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Summer Travel - What airline passengers need to know

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM



Baggage allotment: Some destinations may have additional restrictions, but up to 10 bags may be checked per passenger on flights operated by Delta and up to four total checked bags on Delta connection carrier flights. Delta may limit the amount of excess baggage when such excess prevents them from transporting up to two bags per passenger.

They accept excess baggage on a space-available basis. If the baggage cannot be carried on the same flight with you, it will be transported on the next available flight.

Carry-on baggage: Customers may carry on one bag and one personal item at no charge. All items must easily fit into the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. One purse, briefcase, camera bag, or diaper bag; or one laptop computer (computers cannot be checked and must be carried on), or one item of a similar or smaller size.

Allowances and restrictions

You may also carry on the following items, which do not count as personal items; a jacket or umbrella, food or drink purchased after clearing the security checkpoint, duty-free merchandise, special items like strollers, child restraint seats, or assistive devices such as wheelchairs or crutches.

Carry-on baggage size restrictions: When oversized bags do not fit in the overhead bins, delays occur. Fees will be applied to the oversized bag if it has to be checked at the gate. To avoid delays as well as fees, follow these size requirements; baggage may not exceed 22" x 14" x 9" (or 56 x 36 x 23cm) and must fit easily in the carry-on baggage check, which is located near the check-in counters and at the gate.

Additional/overweight/oversized baggage: There are separate fees for exceeding size, weight, and quantity limitations. Baggage exceeding the weight and size limits, are subject to three fees: one for the extra bag, another for exceeding the weight limit, and the third for going over the size restriction. Fees are charged for each additional bag, each way.

Allowances for children: No ticket is required when you are travelling with one infant in your lap if the infant is less than two years old, and the legal guardian is at least 18 years old. Travel must be within the United States.

You must buy a ticket for a child who is two or older and if you prefer the child to occupy a seat for travel. You must buy a ticket if have a second child, regardless of age, plus the child who will be sitting in your lap.

Delta only permits infants under two years old to sit in their parent's lap in flight. A limit of two infants, under two years old, per adult may travel together.

For infants under the age of two held in the adult's lap, the cost is usually about 10 per cent of the adult fare plus any international taxes and surcharges, which can be significant.

Mobility accommodations: Personnel are available to assist passengers with disabilities in boarding, deplaning and connecting with their flights.

They provide connecting flight assistance for ambulatory individuals who may need help from one departure gate to another. However, we are not equipped to provide full monitoring while waiting at the gate. Should a passenger's condition require this level of attention, the passenger should make arrangements for a travelling companion.

Wheelchairs are available for use at airport locations. Request this service when making reservations; and upon arrival at the airport notify one of their passenger service personnel that you require a wheelchair to the departure gate.

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