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Going abroad plane experiences....

Postby lewistaylor565 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:00 am

im planning on going abroad kiting,

just wondered if anyone had advice on prices to take your gear on the plane???

Anyone had bad experiences doing this??? (e.g. broken board :-? )

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Re: Going abroad plane experiences....

Postby kiteingcolin1 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:35 am

Just back from Tenerife, flights with Monarch, there is one thing you must do, that is to have clear printed notices of baggage paid for in full for both flights, and it must be clear, next time I will use a hi-lighter to make it easier for the check in staff to see, it was not to much of a problem from Manchester but coming back I realised very quickly that the check in staff are employed by a handling agent (Iberia) who deal with over 20 airlines, I went over to their desk and counted up the airline stickers on their board, then when I got to the desk she spoke little English and whipped out a card headed monarch, listed was the airlines baggage charges, very confusing and she was looking very confused,
she went round to the other check in staff and pointed at my gear and pointing at the monarch card, the confirmation sheet that i gave her was of course in English, so after much pointing and me repeating paid in full she was still not happy but said ok ok,
all bags had to be paid for, only hand luggage was free.
max weight on the main sports bag was 32kg, other 2 bags was 22kg,

I took 2 boards , 3 kites, 2 wet suits, harness, crash vest, 2 bars, pump, 2 beach towels, spares kit, a few tools, It all fitted easily into the main big 150cm mystic bag, 27kg, and one soft bag at 16kg, all our clothes, womens things, and sun factor fitted into one other soft bag at 18kg, fairly typical load of kit looking at what other people had taken, 2 boards might be excessive, but their was room.


Its no wonder that the check in staff are confused, 20 airlines, many languages used,
no flippin chance of a smooth check in,

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Re: Going abroad plane experiences....

Postby lewistaylor565 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:52 am

ah ok ill bare that in mind Thanks :)

In terms of cost, was it resonable?


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