Airline flights may be overbooked, and there is a slight chance that a seat will not be available on a flight for which a person has a confirmed reservation. If the flight is overbooked, no one will be denied a seat until airline personnel first ask for volunteers willing to give up their reservation in exchange for a payment of the airline's choosing. If there are not enough volunteers, the airline will deny boarding to other persons in accordance with its particular boarding priority. With few exceptions, persons denied boarding involuntarily are entitled to compensation. The complete rules for the payment of compensation and each airline's boarding priorities are available at all airport ticket counters and boarding locations. Some airlines do not apply these consumer protections to travel from some foreign countries, although other consumer protections may be available. Please check with the airline.
Advice to International Passengers on Limitations of Liability
Passengers embarking upon a journey involving an ultimate destination or a stop in a country other than the country of departure are advised that the provisions of a treaty known as the Warsaw Convention may be applicable to the entire journey, including the portion entirely within the countries of departure and destination. The Convention governs and in most cases limits the liability of carriers to passengers for death or personal injury to approximately $10,000. Additional protection can usually be obtained by purchasing insurance from a private company. Such insurance is not affected by any limitation of the carrier’s liability under the Warsaw Convention. For further information, please consult your airline or insurance company representative.
Baggage Carriage Restrictions
The FAA has limited passengers flying within the United States to one piece of carry-on luggage and one personal item. Personal items may include: handbags, briefcases, laptops, daypacks and small backpacks. In addition to one carry-on and one personal item, passengers may bring on board a coat, reading material, small bag of food and devices such as wheelchairs and walkers.
Passenger should check with airline first, but most domestic airlines permit a carry-on piece of luggage that is 45 linear (total) inches. A common sized bag for carry-on luggage is 22"x 14"x 9". Most airlines have a carry-on weight limit of 40 pounds.
International airlines may have different restrictions for carry-on luggage. Again, it is always best to check with your airline first to get their exact requirements.
Airlines enforce all size and weight limits much more strictly now than in the past. Bags are weighed at check-in and many airlines have placed bag “sizers” at their gates. If your carry-on bags are too big, you will have to check them. This might cause them to be classified as "extra bags" which usually carries an extra charge.
Most airlines will allow you to check one bag and have one carry-on bag. There is normally a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds per checked bag as well as a size restriction. The most common maximum size bag allowed is 62 linear (total) inches. A common size bag for checking through is: 27 x 21 x 14.
Airline carriers will allow overweight, oversize or additional baggage for additional fees. These fees can be quite expensive, and the airlines have recently been very stringent in enforcing these policies. Make sure you know the exact details of your airlines checked baggage restrictions and avoid unnecessary fees.
Checked luggage may be opened for inspection at the airport and, if your luggage is locked, the lock may be broken for the inspection. You may use a TSA approved lock to avoid any potential damage to your luggage or locks.
Do not put film in luggage to be checked. The new screening machines may damage your film permanently.
Always place items like cameras and prescription medicine in your carry-on bag. Be certain to have your personal information clearly written on luggage tags on both the outside and inside of all your bags and luggage. If traveling overseas, make a copy of your passport. Keep a copy of your itinerary with you, showing flight numbers and hotel names and phone numbers.
Baggage Liability limitations - International
For most international travel (including domestic portions of international journeys) liability for loss, delay, or damage to baggage is limited to approximately $9.07 per pound ($20.00 per kilo) for checked baggage and $400 per passenger for unchecked baggage unless a higher value is declared in advance and additional charges are paid. Excess valuation may not be declared on certain types of valuable articles. Carriers assume no liability for fragile or perishable articles. Further information may be obtained from the carrier. Liability is for a maximum of 70 lbs. ($640.00) per checked bag. The limit may be lowered for additional pieces to certain destinations or when using connecting carriers.
Baggage Liability Limitation – Domestic
Applies for travel wholly within the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Liability is limited to $2,800 per ticketed passenger, unless a higher value (for checked baggage) is declared in advance and additional charges are paid. Excess valuation may not be declared on certain types of articles.
There is no liability for electronic equipment, photographic equipment, jewelry, cash, computer equipment, or other similar valuable items.
Notice of Incorporated Terms
Air transportation, whether it is domestic or international (including domestic portions of international journeys), is subject to the individual terms of transporting air carriers, which are herein incorporated by reference and made part of the contract of carriage. Other carriers on which you may be ticketed may have different conditions of carriage. International air transportation, including the carrier’s liability, may also be governed by applicable tariffs on file with the U.S. and other governments and by the Warsaw Convention, as amended, or its successor. Incorporated terms may include, but are not restricted to:
You can obtain additional information on items 1 through 6 above at any U.S. location where the transporting air carrier's tickets are sold. You have the right to inspect the full text of each transporting air carrier's terms at its airport and city ticket offices. You also have the right, upon request, to receive free of charge the full text of the applicable terms incorporated by reference from each of the transporting air carriers. Information on ordering the full text of each carrier's terms is available at any U.S. location where the air carrier's tickets are sold.
International (Warsaw) Convention Notice
If the passenger’s journey involves an ultimate destination or stop in a country other than the country of departure, the Warsaw Convention may be applicable and the Convention governs and in most cases limits the liability of carriers for death or personal injury and for loss of or damage to baggage. See also notices headed "Advice to International Passengers on Limitation of Liability" and "Baggage Liability Limitations".
Conditions of Contract
CARRIER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE CARRIAGE TO ANY PERSON WHO HAS ACQUIRED A TICKET IN VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE LAW OR CARRIER'S TARIFFS, RULES OR REGULATIONS. TICKETS ARE SOLD SUBJECT TO TARIFF REGULATIONS.
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