Airline Restrictions

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 x-ray 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.

There are instituted guidelines for what types of items a passenger may and may not carry onto the aircraft or in checked-on luggage.

Most airlines now also are strictly enforcing regulations regarding the 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 passenger.

Women who travel when pregnant are facing challenges, as well.

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 the new 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 delivery.

As a precautionary note, be sure to check with the airline a few days 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 another ticket.

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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.

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