Thursday, May 20, 2010

Airport Travel Tips

“Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love 'em.” - Ryan Bingham from Up In The Air on getting through airport security

The more you travel, the more time you want to save from door to gate. Getting through security is only one of the factors. Most travelers today avoid baggage fees and bring rolling luggage onboard. Ideally you want to arrive at the gate 30 minutes prior to departure for priority boarding.

Before getting to the airport, check-in online and print your boarding passes. If you are parking at the airport, always park in the same area or note the parking spot in your phone. I can’t tell you how many times I have taken the shuttle back to my car and someone does not remember where they parked.

Getting through airport security, I recommend selecting a line that does not share a scanner with another line. Also if you place your items through the conveyor belt in specific order, then you can pick up your belongings faster on the other side and move away from the chaos. I put my roller bag first, laptop bag second, laptop third, and everything else last. Try it.

For business travelers working multiple weeks or months in the same city, avoid the hassle of traveling with liquids by leaving it at the hotel bag check. Most hotels are willing to accommodate your needs.

Early bird travelers, follow these tips and spend more time sleeping.

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