1) Please check your documents when your receive them. Call if you have any questions.
2) RECONFIRMATIONS: Although reconfirmations are no longer needed, it is best to check with your airline to make sure there are no schedule changes, cancellations or delays.
3) CHECK IN: Check-in times vary. We recommend you check directly with your airline. Note: failure to arrive within your airlines specified time could result in denied boarding.
4) HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: (a) Notices of requirements. Each person who engages in for-hire air transportation of passengers must display notices of the requirements applicable to the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft, and the penalties for failure to comply with those requirements in accordance with this section. Each notice must be legible, and be prominently displayed so it can be seen by passengers in locations where the aircraft operator issues tickets, checks baggage, and maintains aircraft boarding areas. At a minimum, each notice must communicate the following information:
(1) Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals.
(2) There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. For further information contact your airline representative.
(b) Ticket purchase. During the ticket purchase process, regardless if the process is completed remotely (e.g., via the internet or phone) or when completed at the airport, with or without assistance from another person (e.g., automated check-in facility), the aircraft operator must ensure that information on the types of hazardous materials a passenger is forbidden to transport aboard an aircraft is provided to passengers. Information may be in text or in pictorial form and, effective January 1, 2015, must be such that the final ticket purchase cannot be completed until the passenger or a person acting on the passenger’s behalf has indicated that it understands the restrictions on hazardous materials in baggage.
c) Check-in. effective January 1, 2015, when the flight check-in process is conducted remotely (e.g., via the internet or phone) or when completed at the airport, without assistance from another person (e.g., automated check-in kiosk), the aircraft operator must ensure that information on the types of hazardous materials a passenger is forbidden to transport aboard an aircraft is provided to passengers. Information may be in text or in pictorial form and should be such that the check in process cannot be completed until the passenger or a person acting on the passenger’s behalf has indicated that it understands the restrictions on hazardous materials in baggage.
5) OVERBOOKING: Airline flights may be overbooked. A person denied boarding on a flight may be entitled to a compensation payment. The rules for being denied boarding compensation are available at all ticket counters.
6) CHANGES OR CANCELLATIONS: To change or cancel your flight itinerary, call this travel agency or the airlines you are scheduled to take. If cancelled, return the unused tickets to us for possible credit or refund where applicable. If you are traveling on an electronic ticket and you don’t board your fight for any reason, you must call this agency or the airline immediately. This is very important for refund purposes. Most special, excursions, and discount tickets have restrictions and usually carry significant penalty for change or cancellation. Many are nonrefundable; where penalties apply, they can actually exceed the (remaining) value of the ticket. Be sure you understand these restrictions. If you change your plans enroute, ask the airline to apply the value of your unused ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket. If a refund is due, obtain a receipt from the airline. If you are holding guaranteed hotel reservations, which you may wish to cancel, notify the hotel as soon as possible. Deposits and prepayments are subject to the hotel’s cancellation policy.
7) INSURANCE: Airline and other travel suppliers’ insurance for baggage have limited liability. Your personal insurance may not adequately cover losses incurred by cancellation, accident, illness or stolen or damaged property.
We strongly urge you to purchase additional insurance offered to you.
8) LOST PAPER TICKETS: Lost, stolen or destroyed paper tickets must be paid for until refund is obtained from the issuing airline, subject to an airline imposed service charge.
9) PHOTO ID: YOUR TICKET MUST MATCH PASSPORT EXACTLY. Increased airport security regulations now require that all international and domestic passengers must present positive photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport) before boarding an aircraft
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF AIRLINE BANKRUPTCIES
Hopefully there will not be any more airline bankruptcies, but it has to be recognized that they might occur. You should know how they might affect you.
1) If an airline declares bankruptcy, it is not obligated to carry you or to refund tickets issued before the bankruptcy.
2) Travel agents are not allowed to refund tickets on airlines which have declared bankruptcy. Money given to a travel agent immediately becomes the properly of the airlines, and we are required by laws to comply with the airlines’ orders.
3) If an airline declares bankruptcy it might continue service, limit service or stop completely. Other airlines might accept passengers under limited circumstances or may refuse to accept any passengers from the defaulted carrier.
4) Meanwhile there are travel insurance plans available for passengers to protect themselves in case of airline bankruptcies.
CONSUMER DISCLOSURE NOTICE
This travel agency is acting as a mere agent for SUPPLIERS in selling travel-related services, or in accepting reservations or booking for services that are not directly supplied by this travel agency (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). This agency therefore shall not be responsible for breach of contract or any intentional or careless actions or omissions on part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay or injury to you or your companions or group members. Unless the term “guaranteed” is specifically stated in writing on your ticket, invoice or reservation itinerary, we do not guarantee any such suppliers’ rates, bookings, reservations, connections, scheduling or handling of personal effects. Travel agent shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments or any other actions, omissions or conditions outside the travel agents control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for and hereby releases the agent from any duty of checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination or other entry requirements of each destination, and all safety and security conditions of such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel. For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U.S. State Department (202) 647-5225. For medical information call the U.S. Center for Disease Control, (404) 332-4559. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. This agency is not responsible for cancellation of any services and/or refunds from any supplier or carrier that may cease operations. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them. Traveler’s retention of tickets, reservations or booking after issuance shall constitute consent to the above and an agreement on his/her part to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members.
Passengers and tour participants are expected to act in accordance with the laws and regulations of the places in which they are traveling. These include laws and regulations relating to the purchase, use and supply of alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances, including legal age for purchase, use, and supply of those beverages and substances. Passengers and tour participants purchase, use and supply alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances at their own risk and assume responsibility for the consequences of that activity to themselves and others and Gil Travel assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for any consequences, including personal injury or death to passengers, tour participants, and others or property, damage arising out of that conduct. Passengers and tour participants agree to hold Gil Travel harmless from any and all consequences of their purchase, use or supply of alcoholic beverages or other intoxicating substances.
WAR, TERRORISM and CIVIL UNREST
In this day and age, war, terrorism, and civil unrest and disorder seem to be a fact of life. Gil Travel cannot be responsible and shall not be responsible or liable for any injury or death to passengers or tour participants or loss or damage to property caused by arising out of, or in any way related to war, whether declared or not, civil war rebellion, revolution, terrorism, politically or religious based or related acts of violence or intimidation, civil unrest, civil disturbance, riot or any act or action related to these. Passengers and tour participants are referred to their Department of State or similar Agencies of their countries of nationality for information relating to their destinations or locations through which they may travel.
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