We are a family of four, mom, dad, and two teens. Our vacations over the past several years have involved hitting the interstate in the minivan. However, the kids have been begging us to FLY somewhere, anywhere, lol, so we just booked a hotel in San Diego for late next March. We have not booked a flight yet, but will be flying from Detroit Metro to San Diego International. Okay, here's the problem:
The only time I have flown in my life is twenty years ago when we flew from Detroit to Savannah, GA for our honeymoon to Hilton Head Island. That was also Hubby's last time. Needless to say,we are a bit rusty, especially since air travel has changed so much in the wake of 9/11. Here are some of the things that I don't really know:
If we book a flight that has a stop in another city, say Denver or Chicago, is our luggage automatically switched to our new plane, or do we have to go get it at the luggage terminal and carry it with us to our new boarding gate?
Do flights ever stop somewhere in between like this and you don't change planes but just stay on the same plane and wait for it to take off again?
Is it still true that you cannot take any form of liquid in a bottle (shampoo, facial cleanser, etc.) on board? What about toothpaste?
Does it take a very long time to go through all of the pre-boarding inspections of bags, etc. and should we allow a lot of extra time for it?
If anyone can help me out with any of these concerns, I would greatly appreciate it. If you can direct me to a book or other type of info that would cover these areas I would also appreciate it.
I know these questions sound pretty basic to a veteran flyer, but we really are totally out of the loop on air travel!
Thanks : )