|By Keith Mitchell (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 5:25 pm:|
Hi All we are flying KLM to Bonaire and bringing our dive kit, Underwater camera and laptop
|By Ruth van Tilburg (BonaireTalker - Post #64) on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 7:50 am:|
Usually KLM is very strict about luggage weight, and very expensive if you are over your allotment. To be safe, you better check directly with KLM. I remember once I was over by a few kilos, and the extra charge was about $20/kg. At that time, they were also weighing hand luggage (carry-ons). And if you are connecting flights w/in Europe, your originating flight may have different luggage guidelines, (even if it's KLM), so check those too.
|By Julia Graves (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #170) on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 8:38 am:|
Keith, I am about to ring KLM up about this. I think that if you request it they will give you an extra 7KGS allowance but i will get back to you soon and let you know.
|By Birgit (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #25) on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 11:12 am:|
In the past KLM allowed 10kg extra for dive equipment without charge. But you (or your travel agent) have to ask for it when booking the ticket. Normally no problem at all.
|By Julia Graves (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #171) on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 11:59 am:|
Having been on the phone today, here is the procedure.
|By Mary Wills (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 12:00 pm:|
Hi Keith, in answer to your laptop question: I carry my laptop in its case along with my glasses, reading material, and paperwork (tickets, passport, cert cards, etc.). I usually remove the laptop for examination at the gates and make sure that I do not loose sight of the case. Some eager folks will gladly push ahead, placing their belongings on the conveyor belt in between your case and your computer.
|By Keith Mitchell (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 7:00 pm:|
Thanks All you have all been very helpful
|By Julia Graves (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #172) on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 7:42 am:|
Okay, this has been quite a saga. If you want extra luggage allowance with KLM you need to know the dimensions and weight of your dive equipment. You also need to let them know if you are packing the equipment in your normal luggage or carrying it as another luggage item. They ask you to ring back the next day to confirm. You can do this directly or through your travel agent. I got the allowance with no difficulties eventually but having all the above info will save you time. It is VERY ADVISABLE to do this according to the KLM info desk. Their costs for extra weight are very expensive. Anyone needing more details is welcome to e-mail me directly.
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