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Packing for Space-A travel

Posted 4/19/2011   Updated 4/19/2011 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Kenneth Morain
730th Air Mobility Squadron

4/19/2011 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- No one is happy with paying luggage fees for checked bags on commercial airlines. In fact, some airline companies are even considering additional carry-on charges, not to mention the already strict weight and size restrictions.

Since these fees can eat into a servicemember's vacation budget, why not take advantage of space-available travel.

Not only is it a much cheaper alternative ... sometimes free, in fact ... but Air Mobility Command baggage restrictions aren't as strict as the commercial alternative.

Space-available travel is truly dependent on the remaining seats of each flight that haven't been filled by space-required passengers and subject to frequent changes. Although, if a person's plans are flexible, then pack and get ready to move out.

AMC's standard baggage allowance is two bags per person up to 70 pounds and 62 linear inches per bag, at no additional cost on larger aircraft like the C-5 or KC-10.

The smaller aircraft have additional baggage limitations for everyone's safety. For example, on a C-21, although the size dimensions remain the same, the weight allowance per bag drops to 30 pounds.

Passenger service representatives are accommodating as well when it comes to pooling a family's baggage. If there are three people in a travel party they can check-in six bags at 70 lbs each for no additional charge. The savings would be more than $300 of what would have been spent flying on a commercial airline.

Additionally, those flying are allowed to have one carry-on and one personal item such as a computer carrying case or purse. The person's carry-on can only be 45 linear inches, and passenger terminals have baggage bins cut to proper dimensions to help right-size a travelers gear.

Travelers are also reminded it is best to pack as light as possible because depending on the circumstances, some people may have to carry those bags to and from air terminals and hotels as they make their way around the theater. Also remember to save extra room for those handmade souvenirs.

Finally, AMC personnel recognize accidents happen and recommend placing a copy of the traveler's leave form or simply a piece of paper stating; name, address, and telephone number inside the luggage. This will greatly assist passenger service representatives in the event any luggage is temporarily lost.

Hopefully, this has prepared those for future travel. However, for any questions concerning this matter, please contact the nearest passenger terminal or visit http://www.amc.af.mil/amctravel.

For any comments, questions or ideas for other articles please e-mail AMC at pacific.traveler@yokota.af.mil.

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