With airports busier than ever, airline staffing reductions making longer queues at check-in and airport security wait time is totally unpredictable.
Saving a few extra minutes here and there along the way will add up in your favour. Here’re 16 airport tips to get you from your front door to your seat on the plane as quickly as possible.
It gives some best ideas to keep you moving no matter what’s going on with your flight.
- Before You Leave Home:
- Check flight status:
You need to check the status of flight. If you sign up on their websites most airlines will text you flight status updates.
Sites like FlightStats.com and TripIt.com do the same through Smartphone apps.
- Check in online.
Especially if you’re not checking bags, this can save you a heap of time.
It has been found that while checking bags, having the pre-printed boarding pass in your hand wouldn’t help all that much.
Also when you check your bags check-in agents often end up reissuing another boarding pass. Plus, it is the best way to secure your seat.
- Put your ID, credit card and boarding pass in an easily accessible part of your wallet or bag before you leave for the airport:
There’re two reasons for this:
- Firstly, you can make sure that you don’t leave home without these crucial items.
- Secondly, you don’t waste your time fumbling around for them at the moment you need them.
- Pack everything else out of reach:
Clutter is the enemy of smooth passage through the airport. Pack out of reach and sight anything that you don’t need between your front door and your airplane seat.
- Check the airport parking situation online:
It can keep you safer as you find the way tortuous and almost always poorly marked airport ring roads. On the other hand others have automated telephone information.
As a side benefit, parking prices are usually displayed. In this way, you can save money as well.
At the very least, check the maps so you know where you’re going. It shows the location of cell phone waiting lots, which are useful to folks picking you up.
- Before Check-In at the Airport
- Prepare your documents:
Before you check in you should’ve in hand all the items and documents.
This makes everyone happy i.e. you, airline agents and the people behind you in line. They’ll definitely appreciate your efficiency.
- Weigh your bags.
Many airports are installing scales in front of the check-in areas. If you think your checked bag is overweight, weigh it before you get in line.
Before you reach the check-in counter do any swapping between your bags. This also avoids any inspection from the check-in agents.
If you’re really serious regarding baggage weight, you can even weigh bags at home. Buying your own luggage scale is economical and it can avoid surprises at the airport.
- Between Check-In and Airport Security:
- pack everything except your ID and boarding pass in your carry-on bag:
You should ready to go through the actual security machine by the time you get in the security line.
- Take inventory of what you will need to do when you get to the front of the security line:
Do a quick mental review of everything you’re wearing that you’ll need to remove and what you’ve inside your carry-on baggage that should be taken out.
When you get to the front of the line, blast through your mental inventory and make it happen.
- On the Other Side of Security:
Check the flight boarding status again. Unless you’re really early, your actual flight time is getting close. This is when you’ll see more reliable departure time estimates.
With that said, though flight status boards are your first stop for directions, go directly to your gate for any breaking information.
In reality the official system updates sometimes lag behind. So you need to check in at your gate to make sure that nothing has changed.
You’ll get a sense of how crowded the flight is and can discover which terminal amenity is nearby.
Tips before Travelling Internationally:
- Security & Health
- Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier.
- Double check and make sure that you’ve all of the proper vaccinations and that you’ve renewed all essential prescriptions.
- Also, you can ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. You can consider supplemental insurance.
- Make sure your credit card will work in the country you are visiting.
- Go to a bank or ATM in the country you are visiting.
- Local Research
- Purchase tickets now for places you know you want to visit or see.
- By buying in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines, and find more deals targeted toward you.
- You can bring a charger adapter. Also if you want to use your iPod, make sure that you can charge it.
- Luggage & packing:
- Airlines have own set of guidelines as to how many bags can be checked or carried on for free.
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