In addition to new airline restrictions adopted to try and maximize profitability, there has been instituted a set of constantly evolving rules to safeguard the people that are going to travel. The rules include such things as mandatory security checks for all passengers traveling on a flight.
Security checks are achieved through pat downs and low-level
scans before passengers are allowed to pass through into the secured
waiting area. Should a passenger leave the secure area for any reason,
they must go through the security check over again.
Most airlines now also are strictly enforcing regulations
size, weight and number of suitcases that may carried on or checked
onto the plane. Generally speaking, each passenger may bring one
check-on piece and two carry-on pieces (one of which must fit under
your seat). Since there is no standardized set of rules to follow to
determine the dimensions (some airlines figure the size by length x
width x height while others figure on length), check with your airline
before flying to insure that your check-on piece meets that airline
restrictions. Any piece that falls outside those requirements is likely
to be assessed additional fees before the bag can accompany the
Generally speaking, although each airline has different regulations regarding restrictions for pregnant fliers, flying during the first and second trimesters has very few restrictions connected with it. The third trimester is when matters change.
All airlines recommend
that a traveler talk to with their physician prior to flying to insure
that there is no danger to the pregnancy. Most will not allow a
pregnant individual to fly within 72 hours of delivery. As a
precaution, obtain what is known as a permission-to-travel; letter from
your doctor. Be sure to check with your airline for a complete set of
guidelines prior to your travel.
Some airlines are now eliminating paper tickets in favor of
eTickets or the virtual ticket. eTickets are purchased online and when
checking in at you airline prior to flying, you may need to present a
driver's license and the credit card the flight was purchased with in
addition to the confirmation number you received online. Paper tickets
are available, but be prepared to pay an additional fee for their
As a precautionary note, be sure to check with the airline a
after the tickets are booked and again a week or so before you actually
travel to make sure the reservations are not compromised. Seats can be
reserved in the same manners as before provided they are purchased far
enough in advance of the trip. Be sure you understand all of the
airline restrictions attached to the ticket prior to purchase so that
you don't run into the situation where you discover the entire cost of
the ticket is lost in the event you miss your flight through some
unforeseen circumstance and find yourself having to pay over again for
Lastly, trip insurance is a good safeguard in the event that unforeseen circumstances cause the interruption or cancellation of your flight plans. Depending on the policy purchased, safeguards like covering emergency travel if a trip has to be shortened early or being able to recoup the cost of otherwise non-refundable ticket prices should the trip be canceled are worthwhile reasons to research and get that type of insurance.