Thursday, August 12, 2010
Flying with Continental
Melissa, Greg, Alan and I flew with two TravelScoots on Continental from New Orleans to San Francisco, changing planes in Houston. On each leg of the trip we followed the same procedure. We checked our baggage either at the curb or at the counter inside, then proceeded through security on the TravelScoots. Once we got to the metal detector we each got off and walked through. This makes it easier for them to check us AND the TravelScoot. They pull it through a different gate and swab it, then give it back. Melissa was traveling with one regular lithium ion battery and I was traveling with two regular lithium ion batteries.
After security we made our way to our gate, and stopped at the counter there to ask for gate check tags. The pictures above are of these tags. (We actually ended up moving our tags so they were attached much lower on the scoot.) When we got the gate check tags we also asked to pre-board, which we were able to do for all four flights. Our husbands pre-boarded with us.
We drove our scoots to the door of the plane then detached the handlebars, dropped the handlebars down, and covered them with a protective bag. I used the TravelScoot travel bag. Melissa and I both chose to take the lithium ion batteries on the plane with us. You could also leave the batteries with your scoot, but we both felt more comfortable keeping them with us. This keeps any airline employee from riding the scoot and protects the battery from mishandling. Hardy Huber has written more detailed instructions which are at http://mytravelscoot.blogspot.com/2009/05/new-and-easier-way-of-airline-travel.html.
Three of the times we exited the plane our scoots were waiting at the door. On our very last flight we had to wait a few minutes for them. We reassembled them there and rode them into the airport.
The Continental staff was professional, friendly and helpful. We had no problems on any of our flights.