Airline Implements Bag Embargo To Haiti And Dominican Republic





Airline Implements Bag Embargo To Haiti And Dominican Republic

Daniel Guevarra
  January 19, 2009 - American Airlines said it will impose a 30 day bag embargo on all excess, oversize, and overweight baggage on flights to Santo Domingo, Santiago and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. This embargo will also apply to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when service resumes there. 

"American and American Eagle's intent is to provide the best customer service possible and to consider the needs of all passengers," said Peter Dolara, Senior Vice President - Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "There are limits on the amount of baggage that can be carried in the cabin and cargo areas based on the size of the aircraft."

The embargo will be in effect between Jan. 14 and Feb. 14, 2010. For the next 30 days, customers traveling to these destinations will be allowed to check two pieces of baggage of normal checked-bag size and weight - up to 50 pounds and 62 dimensional inches each. Customers will also be allowed one properly sized carry-on bag.  

Excess, oversize, and overweight baggage will not be accepted for flights to the destinations covered by the bag embargo. Sports equipment, such as golf bags, bikes and surfboards, may be checked as part of the total checked-bag allowance, although additional charges may apply. 

American Airlines also announced changes to Checked Bag Charges, it will change its checked bag charges, effective with tickets purchased on or after Feb. 1, 2010. The charges apply to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights. 

American's checked bag charges will change to $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag, payable at the airport on day of travel. As before, American's top customers are exempt from these checked bag charges. Among the exemptions are American's elite AAdvantage members, full-fare customers, confirmed passengers in the First or Business Class cabin, those traveling on military fares, and other travelers booked on the same record locator as the premium customer. 

American said about 25 percent of its domestic customers pay checked bag charges, with other customers either exempt from the charge or choosing to not check a bag while abiding by American's normal carry-on policies. 

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