|By Steve Murray (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 6:30 pm:|
Does anyone know if there have been any problems with theft from checked baggage on AJ. Do most people carry on the regs or other expensive items such as computers and dive lights? I have in the past carried these on but it always makes for such a heavy bag and possible security issues. Does anyone know what happens if something is stolen? How much value, if any, does AJ cover for stolen items or permanently lost luggage? - Thanks. -Steve.
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1085) on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 6:31 pm:|
I never locked a bag and have never had theft on AA or JM..
|By Cecil Berry (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2475) on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 7:40 pm:|
Steve the best advice I've seen on this subject is to carry on anything you can not live without. I'm a believer in checking most of the dive gear knowing I can rent on the other end if I have to. Dive lights are also in this category. I only carry on my camera/memory sticks and dive computer everything else is checked. Having said all that, if you have very expensive regulators or HID lights or prescription masks maybe carry on is the answer.
|By Jamie Barber (BonaireTalker - Post #43) on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 8:58 am:|
I always carry on my reg, comp, & photo stuff. Itsa bit of a hassle but we're talking thousands of NAf$ here! If you do check this stuff I'd make sure you have the appropriate insurance coverage. I know AJ pays missing luggage claims by the pound (don't know bout others) and my stuff is a bit more pricey than my swimtrunks! (but then again we go to Sorobon--so can't really say that) Have been checked about 30% of the time for the mysterious looking X-rays of the regulator! Just keep it all easily accessible and you'll be fine. Oh, and no dive knives in your carry ons Have fun Steve!
|By Renea (BonaireTalker - Post #43) on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 9:37 pm:|
We always carry on our regulators, dive computers, and camera equipment. Pretty much what Cecil said.
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #748) on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 5:07 am:|
I have a few questions about our luggage this time too.In the past I have always put my regulators my carry-on, will this "freak" the peopel at the airport out now, with all the hoses and things? Also, in the past I have packed my suitcases with things my friends have asked to to bring down with me.Things they cann't get on Bonaire and presents. I am wondering if it will be gone thru and questioned. What about bringing my cooler with frozen food? I usually duck tape my suitcases shut as not to loses anything and to keep the cooler closed tight. I understand I cann't do that anymore. What about using a strap? Will the people at the airport put it back on after they go thru your things? Thinking about trying to travel much lighter, but Jim really wants to bring the cooler with the NY steaks. In the past none of this was a concern. Any thoughts on these questions?
|By Carole Baker (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2342) on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 8:47 am:|
Lorraine, Michael and Joe swear by the steaks Michael has been picking up for us the past two trips or so. Maybe you can check with Michael as to the three of the guys going in together for a slab of beef or something along those lines. There are some new places that carry excellent meats and other choices now...not just Cultimara any more. Just a thought.....counting the days!! Carole
|By pat murphy (BonaireTalker - Post #47) on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 9:54 am:|
we have put our regs and my wifes mask (prescription lenses) in our carryon...and enough clothes and bathing suits to last for a day or two. never had a problem tho.
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #750) on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 12:40 pm:|
I have told Jim of your offer Carol. Masha Danke. Has anyone brought down a cooler with food stuff lately? I know things are available, but you cann't beat having to just throw things in the micro or stove from home, Jim is not an adventurous gormet. Also it's nice to have things to share from NY that you cann't get anywhere else.
|By JIM KENNEDY (BonaireTalker - Post #85) on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 6:59 pm:|
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #752) on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 7:54 am:|
I always overpack and in the past had to liteally "sit" on my suitcases to close themMakes me feel at home, usually don't wear half the stuff I bring.
|By Steve Murray (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 8:48 am:|
Thank you all. I guess I was just getting lazy---I'll take everyones advice and bring the regs, computers and HID lights in the carry on along with a days clothes and the usual books and stuff.
|By Dan Goff (BonaireTalker - Post #44) on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 11:05 am:|
Lorraine, Have you spoken to the airlines about bringing a cooler closed with duct tape? Checked baggage or not, everything is to be left open for possible hand inspection and if something looks suspicious it's going to be hand examined.
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #753) on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 11:32 am:|
That's what I hear, Dan. Darn! In the past I had absoultly no problems on KLM( Yes, I was one of the few) I will have to check AJ on that,haven't flown with them yet.Only hear good things. I haven't flown there since 9/11 and was afraid we would have to make other arrangements for the frozen things. I do have a cooler at the villa, so that's fine, but it looks like Jim will have to get used to my getting meat at the market. I am a good cook so I'm sure it'll be fine. Besides it gives me an excuse to dine out more freqently;)Hate to leave the villa once we're there.
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