Tips to best airport experience next time you fly

Airports can be incredibly stressful places, and if you’re on a long trip where you have to pass through several of them in one day, it can be a bit of a source of dread as the journey date approaches.

Standing in line, getting through security, and then attempting to make good use of your time in departures can all throw up a few challenges, which can potentially turn your passage through the airport into a real pain.

However, there are some tried and tested strategies that can help you get through the airport faster and make sure you have access to everything you need. Read on to see our top tips for handling airports when travelling on business:

Photo by monicaewagner

Photo by monicaewagner

Getting Checked in Faster

The check in lines at some airports can cause you to waste time, and become frustrated as the line creeps forward impossibly slowly and everyone ahead of you seems to have a thousand questions that cause them to take forever at the desk.

The best way to avoid this frustration is to check in online in advance. You can usually do this from 24 hours before the flight. It will let you choose a seat and print out your boarding pass, so at the airport all you have to do is hand over your luggage, if you have any. The baggage drop lines move much faster than the check in lines.

If you don’t have printer access (for example if you do your online check in on your phone on the way to the airport), there are usually machines where you can print off a boarding pass after swiping your ID.

Get Through Airport Security Quickly

Though it is annoying, there’s no getting away from the fact you’ll have to take off your shoes, so wear some that slip on. You usually have to remove your laptop so it can pass through the X-ray on its own, so make sure you can get it out of your bag easily without disrupting all your other stuff. It is also a good idea to put all your liquids in a clear zip-lock bag when you pack, rather than at the airport.

Another packing tip is to make sure your cabin luggage is all in a small bag like a laptop bag – this way even if the cabin gets too full for bags that won’t fit under the seat in front, you’ll be able to let yours rest on the lap.

Make the Best Use of Your Time in Departures

You may want to use your time in departures to shop, get a drink or have something to eat, but if you want to work then look for the areas that offer charging points.

You should be able to get WI-FI access anywhere in the terminal at most airports, though be prepared that there may be a payment and registration process so don’t assume you’ll be able to pop online just to check something without a bit of effort first.

It is often faster and easier just to check emails and do your basic browsing on your phone via your cell phone network, or, if you definitely need fast access on your laptop, take along a 3G or 4G modem.

It is often faster and easier just to check emails and do your basic browsing on your phone via your cell phone network, or, if you definitely need fast access on your laptop, take along a 3G or 4G modem.

No matter how well you, your assistant or your corporate travel agency prepare for the trip, the airport can throw up some real frustrations that can ruin your day, so take this advice next time you fly and mitigate the risk of airport stress!

  • This post was written by Jack Foster; he is a businessman and he likes to share his travel experiences with readers. His other hobbies include swimming and cooking.

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