Flying can be challenging for some people. It is known to give them anxiety. Some others may not be able to afford it. Hence, numerous first-time flyers may get intimidated by the jargon of airplanes and airports.
While a domestic flight is a little more manageable, international flights last longer and require immense formalities. Before taking your first flight abroad, make sure you board a domestic flight first.
People who have been using this transport mode for their lives are aware of rules of thumb like reaching the airport early, not carrying sharp objects in their handbag, carrying an identity proof document, and maintaining the required luggage weight.
Remember that the anxiety of boarding your first air travel will eventually fade away because this is a secure and seamless mode of transport. It helps you reach your destination sooner and with abject comfort.
The pandemic also dwindled air travel due to the new restrictions imposed by the government. People had mixed feelings when they resumed flying because there was anticipation. The passengers must put their concerns at rest and make the most of their journey.
TIPS FOR FIRST TIME FLYERS
- Acquaint yourself with the airport formalities
An airport is a systematic place that has numerous formalities. Stay aware of different trivia such as luggage limit, objects not to carry in your handbag, and others. It helps to reach an hour in advance because airports can get crowded. One cannot board their flight with their main luggage because they have to check it in.
Ascertaining the luggage weight and verifying one’s identity can take several minutes and require you to stand in queues. Hence, try to reach early to avoid being late for your flight. Some airports are enormous and take ample time to get from the boarding gate to the security gate. Having buffer time reduces the risk of missing flights.
2. Always check-in online
Covid restrictions had mandated online check-ins to avoid long airport queues and amassing people. Flyers must log onto their concerned flight companies’ websites at least 24 hours in advance to block their seats. This is not only a time-saving measure but also ensures excellent seating. Instead of the airplane authorities choosing a seat for you, you get to pick them yourself. If you have a hard time following the online check-in method, call the airline, and they will assist you.
3. Weigh your luggage
Remember that the regular weight allowance is 15 kgs for domestic airlines and 30 kgs for international flights. If your luggage weighs more than that, you may have to pay excess fees, which are unsurmountable. It is a futile expense because traveling by air is an expensive move. And on top of that, paying for extra luggage does not make sense. Hence, weigh your suitcases at home.
4. Carry your sanitizer
Airports attract vast audiences and are a pool for germs. You must always carry a sanitizer in your bag to avoid minor or major infections. Especially with covid emerging, people have become accustomed to staying as clean as possible. This habit is a keeper.
5. Carry your travel documents
The airport authorities verify your identity through an Aadhaar card or a passport. Never leave home without these documents because you are disallowed to travel in the absence of identity verification.
If you keep these tips in mind, flying will seem like a piece of cake.