Baggage Wrapping at Airport: Is It Worth The Time And Money????

By alexatravel on October 22, 2019 Travel Tips

Baggage Wrapping at Airport: Is It Worth The Time And Money??

From like past two decades, we are observing travelers on almost every international airport around the world wheeling the plastic laid suitcases. We always wonder is it just for the peace of mind or the packaging actually worth all the time and money??? As a true travel companion, Alexa Travel assures that we give you a detailed explanation to make your journey serene. So, let’s dive into some facts for what it’s literally for.

The foremost question that pops up is…… why???

The answer is quite apparent….. Security. Your luggage has to bear a toll-like the quick and rough loading and unloading from planes by baggage handlers causing scrapes and gashes along with bumps, spilled liquid, bad weather and what not…….. Hence, an extra layer of protection prevents the suitcases form all the unnecessary scratches and even bursting of the bag. This plastic packaging also deters pilfering by would-be thieves.

You will find these plastic wrapping kiosks in every nook and corner of almost every European and Asian international airport and in US you can give your baggage a plastic wrapping at Miami, New York-JFK, and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The kiosks like Seal & Go, TrueStar, and Secure Wrap facilitates their customers with a free sticker with packaging that allows tracking.

You must be thinking that how you can manage time and of course the money for all this encasing of your luggage in several layers of Saran Wrap-like plastic. You need not to worry about this, as this safety coating takes only about a minute and it generally costs somewhere around $15-20 for one regular-sized bag and it can goes up to $22 or more for oversized/irregular items including golf clubs and bikes.

Your plastic shielding does not restrict TSA (Transportation Security Administration) from unwrapping your suitcase if something suspicious gets flagged on EDS (Explosive Detection System Machine) scanners. And no, they are not going to re-wrap your luggage; however, they make sure to cause the least damage to the baggage as well as the valuable possessions it contains by following a target search method. But, to your delight some companies offer the facility of re-wrapping when opened by TSA.

By having so much of plastic talks, the thought of environmental damage hovers our mind at one time or the other. Now, you can be assured of environmental safety on this plastic encasing uses 100 percent recyclable, non-toxic, tamper-resistant/evident plastic film and even most of the companies advise the travellers to remove the plastic in the baggage claim area and recycle it at the airport.

You can now safeguard your luggage with extra covering without getting concerned of the factors like time, money and environment. So, leave your worries on Alexa Travel and take the contentment of clouds beneath you and fly without problems.

Here’s The List of Prohibited Items That You Cannot Carry To India

By alexatravel on October 12, 2019 Travel Tips

List of Prohibited Items That You Cannot Carry To India

Whether you are a first timer or a frequent flyer, there’s always a dilemma in what to pack and what not to………while going for air travel you should be aware what is prohibited at airport and what you can carry.

You must have heard or encountered people facing some issues before departure like repacking the stuff or paying hefty fines because of inappropriate items in the baggage.

To prevent this situation your true travel companion Alexa Travel has come to you with a list of materials which you should avoid carrying while visiting India.

Some Personal stuff

We all love our personal belongings, but to carry the stuff which can cause even some itty-bitty harm is restricted by the airlines which includes Lighters, Scissors, metal with pointed tips and no displaying of inner ninja out there with Realistic replica of any toy weapon.

Sharp objects

Keeping some things handy for a quick nose hair grooming in lavatory or to have a quick meal with your own sanitized cutlery??? Your airlines won’t allow you to carry all items like box Cutters, Ice Axes/Ice Picks, Meat Cleavers, Razor-type blades such as box cutters Knives (any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery) , utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge(but excluding safety razors).

Just imagine a person carrying a sword at airport… to put a halt to this weird imagination turning to reality airlines put restriction on carrying Sabres or Sword.

 

Sporting Goodies

A big fan of sports??  To your disappointment you cannot carry your favourite sports item including Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks , Baseball Bats, Bows and Arrows, Ski Poles, Spear Guns, Cricket Bats, Golf Clubs, , Pool Cues(airlines consider these products ‘dangerous”)

No Weapons

Airlines give a big NO to each or any kind of weapon and you should never carry the products like Compressed Air Guns, Firearms, Realistic Replicas of Firearms, Starter pistols, Parts of Guns and Firearms, Pellet Guns, Ammunition, BB guns while going in a flight.

Tools are safe at workplace

Until and unless you are a dedicated working person and get your stuff handy, why would anyone feel the need to need to carry products such as Axes and hatchets, Cattle Prods, Crowbars, Hammers, Tools (including but not limited to wrenches and pliers), Saws (including cordless portable power saws), Screwdrivers (except those in eyeglass repair kits), Wrenches, Drills (including cordless portables power drills) and Pliers in your baggage which can cause mayhem. So be careful and don’t pack your tools on a flight.

Martial Arts/Self Defence Items

It doesn’t matter how much you are concerned about your self-defence, airline won’t allow you to board the flight with destructive products like Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Stun Guns/Shocking Devices, Throwing Stars, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons, Mace/Pepper Spray, Night Sticks, Nunchakus, Martial Arts/Self Defense Items or any kind of Martial Arts Weapons.

