Since November 2006 airline baggage rules in EU have changed. You must follow these rules and regulations if you want a smooth and care-free journey. These changes mostly relate to limited quantity of liquids you can carry through airport security checkpoints.

Liquids

Pack all but the most necessary liquids in the hold baggage. Liquids that you need to carry on board must be in containers of maximum 100ml capacity. Place them all in a transparent re-sealable bag, of 1l capacity, no larger than 20cm x 20cm in size. They must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be safely closed. Only one bag per passenger is allowed.

liquids that are allowed by new airline rules and regulationsThis is the list of liquids allowed by new airline carry on baggage restrictions:
- water and other drinks, soups, syrups
- creams, lotions and oils
- perfumes
- sprays
- gels, including hair and shower gels contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
- pastes, including toothpaste
- liquid-solid mixtures
- mascara
- any other item of similar consistency

You can still carry in your hand luggage medicines and dietary requirements, including baby foods, for use during the trip. But there are some rules applying to this as well.

Medicine and dietary requirements (i.e. baby food)

There is no limit for powders or pills.
If your medicines are in containers over 100ml or your medicines and liquids together exceed the capacity of the bag you will need the prior approval of your airline. You must carry with you the proof of prescription like a letter from your doctor. The same goes if you carry any essential medical equipment that does not fit in your hand baggage.

You will be asked to verify these medicines at security. Baby products as well. This may involve tasting, or testing on the skin.

Electrical items

Leave smaller items (mobile phones, mp3 players, digital camera etc.) within your hand baggage or in your coat/jacket pocket. But remove large electrical devices such as laptops from carry on luggage and put them on a separate screening tray. You should never put laptops in your hold baggage!

Duty free shopping

Duty free items, purchased at airports within the EU or on board an EU-airline may continue to be carried on board. You can fly with everything you buy after security. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, do not open it before you are screened – otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the checkpoint. (If you transfer at an EU airport, do not open the bag before screening at your airport of transfer, or at the last one if you transfer more than once).

All these liquids are additional to the quantities in the re-sealable plastic bag.

Hand baggage allowance

Passengers can carry on board only one item of hand baggage, no larger than 55cm x 45cm x 25cm. Other bags, such as handbags, may be carried within this single item of cabin baggage, not in addition.
Note: Dimension of hand baggage mentioned here comply with the security requirements of EU airports. Smaller bag sizes may apply depending on which airline you travel with (i.e. Ryanair allows one item of hand baggage with maximum weight of 10kgs and dimensions no greater than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.)

Of course, no sharp items, smoking materials (only one cigarette lighter per person) or liquids greater than 100ml are allowed.

I hope this post was useful to you.
Have a nice trip! :-)


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After it was announced yesterday that terrorists tried to blow up several planes flying to US, air travel to and from UK has been disrupted. Flights are cancelled or delayed and securities are stricter.

If you need to use some of the UK airports and are looking for information on the current status, try the website of the airline you are flying with and website of the airport you are supposed to depart from.

The usual rules about hand luggage do not apply, since that was the way terrorists wanted to smuggle explosives aboard. Basically you can take only essential items in one transparent bag.

These items are:

* Pocket-size wallets and pocket-size purses (with money, credit cards, identity cards etc.)
* Travel documents (passports and travel tickets)
* Prescription medicines and medical items essential for the flight (eg, diabetic kit), except in liquid form (unless verified as authentic)
* Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases
* Contact lens holders (without bottles of solution)
* For those travelling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags)
* Female sanitary items if unboxed
* Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
* Keys (but no electrical key fobs).

Notice that you can’t take liquids aboard and do not put anything in pockets.

All passengers will be hand searched and their footwear, all items they are carrying including pushchairs and walking aids will be X- ray screened. Only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point. Passengers flying to US will be searched again on the boarding gate.

As you may imagine significant delays at airports are inevitable.

I sincerely hope that everything will turn to normal soon and I wish you a safe flight! :-)

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Today I wish to speak about online check in. You have probably heard of it. It is a feature which more and more airlines offer. Not just low cost airlines on their cheap air flights but big airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Virgin… It enables you to print your own boarding passes.

How to use online check in? After buying your low cost airline tickets online you will get a confirmation. Here you will see whether your flight has an online check-in option or not. This feature is available the earliest from 72 hours prior to flight departure, depending on the airline. Here is what you should do:

1. click on the online check in link,

2. check your flight information

3. fill in your personal information

4. select the seat you prefer (if applicable)

5. print out your boarding pass.

And that is it. Take your boarding pass and your Photo ID, and on the airport go directly to security and than to the boarding gate.

Benefits of online check-in. You can check-in from the comfort of your own home or office. You will be priority boarded onto the aircraft. If the airline operates free seating policy this means that you have more seats to choose from. Basically, using online check-in saves you time at the airport, by avoiding check-in and boarding gate queues. Europe low cost airlines generally offer this feature to all passengers holding an EU/EEA passport and when traveling with hand luggage only. Other airlines may offer Bag Drops and Self Check-In Kiosks for those with hold baggage.

That’s it for today. Tell me your experience with online check in. Do you like it or not?


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