Posted by Bukky Enuha on Saturday, May 10, 2014 Under: Tourism, Travels & Tours
Airline Checked Baggage Regulations

Baggage check or airport check-in is a service offered by commercial airlines; allowing flyers to have their luggage carried in the cargo area of an airplane. Before passengers board their plane, they turn over their luggage to the airline; they are then united with their items at the destination.

Airlines always enforce limits on carry-on bags. Luggage that exceeds these limits is not allowed into the aircraft's main cabin and need to be checked in. This allows sufficient space in the cabin as well as quicker boarding and disembarkation.
Checked luggage has a size and weight limit, and all excess requires a fee. Checked luggage restrictions vary from airline to airline. So, it's important to find out about airline rules and baggage fees before you begin packing. Details can often be found on your itinerary or simply call your travel agent for clarification.
Checking Your Luggage
At the airport check-in desk, an airline agent first inspects tickets, passports (including visas, if required) and other documents. The passenger then turns over the luggage for checking. All baggage is weighed, inspected, and tagged by the airline agent. If there are any baggage fees, this is the time to pay them. Some airlines require you to fill out a luggage tag for each item; this will be helpful in case your bags are misplaced, so be sure to give correct information.

 Tips for Checking Baggage

• Excess baggage requires a fee, so it is best to pack light.
• Know the allowances and prohibitions, and follow them. Checked baggage restrictions vary, so be sure to get the correct information from your travel agent or airline. Contact them if anything is unclear.
• Be sure to put tags on all your luggage, including carry-on bags and laptops.
• Buy sturdy, waterproof bag tags, preferably ones with opaque covers to avoid displaying your identity to strangers.
• Make sure to place your name, address and telephone number on each tag.
• Don't forget to secure all your bags with a padlock.
• To make it easier for you to identify your bag at the baggage claim carousel, you may want to fasten a bright-colored ribbon or tape.
• Take laptops, cameras, and other sensitive items in your carry-on; never check them in.

Security scanners may be harmful to these devices. They may also be more susceptible to theft. Do the same with medicine, prescriptions and personal medical supplies.

While checked baggage regulation similarities exist amongst airlines, it is best to still familiarize yourself with each carrier that you travel with.

Bon Voyage!

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