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Marathon Travel & Cruise Shops would like to make travel as stress free as possible. Please keep the following information in mind when preparing to fly. Click on one of the following section of this page, depending on the kind of travel tip you are looking for:

- NEW: Baggage policies
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NEW: Carry on restrictions
-NEW REQUIREMENTS: Passport Requirements
- Checking in for flights
- Photo identification
- International Documentation
- Guidelines for Checking In on Domestic Flights (including Hawaii)
- Guidelines for Checking In on International Flights
- Making Connecting Flights
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Domestic Luggage Allowance
- International Luggage Allowance
- Transporting Special Equipment
- Beware of what you can pack
- Airport Security
- Traveling comfortably in an airplane
- Combating Jet lag
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Flying during pregnancy
- Traveling with Children
- Useful websites


New Baggage Policies

Verify your airline new baggage policy by clicking on your airline link below:

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American Airlines

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Southwest Airlines

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Alaska Airlines

 

Restricted Carry-On Items
Other items may not be carried onboard, but are acceptable as checked luggage. Examples of these items include:
* Any liquids, gels, lotions or similar items such as beverages, hairspray, toothpaste and shampoo that exceed 3 ounces and/or do not fit within ONE, QUART-SIZE clear plastic zip-top bag.
* Sharp Objects: box cutters, knives, razor blades, scissors, swords
* Sporting Goods: baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey/lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles
* Weapons: firearms, ammunition, mace, tear-gas, martial arts weapons, stun guns
* Tools: axes, hammers, drills, pliers, saws, screwdrivers, wrenches
* Other hazardous materials: dry ice, poisons, infectious substances


Hazardous and Prohibited Items
Certain items are considered hazardous and are prohibited from air transportation by federal law. You may not travel with these items as checked, cabin-seat, or carry-on luggage. Examples of these items include:
* Flammable Items: fuel, paints, lighter fluid, matches
* Explosive Materials: fireworks, signal flares, sparklers, freon, helium, gunpowder
* Dangerous Chemicals: bleach, adhesives, linseed oil, spray starch, insecticides, cleaners and solvents, wet-cell batteries (except those in wheelchairs), pepper spray
* Pressure Containers: spray cans, butane, fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, CO2 cartridges, self-inflating rafts


Acceptable Items to Pack
The following items are allowed as checked and/or carry-on luggage:
* Travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag.
* After clearing security, passengers can bring on-board the aircraft beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area.
* Baby formula, prescriptions, and medications are permitted in carry-on or checked luggage. Please note that if included in carry-on luggage, these items must be presented for inspection at the security checkpoint.
* Safety matches may be carried on board. "Strike-anywhere" matches, lighters with liquid reservoirs, and lighter fluid are forbidden.
* Firearms, handguns, and ammunition: Unloaded firearms may be transported as checked luggage if declared to the agent at check-in and appropriately packed.
* Some airlines allow dry ice to be carried onboard in quantities of 4 pounds (2 kg) or less when used for packing perishables. Dry ice must be carried onboard in a hard plastic that allows ventilation. Please advise a ticket or gate agent if you plan to travel with dry ice.
* Electric wheelchairs are allowed if transported in accordance with the airlines requirements.

PASSPORTS
New Requirement


The U.S. Government is implementing provisions to the Intelligence Reform Bill, passed in December 2004, which requires that the current Western Hemisphere passport exemptions be phased out. That means the new Passport rules for all U.S. Citizens, and other travelers coming to and leaving from the United States, will be put in place.

The new rules will be phased-in as early as January 2007.

Going forward, a Passport will be required for U.S. Citizens who travel by air and sea to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America, Canada and Mexico.

Subsequently, Passports or other accepted travel documents will also be required for U.S. land border crossings to and from Canada or Mexico.

With cruise vacation booking windows lengthening, it is more important than ever that you recommend to your clients that they act now!

By 2007, all U.S. Citizens departing and returning to the United States will be required to have a valid U.S. Passport. The Passport office is already busy and this will undoubtedly cause a backlog that could result in lengthy issuance delays as these rules take effect.

