Travel Information from the U.S. Air Force Headquarters Air Mobility Command
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If you have questions
or comments, please contact an AMC supervisor or use AMC Form 253, Air
Passenger Comment, available in every major AMC operating location.
Passengers may register for travel at Passenger Service Centers in the
passenger terminal in person by fax, mail, or E-mail. Sponsors who register
in person for family members traveling with them should present all required
documents: Identification cards (DD Form 2, Armed Forces Identification
Card), passports, immunization records, and visas when required by the
DoD Foreign Clearance Guide. Travel documents must be presented when
selected for travel. Travelers may select up to five countries. We recommend
the "all" choice for the 5th destination so that the traveler may take
advantage of unscheduled unique travel opportunities.
documentation is required. Please have them ready for review when selected
is a partial listing of eligible individuals and their category of travel.
A complete listing of eligible passengers by category is contained in DoD
Emergency Leave Unfunded Travel Transportation by the most expeditious
routing only for bona fide immediate family emergencies, as determined by
DOD Directive 1327.5 This travel privilege shall not be used in lieu of a
funded travel entitlement.
Category 2 – Sponsors in an
Environmental Morale Leave (EML) status and their dependents traveling with
them, also in EML status. “Sponsors” includes:
Category 3 – Ordinary Leave, House Hunting Permissive TDY, Medal of Honor Holders,
Foreign Military, and other.
Category 4 – Unaccompanied Dependents on EML and DODDS Teachers on EML During Summer.
Category 5 – Permissive TDY (Non-House
Hunting) Students, Command Sponsored Dependents.
Category 6 – Retired, Dependents,
Each passenger may check two pieces of checked baggage, 70 pounds each, up
to 62 linear inches in size. Family members may pool their baggage
allowances. Hand-carried baggage must fit under the seat or in the overhead
compartment, if available.
NOTE: Baggage weight may be limited due to type of aircraft or other restrictions.
People not familiar with the Space A system often do not know the questions
to ask to make their travel easier. The following are some of the most
common Space A questions and their answers:
Question 1: Is
Space A travel a reasonable substitute for travel on a commercial airline?
Answer: The answer
depends on you! If your travel schedule is flexible and your finances permit
for a stay (sometimes in a "high-cost" area), while awaiting movement, space
available travel is a good travel choice. While some travelers sign up and
travel may be the same day, many factors could come together to make buying
a commercial ticket your best or only option. Remember, Space A travel
success depends on flexibility and good timing.
Question 2: Who
determines eligibility to fly Space A?
Answer: The four
Services jointly establish Space A eligibility. AMC’s first responsibility
is airlifting official DoD traffic. Space A passengers are accommodated only
after official duty passengers and cargo.
Question 3: How
long does my name stay on the Space A list?
Answer: All travelers
remain on the register 60 days after registration, for the duration of their
leave orders authorization, or until they are selected for travel, whichever
occurs first. Revalidation has been eliminated.
Question 4: What is
country sign-up, and how does it affect me?
Answer: Under this
program, you may sign up for five different countries rather than five
different destinations. You are also eligible for the "ALL" sign-up which
makes you eligible for all other destinations served. This gives you a
greater selection of destinations from which to choose.
Question 5: What is
Answer: Remote sign-up
allows passengers to enter the backlog by telefaxing copies of proper
service documentation along with desired country destinations and family
members’ first names to the aerial port of departure. The telefax data
header will establish date/time of sign-up; therefore, active duty personnel
must ensure the telefax is sent no earlier than the effective date of leave.
AMC terminals are not responsible for faxes not received. Mail entries will
also be permitted. Some of our AMC terminals now accept e-mail sign-up (see
paragraph 11 for those terminals so equipped). The original date and time of
sign-up shall be documented and stay with the passenger until his or her
destination is reached. On reaching destination, the passenger may again
sign-up for space available travel to return to home station.
NOTE: If applicable, a statement that all required border clearance documents are
current, is required.
Question 6: What
is self sign-up?
Answer: Self sign-up
is a program that allows passengers to sign-up at a terminal without waiting
in line. Most locations now provide self sign-up counters with easy to
follow instructions for registration. Active duty personnel must ensure
sign-up takes place no earlier than the effective date of leave. If your
travel will take you to a foreign country, ensure border clearance
documentation is up to date. If you are unsure, verify it with a passenger
service representative on duty.
Question 7: How can
I find where my name is on the Space A register?
Answer: Each terminal
maintains a Space A register (organized alphabetically, by priority and the
date and time of registration for travel) that is updated daily. The
register is conveniently located in the terminal and directly accessible to
you. Travelers may call the terminal direct to find where they stand travel
Question 8: As a
Reservist, where can I fly?
members with DD Form 2 (Red) identification and DD Form 1853 may fly to,
from, and between Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam,
American Samoa, and the CONUS. Additionally, when on active duty, members
may fly anywhere overseas that AMC has flights operating.
Question 9: As a
Retiree, where can I fly?
members with DD Form 2 (Blue) identification card may fly anywhere AMC has
flights operating, including the CONUS.
Question 10: Where and
when can my family members travel with me?
Answer: Except EML,
Emergency Travel, and Command Sponsored Category V, family members must be
accompanied by the sponsor to fly Space A. Family members may travel to/from
and between overseas locations but not within the CONUS unless manifested on
domestic leg segments of international travel.
