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Stuff to Soothe Your Soul During a Hellish Trip

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Here are some products and services we like that help make dealing with airports, airlines and the contraptions they call "seats" on airplanes a little less stressful for your next dive trip.

AirCare. Although travel insurance and government regulations will cover you for some air travel mishaps -- missed connections to your international flights, lost bags at LAX that didn't make it on your Air Fiji flight, etc. -- some incidents come with loopholes that deny you any compensation. AirCare, offered by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, is a fixed-benefit flight protection plan (currently it applies only to domestic flights) that aims to cover snafus not covered elsewhere with minimal effort on your part. For $25 per trip, AirCare will pay you $1,000 if you're stuck in the plane for more than two hours, or your luggage is lost or stolen; and $500 if a flight delay causes you to miss a connecting flight, or your checked luggage is delayed more than 12 hours. Compensation is in addition to whatever you might eventually collect from your travel insurance claim or by complaining to the airline. Lost or delayed baggage payment is immediate upon providing an airline claim form. International coverage is planned soon, but for now, it doesn't cover you if your Indonesian puddle jumper leaves your bags behind while you're headed back to stateside. ( )...

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