Sunday, March 7, 2010

May be stupid but I need someone who knows.

May be stupid but I need someone who knows.?
I'll be flying for the first time by myself next week from Milwaukee, WI to Sacramento, CA with one stop in Minnesota/St. Paul. I am leaving Milwaukee at 6:45am into Minnesota, then from Minnesota to Sacramento. When I check into Milwaukee, will I receive both of my tickets then or will I have to get my second ticket from Minnesota? Also, when I get off my flight in Minnesota, I just need to head straight to my terminal to go to Sacrament or do I have to check in again in Minnesota? I'm very confused, even though people are telling me I shouldn't be. Help PLEASE. I got my tickets online and printed off the reciept to take to check in. I'm only going to two days so I'm only bringing a carry on with a quart sized plastic bag to hold 3oz bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. I looked up online and they said that you can put as many of those little bottles as you can fit into the quart sized bag. My flight has already been booked a little over a month in advance so everything is set, it's just going through the airports is the thing I have no idea what I'm doing.
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1 :
Just go were you are to go
2 :
The flight attendants will tell you where to go and what to do.
3 :
yeah u shouldnt be..but ok hmmm no ur ticket says that it will make a stop in minnesota you can either choose to stay in the airport or rent a hotel for the time to pass. when the time passes you go back to your plane and show the same ticket and the flight continues until u reach ur destination.. congrats on flying solo!
4 :
Whenever you get your boarding passes, you get all of them at the same time if all your flights are confirmed. If you bought an e-ticket you can print your boarding passes at home by going to the airline's website 24 hours before your flight departure, you will get both printed out at the same time. If you have baggage to check in, you can give them to the airline at their airport counter before your departure. After you get off your first flight, you should look for the gate and terminal information from tv monitors at the terminal, then proceed directly there, no more checking is required. On certain flights, the attendants would announce the gate number for your connecting flight shortly before you land. Just remember if you want to lock your check in baggage, you must use the ones approved by the TSA, not just any lock.
5 :
If you bought your tickets several days ahead, they can be delivered to you. Nowadays, e-tickets are much more common. For those, you only get an email or a receipt sent to you by the seller (travel agent, airlines, Travelocity, whoever). You won't ever have any paper tickets in your hand; it's all through the computer system until they hand you your paper boarding pass. There is always a confirmation number for the ticket sale. Write that in your dayplanner or notebook along with the date of purchase and all flight number(s) (could be they don't mention the second flight number in email). Take your driver license or state issued picture I.D. with you. Don't take any sharp metal tools in your carry-on bag, such as a screw driver, cork screw, or long nail file (unless you want to put them in your big bag to be checked in). No liquids at all; drink the bottled water before you get in line to board the plane. For a domestic flight (not leaving the U.S.) like yours, arrive at the airport about one hour ahead of the scheduled departure time. That will be much more time than you will need, but better to cool your heels for 20 minutes than feel rushed. If you have only one big rolling bag, roll in the airport door and look for the check-in counter for the airline-- they may not be opened until about an hour before the first flight out of the day at a small city airport. That's where you get the boarding pass or sometimes both this and the second leg boarding pass, and present the check-in luggage (Don't lock it, not worth it-- they may need to inspect it when you are not around) that is too big to carry on. Your carry-on bag size is listed on the Website for the airlines, but all have a maximum that is between 45-51 inches of the length-width-height added. In fact, they have a metal frame for you to slide your bag in to see if it is correct. Even so, it isn't at all strict, and half the folks traveling overseas will have a carry-on bag almost twice the "official" limit, plus a second one if they can get away with it-- like they are in need of their whole wardrobe on a six hour flight. After you check your big bag(s), ask the check-in attendant which way to your assigned gate (printed on the boarding pass). The security gates will usually be next. You will follow the group in a line, present your boarding pass and I.D., take off your shoes, jacket, and belt, put those and any notebook computer, coins, handbags, iPhone, or whatever in the plastic box, and walk through the scanner. Gather everything and go to the gate/waiting lounge and you will see a big desk with a computer where the attendant will look at your boarding pass to see it is correct for that gate, and assign the seat if it isn't already assigned. There may be no one there until 20 minutes before departure; just hang loose. Most airlines will announce "Time to board" about 10-15 minutes before departure. Get in the line and wait. When they open the door to the boarding ramp (a long, prefab corridor that connects the building to the plane), you present your boarding pass to the attendant as you shuffle ahead. You get a stub that shows your seat number (43C, for example). Follow everyone else and you're on. Typically, no need to get your checked luggage and re-check it, like you sometimes do in China. It goes from plane to plane without any assistance from you. Changing planes means at Minn-St Paul, you go off the first plane, and if you don't already have the second boarding pass go to the check-in counter for the airlines (usually the same airlines) and tell your flight number and present your I.D. again. They give another boarding pass (If you already had the second one, skip this step and go to the security area). Back though security, to the gate, tell the attendant you are checking in. Never skip this step, as it could be important in case the flight is over-booked. Don't think about that; it is not common and needs another 500 words to explain. You should have a smooth flight as all three airports are not among the crazy-busy-disorganized ones (L.A. is my most dreaded one) and all are in wide-open, flat terrain, so no nervousness dropping in over mountains to land. At Sacramento, get off and follow the signs to the baggage claim, can't miss it; everyone will be going in the same direction. You will have a baggage claim stub, but you only need it if your baggage doesn't arrive as planned. In about 100 flights, I have had that happen twice. It happens when you check in just a few minutes before departure and they can't get your luggage to the plane in time, so it comes on the next flight to that destination. At Sacramento (they have two airports, but I'm sure you will go to the big one), you will be 15 miles outside of the city among the rice farms, so have someone meet you or take the shuttle (about $15 bucks to the city center, other rates to other parts of the city). Last bit of advice: Don't be afraid; it will be smooth. If I can get through a half dozen insanely disorganized airports in Asia, you can get through the smooth as silk ones in the U.S.

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