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Trip Preparation

Published   Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trip Preparation

Check your baggage allowance and get useful health tips to help you enjoy your flight and arrive in great shape
 
You may now check in for your MU flight from 150 minutes to 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Keep your travel stress-free by arriving at the airport plenty of time prior to your flight.
1. Each passenger (other than infant) may carry the following amount of baggage with them. Before you begin your journey, please check all the information relating to the amount of carried-on baggage allowance and what articles can be carried on board.
Flight TypeCabinLimit on Number of BagsLimit Weight (for Each Bag)Size of carried-on article
Domestic flightFirst Class210KGHeight≤55CM(21.6 inches)     Length≤40CM(15.8 inches)    Width≤20CM(7.9 inches)
Business Class1
Economy Class1
International or regional flight First Class210KGHeight≤56CM(22.0 inches)     Length≤45CM(17.7 inches)    Width≤25CM(9.8 inches)     Length+Width+Height≤115CM(45 inches)
Business Class1
Economy Class

Note: Carried on items exceeding the above-mentioned weight, number or size limits shall be checked as checked baggage.
2. In addition to the afore-mentioned baggage allowance, passengers who carry an infant may carry the following articles free of charge: 
(1) The essentials for an infant during the journey, such as food and diapers.
(2) A collapsible lightweight stroller which can be put on the baggage rack of the cabin.
(3) A cradle or fastening system to an infant (used in case of occupying a seat).
Note: The security check department of the airport may adjust the restriction on carried on articles based on the security conditions. Please be cooperative. 
3. Disabled passengers may carry auxiliary devices on board (including but not limited to the following articles):
(1) Auxiliary devices for disabled passengers, including but not limited to: cane, crutch, artificial limb, walking aid, or collapsible wheelchair. Only China-US routes allow regular collapsible or the manually assembled wheelchairs for adults to be carried on board. Only one wheelchair is allowed for each flight. The total dimensions of such wheelchair (without removing rollers or any parts) shall not exceed 33×91×106 cm/13×36×42 inches. 
(2) Service dog
(3) Tactile stick, visual aid, glasses for the blind, guide dog
(4) Hearing aid, hearing dog 
4. Liquid articles
A. On domestic flights
(1) Passengers on domestic flights are not allowed to carry any liquid articles. However, such articles can be checked, provided that their packaging satisfies related regulations for civil aviation transport. 
(2) Passengers may carry a small amount of cosmetics for their own use during the journey. Only one item for each type of cosmetics can be carried on board, which shall not exceed100 ml in volume, and shall be packed independently and be inspected by open the bottle.
(3) International passengers who stop or transit at any domestic airports of China may carry on board tax-free liquid articles that they carried with them into China only if such articles are put into the transparent plastic bag which is intact and sealed, with shopping proof, and subject to the security check. 
(4) Passengers who carry an infant may apply to the airline during the purchase of ticket for the airline to supply liquid dairy products on board. Essential articles needed by diabetic patients or other patients shall be handed over to the crew members for keeping after safety inspection is performed. 
B. On international and regional flights 
(1) For passengers on an international or regional flight departing from airports in China's, each of the carried-on liquid articles shall not exceed 100 ml in volume. Where the volume exceeds 100 ml, such item shall not be allowed to carry even if the container is not fully filled, and shall be checked in. 
Any container containing liquid articles shall be put into a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum volume of 1 L. Each passenger can bring only one such transparent plastic bag for each journey. Excess bags shall be checked in. Each transparent plastic bag containing liquid articles shall receive separate safety inspection. 
(2) Items purchased at tax-free shops in the passenger terminal or on the flight shall be put into sealed transparent plastic bags, and which shall not be opened without permission. Passengers shall keep the shopping proof for inspection. 
(3) Passengers traveling with an infant may carry liquid dairy products, and diabetic patient or other patients may carry with necessary liquid medicines, provided that they are subject to safety check and carried in moderate amount. 
Information about baggage allowance
LocationsClassMaximum WeightMaximum Number of Checked BagsMaximum Dimensions Per Bag 5
All locations except Americas and China MainlandFirst40kg (88lbs)3No maximum number but two bags or less preferred100 cm (39 in) length
60 cm (24 in) width
40 cm (16 in) height
Business30kg (66lbs)
Economy20kg (44lbs)
Infant210kg (22lbs)4
CanadaFirst32kg (70lbs) per bag