Remember, without a Passport, your clients will not be able to travel outside of the United States and you will be limited in the International leisure vacations that you can market and sell - particularly cruises. In addition, after the implementation date, U.S. clients who arrive at their Port of Embarkation Port without a valid U.S. Passport will not be permitted to board the ship. Information you can share with every client on obtaining or renewing a U.S. Passport can be found on the State Department's Web site at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

When talking to your clients:

  • Reiterate that they should avoid the rush and the possibility of not being able to travel where they wish without a passport.

  • Remind clients booking future travel to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America, Canada and Mexico will require a valid Passport to re-enter the U.S.

  • Stress that a Passport can open the doors to travel they may not have considered before, such as cruising in Europe, Australia and Asia. (This also opens the door for a CLIA agent to recommend a new vacation option.)

  • Remind them that Passports are valid for ten years and if they are repeat cruisers or frequent travelers, they can consider the initial price of that Passport ($97 for a new passport and $67 for a renewal) as amortized over time. If they take two vacations per year, the initial cost of the Passport per vacation is less than a frozen drink with an umbrella at the pool.

  • Inform them, that even with a confirmed booking for travel abroad, they will be denied boarding in the event they do not possess a valid Passport.

Tips to Encourage Clients to Acquire/Renew Their Passport

  • Include this information in every clients travel documents in advance.

  • Send an e-mail to your client database to make them aware of the upcoming passport rules - and take the opportunity to recommend a terrific international vacation.

  • Establish a relationship with a Passport processing/expediting service that you use or recommend to your clients. They do they work to make it even easier and you may be able to earn a commission on the service you provide.

  • And finally, a U.S. Passport is easy to obtain by visiting one of the 6,000 passport acceptance facilities across the U.S. For more information about applying for a Passport, U.S. citizens may visit www.travel.state.gov or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TYY: 1-888-874-7793. Foreign Nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain details regarding current Passport requirements and application procedures



Frequently Asked Questions about the New Travel Document Requirements (FAQs)

What is the new travel document requirement?
All travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Canada or Mexico will be required to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States. This is a change from prior travel requirements. The goal is to strengthen border security and facilitate entry into the United States for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors. This new requirement will be known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Who does this requirement affect?
All United States citizens traveling within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports will be affected.

Certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States, namely most Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and Mexican citizens will also be affected.

When will the new travel initiative requirement be implemented?
The travel initiative requirements will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines.

The proposed timeline is as follows:

- December 31, 2005 – Passport or other accepted document required for all travel (air/sea) to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America.
- December 31, 2006 – Passport or other accepted document required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.
- December 31, 2007 – Passport or other accepted document required for all air, sea and land border crossings.

How Do I get a passport?
U.S. citizens may visit the Passport section of this website at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html for information on how to apply for a U.S. passport.

You should allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to apply and receive your passport in advance of travel. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing of U.S. passport applications.

Peak U.S. passport processing is between January and July. For faster service, we recommend applying between August and December.

Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain passports.

Other than a passport, what types of documents will be acceptable under this initiative?

The passport is the document of choice because of the incorporated advanced security features. Individuals traveling to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico or Canada are encouraged to obtain a passport.

Checking In for Flights
At most airports, a boarding pass and ID are now required to pass through the security checkpoint to your flights departure gate. Boarding passes are issued upon check-in. Check-in can now be done several ways.
Most major US air carriers offer e-ticket passengers two easy self-service check-in options:

  • On-line Check-In is available online up to 36 hours but not later than 60 minutes prior to flight departure. Please refer to your airlines web-site or ask your Marathon Travel consultant for more information.
  • Self-service check-in kiosks are located at most airports throughout North America.

Passengers with paper tickets must check-in at the airlines ticket counter at the airport.

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Photo Identification
A government-issued picture ID is required to check in all passengers 18 years of age and older.

International Documentation
Proper documentation is required for entry into foreign countries. Check with a Marathon Travel Consultant or the appropriate consulates and embassies prior to your departure to confirm all documentation requirements.

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Guidelines for Checking In on Domestic Flights (including Hawaii)
Recommended arrival time for domestic flights is at least 75 minutes prior to departure. To ensure an on-time departure, reservations and advance seat assignments may be cancelled if the passenger has not checked in and received a boarding pass at least 30 minutes prior to departure and/or is not onboard the aircraft at least 15 minutes prior to departure. If you are checking luggage, you must do so no later than 30 minutes prior to departure for flights between the 50 U.S. States. All passenger reservations are subject to cancellation, and passengers may not be eligible for denied boarding compensation.

