If you are flying for the first time or haven't travelled in a long due to the pandemic, you may be a bit frightened, eager, or perhaps both. Being a passenger on a plane, on the other hand, is not stressful at all. All you have to do now is to acquire the necessary paperwork, arrive on time, and relax. You may have some doubts and queries just as anyone would for anything happening for the first time. Keeping that in mind Travolook has put together a few tips for flying for the first time. This will properly prepare you for your journey and ensure there are no uncomfortable surprises when you take off. It also includes pointers for people who have forgotten what flying was like before COVID.
Before taking a trip, each first-time traveller should familiarise themselves with airport protocols. Post-COVID a few changes have been made with rules & regulations. For example, some airlines or flights to specific destinations can ask for extra documents prior to or during check-in. Some of those docs are a negative COVID test, a health statement, or a passenger locator form. It's essential to verify the rules of the airline you'll be travelling with, as well as the travel restrictions of the nation you'll be visiting, before taking off. Furthermore, wearing a face mask while inside the airport and throughout the journey is obligatory in many airports.
Make sure you have enough time on your hands to complete all of the necessary airport processes. This is especially crucial if you need to check-in or drop off checked luggage at the airport. Airports are unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how busy it will be or how long it will take to clear security. If it's your first time visiting an airport, you may want to take some time to walk around, go shopping, or have a bite to eat. Depending on the airline and the places you're going between, check-in desks normally open 2–4 hours before your flight. If you arrive before the scheduled check-in time you will only feel bored and stuck so arriving 2-3 hours earlier than flight departure time is enough. This will also avoid rush and panic.
Carrying your passport, ID card or a required visa (depending upon whether you are flying domestic or International) is a must. Make sure you have your flight PNR number ready to provide to the check-in agent if you're checking in at the airport. Make sure you have your boarding pass printed out or stored on your smartphone if you're checking in online. Check for your travel documents frequently before and throughout your journey to ensure you haven't misplaced or forgotten them. Your PNR number is a one-of-a-kind code that gives the airline access to information about your trip and reservation.
Checked baggage, often known as hold baggage, is luggage that is placed in the aircraft's hold and cannot be accessible during the journey. Checked luggage has a larger weight and size allowance than carry-on baggage and personal goods, and there are typically fewer restrictions on what you may bring in a checked bag. Checked luggage must be weighed and dropped off at the airline's airport check-in desk. Hand Baggage is the luggage that is carried with the person throughout the journey and stowed in the aircraft's cabin, where the passengers' seat. The size and weight allowance for carry-on luggage is typically smaller than the checked baggage allowance (half or more), but it is larger than the personal item allowance. Carry-on luggage must go through security, and there are several things that cannot be stowed in carry-on luggage and transported on the plane with you.
To avoid a hefty airport ticket, get out the scales and weigh your luggage at home. You'll be charged an excess baggage fee if your luggage exceeds the airline's allowable weight allowance, which can often be more than the cost of checking the bag in the first place. Also, try to use colourful bag or tie it with a bright ribbon in order to make your luggage visible from a distance and you can collect it early from the carousel instead of wasting time checking each and every briefcase to identify your own. This will save you a lot of time and effort.
Continue to double-check your itinerary to ensure that all of the information about your flight is correct. Some locations, especially in international flights have many airports, and you'll want to make sure your travel plans align with the one closest to you. In the wake of the corona pandemic, it's advisable to keep checking the status of your flight up until the day of the flight.
Do not carry prohibited items like Knives, scissors, Swiss army knives, and other sharp devices are all prohibited. Firearms and ammo reproductions in toy form, dry cell batteries, and Electronic gadgets that are unable to be turned off are some of the items that will be confiscated during security check.
Booking a seat beforehand will ensure that you get exactly the seat that you want on the aircraft. Choose a seat adjacent to the aisle if you think you'll need to use the restroom frequently. Choose a seat beside the window if you want to get some sleep and not be disturbed throughout your journey. Choosing a seat in advance has another benefit that you will be seated next to the person(s) with whom you are travelling together, for sometimes the airlines assign you a seat as per the availability that could lead to separate seats.
The temperature inside the plane touches extremes – from being humid and hot to immensely cold. Be prepared to handle both. You can tackle this problem by wearing at least 2 layers and you can carry a jacket on your arm too just in case you feel too cold and wish to wear another layer. This will also enable you to take off layers when it gets too hot for comfort and can get down to your basic t-shirt or shirt. A good pair of socks shall also come in handy that can be easily folded and stuffed in your handbag. This will also enable you in wearing or removing a layer depending upon the weather of the destination you are flying for.
If you're travelling for the first time, we recommend taking some extra food or healthy snacks in case you realize that the snacks served on the flight for you and you end up being hungry throughout the journey. In-flight things like a travel cushion, sleep mask, blanket, and earplugs, will go a long way in keeping you comfortable. Carrying your own music, iPod, movies, etc is also recommended to make to keep you occupied and entertained.
As a traveller if you keep these tips in mind, you will not come across any inconvenience in your first flight at all and have a pleasant journey.