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Summer travel: what every passenger needs to know

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM

With Summer holidays fast approaching, Jamaicans are making travel plans to visit friends and relatives. This year, travel will take on added significance as many head to London for the Olympics. Here are some things you need to know before you arrive at the airport.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Baggage allotment economy: Bag Size: Up to 90x75x43 cm or 35.5x29.5x16 inches is two bags.

Premium economy: Two bags with up to 23kg (50lb) each and up to 920x75x43cm or 35.5x29.5x16 inches

Upper class: Three bags with up to 32kg (70lb) each and up to 90x75x43 cm or 35.5x35.5x29.5x16 inches.

Carry-on baggage: A carry-on suitcase and a laptop can be taken, but only if you are travelling in upper class. If travelling in economy or premium economy, you are allowed one piece of hand baggage on board, so a laptop bag can be placed in original hand baggage or you must check the other bag in.

Allowances for children: One bag plus pushchair or car seat. Up to 23kg (50lb) each and up to 90x75x43cm. or 35.5x29.5x16 inches. Passengers travelling with infants or children can take a fully collapsible pushchair or car seat, in addition to their free check-in luggage. Infants travelling on the lap of a parent can have one piece of hold baggage weighing up to 23kg, and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 6kg.

Extra Baggage Charges

One extra bag is £32/US$48 (J$4,280) for online services and £40/US$60 (approximately J$6,280) at the airport.

Second extra and subsequent bags for online services £72/US$112 (approximately J$9,856) and £90/US$140 (approximately J$12,320) at the airport. For overweight bags (23-32kg) the cost is £30/US$50 (approximately J$4,400) and for oversized bags £40/US$60 (approximately J$5,280).

For overweight and oversized bags, both charges will apply. Extra baggage cannot be purchased for infants, but for adults it must be purchased at the airport if the passenger has a connecting flight operated by a different airline.

Mobility Accommodations

Sticks, crutches and walking frames can be taken on the aircraft free of charge and will not count towards your free baggage allowance (unless they are being carried on behalf of someone who's not travelling. These may be taken into the cabin with you.

Collapsible manual wheelchairs may be carried within the cabin on any aircraft that has dedicated storage space and manual wheelchairs must go in the hold.

They can be checked in either at the desk or the departure gate.

If you have mobility issues you may want to use a seat with a moveable aisle armrest.

Visit the website at: www.virginatlantic.com.

Tomorrow we will give you the rules for Jet Blue.