By Our Travel Correspondent
LEISURE [SHIFTMEDIA] Airports are always very colorful and busy with travellers trying to fly from place to place with minimal interruption. Although we enjoy the thrill of visiting a new place, we can’t deny that flying can often be unpleasant. But are you aware that there are ways you can reduce the hassles of flying to the barest minimum?
You can get some help from airlines like Southwest. Taking an extra item could also change your flight experience drastically and make it better. Whether or not you have created a failproof airport checklist, it could be helpful to consider some of the following hacks.
1. Take your Headphones with you
Pros: You don’t have to buy a new pair
What you need: A set that’s yours
It’s advisable to take your own set of headphones to the airport for specific reasons. Apart from saving you the extra cost of buying a new set to see a movie in-flight, they’ll sit better on your ears and won’t slip out easily.
According to Lasetrips.com some airlines like American Airlines are kind enough to give them out for free but they may be of inferior quality. To get the best out of the in-flight entertainment, you’ll do well to go with yours rather than to risk purchasing one from them.
2. Feel free to Request for an Upgrade
Pros: You could land a nicer seat
What you need: Boldness
More often than not, people are too humble to ever consider asking for giveaways and that’s wrong. The world is a kill-or-be-killed kind of place and if you could ask the attendants forr an extra bit of luxury for a celebration, don’t hold back.
Some airlines such as United usually upgrade passengers’ seats for free if they can. They do it to give the lucky passengers a more memorable experience. Sure, it won’t be available always but you can never know unless you ask. Besides, what have you got to lose?
3. On your way to the Security Check, go through the left
Pros: Spend less time at the checkpoint
What you need: Know your left from right
We all agree that spending long waiting times in the queue at the security check is annoying. However, you can find your way around it. Rather than heading to the checkpoint on the right, go left to the furthest one from you.
The logic is simple. Since almost everyone is right-handed, they naturally walk to the checkpoint on the right. But if you head left, spending lesser time getting checked. This may not stop you from spending a lot but you won’t be wasting your time.
4. Remember to take a travel-size charger
9. Snap a picture of your checked baggage
Pros: Spot your stuff quickly
What you need: Your phone camera
Cost: Nothing if you own a smartphone
At the airport, it’s common to have the same bags with multiple people. You can do certain things to distinguish your own luggage. This will help you spot it quickly. Better yet, whip out your phone and take a shot before it is checked.
With that, you have a photo to help you out at baggage claim ensuring you’re actually taking yours. No matter how sure you are of your luggage, someone else may have an exact replica from Target. Better safe than sad and red-eyed!