Question 11: Can I
have family members travel with another military member if given power of
attorney, other releases, or authority?
Answer: No. Family
members may only travel when accompanied by their sponsor.
Question 12: I am
disabled. Can I have a brother, sister, or friend accompany me to help me?
Answer: The only
persons permitted to accompany you are your dependents (not in the CONUS) or
other persons eligible for Space A travel. Every effort shall be made to
transport passengers with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to travel.
Passenger service personnel and crew members shall provide assistance in
boarding, seating, and deplaning passengers with special needs.
Question 13: Do I
have to be in uniform to travel?
Answer: Each Service
determines their own travel uniform policies. Currently, all the services
permit appropriate civilian attire on DoD-owned or controlled aircraft. When
civilian clothing is worn, use common sense. Attire should be in good taste
and not in conflict with accepted attire in the overseas country of
departure, transit, or destination, as defined by the DoD Foreign Clearance
Guide. It should also be capable of keeping you warm, especially on military
Question 14: How
much baggage can I take?
Answer: As a Space A
traveler, you may check two pieces of luggage at 70 pounds each per person.
Family members traveling together may pool their baggage allowance as long
as the total does not exceed the total allowance. You may hand carry only
what fits under your seat or in the overhead compartment, if available.
Question 15: Can I
pay for excess baggage when flying space available?
Answer: No. Only duty
status passengers may pay for excess baggage.
Question 16: Do you
have any recommendations on baggage?
Answer: Yes. Travel
light, take only essentials. Do not place valuables, medicine, or important
documents in your check baggage. Be sure your name and current address are
on and inside your bags. AMC terminals have baggage ID tags available for
you to use.
Question 17: Can my
pet travel with me on a Space A flight?
Answer: No. DoD has
reserved pet shipments for passengers in permanent change of station (PCS)
status. Additionally, travel with pets would be difficult at best due to
limited aircraft pet spaces, pet import documentation requirements, and the
possibility of quarantine in the event of an aircraft divert.
Question 18: Will
Space A travel cost much?
Answer: In general,
no. Some terminals must collect a head tax or a federal inspection fee from
Space A passengers on commercial contract missions. Meals may be purchased
at a nominal fee out of most air terminals while traveling on military
aircraft. Meal service on AMC Category B full planeload charters is
Question 19: What
facilities are available at AMC terminals (nursery, BX, snack bar)?
Answer: Facilities at
most military terminals are generally the same as commercial facilities.
Facilities include exchanges, barber shops, snack bars, pay television (free
television lounge in some military terminals), traveler assistance, baggage
lockers or rooms, United Services Organization (USO) lounges, and nurseries
(at major terminals). The type of facility available will vary according to
the terminal size and location.
NOTE: Most AMC passenger terminals close at night. Space A travelers should be
prepared to defray billeting expenses.
Question 20: What
are the trends in the availability of Space A travel? Does it seem as if
there will be more or less Space A travel in the coming year?
Answer: Although AMC
has led efforts to improve Space A travel in the past few years, movement
still remains a result of unused seats. Present DoD personnel and budget
trends are affecting Space A movement opportunity. AMC is dedicated to
putting a passenger in every available seat.
Question 21: What
is the best time of the year to travel Space A?
Answer: Any time other
than peak travel and holidays (December-January and June-July) periods.
Question 22: Is it
easier to go to some destinations?
Answer: Yes. Places
where we fly often (Germany) are much easier than low frequency areas
(Australia or New Zealand).
Question 23: Can
people travel Space A to Alaska or South America?
Answer: Yes. Travelers
may obtain Space A travel to Alaska, South America, and other interesting
locations; i.e., Australia, New Zealand, etc. Travel to Alaska is relatively
easy when departing from the West Coast (Travis AFB, California, and McChord
AFB, Washington). Travel to South America and other remote areas is much
more difficult. Infrequent flights to remote areas are primarily cargo
missions and have few seats available for passenger movement. Expect long
waiting periods for movement.
Question 24: I am
retired and am traveling on a passport and my flight originated overseas.
Where in the CONUS can I fly into?
Answer: When traveling
on a passport (family members, retired uniform service, reserve, etc.), you
may return to the CONUS only through authorized ports of entry where customs
and immigration clearance is available. While you may depart the CONUS
literally from any military airfield, reentry locations for passport holders
are limited. Active duty passengers who do not require immigration clearance
have more reentry options open.
Question 25: Can I
fly on Space A on other than AMC flights?
Answer: Yes. Your
travel eligibility is for all DoD-owned or controlled aircraft. AMC,
however, does not always have knowledge of other command/services’ flights.
Telephone numbers are available for many of the passenger terminals in the
CONUS (see paragraph 11).
Question 26: Can I
call the bases for flight information? If so, what are the phone numbers?
Answer: We encourage
you to call the passenger terminal you plan on traveling through 30-60 days
before travel. The terminal will be happy to discuss their flight schedule,
Space A backlog, movement forecast, etc. See paragraph 12 for terminal
Note: To arrive at
Cairo East, individuals must have a sponsor stationed in Egypt to escort
them off base. To depart Cairo East, individuals must request a base access
letter from the Office of Military Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy at least
five days prior to intended departure.