ANNEXURE II: MODEL CHECK LIST: INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL (MUMBAI TO NEW YORK)
Check in your luggage at the airline counter
concerned. In case of Air-India, several counters are there
indicating your flight numbers. In case of Delta Air Lines,
there is only a single line for security and check-in. Ensure
that your baggage is checked through to your final destination
to avoid multiple retrievals and handling of your baggage.
For this purpose, it is preferable to book one airline from
origin to destination where possible. (When travelling in
Business Class or when you are an elite status level airline
frequent flier, the facility of telephone check-in prior to
arrival at the airport is possible, whereby your boarding
card and baggage tags are kept ready). Check-in is
now done in downtown Mumbai at Air India building for its
Ensure that you are enrolled in the concerned
airline's frequent flier programme. If you travel frequently
(every year), you can earn credit points for the miles that
you travel on each airline. Thus, the more you travel on a
specific airline, the more rewarding will be your points.
The rewards range from upgrades and free tickets to other
travel related benefits; for example Delta Air Lines' frequent
flier programme is called "SkyMiles" and the awards start
as early as 5000 miles. More travel loyalty leads to elite
status which is richly rewarding. Generally, enrolment is
advised when you buy your ticket, however, some airlines with
expansive automation, like Delta Air Lines, can enroll you
even at check-in.
For travel to the USA the free baggage allowance is based
on a "piece" concept, for all classes of service, regulated
Checked Baggage: Two pieces. The dimensions
of each piece are limited to 62" or 157.5 cm (Length+Width+Height),
and the weight to 23 kilos each. For
students one additional bag is allowed.
Delta Air Lines has revised its Baggage Allowance
and Rules for travel to/from U.S.A. effective February
Carry-on Baggage: One piece. The dimensions
of carry-on baggage is limited to 45" (L+W+H) and the
weight not exceeding 5 kilos. Additionally, in order to
ensure that cabin baggage fits either under the seat or
in the closed overhead compartments on board the aircraft
some airlines have specific size restrictions. Approximate
dimensions of carry-on baggage is 22 inches x 14 inches
x 9 inches or 56 cm x 35.5 cm x 23 cm. Baggage
sizers are often installed to test acceptable cabin baggage
size at the check-in counters.
The following items may be carried on board aircraft in
addition to baggage at no extra cost:
• Purse – male or female
• Food to be consumed on the flight and
• A manually or battery operated wheelchair and/or
crutches and/or braces provided a passenger
dependent upon them.
• A laptop computer
• One box/bag of duty free
• Coat jacket
• One item of reading material
Excess Baggage Charges: Any
piece of baggage which is in excess of the two pieces
described under Free Allowances or in excess of the
allowable size(s) will result in excess baggage charges.
Charges will be assessed as follows: Excess baggage
will be charged at a uniform rate, irrespective of the
area where the passenger travels to or from.
Economy Class Passengers are
permitted 2 pieces of checked baggage weighing a maximum
of 23 kgs. per piece with a maximum dimension of 62
inches (length + breadth + height).
Baggage over 23 kgs. and less than 32 kgs. - USD 25.00.
Baggage over 32 kgs. and less than 45 kgs. - USD 100.00
Baggage over 45 kgs. will not be accepted as baggage
and has to be shipped as cargo.
Extra piece - USD 100.00 irrespective of the weight
subject of a maximum of 45 kgs.
Over sized baggage between 62 inches and 80 inches-
Business Class Any piece of
baggage which is in excess of the two pieces described
under Free Allowances or in excess of the allowable
size(s) will result in excess baggage charges. Charges
will be assessed as follows: Passengers are allowed
2 pieces of checked baggage
weighing a maximum of 32 kgs. each.
This privilege is extended to SkyMiles Medallion and
Baggage over 32 kgs. – USD 100.00 is charged.
Only one handbag is allowed per person and
this is very strictly followed. After your luggage is checked
in, collect a hand-baggage tag.
Seats are generally allocated at check-in
counters. Seats are allocated online as well.
Delta Air Lines allows seat assignments as much as 330 days
in advance of your flight departure date. It is advisable
to research this information, in respect of the airline you
are travelling, in advance because a comfortable seat of your
choice is essential for the long journey ahead of you. Try
to reach the airport early to get a good seat.
In a Boeing 747, such as the aircraft operated
by Air-India, seats with letters 'A' and
'J' usually are window seats. In a Boeing 767-300ER, the aircraft
operated by Delta Air Lines, window seats
are prefixed with the letters 'A' and 'G'. You have a choice
to make if you reach on time or if you have obtained a pre-assigned
seat in advance. If window seats are unavailable, then request
for a seat at one of the "Exits" because those seats have
extra leg-room, which is very comfortable.
The counter staff will give you an embarkation
card in which you should immediately fill up the desired information
as you will have to submit this card inside immigration enclosure.
All the information called for is contained in your passport.
Having done so, locate the exchange counter
where you will get 50 dollars per ticket. Keep appropriate
Indian currency, your boarding card and passport ready. If
going straight from India to the USA, it is advisable to take
currency in US dollars. Money in other currencies is also
At the first counter, your passport will
be examined. It is no longer legally required to have small-pox
and cholera vaccination at the US Customs unless you are coming
from an African continent. Recently, immigrants to the US
are required to take certain vaccinations which should be
checked with the US Consulate.
If you are carrying valuables, like jewellery,
or expensive sophisticated products that are imported, for
example, a laptop computer, expensive wristwatch or camera,
ask the Customs Officer at the PRO desk past Immigrations
to make a note of these products in prescribed form/your passport
together with the distinctive identification number/s and
value of these, in Indian Rupees. For jewellery, it is advisable
to carry cash memos from the shop you bought or a valuation
document from an authorised jeweller. This process may cost
some time and frustration but it is worthwhile to save you
from possible trouble and harassment by Indian Customs while
returning to India.
Duty Free purchases like alcohol, tobacco,
cigarettes, chocolate and several other items of interest
may be availed of at the Duty Free shops at the transit level
near the departure gates. You may purchase cigarettes, tobacco
and alcohol only in quantities within your duty free allowance,
depending upon your destination. Please enquire with the airline
you are travelling by, what these limits are.
While going through security check at the
departure gate if you are carrying a camera with or without
film rolls, inform the security staff concerned and carry
them with you. It is not advisable to pass cameras and film
through an X-Ray as not all X-Ray machines are film safe and
could damage these items. Security insists on removing battery
cells and putting them into checked luggage. Random security
checks involve manual scrutiny of hand-bags, purses and even
shoes. Since July 2002, Central Industrial Security Force
(CISF) has been given security enforcement from Police at