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Monday, July 28, 2014

What's a Baggage Embargo?

When we used to live in Bush Alaska, much of our baggage was what we called, “Alaskan Samsonite”… that is cardboard boxes. However, if you are traveling south of the border to Mexico, Latin or South America, you may have trouble with what the airlines call an “embargo.” Usually in the summer, some airlines, ban the use of boxes, coolers, tubs, or anything that doesn’t really look like luggage. They sometimes also ban oversize or overweight baggage.
Here’s a link to American Airlines page on Checked Bag Limitations

Check these bags!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Enhanced security measures at certain airports overseas

If you are returning to the US, expect to have increased scrutiny of your electronic devices. This applies to cell phones, tablets, i-pads, laptops, video games and most likely anything electronic.
The TSA says that during the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted on-board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.
No word on what happens to the devices that get left behind.
So if you want to carry it on, make sure you can turn it on, or it won't go on.

More Information:
TSA announcement
Fox News on new TSA Security
Keep your device charged with these
Reuters story

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