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Guidelines for Checking In on International Flights (including Canada/Mexico/Caribbean/Puerto Rico)
Recommended arrival time for international flights is at least 2 hours prior to departure. All reservations and advance seat assignments may be cancelled if the passenger has not checked in and received a boarding pass at least 60 minutes prior to departure and may not be eligible for denied boarding compensation if they are not onboard the aircraft at least 30 minutes prior to departure. If you are checking luggage, you must do so no later than 60 minutes for international flights, including Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

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Making Connecting Flights
Be sure to incorporate connection time into your travel plans. When flying domestically, it's best to allow at least 30 minutes to make your connecting flight. If your flight includes an international leg, 1 hour is the recommended connection time for most gateways, but your Marathon travel consultant can provide exact requirements. Your Marathon Travel consultant will be able to provide you with specific information pertaining to the airport in which you will be making your connection(s).

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Free Luggage Allowance - Domestic Free Luggage Allowance

1. Checked Luggage (DOMESTIC)
For domestic travel on most U.S. carriers each ticketed passenger is allowed up to two pieces of checked luggage. Maximum weight for each bag is typically 50 pounds (23kg) and a maximum total linear dimension (length plus width plus height) of 62 inches (158 cm). Excess Baggage is subject to surcharges.


TIP: Do not lock your checked luggage. Security officials may have to open your bag in the screening process. Security officials are not liable for damage caused to locked bags that must be opened for security purposes
TIP: Avoid wrapping your gifts prior to travel. Wrapped packages must be opened for inspection by airport security.

2. Carry-On Luggage (DOMESTIC)
When luggage is carried on-board the aircraft, it must be of a size and shape to allow for storage in aircraft overhead compartments, or underneath the seat in front of the passenger. Each person is allowed to carry on-board the aircraft one piece of luggage. This piece of luggage must not exceed 45 linear inches (9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches) and also must not exceed 40 pounds. In addition to this one piece of carry-on luggage, customers may also carry on-board a purse, briefcase, laptop computer, or other special items such as:
- Crutches Cane Brace Prosthesis Collapsible manual wheelchair
- One stroller Infant car seat Infant diaper bag Reading material
- Camera/film Coat Umbrella

Luggage not meeting these specifications must be transported as checked luggage.
All items not needed in-flight should be checked. Passengers should carry on medicine, keys, important papers, and travel documents (passport).

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International Free Luggage Allowance

1. Checked Luggage (INTERNATIONAL)
For international travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), most airlines will accept up to two pieces of checked luggage weighing no more than 50 pounds (23kg) and a maximum total linear dimension (length plus width plus height) of 62 inches (158 cm) per bag.

For all other international travel to/from the United States/Canada, most airlines will accept a total of two pieces of checked luggage, subject to maximum weight limitation, which is 70 lbs. (32 kgs) per piece and not more than 62 linear inches (158 cm) per piece. For international travel outside the United States/Canada (example: within or between other foreign countries), the maximum checked luggage weight limitation is 44 lbs. (20 kgs).

For information on charges for checking luggage that exceeds the free allowance, or that is over the weight and/or size limits outlined in the international free luggage policy above, please contact your Marathon Travel consultant.

TIP: Do not lock your checked luggage. Security officials may have to open your bag in the screening process. Security officials are not liable for damage caused to locked bags that must be opened for security purposes.
TIP: Avoid wrapping your gifts prior to travel. Wrapped packages must be opened for inspection by airport security.


2. Carry-On Luggage
Most airlines will accept one carry-on item, with a maximum outside linear dimension of 45 inches (115 cm) and not more than 40 lbs. (18kgs). This piece must be of a size and shape to fit under the seat in front of the passenger, or in an enclosed overhead compartment. In addition to the one piece of carry-on luggage, customers may also carry a purse, briefcase, laptop computer, or other special items such as:
- Crutches Cane Brace Prosthesis Collapsible manual wheelchair
- One stroller Infant car seat Infant diaper bag Reading material
- Camera/film Coat Umbrella

Luggage not meeting these specifications must be transported as checked luggage.
All items not needed in-flight should be checked. Passengers should carry on medicine, keys, important papers, and travel documents (passport).

