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African Safari 2007
FLIGHTS
FLIGHT AND LUGGAGE INFORMATION

As you know, we will be flying to and returning from Africa on three different airlines.
Since you already have the schedule, I will not repeat it here.
I plan to use this site to state information on the planes and luggage requirements.
Much of this information will come from the forums I have read.  Some of it comes for the airline web site.
 

Airlines:
Continental
Virgin Atlantic Air
British Air
 
LUGGAGE INFORMATION
British Air has the most strict requirements for carry on luggage .

What size bag am I allowed to take and how many?

Customers travelling on a flight FROM the UK must comply with UK Department for Transport restrictions, which are:

ONE industry-sized cabin bag no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

Customers travelling TO the UK may take with them as hand baggage, one industry-sized bag, no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and one laptop computer bag, briefcase or equivalent.

What are the dimensions in inches?

The imperial conversion is not accurate but your cabin bag should be no bigger than 22 inches x 17.5 inches x 9.85 inches (approximately).

NEW EU LIQUID POLICY

What are the new rules on liquids?

The new EU rules on liquids apply to all air passengers travelling from any EU airport, including UK airports, as well those travelling from Albania, Kosovo, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland regardless of their destination.  The changes will be effective from November 6, 2006.

The changes means that limited quantities of liquids must be held in individual containers not exceeding 100ml (approximately 3.5 fl. oz).

Limited quantities of liquids, gels and pastes may include:
Shampoo, suntan lotions, creams, toothpaste, hair gel and hair spray, perfumes, cosmetics such as mascara and lip gloss, water and other drinks, soups and syrups and other items of a similar consistency.

All liquid containers must be carried in a separate clear plastic, zip-top or re-sealable bag that does not exceed 20 cm x 20cm (8 inches x 8 inches) or equivalent to one litre capacity.

Items must fit in the bag comfortably and the bag must be completely closed.

At the airport security search, the plastic bag must be removed from the cabin bag and x-ray screened separately.

The following is information from the British Air site concerning checked luggage.
'Our vision for London Heathrow Terminal 5 is to create the best possible airport experience before you fly. With this in mind we have announced a new simpler checked and excess baggage policy, which will come into effect on 13 February 2007."
"We will not accept any item of baggage that weighs more than 23kg (50lbs) or oversized items exceeding 2.5m x 1.00m x 0.80m (98in x 39in x 31in)."
VIRGIN ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS: Two pieces of luggage per passenger, each weighing up to 23kg (51lbs). When added together, the three dimensions of any piece of luggage must not exceed 158cm (62in). You are allowed to carry one piece of hand luggage onto the plane. This must be able to fit under the seat in front of you, which means it must not be larger than 23cm x 36cm x 56cm (9in x 14in x 22 in) and should not weigh more than 6kg (13lbs).
 
However, remember we are only allowed 33 pounds on our flight from the Serengeti to Arusha.  If needed we can leave our larger, more heavy items in our hotel luggage room and pick them up before we fly out of Nairobi.
 
HERE'S IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM A FORUM:
Folks, i've been on several BA flights.....on fully packed flights (every flight London-India sectors) the crew takes away all carry-on bags with wheels, even if it is within the weight limits. This is for both club and world traveller sections. Passengers are made to take out all essentials like medication etc etc., at the gate and the crew puts it in along with the checked in luggage.
BRITISH AIR  SUGGESTIONS:
Bring with you the address and phone number of your country's embassy, High Commission or consulate for each country you plan to visit

 
BRITISH AIR, United Kingdom CONTACT INFORMATION

Reservations and general enquiries
Phone 0870 850 9 850 (from the UK)
Opening hours Monday-Sunday, 06:00-20:00

Flight arrival and departure information
Phone 0870 55 111 55 (from the UK)
Opening hours Monday-Sunday, 06:00-20:00

 
KENYA BRITISH AIR CONTACT INFORMATION
Airport
Phone 698 0000, 0722 509747 or 0735 171747
 
Flight Information
Phone +254 (020) 3277 260
Baggage Claims
Phone +254 20 698 0000
Contact information for Continental Air
For travel reservations to cities in other international destinations: 1-800-231-0856.
 
For automated flight arrival and departure information: 1-800-784-4444
 
For contact information in Nairobi, Kenya
(254) 20 375 5646
(254) 20 374 8593 (Fax)
Handled by:
Vintage Africa Ltd.
4th Floor, Kaison Towers
The Crescent, Off Parklands Road
Westlands
P O Box 59470
Nairobi

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIR:
800-862-8621

United States Embassy
Nairobi, Kenya

U.S. Embassy

United Nations Avenue Nairobi
P. O. Box 606 Village Market
00621 Nairobi, Kenya

PHONE:3636000

Monday – Thursday 7:15 am - 4:30 pm

Friday 7:15 am - 12:15 pm

Consular Services

PHONE:3753700

 Monday – Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Consular Services

 

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is responsible for providing U.S. Government services to American citizens in Kenya and to citizens of Kenya interested in travel to the United States.

Americans residing in or traveling through Kenya are provided with a range of official services and information in the event of deaths, arrests, or robberies abroad, and in regard to citizenship and nationality, voting and U.S. taxes, federal benefits, notarization of documents, international parental child abduction and international adoptions. The Consular Section manages the issuance of U.S. passports and provides Americans abroad with State Department information, travel warnings and public announcements useful in making travel plans.

US EMBASSY IN TANZANIA

OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES: 1-888-407-4747, from overseas: 202-501-4444
Death of an American citizen abroad, arrest/detention of an American citizen abroad, robbery of an American citizen abroad, American citizens missing abroad, crisis abroad involving American citizens afterhours number for an emergency involving an American citizen abroad.

Consular duty personnel are available for emergency assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at embassies, consulates, and consular agencies overseas and in Washington, D.C.  To contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. call 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours). 

US EMBASSY IN LONDON

Emergency Contact Information

In the case of a life or death emergency involving a United States citizen call [44] (20) 7499-9000. A Consular Duty Officer is available 24 hours a day.