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Before The Flight

Before the flight

Bicycles
A passenger who wishes to take a bicycle on a flight must take care of the following:
The bicycle must be wrapped in suitable cardboard.
The pedals must be reversed (facing inwards).
The handlebar must be turned 90 degrees so that it is in a straight line with the chassis.
Tires must not be inflated.
The bicycle forms part of the passenger’s permitted baggage weight (20 kg).  If the passenger’s baggage weights more than the permitted 20 kg., he will be charged for the excess as is the custom (tariff available at flight check-in desks).

Flight confirmation
If this is stated on the flight ticket, the passenger must confirm the return flight 72 hours in advance.

Boarding
Flight boarding time is as wirtten in boarding ticke.
The boarding gate to the aircraft closes 10 minutes before takeoff and passengers who are late will not be permitted to board.

Pregnant women
Women up to the end of week 27 of their pregnancy must sign a liability limitation form at the flight check-in desks.
From the start of week 28 to the end of week 35, they must sign the liability limitation form and show a doctor’s note confirming that they are fit to fly.
From the start of week 36, pregnant women are not permitted to fly.
The passenger is responsible for declaring her pregnancy when making the booking and when reporting to the flight check-in desk.

Reporting for the flight

Domestic
Domestic flights from Ben Gurion Airport depart from Terminal 1.
For flights on jet (פ"א) aircraft passengers should come to the airport an hour and a half before takeoff.
For flights on ATR (פ"א) aircraft passengers should come to the airport an hour before takeoff.
Passengers must show an ID document. 
An enlisted soldier’s ID or reservist’s ID can also be shown, but only with a driving license.

International
International flights from Ben Gurion Airport depart from Terminal 3.
Passengers should come to the airport 3 hours before departure.
They must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, and visas as required by the destination countries.

Dangerous substances
For reasons of safety, various items such as those listed below, cannot be carried in passenger baggage:

1. Compressed gases (flammable, not flammable and toxic).
2. Corrosive substances (acids, damp batteries).
3. Explosives, ammunition, fireworks and easily ignited objects.
4. Flammable liquids and solids (cigarette lighter, heating fuel, matches and easily flammable substances).
5. Oxidizing substances (bleaches and peroxides).
6. Poisons and infectious materials.
7. Radioactive materials.
8. Other restricted substances, such as:  mercury, magnetic substances, harmful or irritating substances.

Hand baggage
The size and weight of hand baggage taken into the passenger cabin have considerable impact on the comfort and safety of the flight.  Therefore, dimensions and weight have been defined for all hand baggage items permitted in the cabin.
At the flight check-in desks in the airport the size and weight of hand baggage that the passenger intends to take into the cabin are checked.  Any bag that exceeds the permitted size and weight as specified above will be labeled like a regular suitcase and sent to the hold.

Dealing with hand baggage on flights – safety guidelines
Following the guidelines from aviation security bodies worldwide, the security checks on passengers’ hand baggage have been made stricter.   For your convenience, below are details of the guidelines received from foreign governments that they intend to enforce on people entering their countries.

Hand baggage must not contain any liquids or creams, such as:

1. Drinks of any kind
2. Shampoo
3. Face and body creams of all kinds.
4. Toothpaste.
5. Sprays of all kinds.
6. Liquid cosmetics (such as perfume).

*These products can be bought in duty free shops and left in Israel for collection on return.
Passengers who are not returning to Israel are asked not to purchase these products in the duty free shops.

Permitted liquids/ cosmetics:

1. Infant foods for passengers traveling with infants.
2. Prescription medicines with the passenger’s name.
3. Non-prescription medicines that are essential for the flight.
4. Liquid medication for diabetics.
5. Solid products such as solid deodorant, lipstick, feminine hygiene products.
All these products can be sent to the aircraft hold.

The following items may be carried in hand baggage:

1. Wallet containing cash, credit cards and identity documents.
2. Flight documents.
3. Named prescription medicines and medical equipment.
4. Spectacles and sunglasses without their case.
5. Storage devices for contact lenses without the bottles of liquid.
6. Infant equipment:  food, milk in infant bottles, diapers, infant cream.
7. Hygiene products:  tissues (not in boxes), handkerchiefs, feminine hygiene products.
8. Keys, but not electronic.

? Wheelchairs and walking aids will also undergo X-ray checks.
? Please note, even after all these checks, there may be further checks at the aircraft boarding gate.
? Items that may not be taken into the cabin may not be bought even from the in-flight duty free sales by passengers with connecting flights.
? There is no further restriction on items in hold baggage.

Hand baggage – jet aircraft
Weight – 8 kg.
Size – in cm:  50 (length) 40 (width) 20 (depth), or in inches: 22 (length) 18 (width) 120 (depth) .  These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets etc.

Hand baggage – ATR aircraft
Weight – 5 kg.
Size –50cm (length) 40cm (width) 20cm (depth). 
Soft bags only.  No trolley cases of any kind are permitted in the cabin of ATR aircraft.

Hold baggage – European flights
The permitted weight is 20kg for each adult passenger.  The size and number of cases is immaterial.
The permitted weight for infants’ baggage is 10kg.
Any excess weight will be charged extra (tariff available at check-in desks).

Hold baggage – domestic flights
The permitted weight is 15kg for each adult passenger. 
Any excess weight will be charged extra (tariff available at check-in desks).

Wheelchairs
Every passenger can take a wheelchair for personal use.
The chair will be taken from the passenger next to the aircraft and placed in the hold.
At the destination, the passenger will receive the wheelchair at the aircraft door.
Passengers who use electric wheelchairs must ensure that the battery is a dry battery, and disconnect it and insulate its poles before handing over to ground staff.
Passengers who are not bringing a wheelchair but require assistance in reaching the aircraft can request this service at the check-in desks only.  The service must be ordered in good time.

Musical instruments
Musical instruments that can be packed in a rigid case will be sent to the hold.
If the instrument cannot be sent to the hold, an extra seat must be purchased for it., assuming of course that it cannot be stored in the overhead baggage compartments and is suitable for placing on a seat.
The charge for carrying musical instruments is according to the usual tariff for excess weight, except where a seat is purchased for the instrument.

Child strollers
For takeoff, strollers will be stored next to the aircraft steps or sleeve.
It is important to ensure that any removable parts are taken into the cabin by the parent.
For landing – as a rule the crew will try to give the parent the stroller next to the aircraft or close to the gate, depending on the airport procedures.
Parents who hand over strollers before takeoff are asked to leave the aircraft last, to allow ground crew to unload the strollers and bring them to the aircraft.

Sports skiing, gliding, diving equipment
Passengers that wish to fly with their sports equipment such as: wind surfers, ski equipment etc. will advise Israir
reservations in advance, in order to receive prior approval.
lying such equipment can be charged. For further information and rates please check in advance with Israir reservations.
Scuba diving equipment can be flown excluding any equipment that includes oxygen.

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