So what do you do if you want to transport a bicycle in the plane? Well, you call the airline before, tell them about your plan, and ask them if there is anything special you should do, if they require a special box, and how much it costs. The guy on the phone tells you: put the handlebar parrallel to the frame, pack it in a box (no special one required) and we transport it for free as sports equipment.
You get to the airport – they tell you “well, it costs 150 EUR to transport it”. Then they change their mind, charge me 100 EUR, and finally I check in the bike. I board the plane, 10 minutes before take off a staff member comes to me : “Mr. Olteanu, we cannot board your bicycle, the box is too big for this plane, you should have told us the box size (!). But don´t worry, we put it in the plane leaving tomorrow, it´s a bigger one”. Today I go to the AirFrance office in Lima to check where is the box. Surprise, it got lost…
So now I am trying to stay positive while asking myself: “Where is the bicycle?”
Update Friday, 06.03: I was at the AirFrance office in San Isidro. It may be that the bicycle could arrive this Sunday evening. The trip did not even start, but I had my share of adrenaline already. Let’s see what happens on Sunday!