Are you a non frequent flyer? Do you fly only once or twice a year for pleasure? Well, here are some rules that can help your trip much easier.
First of all, get your boarding pass on line. If you do not have a printer, you can get on line and apply for a boarding pass, but not print it. Your place in line is saved, or your seat on some airlines. You can do this at a hotel, also. The staff will assist you in getting your boarding pass. While in Dallas, Texas, recently I was allowed to use the computer to print my boarding pass for my return home flight.
Pack a carry on bag with things that you might need your first night, in case your luggage gets delayed or re-routed. This should include slippers, underwear, and night clothes. You can include a clean blouse or shirt, also. Deodorant, toothbrush and paste, and make up are other items that should be in the carry on. Once I lived on that bag for two days, while my luggage was coming from another city. It paid off having those extra things in my carry on bag.
If you can, carry your items in a bag that will fit in the overhead compartment of the plane. This will alleviate some hassle at the luggage claim, after your flight has arrived. In my case, I could have gotten on an earlier flight than I was booked, had I brought my luggage with me. I had to wait two hours for another flight, because I wanted to get to my destination, when my luggage did.
Carry snacks for the kids. Airport eating is expensive, and if your wait is not that long, crackers and other small snacks will allow you to travel without being hungry. You will not get food on the plane, just a small soft drink and a bag of chips or nuts. Convenience snacks are expensive at airports, so if you can bring things from home, that will save you some money.
Pack all liquids (3 ounce or less) in a quart size plastic bag. You can only carry one of these bags, so make sure that you carry on only a small amount of liquids. If you do not declare them, they might be confiscated by the TSA agent. Always carry an extra bag incase the first one is destroyed or lost. Once at the Boston airport, a traveler had to go all the way back to an airport store to purchase a bag. Luckily I had an extra and gave it to him.
Wear shoes that can easily be taken off and put on. You will have to remove your shoes and place them in a bin, if you are younger than 75 years old. You can wear socks so you will not have to walk bare footed on the cold airport floor.
Remove jewelry before entering the security line. Some “jewels” are metal, and will make the detector buzz.
You see many people putting their jewelry back on, after they go through the security check point.
Remove your jacket and place it in the bin. If you are over 75, this is not necessary.
Full body scans are now the norm in airports. Be ready to go through the scanner, sans shoes and jackets.
Flying can be made easier by observing these simple rules. Caution children flying, prior to security check point, about what they are to expect. Prior to my flight, a child was in hysterics, frightened by the large security scanner and having to take her shoes off. The parent explained the procedure to the child, and it looked like her fears were lessened.