Did you know that you are more likely to be involved in an automobile accident than in a plane crash? Travel by air has certainly come a long way and it can be quite comfortable and safe.
Personally I don’t like long flights and I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get to my destination. However, flying can be improved if consumers follow my simple tips.
Tips for a hassle free flight
There have been reports of airlines denying customers the opportunity to fly based on their dress policies. Although everyone has their own fashion sense, it is important not to offend others by wearing tight or revealing clothing on a flight.
Some opt for sandals but it makes better sense to wear socks and sneakers since shoes have to be removed and it is no fun standing on the cold airport floor.
It’s best to adhere to the rules of the airline and not go over the weight requirement. It is also a good idea to pack essentials in your hand luggage including a change of clothes. This is to ensure that you will have something to wear if your checked luggage gets lost.
In fact even better is to have no checked luggage at all. Anyone who has been in long lines realize that having no checked baggage makes for a quicker arrival process. I can’t tell you how much time is wasted waiting for the carousel to turn and reveal my bags.
Leave accessories at home
Fashion accessories such as belts, watches and jewelry, double-check your wardrobe and pockets before passing through metal detectors.
The moment you trigger an alarm, airport screeners will automatically escort you to a secondary inspection, which entails a thorough body frisking and carry-on luggage check.
Watch your liquids
You can still bring a cup of coffee, juice or a water bottle on board an aircraft, but it must be purchased in the secure boarding area, past the airline’s security checkpoint. Beverages obtained outside this boundary won’t be allowed on board and must be consumed before boarding
Be on time
Most flights require at least three hours check in so ensure you account for traffic on your way to the airport. Be especially careful when travelling during the holidays.
It’s great to be able to pick the seat you want to sit in or decide whether you want to make a stopover or not. Whether you’re running late or have a change of plans, you can quickly cancel or void your travel transaction online, without having to contact an agent by phone.
Manners goes a long way and it can be frustrating to deal with cancelled or delayed flights. It is important though to remain calm and courteous. If asked to give up your seat contemplate doing so there might just an upgrade in a future flight.
So that’s my take! What do you think? Let me hear from you!
Teri Ann Paisley
Gleaner online writer
Tags: airline travel