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American Airlines Employees Share Their Expert Travel Tips

Just in Time for Independence Day, Employees Give Insight into Making Trips Easier and More Rewarding

From families that vacation once a year to road warriors who can only fall asleep to the sound of a jet engine, everyone has a "secret" to successful travel.

With the busy summer travel season underway, American Airlines employees are providing some of their top travel secrets. These dedicated experts know, more than anyone, the keys to a successful trip on the world's largest airline.

Go Mobile 
-- Instead of jotting your parking location on a scrap of paper, which can get misplaced, take a picture of the parking location sign with your     camera phone or digital camera. ~Joanne Grisham, Executive Assistant, Dallas/Fort Worth 
-- Take a digital photo of your luggage, itinerary and record locator so you can reference your flight information quickly and identify your luggage. ~Renee Cloutier, Domestic Sales, Tucson, and Erica Carter, Reservations Agent, Raleigh/Durham 

Feel Your Best, Look Your Best 
-- Lightweight, natural fabrics for clothing are excellent choices, as they allow skin to breathe and retain shape better. Hot water with a slice of lemon helps to relieve congestion, prevent dry throat, and helps you get to sleep. ~Jan Boyd, Flight Attendant, Dallas/Fort Worth 

Pack Practically 
-- Don't tie ribbons to the same handle that holds the baggage routing tag; ribbons often confuse the automated baggage sorters and can cause a baggage delay. ~Richard Tillema, Facilities Manager, Los Angeles 
-- Always include your flight number and name inside each checked bag in case the bag tag falls off. You can write the information on a piece of paper and slip it into a luggage pocket or use the American baggage tags at the airport. ~Maribel Sotelo, Customer Service Manager, Chicago 

For the Kids 
-- An inexpensive disposable camera can keep kids occupied on a flight and during the trip. If you're able to develop the film on your trip, bring along a small photo album for them to organize the photos on the flight home.  ~Holly Salatino, Flight Attendant, Chicago 

When we surveyed our employees for travel tips, we received hundreds of responses. Here are some of the most frequent suggestions from American Airlines employees.

-- Always bring a carry-on that can fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. Pack your basic necessities or valuables in the carry-on including car and house keys, medications, TSA-approved toiletries, liquids, gels and aerosols, cell phone and personal identification and travel documents. 
-- If you're traveling with small children, have them carry their own small backpack filled with crayons, coloring books and inexpensive toys. 
-- Dress in layers to maintain your level of comfort in relation to the aircraft cabin temperature.

These and other valuable travel tips will be available on a new section of American's award-winning Web site, AA.com. Check http://www.aa.com/traveltips for a quick and easy reference before your next trip.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. .

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