Tuesday, 10 March 2015

How to get through the airport faster

Sometimes the time and process of just getting to and through the airport makes flying a terrible experience. But it doesn’t have to be! Use these tips to get through the airport faster and join the ranks of savvy frequent flyers…

Book Friendly Connections
If you miss your connection due to a delayed initial flight, you won’t be getting through any airports quickly. Give yourself the best chances of having smooth connections by allowing at least an hour and a half between international flights.

Check In Online
You can usually check in online up to 24 hours before your flight, check in as early as possible for the best choice of seats. Don’t worry about printing your boarding pass if you don’t have easy access to a printer, you can pick up your boarding pass at the airport and sometimes a barcode on your smartphone will work too

Pick your seat wisely
Checking in online usually allows you to choose or change your seat. Keep SeatGuru open on another tab, so you can look at their seating plans for your flight showing the best and worst seats. In choosing your seat, the closer to the front of the plane you can sit, the faster you’ll get through the airport on the other side.

Go With Carry-On Only
This is another crucial element to getting through the airport quickly. You’ll contend with having to lug around your bags after check-in, but you save time having to line up to check your bag, and more time yet when you cruise out of the airport on the other side while people are still waiting for their checked bags.

For Checked Bags: Pack Your Liquids
If you really must pack a bag, then put all your liquids and toiletries in the checked bag.  Not having liquids in your carry-on increases your chances of getting through security quicker.

For Carry-On: Bag Liquids and Keep Ready
It’s always best to seal liquids in a bag to prevent “shampoo disasters” on arrival. With carry-on luggage, seal your liquids in a litre sized bag and leave it at the top of your case (you’ll see why when clearing security).

Wear the Right Shoes
Easily removable shoes make the security process much smoother. They also give you more freedom to get comfortable on long flights.

Skip the Belt, Keep Pockets Empty
These are just more things to remove and replace while shuffling your belongings on and off conveyor belts at security. Save yourself the hassle.

Bring a Pen
You just never know when you need a pen. For international travel, you’ll need one to fill out departure/arrival cards and other miscellaneous task; don’t get stuck waiting to borrow somebody else’s open.

Keep Your Passport Handy
As dorky as it may sound; keeping your boarding pass and passport in a small pouch around your neck saves you a lot of time! It’s always close at hand, in one place and easily accessible.

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Written By: Christine Romans

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