Saturday, April 3, 2010

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Part II

Wherein Betty Debbie is kidnapped and forced to ride an *gasp* Airbus!

Dr. van der Stevejinck has a little side business working as an engineer for a large internationally famous aircraft manufacturer that rhymes with "Goeing". We make it a point to never ride on the competition. Unfortunately, Betty Keira got her ticket first. Wish us luck.

Speaking of tickets...Betty Keira and I were just doing our on-line check-in. I got to reading the restrictions on carry-on baggage (for Frontier Airlines). I share them here. Take special note of the last item.

"Don't get carried away with your carry-on baggage. You'll be sharing the plane with others, so please understand that we allow each passenger one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a briefcase, purse or laptop computer...Now get out your measuring tape and scale. We allow each passenger to board with one piece of carry-on baggage. Your carry-on bag's dimensions can't exceed 49 linear inches with maximum dimensions of 9.5" height + 15.5" width + 24" length and the bag can't weigh more than 35 pounds. Your carry-on bag must fit underneath the seat or in an enclosed overhead bin...

In addition to the one carry-on bag allowance, the following personal articles may be carried on the aircraft:

•Handbag or pocketbook
•Coat or wrap
•Umbrella or walking stick
•Camera or binoculars
•Briefcase or laptop computer case
•Canes, crutches, braces or other assistive devices on which the passenger is dependent*
•Infant bag
•Infant/child safety seat used to transport the infant/child (if the child has a ticket and will be using the seat in flight, it must be an FAA approved safety seat)**
•A reasonable amount of reading material

What, exactly, constitutes "A reasonable amount of reading material"??? What I take with me directly correlates to the length of time I will be actually travelling plus number of nights I will need a bedtime book minus books I can beg, borrow or buy (no, no, I would never steal a book).