I have spent most of my life travelling through airports often travelling to new countries up to 3 times a year. These are some of the best tips and tricks I have picked up.
1. Screenshot your boarding pass
If you’re using a boarding pass on your mobile phone, take a screenshot of it and save it in your pictures folder on your phone (rather than relying on the airline’s app or on a good internet connection at the airport).
2. Always print out your boarding pass
Although we live in an age where you can check in with your smartphone and email, you never know when your phone may just run out of battery or pack in.
3. Carry a portable charger
Your phone can be a massive advantage when travelling. Have a portable charger close at hand to avoid your phone running out.
4. Remove your Crown Jewels
At security, if you don’t want to set off the alarms after waving goodbye to your hand luggage, keys, mobile
phone, laptop etc, make sure you remove all the Crown Jewels you are wearing. Anything that might be metal put it in that tray to be scanned, if you want to save even more time take off all jewellery while waiting in the line.
5. Wear easy to put on shoes
Often now at airports they require you to remove your shoes for security, which means taking them off and then the mad rush of putting them back on the other side while worrying you will miss your flight. Save time! Wear easy to put on shoes!
6. Set an alarm so you don’t miss your plane
Set an alarm on your phone to go off at boarding time, it’s easy to get distracted in the departure lounge.
7. Get some work done
Connect to WiFi and get some work done. I do a lot of my work for Student Life while travelling, it’s a great opportunity to get work done.
8. Don’t queue to get on the plane
Sit comfortably in departures where you can see the boarding desk and (assuming you have a pre-allocated seat) read your book until the last possible minute. When the queue is down to one person, get up and casually stroll through the departure gate onto the plane. The plane won’t leave without you until they have at least called out your name.
9. Bump yourself up to business
Always wait until the ‘flight closing’ announcement before boarding the plane. Then, if you see any empty seats in Business Class, as you work your way through to Economy, sit in one of them, on the basis that it must be available, given that the flight was closing. Hope that the flight attendants won’t question it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!
10. Look before you leave
Whenever you get up to leave somewhere at the airport – in a café, a bar or at the gate – always turn round and make sure you haven’t left anything behind – like your tickets. That. Would. Suck.