Packing Tips!


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Published: July 5th 2012
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We are under two weeks from departure! Here are some helpful tips and links in order to assisst you in your preparations. Take careful note of the checked and carry-on baggage restictions listed below! One of the most common problems (it actaully happened to me); make sure you don't wrap gifts for your exchange partner! They will be unwrapped and inspected, thereby making all the effort you spent wrapping said gift totally pointless!

Also, don't expect to get any soda through security. They will confiscate even an unopened can or sealed bottle. You can buy it at the departure gates to carry on to the plane.

Here are the requirements for Carry-On and Checked Baggage According to the Transportation Security Administration. More information can be found on their web site HERE More information can be found on Iceland Airs Web Site HERE.

Carry-On Baggage

Carry-on baggage is a small piece of luggage you take onboard the airplane with you. You are allowed one carry-on in addition to one personal item such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera case.

TSA will screen any "Carry-on" baggage that will fit through the x-ray machine; however, it is up to each individual air carrier as to whether the baggage fits the size restrictions for your flight. Please check with the air carrier prior to proceeding through the security checkpoints.

Always keep your belongings "in sight". You are responsible for your property as it proceeds through the screening process.

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage is luggage you check in at the ticket counter or curbside. It will not be accessible during your flight. When locking your checked bags, please use a TSA Accepted & Recognized Lock. TSA is mandated by Federal law to screen 100%!o(MISSING)f checked baggage. If your baggage alarms, unrecognized locks may have to be broken to access your bags. TSA will not reimburse passengers for unrecognized locks broken as a result of the security screening process.

DO NOT pack the following items in your checked baggage:
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Below are a number of tips for packing your checked baggage:
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<strong style="color:񑘕 line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">The following general packing tips apply to both carry-on and checked baggage:
<ul type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Do NOT pack or bring prohibited itemsto the airport.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Put all undeveloped film and cameras with filmin your carry-on baggage. If your bag will pass through the X-ray machine more than five (5) times ask for a hand inspection to prevent damage.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">LABEL your laptop computer. Tape a business card or other identifying information beneath your laptop to avoid loss or the accidental "exchange" by other passengers.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Check ahead of time with your airline or travel agent to determine the airline's baggage policy, including number of pieces you can bring and size and weight limitations.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Carry-on baggage is limited to one carry-on bag plus one personal item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases, or camera cases. Remember, 1+1.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Don't forget to place identification tags with your name, address and phone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop computer. It is a good idea to place an identification tag inside your baggage as well.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Avoid over packing so that your articles don't spill out if your bag is opened for inspection.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Think carefully about the personal items you place in your carry-on baggage. The screeners may have to open your bag and examine its contents.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Place your personal belongings in clear plastic bags to reduce the chance that a TSA screener will have to handle them.<li class="MsoNormal" style="color:񑘕 mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: 12.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; background: white;">Wait to wrap your gifts. Be aware that wrapped gifts may need to be opened for inspection



If you have any further questions, please contact Ms. Herder or myself and we will do our best to answer them!

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