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Eight tips for smooth air travel

June 26, 2009

There’s a lot to do before you take that flight and still make it to the airport two hours before your 11 a.m. flight. But what if you could cut that time in half and not miss your flight? Here are some tips to help you navigate more quickly.

1. Take public transportation
No car means you don’t have to spend time looking for a space and trekking over to the terminal. It usually costs less to take public transportation than to park.

2. Pack light
The fewer bags you have, the quicker you can get past security and on board the plane. Try to avoid checking bags, which will probably save you at least $15, cosidering most airlines charge extra for check-in bags.

3. Use self-service
Print your boarding pass online the night before your trip. Otherwise, check-in at a self-service kiosk at the airport.

4. Breeze through security
Have your ID and boarding pass in your hand as you walk through the security line. Separate liquids and remove your laptop from its bag. Remove all “metallic” things that you may have with you – belts, coins, phone, etc – and place them in that small bag you may have in your hand.

5. Eat later
Wait until you get through security or you may miss your flight. On the other side, you can grab some food and take it to the gate.

Some tips on saving your bucks:
a. Carry an empty water-bottle in your carry-on bag and after you pass security, fill water from the drinking-water-fountains.
b. Make some quick sandwiches and pack them in the hand-bag you have.

6. Upgrade to business class
It costs more, unless you use reward points or credits, but you’ll be the first to get on and the first to get off!

7. Consider an alternate airport
Flying out of secondary airports can save time, since lines can be shorter, the terminals less crowded and parking easier.

8. Know where you are going
If you are connecting, map out the location of cross-terminal transportation ahead of time.



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