It’s the season to be merry, but with the onslaught of the holiday travelers, keeping your temper can be a little tricky. With the airports getting more crowded, the traffic getting worse and the check-in lines getting longer everyday, keeping your flight schedule may need a little more effort on your part. To avoid inconvenience, and ensure a hassle-free, express check-in, here are some tried and tested tips:
Before your trip:
- Pack light – this may be challenging, especially for the ladies. But it’s basic common sense: the less baggage you have, the less time and effort you’ll need during check-in. Packing light will also ensure you won’t go over your baggage limit, otherwise, it’ll cost you time and money.
Pack smart – pack your carry-on bag as neatly as possible, and layer items. For example, a layer of clothes, then electronics, then toiletries, then heavier items. Packing smart will help security officers see what’s in your bag, and will help you get through faster.
Don’t wrap gifts – wait until you get to your destination before wrapping your gifts. If a security officer decides to inspect your package, you’ll go through a lot of unnecessary hassle, and end up having to rewrap your gift anyway.
When in doubt, leave it out – bringing prohibited items can cause delays in the screening process for you and the other passengers. If you’re not sure whether an item can be put in your carry-on, put it in your checked bag. Or, better yet, leave it at home. If you want to check which items are allowed or prohibited, you can check TSA’s website for the complete list of permitted and prohibited items.
Try to get your boarding pass online – this will save you precious minutes. If you have access to a computer, log on to the airline flying you out 24 hours before your flight, and try to print out your boarding pass from there.
To be continued…