Two

158cm (62in)6
Business32kg (70lbs) per bagTwo158cm (62in)6
Economy23kg (50lbs) per bagTwo158cm (62in)6
Infant223kg (50lbs) per bagOne115 cm (45in)6
The United StatesFirst32kg (70lbs) per bagTwo158cm (62in)6
Business32kg (70lbs) per bagTwo158cm (62in)6
Economy23kg (50lbs) per bagTwo158cm (62in)6
Infant223kg (50lbs) per bagOne115 cm(45in)6
Baggage in excess of the free / checked baggage allowance will be charged at the applicable rate. The excess baggage charge is determined by the number of pieces, size, and weight of your baggage. Please contact our reservations office for exact rates.
Bulky or Fragile Baggage Occupying a Passenger Seat
  • If you wish to carry any musical instruments or diplomatic bags onboard that must occupy another passenger seat, you will be charged at 100% of the full one-way adult fare for the travel class you choose between the points of your travel.
  • One seat should not exceed 78kgs.
  • Your cabin baggage and other checked baggage shall be weighed separately.
  • Since special arrangements are required to accommodate your bulky baggage, you MUST inform our reservations office when you make a booking.
  • Golf equipment contained in one golf bag with one pair of golf shoes, and not weighing more than 15kg, shall be assessed at a special golf excess baggage rate equivalent to 6kg of the applicable excess baggage rate between the points  of your travel.
  • The golf equipment can be counted towards your normal free / checked baggage allowance. Any resulting overweight charges shall be applied at the above special charge or at the normal excess baggage charge, whichever is less.
  • Only one set of golfing equipment per passenger may be transported at this special rate
  • Snow / Water skii equipment consisting of:
  • One pair of skis, one pair of ski poles, and one pair of boots, or
  • One snowboard, and one pair of boots, or
  • One pair of standard water skis or one slalom water ski shall be assessed at a special ski excess baggage rate equivalent to 3kg of the applicable excess baggage rate between the points the skiing equipment is to be transported.
  • The ski equipment can be included in your normal free / checked baggage allowance. Any resulting overweight charges shall be assessed at the above special charge or the normal excess baggage charge, whichever is less.
  • Only one set of ski equipment per passenger may be transported at this special rate.
  • With the exclusion of service dogs, live animals of any description are NOT PERMITTED IN THE PASSENGER CABIN, and are not applicable to interline through check-in. In all cases (except services dogs, which are permitted to travel free of charge), the animal will be treated as excess baggage for which you will be obliged to pay the applicable rate. Excess baggage charges will be assessed on the basis of the total weight of the animal and its container.
  • Please ensure you obtain all necessary permits to ensure the animal can enter the country / territory of destination (including transit). 
  • China Eastern will not be responsible in the event of the animal being refused entry into, or passage through, any country / territory. You as the owner assume all risks of injury to (or sickness or death of) the animal.
  • For safety reasons, we will not accept fighting dogs for carriage on any our flights.
At China Eastern we care about your comfort and safety. We have included the following information about your health in-flight that we hope you will find helpful and useful.
When you are flying you can be seated and inactive for long periods of time. The environment can be low in humidity and pressurized at a levels up to an equivalent altitude of 2440 meters above sea level. Unlike other forms of transportation, air travel allows for rapid movement across many time zones, causing a disruption to the body's 'biological clock'.
Although these factors do not pose a health or safety threat to most customers, there are guidelines you can follow that will aid your comfort during and after a flight.
Humidity levels of less than 25 percent are common in the cabin. This is due to the extremely low humidity of the outside air supplied to the cabin. Low humidity can cause drying of the nose, throat and eyes and can irritate the eyes of people wearing contact lens.
We recommend that you:
  • Drink water and juices frequently during your flight.
  • Drink coffee, tea and alcohol in moderation. These drinks act as diuretics, increasing the body's dehydration.
  • Remove contact lenses and wear glasses if your eyes are irritated.
  • Use a skin moisturizer to moisten your skin.
It is necessary to pressurize the cabin air to a sufficient density for your comfort and health. Cabins are pressurized to a maximum cabin pressure equivalent to air pressure at an altitude of 2440 meters. 
The cabin pressure and normal rates of change in cabin pressure during the airplane's ascent and descent do not pose a problem for most passengers. However, if you suffer from upper respiratory or sinus infections, obstructive pulmonary diseases, anemia or certain cardiovascular conditions, you could experience discomfort. 
Children and infants might experience some discomfort. 
If you are suffering from nasal congestion or allergies, use nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines 30 minutes prior to descent to help open up your ear passages and sinuses. 
If you have a cold, flu or hay fever, your sinuses could be impaired. Swollen membranes in your nose could block the tiny channels between your nasal passages and your middle ear chamber. This can cause discomfort during changes in cabin pressure, particularly during descent. 
