Five Ways to Enjoy a Hassle-Free Airport Experience

Airports can be a nightmare at times, but there are steps you can take to avoid unnecessary hassle. Here are five ways to make your airport experience more enjoyable:


1.            Plan ahead. It’s a good idea to book with a trusted and well-established travel agency, like The Co-operative Travel, so as to avoid surprises.

Most airlines suggest arriving at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure of your flight in order to get through check-in and security in good time. If you can get there earlier you will avoid check-in queues. After all, a long wait in departures is better than missing your flight.

Get everything packed the night before and leave plenty of time to get to the airport in case of traffic or adverse weather conditions, which could affect your journey time. It’s a good idea to check the traffic reports before you leave.

Make sure to check up-to-date departure information before you leave to avoid an unnecessary wait, should your flight be delayed. Most airport websites have a departures tool where you can enter your flight number and check for delays.

2.            Pack your bags. Weight restrictions on hold luggage vary depending upon the airline and the service you purchase. Check with your airline and make sure to adhere to the rules to avoid surcharges. Many items are banned from hold luggage, so check the airport’s website before travelling.

There are also restrictions in place for hand baggage. These can change over time or depending on the airport, so make sure to check before you leave. At present, you are allowed up to two pieces of hand luggage at Heathrow Airport, measuring no more than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm each.

Any liquids you wish to take on board must be no more than 100ml and be able to fit in a 20cm x 20cm resealable clear plastic bag to be carried separately through airport security.

3.            Keep all your documents in one place. For ease of access, keep all important information and passports in a folder in your hand luggage. If you need to take any medication on board, you will have to show proof of authenticity, such as a prescription or note from your medical practitioner.

4.            Dress appropriately. Try to avoid wearing metals that may result in an unnecessary check at security stations. Security staff may also require you to take your shoes off, so wear ones that can be removed easily.

Above all, choose comfortable clothes, especially if you have a long flight, and consider packing a change of clothes in your hand luggage.

5.            Bring a book. Make sure to bring something to keep you occupied while you wait for your flight, like a book or MP3 player. If you are travelling with young children, bring appropriate entertainment to avoid tantrums.

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