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What You Need to Know About the Miami International Airport

Are you a Florida resident?  If you are and you are looking to travel out of the country, you will need to find a Florida airport that is known as an international airport.  International airports are airports that regularly have flights arriving from or going to an area outside of the Untied States. For Florida residents, particularly those in or around the Miami area, the Miami International Airport is the airport that they turn to when it comes to scheduling an out of the country trip. 

In addition to being conveniently located, in Miami, the Miami International Airport is also well-known for the number of airlines that it houses.  Unlike most other airports, including other international airports, the Miami International Airport does business with over fifty airlines. That number of huge, especially when compared to other airports.  Essentially, this means that wherever you are going and whenever you need to get there, the Miami International Airport should have what you are looking for.

While it is nice to have access to an airport that gives you a number of different choices, especially when it comes to airlines, it may also be difficult. Since there are over fifty airlines that partner with the Miami International Airport, you will find that their airport is large in size.  This may pose a problem for you, especially if you have never visited the airport before.  If this is the case, you will want to familiarize yourself with the airport’s layout or even print off a map. You can do this by visiting the online website of the Miami International Airport. That online website can be found by visiting www.miami-airport.com. These maps should also provide you with valuable information on airport parking arrangements.

With the recent focus on airport security, you will find that the staff at the Miami International Airport requests that you arrive for your flight well in advance.  This is especially important for international travelers or travelers who are unfamiliar with the airport.  A simple wrong turn or a delay at an airport security checkpoint could cause you to miss your flight, especially if you did not arrive at least two hours before your flight was scheduled to take off.  Also, before arriving at the airport, it is important to make sure that you have all of the documents needed to travel on an international flight. These documents commonly include picture identification, a passport, or a visa.

If you are looking to pass the time, while waiting for your flight, you will find that there are plenty of things to do at the Miami International Airport. The airport is stocked full of retail stores, including clothing stores and gift shops.  You can also find a large number of bars, restaurants, as well as other establishments. Due to the size of the airport, you will find that certain retail establishments are only available in certain airport terminal areas. However, all airport terminals have a number of different eateries and retail stores for you to choose from. 

As mentioned above, the online website for the Miami International Airport is located at www.miami-airport.com.  Whether you are looking to check the status of your flight, learn more about airport security procedures, or learn more about international flights, you should be able to find what you are looking for on their online website.  For additional information, you may want to consider contacting the airport directly.

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Air Travel Rules: Traveling With Electronics

In this day in age, it seems as if all individuals have at least once piece of electronic equipment with them, often at all times. That electronic equipment may include a cell phone, a beeper, a laptop, or a personal data assistant, commonly known as a PDA. If you are one of the individuals that regularly travels around with one or more of these electronic items, there is a good chance that you will be taking them with you when you board an airplane. If so, there is a chance that you may be concerned with whether or not they are a violation of air travel rules.

When it comes to determining which electronics are prohibited aboard an airplane, you will find that almost all are allowed.  Despite this allowance, it is still a good idea that you check with your airline or airport, in advance.  Since most electronic items are expensive, you not want to get to the airport only to learn that you are prohibited from bringing all of your belongings with you, especially something as expensive as most electronic equipment. 

As previously mentioned, many individuals keep a cell phone or pager with them at all times.  All cell phones and pagers are permitted aboard airplanes. In addition to being permitted onboard, they are allowed to be stored in your carry-on luggage.  Your cell phone or pager, like most other electronic equipment, will be suspect to inspection, if need be.

Laptops and personal data assistants, commonly known as PDA’s, are also permitted aboard airplanes.  You are also allowed to store them in your carry-on luggage, if you choose to.  If stored in your carry-on luggage, your laptop or personal data assistant machine will need to be scanned along with the rest of your carry-on luggage. This screening process is safe and should not hurt your equipment.

While the screening process is safe for most electronic equipment, it isn’t for all.  There is a chance that your film, especially film that has yet to be developed, could be ruined by the x-ray machines.  In the event that you are storing a camera in your carry-on luggage, you will need to notify airport security.  They have alternative ways of checking your camera or film equipment. Other recording devices, such as digital cameras or camcorders, are also permitted aboard an airplane, even in your carry-on luggage. It is safe for these items to go through the x-ray screening process.

As previously mentioned, many of the above mentioned electronics can either be stored in your carry-on luggage or your checked baggage.  If you are able to store the items in your carry-on luggage, you are advised to do so. It is no secret that checked baggage gets tossed around in a number of different fashions.  With expensive electronic equipment, your equipment is less likely to suffer damage if you are the one in charge of caring for it.  In addition to a reduction in damage, most airlines are restricting the use of baggage locks.  This means that it may be unwise for you to store expensive equipment in your checked baggage, especially if you cannot lock it.  Honestly, you never know who may have access to it.

By keeping the above mentioned information in mind, you should be able to pack correctly for your next trip, whether or not that trip is a business trip. Although most airlines do not have restrictions on the electronic equipment that you bring onboard, you will find that the use of these items is often restricted.  A large number of airlines will only let you power up your camcorder, cell phone, pager, PDA, or laptop during specified times.

Flying Internationally With Kids

Each year, a large number of American families make the decision to take a family vacation. Is your family planning on becoming one of those families? If so, do you know where you want to go? Although there is a good chance that you may want to stay in the United States, there is also a chance that you would like to travel to a foreign country. Not only could it be a fun and exciting vacation, but it could also be a learning experience for your kids.

