Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Rhoda's Travel Bits & Tips

               Rhoda's Travel Bits and Tips
                           Can you Identify the pictures?
Hi Everyone,
Hope you are enjoying your summer, we are on Vancouver Island, BC. and this month has been simply beautiful.  I am sending out this short mid-month blog as I end up putting too much in my regular blog and always have items of interest left over. It will feature bits of this and that and travel tips. My next blog will focus on travellers with disabilities.
Below is two pictures taken on our holidays last November but I do not remember where they were taken, probably the Caribbean.  Send me an e-mail if you know, thanks.
Enjoy,  Rhoda Ross
 Somewhere in the Caribbean?
Anyone know?
 Cruise Ships in Port?
Anyone know what port this is?

The following is in part an article from US Airlines CEO Titled
It's Our Fault Carry-On Bags Have Become Such A Nightmare

"There are indeed bags that are getting down to the aircraft that should have been checked. We acknowledge that we've created the problem. We're not trying to blame the customer," he said. "We created this problem by charging for checking and not charging if you bring it on. People will do things to avoid paying that fee." 
Kirby, on the other hand, said there was no simple solution: 
"We acknowledge and recognize that there are more (carry-on) bags on the airplanes than there have been historically. As an airline, we've invested in an operations crew to run the operation better but it still creates that anxiety. I'm not sure what the right answer is. The right answer also depends on what the competitive environment is."
In lieu of more fees, competitors like Delta and United have answered the problem by installing roomier overhead bins
While wildly unpopular with passengers, some airlines like Spirit have had marked success with charging for carry-on bags. Spirit charges $30 for carry-on bags vs. $28 for the first checked bag, which helps deter people from cramming bags on the flight to save cash (those fees are set to rise to $35 and $30 in November). 
A recent Boeing study found it takes twice as long to board a 140-passenger domestic flight these days (30 to 40 minutes) than it did in 1970. 

There are several interesting links on this web site, check it out. Rhoda
To read the full article go to: 

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1
TSA and our security partners conducted extensive explosives testing since August 10, 2006 and determined that liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. The one bag limit per traveler limits the total amount each traveler can bring. Consolidating the bottles into one bag and X-raying them separately from the carry-on bag enables security officers to quickly clear the items.
3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) 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. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.
3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.
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. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening.
Carry-On Baggage
Carry-on baggage is a small piece of luggage you take onboard the airplane with you.  You are allowed one carry-on in addition to one personal item such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera case.
TSA will screen any "Carry-on" baggage that will fit through the x-ray machine; however, it is up to each individual air carrier as to whether the baggage fits the size restrictions for your flight.  Please check with the air carrier prior to proceeding through the security checkpoints.
Always keep your belongings "in sight".  You are responsible for your property as it proceeds through the screening process.

Checked Baggage
Checked baggage is luggage you check in at the ticket counter or curbside. It will not be accessible during your flight. When locking your checked bags, please use a TSA Accepted & Recognized Lock. TSA is mandated by Federal law to screen 100% of checked baggage. If your baggage alarms, unrecognized locks may have to be broken to access your bags. TSA will not reimburse passengers for unrecognized locks broken as a result of the security screening process.
DO NOT pack the following items in your checked baggage:
  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Laptop computers
  • Electronics
  • Fragile items (no matter how they are protected)
Below are a number of tips for packing your checked baggage:
  • Don't put film in your checked baggage, as the screening equipment will damage it.
  • Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage.
  • Avoid over packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection.  If possible, spread your contents over several bags.  Check with your airline or travel agent for maximum weight limitations.
  • Avoid packing food and drink items in checked baggage.
  • Don't stack piles of books or documents on top of each other; spread them out within your baggage.

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I welcome any comments, feel free to comment below, corrections always welcomed  or if you wish to see more of this line of content  or something that is of interest to you please let me know.
Thanks, Rhoda
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