We recommend that:
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition that warrants supplemental oxygen, we can supply it for you. Please give us 7 days notice prior to travelling.
  • To 'clear' your ears, try swallowing or yawning. These actions help equalize pressure between your middle ear chamber and your throat.
  • When flying with an infant, feed or give your baby a pacifier during descent. Sucking and swallowing will help infants equalize the pressure in their ears.
Humidity levels of less than 25 percent are common in the cabin. This is due to the extremely low humidity of the outside air supplied to the cabin. The low humidity can cause drying of the nose, throat and eyes and it can irritate contact lens wearers.
We recommend that you:
  • Drink water and juices frequently during your flight.
  • Drink coffee, tea and alcohol in moderation. These drinks act as diuretics, increasing the body's dehydration.
  • Remove contact lenses and wear glasses if your eyes are irritated.
  • Use a skin moisturizer to moisten your skin
  • Proper eating and drinking will enhance your comfort both during and after your flight.
  • We recommend that you:
  • Avoid overeating just before and during the flight. It is difficult to digest too much food when the body is inactive.
  • Drink coffee, tea and alcohol in moderation. These drinks act as diuretics, increasing the body's dehydration.
The main cause of jet lag is traveling to a different time zone without giving the body a chance to adjust to new night and day cycles. In general, the more time zones you cross during your flight, the more your biological clock is disturbed. The common symptoms are sleeplessness, tiredness, and loss of appetite or feeling hungry at odd hours.
To try to minimize the effects of jet lag, we recommend that you:
  • Get a good night's rest before your flight.
  • If possible, give yourself a day or two to adjust to the new time zone after arrival.
  • Fly direct to minimize flying time, if you can. This allows you to relax more upon arrival.
  • If you can't sleep after arriving at your destination try to exercise lightly, go for a brisk walk, or do some reading. It generally takes the body's biological clock approximately one day to adjust per time zone crossed.
When you're sitting upright and inactive for a long period of time, several things can happen:
  • The central blood vessels in your legs can be compressed, making it harder for the blood to get back to your heart.
  • Muscles can become tense, resulting in backaches and a feeling of excessive fatigue during, and even after your flight.
  • The normal body mechanism for returning fluid to the heart, can be inhibited and gravity can cause the fluid to collect in your feet, resulting in swollen feet.
  • blood clots may form in the legs, due to a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This likelihood of this occurring may be increased by particular medications and medical conditions.
  • Medical research indicates that factors that may increase the risk of blood clots forming in the legs include:
  • Personal or family history of DVT.
  • Recent surgery or injury, especially to lower limbs or abdomen.
  • Blood disorders leading to increased clotting tendency.
  • Immobility for a day or more.
  • Being 40 years of age or older.
  • Estrogens hormone therapy, including oral contraceptives.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Smoking tobacco.
  • Former or current malignant disease.
  • Obesity.
  • Dehydration.
  • Heart failure.
  • Varicose veins.
  • We recommend that:
  • If any of these categories apply to you or if you have any concerns about your health and flying, that you seek medical advice before travelling.
  • Compression stockings can assist in preventing swelling of the ankles and feet and they may improve the blood return to the body from the lower legs. You may wish to consider speaking with your doctor about this. The Stockings may be purchased from medical and surgical supply companies and will need to be individually fitted to your legs.
  • While in-flight, move your legs and feet for three to four minutes each hour while seated and move about the cabin occasionally.
  • Do the light exercises recommended below in the In-flight Workout section.
This ailment is caused by a conflict between the body's sense of vision and its sense of equilibrium. Air turbulence increases the likelihood motion sickness because it can cause movement of the fluid in the inner ear. Fixing your eyes on an immobile object, can help decrease the symptoms of motion sickness. 
We recommend that you consult your doctor about appropriate medications or consider buying over-the-counter medicine.
When the weather is clear and you can see the ground, sea or horizon, you are less susceptible to motion sickness.
These exercises are designed to provide a safe way to stretch and relax muscles that may become stiff as a result of long periods of sitting. These exercises are designed to increase the body's blood circulation and to massage the muscles. 
We recommend that you do these exercises for approximately three or four minutes every hour and that you occasionally get out of your seat and walk down the aisles. 
Each exercise should be done with minimal disturbance to other passengers. None of the following exercises should be performed if they cause pain or cannot be done with ease.
Exercises to do
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1. Ankle Circles