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Transporting Special Equipment
Child Car Seat
Most airlines accept car seats in addition to normal carry on or checked luggage provided approved space is available. When checking your car seat on a US Domestic or International flight you can bring your car seat to the gate to be loaded there. If checking a car seat as luggage the original box/packaging should be used. Liability release form must be signed.

Electronic Devices
Most airlines accept and allow in-flight use of the following electronic devices unless restricted by the Captain:
- Beepers
- Calculators
- Compact Disc Players
- Laptop Computers
- Electronic Games
- Electronic Shavers
- Tape Players
- Voice Recorders
All portable electronic devices must be used under their own battery power. All devices must be stowed during take off and landing.
Note: All laptop computers must be removed from the laptop case at the security checkpoint and the laptop and empty laptop case will be subject to x-ray and additional screening.


Garment Bags
Most airlines accept garment bags as either checked or carry on luggage included in your free allowance.
Garment bags and backpacks made of easily torn material are accepted as checked luggage provided that the passenger signs a liability release form.
When bringing your garment bag or backpack on board it must be stowed under the seat in front, in the overhead bin, or closet. Garment bags should have no more than three hangers.

Syringes/Needles On Board
Most airlines allow passengers to bring syringes/needles on board if the passenger also has in their possession medication that has a professionally printed label identifying the medication or a manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label. Flight attendants are not permitted to assist passengers with injections.
To properly dispose of a syringe/needle passengers may use the syringe disposal chute in the lavatories, available on some aircraft. If disposal chute is not available contact a flight attendant for proper disposal.

Golf Equipment
Most airlines accept one set of golf equipment as check luggage only. One set of golf equipment consists of:
- 1 bag
- 14 clubs
- 12 balls
- 1 pair of shoes
When checking your golf equipment a hard shell case is recommended. When a hard shell case is not used the passenger must sign a liability release form. Passengers traveling with more than one golf bag must pay full normal excess charges for each additional golf bag. Golf bags must adhere to normal weight limits.

Archery
Most Airlines accept one set of archery equipment consisting of one bow, quiver, and set of arrows as checked luggage. Archery equipment is not permitted as carry on luggage.

Bicycle
Most airlines accept non-motorized single seat bicycles as checked luggage for an additional fee. Handlebars must be fixed sideways and pedals removed or wrapped with protective packing material. Bikes should be placed in a bike box. When packed other than in a bike box, liability release forms must be signed. Most airlines accept tandem bikes only for travel within/between the domestic US/Canada/Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands. Tandem bikes are also only accepted on certain types of aircraft. Tandem bikes are not accepted on International Itineraries. Your Marathon Travel consultant will be able to provide you with specific information pertaining to your flights.

Fishing Equipment
Most airlines accept one set of fishing equipment consisting of two rods, one reel, net, and boots and one sealed or locked tackle box as checked luggage only. Your fishing equipment will count as one piece of your free luggage allowance. Fishing pole containers must not exceed 160 inches. Passengers will be required to sign a liability release form. Normal excess luggage charges will apply if you exceed your free luggage allowance.

Ski Equipment
Most airlines accept one item of ski equipment as checked luggage only. Ski equipment is not permitted as carry on luggage.
An item of ski equipment consists of:
- 1 ski bag and 1 ski boot bag containing skis, poles, and bindings
- 1 pair of water skis
- 1 snowboard

Additional ski and boot bags will be subject to normal excess charges.
Hard shell cases are recommended when checking your ski equipment. A liability release form must be signed for plastic/soft ski bags.
Note: When travel is wholly within/between the US/Canada, most airlines will allow the ski/boot bag to contain more than one pair of skis/boots - but if the bag exceeds published weight restrictions normal excess charges will apply.


Firearms, Ammunition, and Handguns
Airlines do not accept guns or firearms of any kind in carry-on luggage.
Most airlines accept handguns/BB guns/rifles/shotgun type firearms as checked luggage, with certain limitations and requirements.


Passengers must obtain and comply with regulations governing the transportation of firearms for all countries on the itinerary.

