|Travel Tips for the Scuba Diver|
|Ten things to
1. Do not expect to find things to be like at home. Remember, you
left home to find things different.
Low humidity in airplane cabins can cause people to lose as much as 3
oz. of water during an eight-hour flight.
Dive gear and the Airlines.
Some airlines are starting to charge extra for dive gear. Most will look the other way if you do not call it to their attention and do not overweight the bags. If the limit is 60 lbs, keep you bags under 55 lbs. Pack cloths in with your dive gear. If they ask what is in your dive bag, simply say, cloths and other items. Try and keep markings that call attention to diving off the outside of the bag. Carry on your cameras, dive computers and regulators in a carry on bag. Remember, many overseas flight now limit you to one (1) carry-on bag. However a purse does not count. Guys, just tell them your second carry-on is your purse.
Lost Luggage and your rights as a Passenger
It isn't a matter of asking, it's a matter of law and the law changed two years ago. The compensation cap for baggage lost on Domestic flights prior to January 18, 2000 was $1,250.00. It has changed to $2,500.00. For lost luggage lost on international flights, compensation remains unchanged and is subject to the liability limit set by the Warsaw Convention of $9.07 per pound with a maximum of $640.00 per bag. The international limit also applies on domestic segments of international trips. Bear in mind that airlines don't automatically pay the full amount of every claim received. They estimate the value of lost possessions, then consider their depreciated value-not the original price or even the replacement cost. To avoid being left with less compensation than your belongings are worth, consider purchasing "Excess Valuation" coverage for the airlines, if it's available. It isn't insurance per say, but it does ratchet up the carrier's potential liability. If the airline's settlement doesn't fully cover your loss, check your homeowner's or renter's police, which sometimes compensates you for losses on the road. Lastly, some credit card companies offer supplemental coverage.
New Security Rules
New security rules in effect now limit you to one (1) carry-on bag and one (1) personal item such as a purse, camera bag, shoulder bag or diaper bag. Personal items size may be limited to 10" x 10" x 13", depending on the carrier. Passengers may now have with them nail clippers, tweezers, safety razors (including disposables), syringes (with documented proof of medical need) and eye-lash curlers aboard. Expect more hand-wand searches and to be ask more questions at security screening check points. Plan on arriving two (2) hours prior to departure to have plenty of time for check-in.
American Airlines Baggage Rules as of November 1st, 2001Each passenger may have two carried-on personal items with only one (1) being a carry on bag not larger than 9" wide by 13" high by 23" wide. Personal carry-on items include laptop computer, brief case, back pack, small camera case and purse.
The following items are permitted in your carry-on bag or to be carried on.
Syringes (with documented medical need)
Umbrellas (once inspected)
Each person may have three (3) bags total. Two must be checked and one (1) carry-on plus one personal item such as a back pack.
Top 10 Signs You Have NOT Tipped Your Divemaster Enough
10. After the dive he tries to convince you that the 500 psi left
in your tank is just fine for
the 500-foot dive he wants to
take you on now at no extra charge.
Headed Out for a Dive
Don’t forget to pack these handy items in your
luggage! Mask & Fins * Snorkel * Regulator * BCD * Weight
Pouches (if needed) Booties * Wetsuits
Don’t forget to pack these handy items in your luggage!
Mask & Fins * Snorkel * Regulator * BCD * Weight
Pouches (if needed) Booties * Wetsuits