FIRST TRAVEL SERVICE TRAVEL TIPS: CHECKING IN FOR FLIGHTS
NEW TSA POLICY ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS-NO POWDERS 12 OUNCES & UP INCLUDING BABY FORMULA, BABY POWDER, PROTEIN POWDER, DRY SPICES, ETC. SUBJECT TO ADDITITIONAL SCREENING/CONFISCATION
First Travel Service highly recommends that all customers who book airline flights with us check-in for those flights 24-hours prior to your departure time and print, email or download your boarding passes to your smart phone. First Travel offers help if check-in is during regular business hours and can help answer any questions you might have.
There are a number of advantages to checking-in early:
• The airline will be aware that you intend to travel.
• If better seats are available at check-in, you can change them.
• For US flights, if you are not checking bags, you can go directly through Security with your ID and boarding passes, skipping 1 line.
• For International flights, you can check-in, but may not be able to print your boarding passes until they see your passport at the airport.
HOW TO CHECK IN FOR YOUR FLIGHTS
You will need your confirmation number (available with your flight information (also called record locator number) and your name.
If your flight is at 10:35 am you can check-in beginning at 10:36 am the day before travel.
Go to the airline home page:
|Sun Country-suncountry.com||Virgin America-virginamerica.com
There is a menu selection or button for CHECK IN. Click it.
From that page you can change seats, and check bags; REVIEW 311, pay to board in a higher group.
You can just check-in without any extras by going down the page and choosing CONTINUE and CHECK IN. Normally the site will say you are checked in and you can go to BOARDING PASSES.
TRAVEL & CHECK-IN TIPS FROM FIRST TRAVEL SERVICE
ID Keep available, your boarding pass, and ID/Driver’s License or Passport until through security checkpoint. Check the expiration date on your ID. It must be valid during travel. Passports, by general rule, should be valid 6 months after travel is completed. Check travel.state.gov for your specific destination’s entry/exit rules.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS “Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. For further information contact your airline representative. Please refer to the full list of TSA prohibited items at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items.”
FLIGHTS Schedule changes may occur. Check online or call the airlines before heading to the airport. Check-in and print boarding passes online at airline websites to save time at the airport if you are not checking bags. Travelers are advised to arrive at the airport 2-3 hours ahead of departure time due to possible delays caused by security procedures.
SEATS Most airlines now sell seat assignments. Some airlines require all seats to be pre-purchased or you can be assigned a seat at check-in 24 hours prior to your flight. First Travel Service does assign “free” at booking, when available. Please be aware that airlines maintain control of all seats.
LUGGAGE Most airlines charge for checked baggage, some charge for carry-on luggage. Charges are payable directly to airlines at check-in online or at the airport and are not included in vacation prices. Check your airline policies: changes may be made at any time without notice. Travelers have ultimate responsibility. Over-weight bags are subject to high fees at the airport. Travel light. Use tags with your name, address, and phone number. Place valuables, undeveloped film, and cameras in a carry-on bag. Do not pack prohibited items or wrapped gifts. Locked bags must have TSA recognized locks. Consolidate bottles into one checked bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.
PERSONAL Avoid shoes that contain metal. Remove these items: place them in a carry-on or bin prior to entering security: shoes, cell phone, keys, loose change, money clips, electronics, jewelry, belt buckles, jackets, open shirts worn as jackets and any objects containing metal. Screening is for safety and co-operation speeds the process.
BE PREPARED for security, immigration and custom checkpoints to avoid delays. Check TSA.gov for prohibited items such as lighters, matches, knives, other blades.
3-1-1 for carry-ons liquids, gels & aerosols = 3 oz or less sizes; 1 quart-sized, clear, zip-top bag; 1 bag per person placed in bin, no bottled water. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line.
LARGER LIQUIDS/POWDERS Medications, baby formula, baby food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items to TSA for inspection NEW TSA POLICY ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS-NO POWDERS 12 OUNCES & UP INCLUDING BABY FORMULA, BABY POWDER, PROTEIN POWDER, DRY SPICES, ETC. SUBJECT TO ADDITITIONAL SCREENING/CONFISCATION
COME EARLY, BE PATIENT & FLEXIBLE Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints. TSA is working with airlines & airports to anticipate peak traffic times. Each airport may be slightly different, so be flexible. Complying with the security policies makes for the smoothest, fastest way to your flight.
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