June 15, 2012
Top 10 Baggage Tips for Airline Passengers
The following advice from AirSafe.com should help your attendees avoid many of the common problems that passengers have with carry-on or checked luggage. We've also included some stories on air travel to help keep you up-to-date.
1. Travel with only carry-on luggage
When using only carry-on luggage, the risk having of checked luggage lost or stolen is negligible.
2. Do not put heavy items in the overhead storage bins
While the weight limit for carry-on items is generally about 40 lbs., even a much lighter bag can cause severe injury if it falls out of the bin.
3. Put your contact information inside and outside every bag
In addition to this basic information, add a copy of your itinerary to each bag.
4. Customize the look of your bag to make it easy to identify
You might be able to easily pick your bag out among a sea of luggage, but a patterned ribbon will keep other passengers from picking it up by mistake.
5. Keep valuable items with you
Money, laptop computers, electronic files, and other items of high value should be stowed under your seat.
6. Double check the tags on your bag
Every piece of checked luggage should have a three-letter airport identifier that matches your destination airport, and it's best to dauble check this tag at the counter.
7. Make sure that you keep the stub from your checked luggage
Your baggage stub may be small, and even smudged, but it's a critical document that will be needed if your luggage is lost by the airline.
8. Immediately report the loss of checked luggage
If your checked bag does not arrive at your destination, immediately report this problem to the baggage agent on duty or an airline representative.
9. Be prepared to deal with a lost bag
Pack key items in your carry-on bag like extra underwear or essential items for a business meeting so you can continue your trip if checked bags are lost or delayed.
10. Don't pack hazardous goods
There are quite a number of materials, some of them not so obvious, that may pose a risk if taken on an aircraft. Check the TSA's website before flying to make sure you're complying with their rules.
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