If you’re looking for easy steps to get on a plane, you’ll want to read this article. To make air travel less stressful and easy, plan to arrive at the airport early. Have all your documents close at hand and your checked baggage properly packed. Make sure your carry-on baggage is organized, wear appropriate clothing, and you will fly through security. By following these simple steps, you will arrive at your boarding gate in a timely manner and boarding a plane will be a breeze.
- Plan ahead. Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before the departure time for a domestic flight. If you are taking an international flight, plan at least two to three hours before your flight. When traveling from a major airport such as the JFK in New York, Atlanta, London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle, allow yourself more time as these airports are very busy and crowded.
- Have all of your documents, such as tickets, photo ID, and credit card easily accessible and organized. This will speed up the registration process. Make sure all of your checked baggage has the correct baggage tags, is within the proper weight limits, and has TSA approved locks. Do not pack unapproved items in your checked baggage. The TSA website has a list of approved and unapproved items that you are allowed to carry in your luggage. You do not want to be contacted at the door just to be informed that your bag is not traveling with you for a prohibited item. TSA scans checked baggage, so follow the rules.
- To help you and the security line move faster, make sure your carry-on baggage is organized. Currently, the 3-1-1 rule is in effect. The 3-1-1 rule is that all liquids and gels must be in a container of 3 ounces or less, must be in one liter plastic bag and one plastic bag per traveler. The one liter plastic bag should be removed from your hand luggage and placed separately in the trash. If you are traveling with a laptop or other large electronic device, it should be removed from the bag and placed in a separate waste bin. An exception is if you have a TSA approved laptop case. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Slip-on and take-off shoes make going through security easier and faster, as all shoes must be removed before passing through the scanner. Double check to make sure you have all of your items before you leave the security check area.
- Once the security check has been completed, verify the gate information and arrive at the boarding gate no later than thirty minutes before departure. Most airlines board domestic flights thirty minutes before departure and international flights forty-five minutes before departure. Prepare your boarding pass and listen to the boarding announcements. Embark with your group or zone number, stow your hand luggage in the upper compartment or under the seat in front of you. After packing your luggage, step into your row so that other passengers can be seated. There is a lot of pressure on airline staff for an on-time departure. Almost all airlines have adopted the practice of closing the passenger door of the plane ten minutes before departure. This ensures that the aircraft is physically pushed back from the boarding gate upon departure. Get to the gate early so you won’t be left behind.
Getting on a plane can be easy. Plan to arrive at the airport early and check-in will be quick and efficient. By organizing your documents and luggage, the security passage will be quick and user-friendly. By following the steps in this article and arriving at the departure gate early, boarding a plane couldn’t be easier.