It’s easy to be a good passenger on a flight. Use your headphones, be polite to the cabin crew and be aware that there are other people on the flight besides yourself. However, navigating the airport can be a bit tricker. Here are a few tips to help you get through the airport with ease.

1. Bring an empty water bottle

As you’re only able to bring 100ml of liquid through airport security, bringing an empty water bottle with your carry-on is a good tip to avoid paying through the nose for a bottle of water later on.

You can easily fill it up in the water fountains provided at the airport, as well as asking cafes to fill it up for you with drinking water.

2. Let the check-in staff know if it’s a special occasion

If you’re heading somewhere special or off to see your first grandchild, it can be handy to let the check-in staff know this. By simply being friendly and courteous, it can be easier to get a free upgrade on a flight.

If you’re feeling bold, you can ask directly.

3. Take a picture of your parking spot

It can be tricky to remember where you’ve parked your car on the best of days.

Taking a photo of your parking spot in a carpark, especially if you’ve parked at the airport, is a good way to ease yourself into the harsh reality of everyday life after a lovely holiday.

4. Rebook your flight quickly

Waiting in a long line, only to find your flight has been cancelled, can be very frustrating. However, instead of waiting in line to complain to the airport staff, use the airport phone and call the airline to rebook your flight over the phone.

This is much quicker than waiting in line. You could also try booking online.

5. Wear your heaviest items of clothing

This hack is definitely weather dependent, but it can help to free up space in your luggage if you’re wearing your heaviest items of clothing.

By doing this, you’ve freed up space and weight in your luggage.

6. Bring hotel toiletries with you

If you’ve got sticky fingers and often take hotel toiletries from places you’ve stayed at, it’s handy to use them when you’re travelling overseas as they’re usually under the liquid allowance of 100ml.

Do you know of any other tips to get through security faster? Let us know in the comments.


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