or Tea On An Airplane
Monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that water in airplanes' water tanks isn't always clean -- and coffee and tea are usually made from that water, not from bottled water, according to Victoria Day, a spokeswoman for the Air Transport Association.
The EPA advises anyone with a suppressed immune system or anyone who's "concerned" about bacteria to refrain from drinking coffee or tea on an airplane.
"While boiling water for one minute will remove pathogens from drinking water, the water used to prepare coffee and tea aboard a plane is not generally brought to a sufficiently high temperature to guarantee that pathogens are killed," according to the EPA's Web site.
According to the EPA, out of 7,812 water samples taken from 2,316 aircraft, 2.8 percent were positive for coliform bacteria. Although that sounds like a small number, this means 222 samples contained coliform bacteria.
If your flight is delayed, mention rule 240 and the airline will compensate you.
It's one of the greatest urban travel myths: mention rule 240 and you will get immediate compensation if your flight is delayed or canceled. Rule 240 was created years ago by Civil Aeronautics as a way to protect passengers. Although the rule did state that ticketholders would get placed on the next available plane if their flights were delayed or canceled, it is no longer in existence. Today, airlines are deregulated — which means that there is no law that says all airlines must compensate inconvenienced passengers.
However, citing rule 240 at the airline counter when your scheduled flight is canceled or delayed may help you. Why? Some airlines still have a "rule 240" in their contracts that offers a form of passenger protection in case of cancellations or delays.
FLYING WITH CHILDRENInformation on entry requirements for minors can be found here:
Entry Requirements for Minors
Useful information for traveling with children including flying tips can be found here:
INTERESTING TRAVEL STUFFAirline schedule changes at 300 U.S. airports - Interactive Graph
Jet Fuel Price Monitor - Each week IATA updates its jet fuel price index to provide the latest price data from the leading energy information provider Platts. The weekly index and price data shows the global average price paid at the refinery for aviation jet fuel.
Ship Tracker - Find any ship in the world and track it in real-time.
Cruise Timetables - This website has timetables for when cruise ships are in a particular port.
Where's George? - Track your money very interesting site.
Where's Willy? - Track your money for Canadians.
Can you name the World's Busiest Airports? - Game
Can you name the major airlines of the world? - Game
Packing Your Bags
Pack Entire Contents Of Luggage In Plastic Bags
Leave Phone Numbers At The Boarding Gate
Remove Old Luggage Tags
Once in Cuba we met a guy who got drunk on the flight and passed out in his taxi going to his hotel. He woke up on some deserted stretch of highway to find three guys going through his pockets just before they hit him on the head. He said he lost $2000.00 and all his luggage. He was there for the cigar conference and was apparently a regular visitor to Cuba.
There is no stand-by out of Cancun, Cozumel or Merida [unless you work for an airline].
Charters fly in and out on certain days of the week while major carriers fly everyday.
Having to connect in Mexico City to get to Cancun, Cozumel or Merida is no problem and only adds a couple hours of extra travel time depending on how close the connecting flights are.
Mexico City airport is easy to navigate and there are numerous help desks and personnel to assist you in connecting flights.
Your luggage is automatically moved from one airplane to the connecting airplane. You do not have to collect it then recheck it on your connecting flight.
It is a good idea to put suntan lotion on before you leave, especially in the winter months. This is so when you arrive in Mexico you are already prepared and do not have to dig out your lotion.
Wear zip-off pant/shorts so soon as you get off the airplane you can be in shorts.
NOTE: Metal zippers can set off the metal detector at security.
Under no circumstances should you take any photographs of customs at any airport [especially in the US]. You may end up in security explaining, your actions.
Do not carry exposed or unexposed film in your checked bags. Undeveloped film should go in your carry-on, and film faster than 800-speed can be handed to a screener for physical inspection so it can avoid being X-rayed. You may also want to ask for a hand inspection if you know your undeveloped film might be X-rayed more than five times before it is developed.
If you have more than two pieces of luggage and wish to avoid paying an extra bag fee, plastic wrap two bags together. This is allowed. - But, the weight must still be under regulation to avoid an extra over-weight charge.
Use a bathroom in the airport terminal before departure. On some flights the cabin crew begins beverage service shortly after the Fasten Seat Belts sign is turned off, and the serving cart may block access to the bathrooms.
Avoid flying if you have recently had abdominal, eye or oral surgery [especially a root canal]. The pressure changes that occur during climb and descent can result in discomfort.
If you have an upper respiratory or sinus infection, you may also experience discomfort resulting from cabin pressure changes.
Changes in pressure can temporarily block the Eustachian tube, causing your ears to pop or to experience a sensation of fullness. To equalize the pressure, swallow frequently; chewing gum sometimes helps. Yawning is also effective.
Avoid sleeping during descent; you may not swallow often enough to keep ahead of the pressure change.
If yawning or swallowing doesn't help, pinch your nostrils shut, then breathe in a mouthful of air. Using only your cheek and throat muscles, force air into the back of your nose as if you were trying to blow your thumb and finger off your nostrils. Be very gentle and blow in short successive attempts. When you hear or feel a pop in your ears, you have succeeded. Never force air from your lungs or diaphragm; this can create pressures that are too intense.
Mace can only go in your checked bags.
Check carry-on bags for pocket-knifes, key chains with mini replica weapons or any other item that could be suspect.
Golf Clubs - Before flying, thoroughly clean your golf clubs. Residual traces of chemicals used in golf course turf maintenance could trigger baggage security devices.
Sports Gear such as baseball bats and lacrosse sticks - must be checked.
Fishing Tackle must be checked.
Fireworks are not allowed on airplanes, in checked or carry-on baggage.
Airline air is dry; if you wear contact lenses, blink often, limit reading and use eye-drops.
3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.
One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.
Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.
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