Freaking out about flying for the first time? We’ve got your back! This blog will tell you all about what you need to do (and avoid) as a first-time flyer.
Arrive At the Airport Early
Navigating your way through the airport on your own can be stressful if you’re a first-time flyer. There are airport regulations that need to be followed, long waiting lines, and luggage that needs to be carried along with you. It’s quite a long process, and depending on the traffic, can even take over an hour.
The last thing you want to do is show up late and risk missing your flight. While arriving early at the airport is always recommended, it’s even more crucial if you’re undergoing the process for the first time.
Airlines usually begin boarding passengers half an hour before takeoff. Reach the airport preferably two hours before your flight timings. This will allow you to get done with all the ticketing and baggage check-in requirements timely.
Keep Your ID At Hand
According to the Transportation Security Administration, all passengers over the age of 18 are required to carry ID. Keep a separate pouch for all your documents such as your passport, driver’s license, and ID card so that you can present these to the TSA officer. Avoid packing them deep inside your backpack and rummaging through it at the time of need.
You might be required to present your documents at different check points, so it’s useful to have them handy at all times. You don’t want to hold up the line as you search for your passport!
Wear Easy-To-Remove Shoes
Ask anyone what the most annoying part of airport security is and they’ll probably mention the ordeal of taking off their shoes and jackets when in line. There’s no escaping this process, so you must make the most out of the situation and dress accordingly.
Wear shoes you can easily slip on and off, and avoid ones with laces and buckles. You’ll also be asked to remove jackets, overcoats, and hats, so make sure you don’t wear one with a broken zipper or a dozen buttons. Wear shoes you can easily remove for the body scanner, and avoid holding up the line.