Before you go on a leisure or business trip, it’s important you bear in mind the following tips to help make your passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible.
From passport and visas to travel insurance, there’s a lot to consider before you jet off. Get your ticket, either online –but be careful you have a good reference online site. You can through a travel agency or directly from the airline.
Now get set, fasten your seat belt and get ready to airborne with us.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT
It is important you arrange properly especially your passport, making sure it is with you, before embarking on your trip. Don’t make that mistake of getting to the airport and your passport is at home.
Additionally, if you are a business traveller, or you have a lot of suitcases, make sure your bags are weighed before leaving the house. This means you’ll need a small scale to avoid embarrassment, or reweighing your luggage before checking – in at the counter.
AT CHECK –IN: FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHT
Consumerxtra suggest you be at the airport at least 60 minutes, prior to scheduled departure.
Know what time you need to leave the house to get to the airport.
Pack your things, have in mind the luggage limit
Find out if the airline has online checking platform, if you are priority or business traveller, to find out your flight schedule.
Avoid dealing with touts; get information from the airport information desk, if you cannot locate the airline counter.
At the check-in counter, make sure you have properly gone through the check-in process. You are security profiled; your luggage has been tagged. Confirmed from the check-in agent that you have your tags.
Check or ask for your boarding gate and seat number
Avoid carrying too many small hand luggages, you might forget or lose your bags that way.
Get to the boarding gate on time as you go through the boarding security checks
FOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FLIGHT
Know what time to leave the house to get to the airport
Consumerxtra suggest you be at the airport at least 120 minutes, prior to schedule departure time.
Have your flight itinerary ready .You have your valid passport ready and visa. Make sure your passport is not expired.
It is better you go through the security process on time, after checking –in and proceed to the boarding gate. You can do all your shopping there and also relax in any of the walk in lounge
Never check –in and go back to town especially in cities with high traffic rate, you may miss your flight that way
Do not suddenly accept items or luggage’s to carry for someone you don’t know ,it is dangerous
Check your gate number on your boarding pass and when the gate boarding commences
At the boarding gate, get ready to enjoy yourself; enjoy your flight
PLANNING YOUR TRIP – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
There are guidelines for baggage allowance. The general rule is one bag and one hand luggage, with weight and dimension. As such, there are certain sizes and weight restrictions to ensure each passenger belongings can fit in the cabin.
As a general guide, carry on weight for bags per person in economy class are allowed to carry one bag at 5kg- 7kg per person, while business class may have extra pieces of baggage allowance.
Find out from your airline.
The bags have sizes and dimension that can fit easily and be lifted by the passenger into the overhead locker.
Generally, in terms of baggage delay, it’s important you take extra clothing in your carry-on luggage in case of unforeseen circumstances.
For prohibited and dangerous items, you need to limit the quantities of liquid to what you may need in the cabin for the duration of your flight.
Make sure you are aware of the amount of hand luggage you are able to take through the security search point
Where possible, put all liquids in hold baggage .Remember, do not place lighters into hold baggage .Airlines have specifications and limitation.
When planning a holiday, take extra time to ensure your passport is up to date and has at least six months validity.