How to save time in airports

1. Travel with a handbag or cabin bag

Whenever you can, it is always better to travel with a handbag or cabin bag to avoid the check-in queues and the wait at the baggage reclaim belt at your destination airport.

2. Check your luggage

Before leaving home, check that your luggage meets the requirements of the airline you are travelling with (number of packages allowed, luggage size and weight measurements, etc.) Check also if the airline has made any recent changes to its travel policy to avoid any last minute incidents.

3. Check-in online

When traveling with a cabin bag, if you do the check-in online in advance you will avoid queues and can go directly to the security control. Normally the check-in is available 24 hours before the flight, but some airlines allow you to do it before, so check it out in the website when you buy your ticket.

4. Have your documentation handy

Having your ID or passport and your boarding pass on hand will definitely save you time. Normally, you will need to show your boarding pass to enter the security control, to buy something in the duty free, when boarding, and sometimes even when entering the plane, so make sure you have easy access to all the documentation.

To save paper and avoid losses, you can have the boarding pass on your phone. You can download the airline app from where you can do the check in directly and save your electronic tickets. Additionally, there are also apps such as PassWallet or Pasbuk that allow you to save all your electronic tickets, regardless of the company. And not only plane tickets, but also train and concert tickets.

5. Take care of liquids

If you check-in your suitcase, store all the liquids there. If you are traveling with a cabin bag, have your liquids prepared in a plastic bag. Remember that the containers must not exceed 100 ml each and in total they can’t exceed 1 litre. Also remember, that it is not only liquids but liquid textures too; If you carry a container with hummus, or a very soft cheese, it is likely to be confiscated at the security control. Water bottles can pass through as long as they are empty.

6. Passing the security control like a professional

The key to pass the security control quickly is to carry as little as possible. Deposit in a tray your liquids in a plastic bag, jewelry and metal accessories, sweater and coat, coins and phone. If you wear high heels or boots, you should take them off and put them on the tray as well because most likely they are going to beep. If you travel with a laptop or tablet you must remove it from its case and deposit it in a separate tray.

7. Have the immigration forms ready

In some destinations you will be asked to complete an immigration form before you enter the country. Normally, you can ask for the form on the plane and fill it out there to speed up the process on arrival.

8. Automatic documentation reader

Chances are that when you arrive at your destination airport, you will have to pass a security control. Some airports have automatic passport readers, with the intention of streamlining the process. The problem is that they do not always work properly. A tip for the machine to recognise you at first try, is to rub the passport on the page of the photo, and to look at the camera making the same pose as the one in your picture.

9. Transport

Finally, it is advisable to have studied in advance, how to get from the airport to your accommodation place to save time, money, and avoid queues at the tourist information stand. Also because you would probably be tired after a long trip!

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