Air Canada offers tips for smooth holiday travel



    
    Highlights

    - Security measures for carry-on luggage, including rigid liquid and gel
      restrictions, remain in effect
    - New sport equipment registry effective January 7, 2008
    - aircanada.com has all the information for a one-stop easy and simple
      travel experience
    

    MONTREAL, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - With the peak holiday travel season
almost upon us, Air Canada offers the following advice to travellers:

    SECURITY
    --------

    Security measures for carry-on luggage

    Customers are advised to keep in mind security measures when preparing to
travel. Government regulations stipulate customers can only carry-on a limited
amount of liquid, gel and aerosol items. The quantity of liquids, gels and
aerosols permitted in carry-on is 100ml/100g (3.4 oz) per article or smaller.
Containers have to be placed in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag
no larger than 1 litre (1 quart), with only 1 bag per person.
    Note: standard carry-on baggage allowance is restricted to one article
for passengers departing London Heathrow. A purse, satchel or similar type of
bag is counted as one article for the purposes of a traveller's carry-on
allowance.

    For more information, please consult the following official web sites:
    Transport Canada at www.tc.gc.ca;
    USA Transportation Security Administration at www.tsa.gov;
    British Airports Authorities at www.baa.co.uk.

    Regulations vary from country to country. Consult local authorities for
other destinations.

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
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    Passport requirements for the United States

    All passengers including Canadian and U.S. citizens will be required to
present a valid passport when travelling by air between Canada and the United
States.
    All travellers must present government-issued photo identification before
boarding regardless of destination. Domestic travel requires photo
identification and international travel a valid passport and any other
documentation, such as visas, essential to enter the country of destination.
    Children travelling outside of Canada with one parent may require legal
documentation proving the other parent or guardian's consent that the child
may leave the country. Consult the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade at 1-800-267-8376 to determine if such documentation is
necessary.

    Additional travel information required by American authorities

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
requires airlines to collect Advance Passenger Information (APIS) from
customers travelling to, from, and via the United States. In addition to
passport information, an address in the USA is required (including zip code).
Air Canada encourages customers to complete this form ahead of time at
aircanada.com.

    BAGGAGE INFORMATION
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    Carry-on baggage

    The airline's maximum carry-on baggage allowance is one standard article
23cm x 40cm x 55cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg, and one personal article
16cm x 33cm x 43cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg. More information on carry-on
baggage information is available at:
    aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/carry-on.html.

    Checked baggage allowance is available at:
    aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/checked.html.

    Strollers

    Air Canada strongly recommends the use of a small umbrella type stroller
when traveling as facilities are not designed to accommodate larger, heavy
strollers.
    Collapsible strollers may be checked at the gate and will be delivered to
you at the aircraft door.
    Full details of the stroller policy are available at:
    aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/before/youngtravellers/infant-child.html

    Sporting Equipment

    For travel on or after January 7, 2008 customers will be asked to
register their sports equipment at the time of booking, either on
aircanada.com or through the Air Canada call center. By registering prior to
check-in, passengers can benefit from a waiver on the excess piece fee for
hockey sticks and snow or ski boots (when carried along with related sports
equipment such as a snowboard or skis) as well as the oversize fee for skis,
snowboards, hockey sticks, and hockey bags. As of January 7, 2008, customers
who elect not to pre-register their sporting equipment will be subject to all
applicable excess piece and oversize fees when checking in at the airport on
the day of departure. Details are available at:
aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/checked.html#r1s0

    External and Internal Name Tags

    Air Canada employees strive to ensure you and your checked baggage are
transported on the same flights. However, many factors, including weather and
delays of connecting flights, may make this challenging. When you are
separated from your baggage, we will do our best to ensure you are reunited
with your bags quickly.
    Baggage name tags (external) are sometimes detached, torn or lost, making
it difficult to locate the owner of the bag. To facilitate the identification
of the owner, Air Canada has created a baggage ID template for passengers to
place inside their baggage. See Baggage Identification:
    aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/baggageid.html

    Gifts

    To facilitate security inspection, customers carrying gifts on board the
aircraft should keep them unwrapped. Any packages that do not comply with
carry-on baggage limitations will have to be checked-in and must be suitably
packed. Gifts should be identified as such.

    CHECK-IN MADE EASY
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    Checking-in on-line before getting to the airport

    Air Canada customers can save time by checking-in for their flight from
their home or office before leaving for the airport. Air Canada's web check-in
service at aircanada.com is available 24 hours prior to departure time for
travel within Canada, all flights departing Canada, and from select U.S. and
international cities. Air Canada web check-in allows customers to choose or
change their seat assignment, stand by for an earlier flight, and print out a
boarding card up to 24 hours before a flight.

    Mobile check-in

    Air Canada has introduced paperless boarding passes for its customers who
check in using their PDA (personal digital assistant such as Blackberry) or
cell phone. Air Canada's mobile check-in service, available at
mobile.aircanada.com, has been enhanced to offer customers the option of
receiving an electronic boarding pass in the form of SMS text messages that
the customer simply shows to airport security screening personnel and Air
Canada gate agents, in lieu of a paper boarding pass. Passengers with baggage
to check proceed as usual to baggage drop off points prior to security
screening. Air Canada's new mobile service is available for boarding domestic
Canada flights and departures to international (non-U.S.) destinations,
including connecting flights, from 60 airports across Canada.

    Self bag-tagging

    Customers departing Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver can also save time by
using the self bag-tagging feature of our airport kiosks to tag their own bags
and drop them off at a designated counter. This feature is currently rolling
out across the Air Canada system.

    Recommended check-in times during peak travel days

    During peak travel days, Air Canada recommends that customers arrive
early at the airport to avoid problems associated with peak holiday
congestion. Customers should arrive at the airport:

    
    - 90 minutes before all domestic flights;
    - 150 minutes before U.S. transborder flights, allowing sufficient time
      to pre-clear U.S. customs;
    - 150 minutes before all international flights.

    Check flight status on-line

    Air Canada customers can easily check the status of departing and arriving
flights before leaving for the airport at aircanada.com, or by calling the
toll free Air Canada flight status line at 1-888-422-7533; TTY (Hearing
Impaired): 1-800-361-8071. To receive automatic alerts of flight status
changes by web-enabled, wireless phone or other devices, customers should
register at
    aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/traveller/mobile/notification.html

                   Air Canada wishes you a safe and happy
                               holiday season!
    




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788;
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416) 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604)
270-5741; Internet: aircanada.com


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