Whether you are travelling abroad or within the country, airways is the quickest and most convenient way of reaching your destination. However, travellers often spend considerable time at an airport (before boarding and after deboarding). Also, the time spent at an airport is not at all fun; every time I’m flying either there are unending queues at counters or delay in the flight’s ETA.
To help you in drifting through the airport counters quickly without fretting, we have compiled a list of important tips and hacks:
1. Separate your belongings
While packing your belongings make sure that you furcate your things based on their durability. Research states that luggage at the airports is often man-handled which may damage the items inside your bag. Therefore, you must ensure to pack sensitive items in a separate bag and mark it ‘Fragile’.
2. Mark your bags
As per a recent survey, 3% of every 1000 fliers lose their baggage while flying domestic and the numbers are even scarier when talking about international flyers. The trick to reducing the chances of losing your luggage is quite simple; you just have to mark your bag with a name tag or colourful ribbons which will make it easier for you to spot it among other bags.
3. Take snaps of the boarding pass
The boarding pass is among the most crucial documents that you need to carry at the time of check-in at the airport. A boarding pass must always be kept in an easily approachable pocket or bag. You may also click and keep a picture of your boarding pass so that you don’t have to rely on the internet connection to show it to the authorities, in case you have it on your mail.
4. Keep valuables in the carry-on bag
To ensure the complete safety of your valuables, including gadgets and expensive accessories, carry them in your handbag. By doing this, you will not increase the weight of your check-in luggage and there will be fewer chances of any damage. Also, statistics indicate that the checked-in bags often get lost during transportation and therefore, keeping valuables in a carry-on bag is a better idea.
5. Carry spare zip locks
Zip lock bags are a life saviour when it comes to packing valuable belongings and furcating it from the rest of the items. Always carry a couple of spare Ziplock bags which will come handy in storing your gadgets and other accessories like charging wires, universal adaptor and power banks. Also, opting for premium quality Ziplock bags instead of conventional plastic pouches will help you in protecting your items from moisture.
6. Avoid wearing a belt or jewellery
If you do not want to spend much time at the security check-in, then you must avoid wearing a belt with metal buckle or any other accessory made of metal. You must remove such articles and place it in a separate plastic bag so that it can quickly be processed through the security.
7. Know the rules
Research is among the top things to do before planning a trip. You must gather all the information on security rules and baggage policies before reaching the airport or for that matter while packing your stuff. Knowing all the rules and regulations of the airports will help you in staying ahead of others and reduce the risk of carrying unwanted items. Carrying a knife, lighter, flammable substance, explosives, etc. is strictly prohibited on flights. However, the rules related to carrying alcohol and medicines differ at different aerodromes.
8. Assess your flying credits
Frequent flying credits are a great way to bag a handsome amount of rebate on flight tickets. What travellers often neglect is the fact that most of the credit cards offer free lounge access and/or complimentary coupons to be utilised at the airport. So, do check with your credit card service provider and take full advantage of freebies.
9. Utilize free time
Flights often get delayed, either due to a poor weather condition or a technical fault. And the biggest drawback of flight delay is the amount of dead time that we are left with. A better way of utilising this free time is by completing your pending works while lounging at the waiting section of the airport. For doing so, you need to keep your gadgets completely charged and at an easily approachable place.
10. Ways to skip the queues
Yet another challenge faced while boarding a flight from the airport, is the struggle of standing in unending queues. From baggage counter to the boarding gate, numerous unending queues are to be dealt with before departure. Go for ‘web check-in’ for which you will receive a mail or text or both from the airlines using which you can select seats and get an online copy of your flight ticket. Now that you have successfully entered the airport and submitted your luggage at the baggage counter, all you need to do is ignore the queues and wait for the airport authority to call your name. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee while chilling at the lounge.
11. Be polite at immigrations’ counter
Immigration officials at the airport ensure that every individual entering or exiting their nation is legally rightful to do so and have all the necessary documents for the same. And the way you behave with the officials has a straight impact on the kind of behaviour you will receive from them. So, be polite with the immigration officers and you might get awarded with their welcoming services. It is quite evident that good behaviour often leads to complimentary services.
So, the next time you are about to go on a trip, try the above-mentioned airport tips for ensuring a hassle-free and quick drift through the aerodrome. Read also about Useful Tips Every Traveller Must Know