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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Sefria » January 01, 2017 08:08 PM

Rider I'm going to be travelling in a few months with a pair of elderly folk who are both in wheelchairs. Any advice on which airports on the east side of the U.S. to avoid and which might be okay? And/or if we stop overnight in that area to break up the long flights (better for their health), any places to go or stay away from?
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by stopboorider » January 01, 2017 10:43 PM

Last Edited: January 01, 2017 10:46 PM

Well, I always say try to avoid Philly (PHL) and Washinton DC International Airport (IAD). Both of them have rather sectioned off areas, and while it is easy to normally travel from gate to gate, with wheelchairs it might require a bit more waiting and assistance for the actual transfers from gate to gate.

Other than that, it depends on what airline you go through that determins what your layover spots are. I believe Delta goes through Detroit, (DTW) which is a rather nice in terms of layout for getting around. They have a fancy tram from one end to the other, but it's honestly not that much of a walk.
Edit: Charlotte (CLT) is also a really nice airport to navigate, because they have long automatic walk ways, and I believe they serve multiple airlines. But I've also been stuck in Charlotte about 4/10 times I've gone through there, either for hours or a night or two. So... there's that to be warned of.

As for staying the night, I don't have a lot of experience with that, since the few times I've broken up trips have been because of weather, in which you get whatever the airport scores you. But I'd suggest looking at AAA reviews for hotels, and make sure there's a shuttle to the airport from whatever hotel you go with. They might be a bit more, but you can schedule the shuttle for the morning and make sure you get back to the airport in time, and most of them are handicap vans or are accessible in some way, so they could help you with that too instead of needing to rent a special taxi. Plus, the shuttle is usually never late, cause the hotel gets fined and shunned by the airport if so.

Hope that helps out. c:
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Sefria » January 01, 2017 10:52 PM

Hmmm, how's the Boston airport look? Seems a lot of the flights that hop the Atlantic run through Boston or NY-JFK or DC. So if we're avoiding DC, then it's NY or Boston and NY has something of a reputation, so... ?
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by stopboorider » January 02, 2017 08:40 AM

I've only been through Boston twice, and it was very pleasant. I don't remember much about it though, unfortunately, but I so remember both gate to gate walks were very nice and not that difficult. Also, Boston is an amazing city overall, so when it comes between those two I highly recommend Boston over NYC. (Also any travel through NYC can be laggy because there's so much traffic, it's just delays everywhere.)
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Vexia » January 02, 2017 09:33 PM

Ok, some of the general life noise has settled down, and now I can start thinking about my flight I'll be taking in a few months. I've never flown before, and my biggest source of concern is probably luggage. To start off with, what is the process of getting your luggage checked? Is there anything important I should know?
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Sefria » January 02, 2017 09:55 PM

don't pack liquids.

You're going to a civilized country, you'll be able to get most anything you'd need while there; so over-packing is probably more of an issue than under-packing. (In other words, aim to bring less. Especially given that you'll probably want to come home with new things you found there, and will need room for that)

Hmmm.

hard-shell luggage will protect your stuff better than soft.

Expect security to go through your things. (Don't wrap gifts; bring the paper and wrap at your destination if you want to bring wrapped host gifts or whatever)

I can't think of anything else?
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Vexia » January 08, 2017 01:12 AM

Do they go through just the carry-on bags or everything? I've already been advised to pack an empty suitcase so I won't have to pay to ship any new stuff I acquire back home. Too bad most of my luggage is soft, so I'll have to account for that in the packing. Breakables will go in the sturdier suit cases.
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Sefria » January 09, 2017 04:35 AM

Even the stuff you check can be gone through. It's not certain, but plan for it and then you'll never be unpleasantly surprised.
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by stopboorider » January 09, 2017 09:33 AM

Most airlines allow you to have 1 Carry On Small Baggage, (no bigger than a small suitcase or a sports bag for clothes), 1 Carry on Personal Effect (must fit UNDER the seat in case overhead is full, usually no bigger than a airline travel backpack or medium sized rolling briefcase) for free. Some places will give you 1 checked bag up to 50lb for free as well, but you should always check, because the up-charge can be heavy on those.

Nowadays, most checked bags are actually NOT gone through any more unless given a reason to be gone through. Such as, residue from tobacco or fireworks, something that could trick the censors into thinking you're carrying something illegal. Also dense books can trigger their sensors, but otherwise, they're just gonna throw it through a scan and send it on it's way.

As Sefria said above, hard luggage is always a better option for transporting breakables than soft luggage, but they do toss it around. If you have something fragile that you wanna bring there or home, it might be better to mail it and pay the extra 7 dollars to have a fragile sticker slapped on it and such. Also remember that when going there or back, you do have your clothing, which works as a good wrapping for fragile things, or if you have like a mug. Just stuff it with your underwear and not only are you saving space, you've protected it. (If the mug is a gift, maybe don't tell the person it was stuffed with underwear.)

Also, if you wanna bring anything that security won't allow through the gates, such as a pocket knife, shampoo/toothpaste/other liquid toiletries, etc, toss it in your checked bag. It's no threat if you can't get it it, so they don't care.

And as mentioned above, pack light, especially if you might be bringing stuff back. I assure you, you're not gonna need a lot of stuff going through the airport. If you're hungry or thirsty, there's always stuff available with only a slight upcharge, so you're not saving that much by stuffing your luggage full of needs. If your flight is not in the earliest of mornings or latest of evenings, basically any time in the middle of the day, make sure to arrive an hour early to get through all the lines and be sitting at your gate when boarding starts. That being said, they HAVE to keep the gate open until at least the time written on your ticket, even if they can start boarding early, so as long as you stick your foot in the door before the last minute is up, you can get in. (I've had to do this, not a fun run, but doable.)
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Sefria » January 09, 2017 03:11 PM

Mentioning on bringing liquids in checked baggage:
The pressure difference that the baggage-hold area goes through during a flight is pretty large, so wrap/pack expecting leakage, and some airlines don't allow it, so check that.
NEVER attempt to bring liquid in a glass container -move it to a plastic one. (Pretty sure they'd catch that and get rid of it for you, but....

Shampoo and thick liquids are typically less trouble but do often trigger the rummage-through-your-checked-baggage thing, especially if it's a gel-type.
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