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Battery Travel

By Linda Tancs

Alkaline, nickel cadmium, lithium ion.  Sounds like a chemistry class, doesn’t it?  No wonder, then, that the transport of these battery-making materials is addressed by the Transportation Security Administration.  You might be surprised to learn that typical, consumer-sized batteries are allowable in carry-on baggage.  In fact, whenever possible the TSA encourages the safe packing of your batteries in your carry-ons rather than checked bags so that the items are easily accessible in the event that onboard conditions give way to potential hazards.

Will the Spirit Move You?

By Linda Tancs

As many readers may have learned, Spirit Airlines has taken the unprecedented step of charging for carry-on baggage that must be placed in the overhead bin.  Excluded from the baggage fee will be a single personal item that fits underneath the seat.   The new fee system also excludes such sundries as coats, umbrellas, car seats (for children holding a ticket), cameras and assistive devices.  The fee for the airline’s online club members is $20.  Nonmembers pay an online fee of $30, including phone and check-in customers.  The gate fee is $45.  Is this a shameless move for more revenue or an enlightened approach towards thwarting an uptick in checked baggage masquerading as carry-ons?  Take the poll below.



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Kid Travel Made Easy

By Linda Tancs

It isn’t easy traveling with young kids, as anyone witnessing or engaging in the juggling act of strollers, carriers and car seats can attest. Checking all that paraphernalia at the gate is no fun, either. And watching it clunk down some dirty baggage carousel is even worse. So what’s a parent to do? Try Gate Check, a bright red drawstring travel bag for children’s gear. If only luggage packing could be this easy.

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Lost Baggage Rule Gets Facelift

By Linda Tancs

Amidst the doom and gloom of baggage mishandling comes a rainbow: the Department of Transportation has increased liability for lost baggage arising from domestic travel from $3000 to $3300, effective today. This means an airline needn’t pay you a penny more than the DOT rate for your losses. Of course, you shouldn’t be packing Sunday’s best (or–gasp–electronic equipment or heirloom jewelry) in that checked bag in any event. Chances are, you’d consider it irreplaceable, no matter how much money the DOT is willing to throw at you. The same is true for international travel, but the compensation rate is about halved.

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Message in a Bottle

By Linda Tancs

Air travel is rarely hassle-free, as many can attest. The last thing you need is to open your luggage and find that a sticky goo or stain has invaded your neatly-packed, wrinkle-free clothing. The culprit? Probably those cheap plastic containers you bought to house your little 3-ounce toiletries. Never fear–Pitotubes is here. Hailed as the protector of your liquid assets, the company makes kits, jars and bottles (pumps or spray heads) designed to be shatterproof, leak-proof and refillable. The message? Sometimes good things do come in small packages.

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The Price of Excess

By Linda Tancs

In the good old days, excess baggage generally meant checked baggage that exceeded two freebies, or bags that went over the standard weight or size.  In any of those limited cases, additional fees would apply.  Now, however, at least one major carrier has broken with tradition.  As has been widely reported, United Airlines will now charge economy-class customers with non-refundable tickets $25 for a second checked bag for travel within the U.S. and to or from Canada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.  High-tiered frequent flyers, award ticket holders, refundable ticket holders, first class and business class passengers need not worry–the two-bag freebie continues to apply.  Is it reasonable to assume that if fuel prices drop down, the newest surcharge will go away?  If fuel prices continue to escalate and, in the absence of a huge public outcry, the surcharge sticks, will other airlines follow suit?  Readers, weigh in.

3-1-1 Rule Revisited

By Linda Tancs

As any traveler knows, 3-1-1 (the rule restricting carry-on liquids to 3 ounces in a single quart-sized, ziplock bag) has evolved into a global rule for the promotion of safe air travel.  The TSA Web site reports that the following countries have adopted the rule: 

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Of course, all travelers should exercise caution and watchfulness (especially during busy holiday seasons such as this) regardless of the rules in play (or lack thereof), as the TSA recommends.

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