Many travellers are still not aware of that they have to prepare themselves in order to have a smooth flight (regardless is a short or long haul light). Here is a list of my practise every time I fly to ensure smooth Flight journey without rushing like a “maddog” or being stuck in the custom while your name is being called at the PA system for Final Boarding (stressed…)
1. INVEST IN A BAGGAGE WEIGHT SCALET
This can avoid you from being charge with extra hundred of dollars. I could say ALL airlines are very particular in the baggage weight as additional weight contribute to consume more Fuel for the Air Craft. A Baggage Weighting Scale is not expensive, rather is a essential items that you should have if you are travelling especially for constant travellers. Always check your baggage weight against the airline baggage allowance.
2. CHECK IN ONLINE
Check in Online! Skip The Long Haul Que at Check In Counter! To Check In Online is way more easier then you book for an airline ticket. Remember to print your boarding pass and bring it a long at the security check counter. Or even better is to send a mobile boarding pass to your smartphone. That’s a very important step to be done before you even set foot in the airport.
3. LOCK YOUR LUGGAGE
Its very important for all travellers to remember to Lock Your Luggage with a Pad Lock or Passcode Lock. This is to prevent unauthorized personal who have bad intention; it could be someone who are trying to steal something out from your luggage or even worst; you maybe targeted to help to bring contraband items without you knowing if you don’t lock your luggage.
Yes i Know what you are thinking! Locking luggage does not give you 100% security but remember, To Prevent is Better to Regret! Many Countries have Strict Rules and Regulations over Contraband. I never take chances especially for all my International Flight.
4. CHECK LIQUID ON HAND CARRY
You may bring liquids, aerosols and gels on board as long as they do not exceed a maximum volume of 100ml for each item, carried in one resealable, transparent plastic bag no more than 1-litre in capacity per passenger. Items exceeding this amount should be packed into your checked bags. Please note that airport security personnel will remove items that do not meet these requirements before you fly.
5. PLAN TO TRIP TO AIRPORT
For International Flight Travellers, always consider to transport yourself to the designated airport at least 3 – 4 hours (although Airline recommendation is 2 hours) prior to your flight departure time. Remember that Traffics are very unpredictable and is always better to arrive the airport earlier then the time given.
6. PASS THRU SECURITY CHECK FIRST
Upon arrival to airport (if you have checked in online and after your luggage drop off), don’t bother wondering around the airport for food or shop first. Security scan que is usually longer then the Check In Counter. Go thru the security check line to scan your hand carry first.
7. DRINK SUFFICIENT WATER
Breathing Air in Air Craft are usually very dry. Have sufficient water to hydrate your body before boarding and remember to go Wash Room prior to your boarding time. You may want to skip the Laboratory in the aircraft
8. ALWAYS CHECK AND RE-CHECK BOARDING GATE
It is normal that sometimes your gate can be changed due to different circumstances on airport arrangement. So it is important that you are in the right gate as some gates are very far away from your original boarding gate. You may miss a flight if you are at the wrong gate!