All firearms must be in a suitable container/crush proof container manufactured specifically for firearms or in a hard sided suitcase. Hard shell gun cases can be purchased at U.S. / Canadian airports. Passengers must verbally declare firearm is unloaded. Airlines will require firearm unloaded tag be signed by passenger and placed inside of luggage containing firearm. No exterior tag or notice of firearm may appear on case. Case must be locked and only the passenger may retain the key or combination. Airline personnel will not unload or handle firearms. Gun and ammunition may be in the same piece of luggage. However, ammunition must be within its own packaging.


International shipment of arms/ammunition
Passengers must obtain and comply with regulations governing the transportation of firearms for all countries on the itinerary. Passengers should check with their Marathon Travel consultant for current policies, requirements and restrictions on firearms and related items in checked luggage when traveling in the United States or internationally.
Restricted and/or Dangerous Goods Information

Do Not Pack:
- Fireworks: Signal flares, sparklers or other explosives, freon or helium
- Flammable Liquids, Gases or Solids: Fuel, paints, lighter refills, matches
- Household Items: Bleach, adhesives, linseed oil spray starch, insecticides, drain, bathroom or oven cleaners and solvents
- Pressure Containers: Spray cans, butane, fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, CO2 cartridges, self-inflating rafts
- Weapons: Firearms, ammunition, gunpowder; or items that contain gunpowder (Christmas crackers/Party poppers), mace, tear-gas, or pepper spray cannot be packed in carry-on luggage, see below for more information on traveling with firearms.
- Other Hazardous Materials: Dry ice, gasoline-powered tools, wet-cell batteries, camping equipment with fuel, radioactive materials (except limited quantities), poisons, infectious substances
- Miscellaneous Items: Knives of any length (except rounded blade butter knives and plastic cutlery), cutting instruments of ANY kind including carpet knives, box cutters and folding or retractable blades regardless of length, ice picks, straight razors (safety/disposable razors ARE allowed), and scissors (metal, with pointed tips)

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Beware...
Many common items used everyday in the home or workplace may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes or start a fire.

Acceptable to Pack:
- Personal Care Items: Items containing hazardous materials (e.g., flammable perfume, aerosols) totaling no more than 70 ounces may be carried on board. Contents of each container may not exceed 16 fluid ounces.
- Safety Matches and/or a Lighter: These may only be carried on your person. However, "strike-anywhere" matches, lighters with flammable liquid reservoirs and lighter fluid are forbidden.
- Firearms and Ammunition: May not be carried by a passenger on an aircraft. However, unloaded firearms may be transported in checked luggage if declared to the agent at check in and packed in a crush-proof container manufactured specifically for the firearm or a hard-sided suitcase.
- Handguns: Must be in a locked container. Properly packaged small arms ammunition for personal use may be transported in checked luggage. Amounts may vary depending on the airline..
- Dry Ice: (4 pounds/ 2 kilograms or less) Used for packing perishables, may be carried onboard an aircraft in a hard plastic or heavy gauge Styrofoam container, provided the package is vented. Ticket or gate agents must be advised.
- Alcoholic Beverages: In retail packaging containing between 24% up to 70% alcohol by volume and in receptacles not exceeding 5 liters and a total quantity per person of 5 liters may be accepted in carry-on luggage or checked luggage. Further restrictions may apply according to customs guidelines. Please check with your Marathon Travel consultant for further details.

You must declare your dangerous goods to the airline. Failure to do so violates U.S. Federal Law. Violators may be subject to a maximum penalty of 5 years' imprisonment and $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124).

Further restrictions may apply to the above items. Some items may be shipped as air cargo. If you are unsure whether the item you wish to pack in your luggage or ship by air is hazardous, please contact your Marathon Travel consultant for further information.

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Airport Security
You must pass through a security checkpoint to access your departure gate. Security screeners will screen you and your carry-on baggage. Here are a few tips to make this process go as quickly as possible.

