Transit Travel Talk
The EU recently improved and strengthened air passenger's rights for such contentious problems as denied boarding (overbooking), flight delays, cancellations and lost luggage.
The rights are all clearly laid out and regular traveller's may wish to print out and keep a copy in their wallet so that they know what they can expect should such an unfortunate situation occur.
The rights can be seen by clicking this link and prints neatly on A4 paper.
From 22nd September the hand luggage restrictions were eased by the Department of Transport. You can now take into the aircraft cabin a single item and the dimensions should not exceed 56cms x 45cms x 25cms (incl handles wheels side pockets etc). Restrictions remain in place for liquids and water based substances.
It is important that you adhere to these limits. They are designed to reduce security queuing times.
When booking Easyjet, Ryanair or Flybe, please let us if you will need to check luggage into the hold. These airlines charge for hold luggage but it costs twice as much at the airport compared with arranging and paying for luggage at the time of booking.
BA Luggage policy.
From 11th October BA will only accept items which weigh less than 23 kilos for check-in to the hold. The number of items remains unchanged and is dependent on Class.
On line check-in
We would recommend that you check-in online whenever possible as it will save you time at the airport and it will give a much better seat choice than checking in at the airport.
The number of airlines that allow online check-in is increasing rapidly and already the following airlines have made this available: AF,BA,CO,CX,IB,KL,LH,LX, OS,SK,SQ,VS and no friills carriers Ryanair, Flybe and Easyjet.
Those that travel with Ryanair will know that boarding priority is in line with the time of check-in, so those that check-in online will be the first to board.
Normally check-in on line can only be done 24 hours before departure but some airlines start 48 hours before departure.
To check-in on line you will need the airline ref which is shown on our email e-ticket confirmation and possibly passport details of all travellers.
When you arrive at the airport proceed as instructed online.
BA (and on some routes Easyjet/ Flybe) go one step further and allow you to print a boarding pass (a bar code). For those that have this bar code proceed straight to departures showing the bar code at security, unless you have luggage for the hold in which case you should go to the the fast bag drop near the check-in desks first.
You have a few days to avoid the next increase in passport charges. From 5th October the price of a standard passport will be £66 and the guaranteed one week service will be £91
A new airport has been built to serve Bangkok and this will be used by "Star Alliance" and "Oneworld" airlines including British Airways. Known as Suvarnabhumi it is 30 kms to the east of the city and is served by a new highway used by cars buses taxis and limousines with a journey time of about one hour to the city. A rail link will be opened next year.
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