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Whether or not you have to pay for luggage on flights depends on many factors, including what airline you are using, where you are flying, whether you are in coach, business or first class, your frequent flyer status, and even what credit card you used to purchase tickets.
To find the definitive answer, we will send you to a website with links to every airline flying out of the USA. Look up your airline and go to its site for detailed and up-to-date information. Just click on the airplane symbol that follows.
Make certain that every piece of luggage you are taking, whether checked or carry-on, is clearly marked with an identification tag. The tags should have your name and phone number and/or e-mail address but NEVER your home address. You do not want to tell strangers that may see the tags where you have left an empty house!
When traveling abroad, avoid a luggage tag with a flag or anything that could identify your nationality. Also, get a luggage tag with a cover so your information can't be scanned by someone near you.
CARRY YOUR ESSENTIALS WITH YOU
Experienced travelers pack with the knowledge that checked luggage could be lost or delayed in arrival. They advise packing everything you need to survive comfortably for one or two days in your carry-on luggage. That way if your suitcase doesn't arrive on the same plane you were on, you have no need to panic. You have all of your valuable jewelry, your medications, your toiletries, a change of clothing, even your bathing suit with you.
LIQUIDS AND GELS
Remember that there are strict limitations on liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage. You may have nothing larger than 3 ounces. This applies to:
All such items must be placed in a 1-quart transparent ziplock bag. At security checkpoints, the item must be removed from luggage and placed in the tubs that pass through the X-ray machines.
The limitations do not apply to checked luggage. So, if you need to take a larger container of sunblock or your favorite shampoo, put it in your checked luggage. It's a good idea to put it in a ziplock bag just in case it leaks during transit.
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