Today, far corners of the globe are connected through a vast network of airline services thus bringing the world closer than ever before. Almost every nation has its own domestic as well as international airline plying between cities, countries and continents.
Reservation and ticketing is no longer a tedious process with the advent of internet booking. However with international airline travel, there are certain norms you need to comply with, with the procedures only getting more complicated with alarming radical and revolutionary activities on the increase. Its best to familiarize yourself with the different international air travel regulations before you embark on your journey lest you don’t feel indisposed later on.
First and foremost comes the airport security screening process which includes a thorough check on your baggage as well as yourself. Most of these procedures apply in the case of domestic airline travel also, but in the case of international travel, the rules are more rigid and every country has its own formalities that have to be complied with.
All airports have X-ray screening machines through which your baggage has to be passed to detect any obtrusive or flammable devices. Even certain personal items like scissors, nail cutters, penknives etc are not allowed on international flights, especially not in the cabin baggage. Before entering the flight, every passenger will be subjected to a security check where you will have to remove all metal devices from yourself like watches, cell phones etc.
Besides security checks, a passenger on an international trip should make sure he’s carrying all necessary documents with him, in the absence of which he might be detained from traveling. A passport, visa (except to certain countries denoted by the law of your nation) personal ID, airline ticket etc are some of the documents inevitable for international travel.
All airlines specify the weight or number of pieces of luggage you are permitted to carry over and above which you’ll have to pay airport duty. Of the total weight allowed you are allowed to carry some amount of hand luggage. The total allowable baggage weight is certainly more in the case of international airlines.
It also helps to be aware of the various conveniences offered by international airlines today.
For example there is the e check-in facility whereby you can check-in your belongings through the net and avoid long queues at the counters. This is especially useful in case you have children or disabled people traveling with you.