Lift feet off the floor. For 15 seconds, draw a circle with the toes, simultaneously moving one foot clockwise and the other foot counter clockwise. Reverse direction and repeat if desired.

2. Foot Pumps

This motion is conducted in three steps.  1. Start with both heels on the floor and point toes upward as high as you can. 2. Put both feet flat on the floor. 3. Lift heels high, keeping balls of feet on the floor.  Repeat these three stages in a continuous motion and in 30-second intervals.

3. Knee Lift

Lift leg with knee bent while contracting your thigh muscle. Alternate legs. Repeat 20 to 30 times for each leg.

4. Neck Roll

With shoulders relaxed, drop ear to shoulder and gently roll neck forward and back, holding each position about five seconds. Repeat five times.

5. Knee to Chest

Bend forward slightly. Clasp hands around the left knee and hug it to your chest. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds. Keeping hands around the knee, slowly let it down. Alternate legs. Repeat 10 times.

6. Forward Flex

With both feet on the floor and stomach held in, slowly bend forward and walk your hands down the front of your legs toward your ankles. Hold stretch for 15 seconds and slowly sit back up.

7. Shoulder Roll

Hunch shoulders forward, then upward, then backward, and downward, using a gentle circular motion.

Cosmic radiation is the collective term for the radiation that comes from the sun and from the galaxies of the universe.
The earth's atmosphere substantially shields the earth from cosmic radiation. However the exposure to cosmic radiation increases with:
  • altitude,
  • length of the flight, and
  • proximity to the north or south pole.
Like radiation from other sources, cosmic radiation is measured in sieverts (Sv). Annual doses are measured in millisieverts (mSv) which are thousandths of a sievert. Measurements on China Eastern aircraft on individual sectors are measured in microsieverts (uSv) which are millionths of a sievert.
All humans are exposed to background radiation at sea level. Exposure comes from sources in the local environment, in food and drink, medical procedures and building materials. In high doses, radiation can be harmful. However, the doses received at flight altitudes are considered very low. The world average background radiation level is 2.4 mSv per year and the average Australian dose is approximately 2 mSv each year.
1. Surfboards and windsurfing boards can only be transported as checked baggage.
2. Surfboards and windsurfing boards are not included in the free baggage allowance and are subject to excess baggage charges.
3. Weight concept
(1) If the length is less than 277 cm, an excess baggage charge for every additional 5 kg will apply per piece.
(2) If the length exceeds 277 cm, an excess baggage charge for every additional 8 kg will apply per piece.
4. Piece concept
(1) A surfboard is charged at 100% of the fixed excess baggage charge published in the Passenger Air Tariff (PAT).
(2) A windsurfing board is charged at 200% of the fixed excess baggage charge published in the Passenger Air Tariff (PAT).
United States Department of transportation of of Aircraft Disinsection Requirements . See: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.
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