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Mark every piece of luggage inside and outside with your last name and first initial only. Do not use a title [Mz.] Do not put your home address or destination address on the luggage unless your destination is a hotel or resort.

Flight Times
To Cancun Airport

m = minutes

New York3 hr 45 m
Chicago3 hr 30 m
Denver4 hr 10 m
Miami1 hr 45 m
Houston2 hr
Toronto4 hr
Vancouver6 hr 20 m
Montreal4 hr 30 m
London10 hr 40 m
Munich11 hr 50 m
Paris11 hr
Madrid10 hr 40 m
Rome12 hr
Mexico City2 hr
Merida45 m
 

 

Buckle Up!

Mexico now has
a seat-belt law.

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:

USA: U.S. Department of State
Canada: Registration of Canadians Abroad

U.S.Transportation Security Administration
TSA Permitted and Prohibited Carry-On Items
U.S. Passport Information
U.S.Consular Information Sheet

Transport Canada
Canada Permitted & Prohibited Carry-On Items
[Europe] Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mexican Laws
Mexicanlaws S.A. de C.V. is a Mexican corporation that provides English translations of current Mexican legislation.



LOST LUGGAGE

Keep your bags safe with: TRACE ME Luggage Tracker

Cancun Airport Lost Bags Our unique registration and recovery service provides a strong, durable tag for your luggage with an individual serial number and 2D bar code linked for life to your registration details on a secure data storage system used by law enforcement agencies, airport baggage handling organisations and lost property services across the globe. - TRACE ME Luggage Tracker

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:

  • A traveler should prefer direct flights.
  • It is also advisable to remove all the old airline stickers from the luggage.
  • Travelers should not check their luggage at the last minute and they also should make sure that the handler attached the correct destination sticker on every bag.
  • The luggage should be easily distinguishable from all the other black suitcases so if it gets lost the search would be easier.
  • Valuables should naturally be carried in a hand luggage.
  • Last but not least there is the insurance.
  • 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.

    There is a little-known deal you can get through most major airlines called “excess valuation,” which even the reservation agents do not know about. Only counter agents do, and you should ask for it when you check in and check your bag. It provides up to $5,000 additional coverage, at a rate of approximately $1 per $100 in value.   Source: 7 tips for avoiding lost baggage

    7 Tips For Avoiding Lost Baggage
    The Ins And Outs Of Lost And Found



    THINGS TO KNOW

    Going it Alone: Avoiding Single Supplements
    "It's like a double punishment," says the 51-year-old New York dentist. "You're going alone, and you have to pay more for the pleasure. If you are feeling sorry for yourself, the single supplement is a real slap in the face."

    How to - or Avoid - Getting Bumped
    You arrive at the airport, pass through security and head to your gate, only to find that your plane is overbooked. Someone — or several someones — won't make it onto your flight. Could that someone be you?

    Tempting the Thieves With the Pocketables
    My air travel miseries have included being canceled, delayed, cramped, discombobulated, disturbed, price gouged, hassled, hustled and, on one occasion, nearly killed. So far, though, I have not been robbed.

    A New Drug May Prevent Jet Lag
    It is not only travellers and shift workers who might benefit if tasimelteon leaps all the hurdles that remain before it can be approved. Sleep problems also beset the elderly and the blind. Indeed, one melatonin analogue, called ramelteon, is already used to treat chronic insomnia.

    Curing Jet Lag
    WE SHOULD be wary of a phrase like “a cure for jet lag”, but trials of tasimelteon, a new pill trumpeted in the current edition of the Lancet, are certainly intriguing.

    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.

    Tests show contaminated water on airplanes - KGO-TV San Francisco, CA
    Summary of airplane water tests released by EPA through February 11, 2008

    We were told; "you absolutely cannot get a decent cup of Tea on an airplane because the water does not get hot enough."

    At high altitudes, air pressure is lower than at sea level, so the water used to make Tea & Coffee doesn't have to get as hot to get to boiling. Because the temperature of the boiling water is lower at high elevations than at sea level, it takes longer to cook things.

    RULE 240

    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 CHILDREN

    Information 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:

    Flying With Children
    Traveling with Baby



    INTERESTING TRAVEL STUFF

    Airline 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
    Test your aviation knowledge.

    Can you name the major airlines of the world? - Game
    Test your aviation knowledge.

    Airline Toll-Free Numbers and Websites
    World Time Server
    Airplane Seating - Airline Info


    FLYING TIPS

    Baggage Locks
    TSA suggests that you prevent the need to break your locks by using TSA-recognized locks. These "special" locks can be opened by TSA using tools provided to them by participating industry members and can be purchased at any store that sells locks.

    Packing Your Bags
    TSA suggests that travelers consider how they pack and understand that Federal Security Screeners may have to open and physically search a bag as part of the screening process. Overstuffed bags are more difficult to close once opened which could result in delays or problems with checked luggage.

    Tourist Card
    You need to fill out a Mexican Tourist Card, which you hand over to immigration when you enter Mexico. We have actually experienced flights where the flight staff did not hand out the card in-flight saying they were not necessary. The entire flight had to get cards and fill them out while standing in line after landing, which caused a major delay at the airport. Tourist Cards are absolutely necessary. Insist the airline give you one to fill out while in-flight.

    Pack Entire Contents Of Luggage In Plastic Bags
    Union rules dictate that if there is an electrical storm ALL outside airline workers MUST go inside. If your luggage is in an open-air transporter or is on the conveyer belt going into the plane when the call goes out for employees to go inside, they just leave your bags in the rain. We actually saw our own luggage [backpacks] sit on a transporter in the rain for about an hour. Upon arrival the entire contents of our bags were soaking wet. We have noticed that some airlines use covered transporters, while some do not.

    Leave Phone Numbers At The Boarding Gate
    Write full name and phone numbers (include country area code) of relatives/friends not traveling with you on that part of your boarding pass which airline staff take from you at the boarding gate. It makes it easier for airlines to contact your relatives in case of emergency.

    Remove Old Luggage Tags
    One of the main reasons luggage goes to the wrong flights is because of old destination tags and check-in tags.

    Avoid Alcohol
    - it's more intoxicating at high altitudes
    - alcohol on breath at customs is not cool
    - flight attendants can flag you as a drunk (hassle you)
    - if you do get drunk you could miss your hotel transfer shuttle (this happens).

    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.

    Prescription Medications
    If you take prescription medications, bring enough to last through your entire trip, and then some allowing for a delayed return. Take along a copy of the prescription, or your doctor's name and telephone number, in case the medication is lost or stolen. The medicine should be in the original prescription bottle in order to avoid questions at Customs inspections. The name on the bottle must match the name in the identification documentation of the owner of the meds. Carry it in a pocket or a carry-on bag; don't pack it in a checked bag, in case the bag is lost.


    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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