I had been travelling to Bengaluru this week and the cab that was supposed to pick me up from my residence got late. On top of that there was punishing traffic in Pune and suburbs due to all folks leaving for their homes just after the days work. I could reach the airport just half an hour before the departure time (they close the counters 45 minutes before the departure time). As I entered the terminal there already was a lot of cursing and swearing going on at the counter; the ground staff was adamant. They were not giving these people boarding pass since that was the policy and they were just doing their job. I was sure I was going to miss my flight as I walked towards one of the counters. As I approached the counter the ground staff person there started waving in negative suggesting that I could not get the boarding pass since I was late…but then I produce my printed copy of the boarding pass and the guy smiled at me. He said “Sir since you are web checked-in you may proceed to the aircraft for boarding”. Although he did not allow me to check-in my luggage and I had to lose a scissors from shaving kit at the Security hole. The gist of the story is it is always good habit to web check-in. I am listing down some of the dos and don’ts of travelling by air for the benefit of the readers.
Always web check-in. It allows you to be a little late than the prescribed 1 hour check-in time before the departure. So if you are travelling from a city with heavy traffics or travelling during traffic hours it would give you some breather.
Plan to reach early to the airport. You could do a lot of things from window shopping to eating or reading a book, browsing internet (if you are at an international airport you also get free access to internet on the machines provided at the airport) or just watching people. It’s not such a boring place after all.
Always carry a government issued photo id proof (typically true in India).
Remove Laptops, Tablets, mobile phones, wallets and jackets in the container provided at the security hole. You can use two containers if you want there is no restriction on that. With habit you will be able to pass the security pretty fast. In some international airports (if you are transiting through one) you also have to remove waist belts and shoes.
If you are travelling light like on a business trip, do not carry restricted items in your luggage so that you don’t have to check them in. this will save time at destination since you would not have to wait at the baggage carousel for your luggage (some airports have really poor carousel facility and might take you at-least 30-45 minutes before you see your luggage coming out on the belt).
If you have checked in luggage, don’t hurry to disembark the aircraft in order to catch the first bus to the terminal. It takes a lot of time to unload the luggage and bring to the baggage carousel. It’s better to sit in the comfort of the airplane chair than standing helplessly beside the carousel.
There are many other trivial things you can do to make your travel fuss-free. I have listed just those that I found to be benefitting. Happy flying!