-Place all metal items IN your carry-on bag before you reach the front of the line.
-Take your computer OUT of its carrying case and place it in one of the bins provided
-Take OFF your outer coat or jacket so that it can go through the X-ray machine
-If you have a pacemaker or other device that is likely to alarm the metal detector, bring identification verifying the condition
-Carry all undeveloped film in your carry-on bag and ask for it to be hand inspected as the screening equipment will damage undeveloped film
-Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage
-Avoid over-packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection. If possible, spread your contents over several bags.
-Avoid packing food and drink items in checked baggage
-Don’t stack piles of books or documents on top of each other; spread them out within your baggage

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Traveling comfortably in an airplane
- Chewing gum, yawning or sucking on hard candies can help to relieve the pressure that builds up in your ears as the airplane ascends and descends. If you have a cold, talk to your doctor about using a decongestant or nasal spray before boarding to help relieve the pressure.
- Drink plenty of water while onboard the aircraft to avoid becoming dehydrated during the flight.
- Do light stretching exercises in your seat and walk through the cabin frequently (when safe to do so).
- Consult your physician if you suffer from airsickness; he or she may be able to prescribe medication for this.
- The relatively low humidity in the cabin can make allergy or asthma symptoms worse; take preventative measures as necessary.

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Combating Jet Lag
Try a few of these techniques for a natural way to reset your internal clock:
- Reset your watch to the destination's time as soon as you get on the plane. If it's daytime at your destination, try to stay awake during the flight. Walking around the cabin may help keep you alert. If it's nighttime, try to sleep. You may find it helpful to use earplugs and a sleeping mask to block out distractions on the plane.
- Eat before you get on the plane so that hunger does not prevent you from sleeping during the flight. Inform the flight attendant that you will not be eating so that you are not awakened for a meal.
- If you're using a blanket, buckle your seat belt over the blanket so that a flight attendant checking seat belts does not awaken you.
-If it's daytime when you arrive but nighttime at home, don't sleep. Instead, try doing some light exercise like walking to help revive your body and stop it from producing sleep-inducing hormones.

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Flying during pregnancy
It is commonly recommended that women not fly at all during their last six weeks of pregnancy. Most major air carriers require that pregnant passengers traveling within 30 days of expected delivery must provide a doctor's statement dated within 72 hours of departure indicating the due date and indicating that air travel does not pose a health risk. Women in labor will be denied boarding for safety reasons.

Pregnant women should always consult their obstetricians or midwives before traveling. Traveling during the second trimester of pregnancy is often easier as morning sickness will most likely have subsided, energy levels are up and you are still a comfortable distance from your due date. Here are some additional tips for staying comfortable on your flight:
- Reserve an aisle seat so that you can easily access the bathroom and move about the cabin. Getting up and walking regularly will help combat swelling and discomfort.
- Bring a copy of your medical records and ask your doctor for a referral in case of an emergency while you are away.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes. Wear layers if you are prone to body-temperature fluctuations.
- Keep your seatbelt low around your hips, not around your abdomen.
- Get a small pillow from the flight attendant and place it under your lower back to avoid back strain.
- Drink plenty of water-at least one liter for every two hours in flight.

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Traveling with Children
The following tips should help both parents and kids arrive at their destination with smiles on their faces.
- If you have a long trip scheduled, "red-eye" flights may be best. This increases the chance that your youngster will be able to sleep through the majority of the trip.
- While any child under two is not required to have their own seat, they may be happier if they do. Purchase a ticket for your infant as well, and use a FAA certified car seat.
- If you do use a car seat, make sure it has been certified for air travel.
- Bring toys your children have never used -- the newness will hold their attention longer.
- Bring plenty of juice. Air travel can be dehydrating, especially for children.
- Wrap up "surprises" for your children to pull out when they get especially restless.
- Finger foods are a great distraction.


When traveling with your baby, give him/her a bottle or pacifier to suck on during takeoff and landing. This will help equalize the ear pressure and keep your baby comfortable.

Documentation Requirements for US Citizens Traveling to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean:

Visas are not required for U.S. tourists entering Canada, Mexico or most Caribbean islands from the U.S. for stays up to 180 days. You will, however, need (1) proof of your U.S. citizenship such as (a) your U.S. passport or (b) your certified copy of your birth certificate and government issued photo identification. (For information on obtaining a U.S. passport, check with your Marathon Travel consultant). If you are a naturalized citizen and do not have a passport, you should travel with your naturalization certificate. A driver's license or Social Security card is not valid proof of citizenship. All U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. Alien permanent residents of the U.S. must present their Alien Registration Card, commonly called the "Green Card." If you have dual citizenship you should always present yourself as a citizen of the country that you are entering.

