October - December 2008 lime 85 As you travel around our beautiful region, try a new activity to lift your spirits and boost your stamina. KITESURFING Developed by adrenalin fiends on the beaches of Hawaii and France, kitesurfing is now one of our fastest growing extreme sports. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be absolutely crazy about this action sport! y WHAT IS IT? Kitesurfing is a mixture of paragliding, wakeboarding, surfing and windsurfing, and appeals to a large target group. All you need is a board that is not even two metres long and weighs between 2 to 5 kilos, a kite that folds up to rucksack size, a control bar and kite lines. y WHERE? Cabarete Bay in the Dominican Republic hosts the world championships because of great wind conditions, but kitesurfing is literally taking off all over the Caribbean, with St Lucia and Puerto Rico proving popular. y GOOD FOR? Kitesurfing offers a whole body workout. While you are learning, the core muscles, leg and upper body strength come into play. y ANY DANGERS? Gusts of air can lift you high in the air, so choosing the right wind conditions is crucial. y HOW? It's best to start with some tuition until your confidence grows. There are a number of companies across the Caribbean who offer courses and kitesurfing tours. Try www. caribbeankitesurf. com / www. stluciakiteboarding. com as a starting point. Kitesurfing is now one of our fastest growing extreme sports HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
86 lime October - December 2008 LIMELIAT Check- in y ArrivaL We recommend that you arrive at the airport to check in a minimum of two hours prior to your scheduled time of departure. Check- in closes 45 minutes before departure, at which point LIAT reserves the right to cancel the reservations of any passenger who has not yet checked in. y Connecting flights It is the passenger's responsibility when making bookings to allow adequate time for baggage collection and rechecking if connecting to another carrier. We recommend at least 150 minutes between international connecting flights. y Departure gates Once checked in, passengers must present themselves at the departure gate and be ready to board their flight no later than 30 minutes prior to departure. Passengers not in the boarding area by this specified time prior to scheduled departure are subject to seat cancellation. Documentation Travelling on the LIAT network is considered international travel. All customers are required to present proof of identity such as a valid government- issued photo ID and proof of citizenship such as a passport at the LIAT check- in counter. Passengers must also be in possession of a copy of their itinerary as proof of their onward or return journey. Baggage y Luggage The free baggage allowance for all LIAT services is a maximum of 50 lbs ( 23 kgs) per adult or child passenger. The allowance may be contained in up to two pieces of baggage, with the maximum overall size per piece being 62 inches ( 157cms). LIAT will not WELCOME ABOARD accept any piece of baggage that weighs more than 32kg. y Hand baggage Passengers are allowed one piece of cabin baggage, inclusive of a laptop, at a maximum weight of 15lbs ( 7kgs) and maximum overall dimensions of 36ins ( 91cm). y Excess baggage. Pieces in excess of the above allowance will be subject to excess baggage charges and will be accepted on a space available ( standby) basis. y Embargoes. During particularly busy periods LIAT places additional limitations on checked baggage on certain routes. System-wide embargo periods are December 1 to January 15 and July 1 to September 10. y Free baggage. There are a few select items which LIAT will allow to be carried onboard in addition to the allowances above. These include, but are not restricted to, items such as a lady's handbag or purse, overcoat, child's push- chair, umbrella, walking stick, camera… y Packing Lock and label your baggage inside and out. Do not pack any prohibited materials and never accept a package from someone you do not know. Ensure bags are secure and in good condition. For full information please refer to our Baggage Acceptance Policy on www. liat. com Security Your checked and carry- on baggage may be subject to security screening. There are some items which are prohibited in carry- on baggage and some items which are prohibited in checked baggage. Generally you are prohibited from carrying dangerous goods, restricted items such as flammable liquids, compressed y For the latest information on our schedules, special ofers or to make reservations, visit ww. liat. com LIATnews Useful information to ensure the best possible flying experience Electronic Equipment AND Personal Devices All portable electronic devices must remain off and property stowed during taxi, take- off, approach and landing until the plane is at the gate and the seatbelt sign is turned off. Your Flight Attendant will tell you when you may use approved portable electronic devices in- flight. y Devices with transmitting capabilities may only be used if the transmit capability is turned off and can be verified by the Flight Attendant ( ie combination cell phones/ PDA devices or laptop computers with wireless capabilities). y The use of cell phones ( to make or receive calls), two- way pagers, radios, TV sets, any remote- controlled equipment ( ie DVD, CD, games, or toy remote controls), a cordless computer mouse, commercial TV cameras, or Global Positioning Systems are prohibited during flight. y Radio transmission using personal communications and navigation systems ( ie walkie- talkies, two- way pagers, or wireless headphones) is prohibited, as it may interfere with the aircraft's communication and navigation systems. y Devices that could cause damage to equipment or that may diminish the design, function, or capability of the aircraft may be prohibited. y You may use audio and video devices only with the headset. y Use of still and video cameras, film or digital, is permitting only for recording personal events. Photography or video recording of the airline personnel, equipment, or procedures is strictly prohibited.