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#61 LeeCat

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:15 AM

 

Coming back from Aqaba in June, I ran into problems in Amman.  Like most of you I presume, I normally hand carry both my computer and regulator, and my video system.  I have never had a problem with this on any prior flight.  In Amman, as I was going through the security screening, I got pulled aside for them to look at my hand luggage after going through the X-ray machine.  No problem, that's normal and expected by now.  However, I got an inspector who had no idea what I was carrying and would not allow me to carry either of those bags onto the plane.  I fussed, and got him to bring his supervisor over - who agreed with him.  They forced me to go back to check in and check the the two additional bags, and made me pay for the additional baggage.  Of course, I had carefully gotten rid of all my JD's by now, and their VISA card reader was having computer problems at the time, so that was an additional aggravation.  Additionally, since I always hand carry my video camera, there were no locks on my Pelican case.  Needless to say, I was extremely unhappy about the entire process and worried if my gear was going to be pilfered before I got it back.  As it turned out, everything arrived safely back home, but I was a mess for the entire flight back home.  It really put a sour taste onto what had been a good trip.

Sorry, I just provided my PERSONAL subjective experience without any attempt to generalize it. And I'm very sorry to hear such a story from you - I can imagine the frustration...



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:49 AM

Sorry, I just provided my PERSONAL subjective experience without any attempt to generalize it. And I'm very sorry to hear such a story from you - I can imagine the frustration...

 

No, I understand that you were giving your personal experience.  I just had to vent and relate my frustration.  It was no reflection on you.  I just got unlucky, and happened to cross paths with an inflexible idiot, that's all.


Edited by SwiftFF5, 02 August 2013 - 06:50 AM.

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#63 LeeCat

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:19 AM

 

No, I understand that you were giving your personal experience.  I just had to vent and relate my frustration.  It was no reflection on you.  I just got unlucky, and happened to cross paths with an inflexible idiot, that's all.

I'd add: inconsistent idiots.

By the way - how was the Aqaba diving?



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:33 AM

I'd add: inconsistent idiots.

By the way - how was the Aqaba diving?

 

Agreed about inconsistent.

 

Aqaba was very nice.  The reefs were quite healthy, and we saw quite a lot of interesting fish and critters - especially for me, since all of my other clear water diving has been in the Caribbean.  The first day that we were there, there was no wind, so the water was very flat and we could see the bottom at 75 feet quite well, so the vis was very good.  My only complaint, if you'd call it a complaint, was that I am used to doing 4 or 5 dives a day at Coco View, and I was limited to 2 dives per day in Aqaba.  However, I did enjoy the down time seeing an area that was very different from anything that I was used to.  I hope that helps.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

Philippine Airlines have a 10 kg checked-in limit for domestic flights, which they enforce strictly. This can get very expensive due to most island-to-island travel being via Manila with a change of flights - so you have to pay twice.

At Busuanga airport (for Coron) they didn't have a card machine, so as I didn't have enough cash to pay the excess, I had to pay at the Manila end before they released my luggage. It was great to have that option, but there wasn't a credit card machine in the Arrivals hall either, so I had to go through to Departures and pay there. 30 mins delay. I'll definitely take enough cash next time.

Fortunately I never got my cabin baggage weighed.

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 02:20 AM

Any one out there have recent experience traveling within the Philippines with camera gear?  I am trying to figure out what I can carry on and what I will have to check.

Thanks,

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 03:47 AM

Yes, I have.  Never have I seen enforcement of weight limits for carry-on baggage on a domestic flight.  But maybe I am lucky, as my m4/3 system fits in what looks like a normal backpack.  Size is a different matter - maybe if I was using a Pelican hard case or a big Think Tank roller it would be different.  But when I see the stuff locals drag on board (two bags plus a purse or backpack plus a box of donuts is not uncommon), I'd be pretty unhappy if they stopped me with one bag. Just be nice, look normal, use an international size bag, and don't push your luck is my motto.  



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 12:08 PM

We travelled Manila/Busanga on Cebu Air in March this yr, it was an ATR flight and all our hold luggage was over and charged, pretty cheap. Cabin carry-on baggage wasn't weighed which was just as well as there were many camera s/regs/Rb bits, the overhead bins were quite shallow and a regular wheelie wouldn't fit. Check the airline dimensions.


Edited by johnohuk, 01 May 2017 - 01:49 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 06:50 PM

Wife and I just returned from Tubataha/Manila via Cebu Air.

175 lbs of luggage on 2 tickets cost US$80.00 over  and US$135 return and gear was practically dry?

In Manila I used US credit card, but  in Puerto Princess we returned via the newly opened airport.

No credit cards accepted and no money changers!

Thankfully a friend converted US$ for us or we would have been in the creek!

I had a small back pack, computer case and roll on, wifr had roll on. 

No weighting or questions. 

Push to get on early!


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 11:41 AM

I'm flying LAX to Cairns (on my way to PNG) on Virgin Australia.  I've gone over their baggage rules. No where in it does it mention a personal bag.  The carry on does state the 7kg/15lb limit so I'll have my photographers vest all set up to pull out to make weight. 

 

Is it fair to assume a personal/computer backpack is OK?  I could probably bet by without it.


Edited by nature, 22 May 2017 - 11:42 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 03:33 AM

Cebu Pacific seems to be a lot more tolerant with excess baggage than Philippine Airlines. You can also book your excess allowance upfront. Gratefully we got this advise beforehand so booked with them. We had no issues at all with Cebu Pacific, also not with over-the-top handluggage.