THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO THE AIRPORT

I’d like to share with you all some tips about what you should know before going to the airport (whether it’s your first time travelling or if you are unaware of some of information as stated below)

  • Check your flight status incase of any delayed times or cancellations
  • Check in online at home (You are able to check in 48 hours before your scheduled flight at home, which saves you time when you get to the airport as you will have your boarding pass printed or on your device. That way when you get to the airport you will only need to check in your luggage)
  • Domestic flights ensure that you arrive at the airport approximately 60-90 minutes before your departure time as the check in counter and bag drop counter will be open then
  • International flights ensure that you arrive at the airport two to three hours before your departure time (depending on your airline) as the check in and bag drop counter will be open. It is recommended that passengers arrive no later then two hours before departure time to allow enough time for check in (incase there is a long wait)
  • Every airline is different so make sure to search the policy of the airlines with what time the check in counter and baggage drop closes before the scheduled flight
  • Prepare to be at your gate 25 minutes before departure (15 minutes before your departure the boarding gate will close)
  • Make sure that you have your boarding pass and photo ID (domestic flights) or boarding pass & passport (international flights) before you get through the security line
  • When carrying liquids in your carry on make sure it is in a clear visible ziplock bag and that all liquids are 100mls or under
  • To avoid your liquids from being thrown out at the airport make sure you have no liquids over 100mls
  • To avoid getting your water bottle chucked out, make sure you empty your water bottle before your bag goes through the x-ray machine. You will be able to refill your water once you’ve passed the x-ray machine
  • Make sure you’re not carrying scissors or any sharp objects in your carry on luggage
  • Be prepared to take off your belt, jewellery, watches, leather shoes, and/or jacket as it will make the body scanner go off when passing through the security checkpoint at the airport
  • Place your electronic devices such as cameras, laptop & smartphones in the tray when going through the x-ray machine
  • Any prescribed medications will need to travel in a bottle/original packaging with the appropriate label on it
  • Wear shoes that are easy to remove incase you are told to take them off at the security checkpoint
  • Wear socks incase you are told to take off your shoes at the security checkpoint
  • Prepare yourself for a pat down once you have gone through the body scanner
  • Be aware of what language you use at the airport as some words you may use everyday may be inappropriate inside the airport and plane
  • Make sure that you have your boarding pass and photo ID (domestic flights) or boarding pass & passport (international flights) when your in line boarding for your flight as you will be asked for it

I hope that this information comes in handy for you when you next set off for your travels!