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Travelling with kit

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by bubblehead08, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. bubblehead08

    bubblehead08 New Member

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    I've been told recently that if you inform a tour operator that you're a diver and travelling with your kit, they automatically upgrade your baggage allowance for free - is this true? And also, with all the new security restrictions, can I still carry my regs in my hand luggage (not that I don't trust the airport baggage handler to treat my bags with lots of care and respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
     
  2. Ellie

    Ellie Non scene GUE diver

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    It depends on the airline, but with XL for instance, if you can show your diver card you get an extra 10Kg of luggage allowance. Regs can still be carried in hand luggage as far as I know, we had a debate about it a while ago, as I thought they would not be allowed but apparently this is not the case.

    Ellie
     
  3. Moya

    Moya New Member

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    first choice still allows an additional 10kg if you ring them up first and book it - its free of charge.

    not sure about regs to be honest - ages since i have done it!
     
  4. jb2cool

    jb2cool Moderator
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    Best to check with your airline. Rules are different for every one.
     
  5. bottomfeeder

    bottomfeeder New Member

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    Ive traveled with first choice for the last three years and been given an extra 10kg free. they send you a letter out to show when checking in and you need your dive card to prove your qualified. As for regs in hand luggage i always carry mine i was told by a DM not to put them in the hold as the negitive pressure can damage a balanced diafram
     
  6. miniman

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    Also some airline insist on you getting a letter of confirmation. So best to speak to your travel operator.
     
  7. Air-Guzzler

    Air-Guzzler Cannot spel and I cannut delet your post :-)

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    as others have said you MUSt get the letter of confirmation i left mine at home and got stung £72 to the red sea at xmas this year
     
  8. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    Can add that Air Malta gives you an extra 15 Kilos sports baggage.

    Needs to be packed separately, be prepared to justify that it is exclusively diving kit, and have your certification available.

    Since I have had "issues" before I contacted Air Malta and got confirmation by email, and took a printout of the confirmation email and the Air Malta web page with me, since you are actually arguing with whoever does ground handling for the airline, not the airline themselves.

    Went through without a hitch...

    Air Malta sports baggage page

    Harry
     
  9. carolineUK

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    hey this is interesting to know. Im so pleased this forum exists else, id not have known there was such a thing as extended luggage allowance on flights for scubees.
     
  10. MK_Stu

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    Thanks for that Shoka

    I'm off to Gozo next month with Air Malta and was wondering about baggage policies

    Cheers

    Stu
     
  11. Ian

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    CHeck the small print VERY CAREFULLY.

    Globespan allow "divers to carry up to 30kg of dive kit" which my wife took to mean you could carry it free of charge - not so, you still have to pay any excess over your 15kg allowance (which your hand baggage comes out of too!). Fortunately thei advance booking rates for excess baggage are very reasonable...
     
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    Flights to the US charge additional baggage fee if its over 15KG, it does say that you can stick it in with the oversized luggage at no additonal cost as long as it doesn't contain anything else. To be honest it has me very confused as it says it can't be over 15KG in a another part of the guidelines ????? Very confusing if you ask me
     
  13. Scuba do ba doo

    Scuba do ba doo New Member

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    Anyone used Thomas Cook Airlines?? Looks like its an extra £30 for 10Kg
     
  14. Ellie

    Ellie Non scene GUE diver

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    Yes it is, and they charge you double if you don't pre-book it.. Ouch!

    Ellie
     
  15. PoseidonPete

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    I'm off to the Maldives in August and it's the first time I am taking my own kit, both myself and my better half are divers, is the extra kg allowance per person? So if First Choice allow you an extra 10kg does that mean we can allow our dive bag to be 20kg?

    Also how many take their regs as hand luggage?
     
  16. Ellie

    Ellie Non scene GUE diver

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    Yes its per person.

    I weighed my dive bag with just my stuff in and it was 18Kg :eek:hmy:

    It seems regs in the hand luggage is the way to go, and I will be doing that when I go to Egypt in 3 weeks time... :thumbup:

    Ellie
     
  17. Baz

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    Make sure you have your letter and your diving cert to hand at the check in especially on your return.

    Your dive bag can be 20kg between 2 of you but you must have both certs to show.

    They can be a bit funny about luggage allowance on the seaplanes (if you are doing a seaplane transfer?) i had to argue the issue at the Air Taxi check in.

    I wrap my regs (in a reg bag) in my wetsuit and leave them in my divebag.

    What bit of paradise are you going to?
     
  18. Nidge

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    I would suggest looking on the Divernet forum, diving overseas section: pages and pages of useful info for the traveller.

    http://www.divernet.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?id=4246&section=2272&action=display
     
  19. PoseidonPete

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    A place called Mirihi http://www.mirihi.com/

    Its only 350 meters long and 50 meters wide, has 36 villas of which 30 are water villas, so I'm hoping the diving will be relaxed with so few residents, we will be diving with Ocean Pro.

    We are going on a sea plane, but I assumed they took your luggage over on a boat?
     
  20. Baz

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    It depends on the distance & number of passengers. If your lucky it goes on the plane

    You should take a small amount of clothes/suncreen etc in your hand luggage as if it is sent by boat it can sometimes be 6-8hrs before your luggage arrives.
     

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