Items not to be Carried In Hand Baggage not Even As Checked-in Baggage

So, there are some things which you cannot carry, not even as your checked-in little luggage. You can never ever pack up some stuff no matter how important it is (though, the list doesn’t contain any such important materials).

Explosives

The first item on the list of strictly prohibited things is explosives. If you get caught up with any type of explosive in your luggage, then you are in a grave danger. So, be careful not to fill up your bags with Flare Guns,Flares (in any form), Hand Grenades, Gun Lighters and Gun Powder, Explosive material, Blasting caps, Dynamite, Fireworks, Plastic Explosives or any Realistic Replicas of Explosives.

Compressed gases

The thought of carrying a cylinder filled with some compressed gas is an eerie. The problem is solved by Indian airports by banning the stuff like Oxygen, Liquid nitrogen, Butane, and Aqualung cylinders whether it is deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable ora poisonous one.

Flammable Items

Only a miniature version of products such as Aerosol for personal care or toiletries are allowed in limited quantities,  other than that no flammable item permitted in the airport premises including Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel), Turpentine and Paint Thinner, Gasoline, Lighter Fluid, Gas Torches, Strike anywhere matches, Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries

Oxidizing materials

You definitely have to kill your urge to have a nice pedicure session and keep the oxidizing stuff like bleaching powder and peroxides at your place.

Poisonous and infectious substances

Indians being good at hospitality kills any and all insects by themselves to provide supreme comfort to their guests, hence there’s no need to bring live virus materials, insecticides or weed-killers with you.

Radio-active materials

Consider the safety for everyone boarding the plane and don’t grab the CorrosivesSuch as alkalis, mercury, acids, wet cell batteries, oven or drain cleaners with you. Only the wet cell batteries in wheelchairs are allowed at airports.

Some Other dangerous articles

Adding to the list of denied items at Indian airports there are magnetized, offensive or irritating materials or any type of Briefcases and attaché cases with installed alarm devices are also not allowed.

Restricted Items

There are certain other things which are restricted at Indian airports, but you can carry that with only with advance approval in accordance to the norms of interlining carriers, Air Indiaand local regulations. The items included in this category are dry ice, portable medical electronic devices, Battery-powered wheelchairs with spillable/non-spillable batteries, etc.

There’s a Ban on Carriage of Self Balancing Devices powered by Lithium Battery in the Baggage. Hence, your iMac pro (limited series) cannot accompany you in your delightful flight.

You can carry some of your battery cells in but only in hand baggage for the usage in any electrical / electronic items.For portable electronic devices, if required some Batteries spare / loose, including lithium ion cells or batteries can carried but just in carry-on baggage. Pack up your lithium metal batteries or the lithium metal content for the flight considering the Watt-hour rating of your lithium ion batteries must not exceed 100 Wh and you should not exceed the quantity to 2 g for lithium metal.

Pack safe…. Fly safely.

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Best Time to Fly From USA to India

By alexatravel on September 18, 2019 Travel Tips

Best Time to Fly From USA to India

Whether you are an avid traveller or planning the journey to beat the blues or on a business tour…….. The first question while booking a flight ticket that pops up into the mind ….. Is it the appropriate time??? Followed by …… how can I save the expenditure of such hefty amount on the air tickets??

When it comes to travelling to India, the tremendous geographical and climatic variation makes it a little mind-boggling to decide for an ideal time to fly to India.

Alexa Travel being your true travel companion is here to provide you some tips and tricks to fly more and save more. So, grab the opportunity of visiting the magical land of India with lowest expenditure by carefully considering some facts.

Say No to weekends

As we know that weekends are marked for fun and enjoyment, hence, people travel more often on weekends as compared to the weekdays with instant or previous bookings building a hike on the airfares. Therefore, it’s always advantageous to book flights on weekdays.

Cheapest Day of the Month to Fly to India

Weekdays are preferable to go for airline booking to India, but it’s not like every day is equally favourable.

The cheapest day to book a flight is Tuesday especially the midnight with approximately 6% discount accounting up to 200 USD on the prices as compared to weekends being the most expensive ones.

Cheapest Month of the Year to Fly to India

The air fares for India are usually lower between April 1 – May 30 and September 1 – October 31, in lieu of the sweltering summers accompanied with humidity. However a significant rise in the prices of air travel is observed between June 14 – July 14 and December 12- December 24 with the hike in number of visitors because of the pleasant climate in the majority of regions of India, and the tourists often visit to explore the Land of Gods with a soothing breeze and witness the drizzling rain pours or the soothing winter with a brightly shining sun.

That’s not all…. February is considered the cheapest month to fly to India as you can have an approximate saving of 18 per cent your on airfare.

If you are planning your trip in advance and getting your air tickets 22 weeks prior to travelling you can have the saving of around 15 per cent as the cheapest flight tickets from India are generally available 22 weeks in advance of travel.

Get along on your travelling spree with Alexa travel and avail unimaginable prices for your flight tickets.