New to flying?
Keep these tips in mind
- Give yourself enough time to check in. Arrival time recommendations vary by airport and carrier, so check with your airline in advance. Allot extra time for checking in and getting through security.
- Do not leave your car parked unattended in the departure drop-off zone.
- Use TSA approved baggage locks to avoid your locks being cut.
- Do not leave your bags unattended in the airport terminal. If you see unattended baggage, report it to the nearly TSA officer
- With E-ticket booking, take the credit card you booked your flight with to the check-in desk of your airline where they can help you print your boarding passes. It’s always a good idea to print out your confirmation email and have it with you, just in case!
- Know the airport code of your destination and make sure your baggage has the same code marked on it!
- Bring your own blanket! Airplanes can be chilly and airlines can have limited supplies of blankets.
- Have your in-flight necessities ready to put in your seat and stow your carry-on luggage nearby. Putting your things away quickly allows others to board the plane without delay so everyone can arrive at the destination on-time.
- Have your ID and boarding pass ready for inspection. Be certain the name on your ID and boarding pass are exactly the same. This will get you and everyone else through security faster!
- Know the 3-1-1 rule about liquids in your carry-on. 3-ounce or smaller containers of liquid or gel; 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip top bag holding 3 ounce or less containers of liquid or gel; 1 bag per traveler placed in the security bin. If in doubt, put liquids in checked baggage.
- Be aware that electronics (laptops, video cameras, DVD players, etc.) must be removed from carry on baggage when going through airport security.
- Be prepared to remove your shoes and everything from your pockets. Don’t forget about belts that may set off metal detectors.
- Check your baggage for any items prohibited by TSA. A list of these items can be found online at www.TSA.gov.
- Speak with young children about the screening process so they will not be frightened or surprised.
- If you are accompanying a minor to a gate, please contact the airline for information about escort passes at the airport. They are often available through the ticket counter or at check-in.
Afraid of Flying?
- Don't conceal your fear. Let those around you know and have someone to support you!
- Reserve a seat near the front of the cabin. Turbulence is greater toward the back of the plane.
- Stay distracted! Watch the in-flight movie, listen to soothing music or read a book.
- Avoid coffee or other caffeinated products to reduce your anxiety and jitters.
- Just breathe and be positive!