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Watch Out Before You Check-In

Brush up on the Do’s and Don’ts of Check-in bags

Check-in luggage is a matter of meticulous planning and care nowadays. With a slew of incidents regarding safety malfunction happening around us, a whole list of rules has been issued by the authorities on how you should set the check-in bags.

Luggage requirements are usually more stringent for international flyers as compared to domestic. Hence, it’s always wise to be well-acquainted with the do’s and don’ts of check-in bags, in advance.

So here’s a list of the lowdown that you need to take care of while packing for your sojourn:

Weight and Size of Check in Baggage

As a rule, airlines allow 2 bags per person, one for check-in and the other to be carried along. The total weight allowed per head falls between 50 and 70 lbs, of which 15-18 lbs is allowed in carry-on bags.

The measurement of luggage is done by adding the length, breadth and height of the bag, handles and wheels included. An average size of check in bag is 27”x21”x14” and can go maximum up to 62” (linear). For carry-on bags, an average max size can be 45”. However, these conditions may vary depending upon the airline brand, travel zone and seat category you choose.

Travel Lock System for Check-in Bags

Airports may be high on security but are definitely not free of pickpockets and thieves. Travel locks ensure an extra layer of security and make your bags tamper-proof. However, if your luggage comes under scrutiny, these locks may be broken for inspection.

In such a situation, buy TSA approved locks to avoid any potential harm to the locks or luggage. These locks can easily be purchased from the airports or stores that use the ‘Universal Master Key’, so the security can easily access your bag.

Make your luggage easily identifiable

To reduce the odds of someone accidentally taking your baggage, use a distinct identification tag for your bags. Go for a bright ribbon or a sticker to be able to spot your bags easily.

However, in case your luggage gets lost, damaged or delayed, you can submit a claim to the TSA within 48 hours. But alternatively, always pack your cabin luggage such that you may be able to survive for 2 days without your checked bag; an extra pair of clothing, basic toiletries in smaller packs, and so on.

Things to carry in Check-in Bags

The greatest buzz-kill while traveling is getting red-flagged while luggage check-in. And worst, if you are made to lose your most favorite possession.

  • Needless to mention, sharp objects, firearms, explosive and fuels are strictly prohibited on the flight.
  • Your clothes and other essentials are meant for check-in bags.
  • Never keep your crucial documents, cash, travelers’ cheques, credit cards and their likes in your check-in luggage. These papers need to be placed safe and handy in case your check in bags get delayed or are lost.
  • Priced possessions such as gadgets and electronics may consume a lot of space in your hand luggage. But there are odds that these devices get damaged in the rough handling of check-in bags. Also make sure that you don’t pack any battery-operated devices in your checked luggage, since the authorities will make you remove them and put them in your hand luggage.
  • Keep your liquid containers (larger than 100ml) in your check in bags. This may include liquor; make up, toiletries- basically everything liquid and runny.

Crisis can knock at your door anytime, and airports are not spared. If you are sidetracked for some reason, don’t lose your patience. Keep calm and handle the emergency confidently.

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