Once you and your family have decided that a visit to a foreign country is just the way that you want to spend your next family vacation, you will have to start making travel arrangements.  This most commonly includes choosing a final vacation destination, booking airline reservations, and overnight hotel accommodations.  After these travel arrangements have been made, you will need to wait for the “big day,” to arrive. However, once that day comes, it is important to remember that you are traveling with children. For that reason, extra accommodations may need to be made.

Perhaps, is it best if you determine what these accommodations are before your flight is scheduled to take off. In fact, it is advised that you start preparing for your trip early, especially if you are traveling with children. This is because, when it comes to international flights, the preparation, even for children, is different from domestic flights.  You will find that, in most cases, the guidelines and procedures change. For starters, the proof of identification that they will need drastically changes.

When minor children fly on domestic flights, they do not need to show identification, if they are traveling with a parent or a guardian. Often times, proof of a parent’s identification is enough; however, it is not enough on international flights. Depending on where you are traveling to, you will find that your child may need to have a passport. If your child does not already have a passport, they will need to get one.  This process could take a few days, or even a few weeks.  While arranging your child’s passport, is also advised that ensure that yours is valid as well. 

In addition to having the proper forms of identification, for international flights, you will also find that your child or children must go through the same security screening as everyone else. This means that they will have their carry on luggage, as well as their checked baggage thoroughly examined. This examination may include an x-ray screening or a hand check.  Should a problem arise, they will likely be pulled aside, like any other passenger. The only difference is that you should be able to accompany them, if and when this does occurs. 

In international airports, passenger screening is just as important as baggage screening. For that reason, your child, no matter what their age, will also have to be checked out. This mostly entails removing their shoes and walking through a metal detector. In the event that the alarm sounds, your child will likely be subject to additional screening. However, it is important to note that this additional screening is required and it is the same that all other passengers will go through, if need be.

The above mentioned situations are just a few of the many that you will have to prepare for if you are flying internationally with a child.  The rules, restrictions, and guidelines that you must follow tend to vary from international airport to airport, as well as with airlines.  Although many of these rules are the same, there are some differences. All international airports are given the ability to add-on their own air travel rules, if they choose to do so. For that reason, it is advised that you directly contact the international airline that you will be flying with or the international airport that you will be leaving from, for additional information.

What Happens to Your Banned Belongings at Airport Security?

If you have recently taken a flight or plan to, chances are you have seen information on the air travel rules.  These rules include a wide variety of different topics, issues, and items; however, perhaps, one is more important than the rest. That air travel rule is the list of items that are prohibited from being taken on an airline, whether that ban only be for your carry on luggage or both your carry on luggage and checked baggage.  Unfortunately, there are some mistakes that are made.  If you, intentionally or not, forget to remove a prohibited item from your bags, do you know what will happen to you or to that item?

When it comes to prohibited items in airports, you will find that different consequences result.  These consequences tend to depend on the airport you are in, the airline you are flying with, as well as the item that you were trying to get through security checkpoints.  Essentially, if you were trying to sneak in a bottled water, the consequences would be far less than if you were trying to sneak in a gun, but there will still be consequences none the less.

The most common action taken, when it comes to trying to board an airplane with prohibited items, is that you will be pulled aside by airport security or other airport staff. All bags, including checked luggage, are usually checked with you nearby. This is done to help ensure that no prohibited items are found.  In the event that you are trying to store prohibited items, such as flammable objects, in your checked luggage, you will likely be asked to take the item to your car. In the event that you cannot, you may have to turn that item over to airport security.  The same can be said for prohibited items in your carry on luggage.

In most cases, you will be given an option as to what you want to do with your items. That is why it is advised that you arrive at the airport in advance.  Two hours early is often the recommended time. This will ensure that you are able to made additional accommodations, should you find that you are prohibited from taking some of your belongings aboard the airplane.  As previously mentioned, if you are unable to make accommodations for your belongings, you will have to turn them over to airport security.  If you are like most other travelers you may be curious as to what happens with those items.

The items confiscated by airport security and what happens to those items will all depend in the airport in question.  Each airport has their own way of dealing with confiscated items. It is not uncommon for these items to be taken, melted, and forever discarded; however, some airports are beginning to profit from the sale of prohibited items.  A number of airports have sold these items, ranging from tools to lighters to scissors, themselves or with the assistance of an auction seller.  Regardless of which action is taken, it is safe to say that you will no longer be able to recuperate your confiscated belongings.

Instead of just kissing your banned items goodbye, you will find that a number of airports have begun establishing on site mail service centers.  These mail service centers are ideal for travelers who would be unable to make additional arrangements for their items, such as returning them to their vehicles.  With mail service centers, you will need to pay for the supplies, but you can easily have your items mailed to your home.  However, it is important to remember, that like all airports, the postal service also has a list of prohibited items. These items most commonly include flammable objects, such as lighters.

Although you have a number of different choices, when it comes to taking care of your items that are banned from going past airport security checkpoints, it is probably best if you just leave those items as home. Reviewing the list of banned items, before you start packing for your trip, is the best way to ensure that you are not left having to turn over some of your belongings to airport security.