Any name changes due to marriage, adoption, divorce, etc. must be explained by providing a certified copy of the document authorizing the name change such as marriage license or divorce decree.
Due to international concern over child abduction, single parents, grandparents, or guardians traveling with children often need proof of custody or notarized letters from the other parent authorizing travel. (This is in addition to proof of citizenship as explained above.) See International Travel for Minors (below). For further information on entry requirements travelers may reference www.travel.state.gov or contact your Marathon Travel consultant.


Documentation Requirements for Other International Travel

Most countries not listed above will require a passport and possibly a visa. Please refer to www.travel.state.gov or your Marathon Travel consultant for further information.


International Travel with Minors (Including Canada & Mexico)
In an effort to keep children safe while traveling internationally, many governments have initiated procedures at entry and exit points, including requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission of the parent(s) or legal guardian not present for the child's travel. Parents of minor children (under 18 years old) should carefully document legal custody prior to traveling internationally.

If a minor child is traveling with only one parent, the absent parent must provide notarized consent. If only one parent has legal custody, that parent should be prepared to provide a court order of child custody to airlines and international authorities.

If a minor child is traveling alone or in someone else's company, both parents (and the sole, documented custodial parent) must provide notarized consent.


If a child traveling has a different last name from the mother and/or father, the parents should be prepared to provide evidence to airlines and official authorities, such as a birth certificate or adoption decree, to prove that they are the parents.

If one parent is deceased, a death certificate is required.
If the birth certificate shows that the minor only has one parent, it will be sufficient to hold only a notarized copy of the birth certificate. Children Traveling Alone
Unaccompanied minors are restricted from traveling on some flights. Unaccompanied minors booked in violation of these restrictions will be denied boarding and/or be subject to additional fees for re-routing. Your Marathon Travel consultant can provide you with these restrictions.

To ensure a safe, comfortable and fun trip for the unaccompanied child traveler, the following policies have been established:
(An unaccompanied minor fee is assessed at the time of check-in at the airport)
- Any child ages 5-14 traveling without an adult 18 years of age or older must participate in the Unaccompanied Minor Program. All rules and fees apply.
- Children ages 5 through 17 may fly unaccompanied on nonstop, direct or connecting flights. Children ages 5 through 14 will not be accepted on the last connecting flight of the day, or red-eye flights.

Red-eye flights are defined as departures between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. local time. The following are exempt from the red-eye restriction:


o International Flights
o Domestic short-haul flights (2 hours or less)
o Flight to and from Alaska and Hawaii


- Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted for international travel if their itinerary includes a connection to a different carrier.
- Reservations must be confirmed to the child's final destination.
- Most airlines require unaccompanied minor service for children ages 5-14, but it is optional for children ages 15-17.
- An airline representative will provide supervision for children accepted under the program from the time of boarding until the child is met at the final destination.
- Up to four children (related or not related) traveling together will be assessed only one service fee. Exception, more than four related children traveling together will be assessed only one service fee.
- Children under the age of 5 are not eligible for unaccompanied minor services and must be accompanied on the same flight and in the same compartment by a passenger at least 18 years of age.
- Unaccompanied minors must be checked in with an agent. They are not eligible to use the self-service check-in devices
For more complete details, please contact your Marathon Travel consultant.

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USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.travel.state.gov/

US Passport Applications, Travel Health/Immunizations, Travel Tips
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/warnings_consular.html

Entry/Documentation Requirements for Foreign Travel, List of Embassies
www.dhs.gov/

Department of Homeland Security. US Travel and Transportation Regulations/ Restrictions
http://www.cbp.gov/

US Travel Alerts/Entry and Exit Policies
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/travel/

USDA, International Travel Policy for Agriculture/Animal Products


*Marathon Travel and Cruise Shops is not responsible for any inaccurate information provided in this site. Travel policies, guidelines, and regulations change on a regular basis. Please contact your Marathon Travel and Cruise shops travel consultant for the most accurate information.

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