How To Prepare For Airport Security When Flying With Medications

As many Americans know, when you’re traveling by plane in the United States, you’re required to follow the 3-1-1 rule: “you’re allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounce or less per item.” (https://www.tsa.gov/videos/travel-tips-3-1-1-liquids-rule)

Other countries follow similar guidelines, i.e. when flying in the U.K., “containers must hold no more than 100ml, containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, with holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20xm x 20cm, and contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed.” (https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/essential-medicines-and-medical-equipment) Similar restrictions are followed in Australia, Canada, the E.U., etc.

But if you’re on certain medications, especially if they’re in liquid form and take up more than 3.4 ounces, then what do you do? Well, in the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.) has got you covered:
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AGAIN? What IS UP With American Airlines Boarding Agents???

I swear, I think I must have an invisible sign over my head that says, “Attention American Airline employees: make sure her bag will fit in the overhead” that only turns visible in the presence of said American Airline employees. Because once again, I was stopped before boarding my flight by a surly faced woman in an American Airlines uniform, telling me that my bag was going to be too big to fit in the compartment above me. It never happens with Delta employees. Not Frontier ones, either. And not Southwest or JetBlue – and I’ve been on all those brands of planes since the last time this happened.

Anyway, if you’ve been read our blog long enough, or just surmised it from the previous paragraph, you’ll know that I’ve been down this road before and I know my bag will fit because I purposely bought a bag that airline crew members get, precisely because it always fits. Meanwhile, she started this challenge when I was working on 4.5 hours of sleep and my coffee hadn’t really kicked in yet, so my manners were pretty much out the window.

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How To Know For Sure That Your Carry-On Bag Will Fit In The Overhead, Before You Board The Plane

It’s happened to a lot of people – they bring their carry on onto the plane and when they try to put it into the overheard compartment, it doesn’t fit. So they have to take the walk of shame back to the gate so they can gate check their bag. For others, you have a crabby gate attendant who insists your bag won’t fit in the overheard, even though you know darn well that it will (this one happened to me. Eventually, I won). Either way, if you have to gate check a bag that you weren’t planning on checking, you run the risk of their breaking your stuff in it that you packed with the idea that YOU were going to handle it, instead not them (that one happened to me, too. It ended with my vacuuming  shards out of my suitcase).

But travel search engine KAYAK may have invented the solution for this problem, utilizing augmented reality (AR), with an app that measures your bag before you board, which can then be compared to the exact size requirements of your plane. Take a look at how it works:

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Change To American Airlines’ Restrictions For Basic Economy Fares Takes Effect Today

When American Airlines rolled out Basic Economy fares in 2017, the restrictions were strict. Basic Economy ticket holders on American had the following limitations on their tickets:

  • One item that fits under the seat in front of you (no access to overhead bins)
  • Seats are assigned at check-in
  • Fees to choose a specific seat
  • Not eligible for upgrades
  • No flight changes or refunds
  • Board in last group

As of today, September 5, 2018, American is removing one of those restrictions.  Continue reading “Change To American Airlines’ Restrictions For Basic Economy Fares Takes Effect Today”

This Stroller’s In The Guinness Book of World Records & Could Be The Best Travel Stroller Ever

We’ve posted about a few innovative items invented to make the lives of travelers that much easier. There’s been the carry-on bag that doubles as a stroller, the luggage that you can ride on, the world’s best travel jacket and even what might be the most perfect carry-on ever. But this, I think, has the potential to make the life of traveling parents the easiest yet!

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