What do I need to do at the airport step-by-step?
There are 5 main procedures to this process which I’ve described in detail below.
I. Preparing For Your Flight
- Arrive at the airport early.
II. Checking In For Your Flight
- Proceed to the security checkpoint.
III. Going Through Security
- After passing through the X-RAY machine, collect your bags and personal items.
IV. Checking In At Your Gate
- You will be expected to provide your passport or photo ID and a plane ticket to proceed through the check-in gate to board the plane.
V. Boarding the Plane
- Open the window shade if you’re sitting next to a window.
- Enjoy your flight!
How soon before my flight departure do I need to be at the airport?
It depends on the airline and airport, but usually about 2 hours for domestic flights, and 3 hours for international flights in order to check in, drop off bags, clear customs and security in time to get to your gate before the gate closes. NOTE: Gates usually close at least 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled departure time therefore you MUST be to the gate BEFORE it closes in order to board the plane.
How do I locate my airline at the airport?
Before checking in … look at the airport check-in monitors to locate the check-in counter of your airline.
After checking in … look for the gate number printed on your boarding pass. Check the airport boarding monitors to confirm it hasn’t changed. Your airline will be present at that gate.
Is a boarding pass the same thing as a ticket?
NO. A boarding pass lets you physically get onto the plane, but you have to purchase a ticket to be able to download your boarding pass.
Where do I get my boarding pass?
You can print one after purchasing your ticket online, or at the check-in counter when you get to the airport.
What to do at airport if you check in online?
If you’re checking-in online, traveling without a checked bag, and go have a printed boarding pass (or a digital copy on your phone), you can go straight to the gate and skip the counter.
Why check in online?
Checking in online saves you time especially if you’re only traveling with a carry-on and no checked luggage. Also, the earlier you access the service, the more seats there will be to choose from, or at least, that’s the theory.
Can I bring MY prescription medicines with me in my carry-on bag?
At what point do you go through immigration?
You don’t go through immigration when leaving a country. You go through immigration when arriving in a country that is not your native country.
What To Do While Waiting at the Airport?
Depending on the airport, there are many things to do. The following are a few of the things I like to do while waiting at the airport.
- Make a new friend
What do I do when I reach the destination airport?
Get off the plane, proceed to the baggage claim area, locate the carousel that your bags are being delivered on, claim your bags, then exit the terminal to obtain transportation to your final destination.