Essential Airport Hacks

The holidays are upon us, and with it comes the vacations and trips to visit family. Navigate your way at the airport as quickly as possible with these top tips: Book wisely Choose an airline that allows online check-in and bag drop service. This will give you the advantage of dropping off your luggage at […]

  • November 13, 2019

The holidays are upon us, and with it comes the vacations and trips to visit family. Navigate your way at the airport as quickly as possible with these top tips:

Book wisely

Choose an airline that allows online check-in and bag drop service. This will give you the advantage of dropping off your luggage at a desk dedicated for those who checked in early, or you can even head straight to security if you only have hand luggage.

When booking a seat, remember to pick on located at the left hand side of the plane, so you’re nearer to the door and will have the advantage of disembarking first.

Go for hand carry

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If you can wing it, try to travel with just your hand luggage. This will save you time at the check-in desk before your flight and at the luggage carousel after your flight.

Take note of the time

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Plan ahead and take note what time you need be at the airport. The airline usually sends this information via email, along with your booking confirmation or boarding pass. Check-in times differ depending on the destination, so it’s not a one size fits all situation.

Avoid layering

Sure, layering clothes will help avoid that airplane chill and it will also scrape off some weight from your luggage, but this can also be counterintuitive by the time you get to security. You’ll be asked to take off your hat, coat, and shoes before going through the security scanners, and this will take a lot of time and effort from your end.

Double check your documents

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Make sure you have your important documents with you before heading to security: passport, visa (if needed), ticket or boarding pass, an extra identification card in case the immigration asks for one. Be as prepared as you can, so you don’t slow down the process.

Be ready for security

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Make sure all your liquids are within the allowed 100ml size and packed in a resealable plastic bag. Remove coins and your mobile phone from your pockets. Remember that a belt with a metal buckle will set off the scanner, so take it off even without the security officer prompting you. Wear shoes that are easy to take off and slip on.

Be ready for immigration

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Immigration officers have a love-hate relationship with travelers, so experiences vary on this one. Dress smartly, be polite and answer questions promptly and honestly when the officer asks you something. Know your travel details such as where you’re staying, for how long, and the date of your return flight. This is the one time you need to assert yourself effectively and positively, without being too aggressive.

Don’t get distracted

Once you get through security and immigration, it’s easy to be drawn by the duty free shops and restaurants at the departure lounge. Check your boarding pass and take note of the boarding time, or better yet, set an alarm so you get notified what time you need to be there.

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