Next week will be one of the busiest weekends of the year for flying. Here is my advice if you are brave enough to fly this weekend and during the coming Christmas and New Year holidays.
#1 – Have your friends or relatives take you to the airport – Airport parking is often full (and expensive) and you can avoid the hassle of driving around for an hour to find a parking spot. If you do drive your car to the airport be sure to take a picture of your car where you parked in the parking lot so you know where to find your car when you return.
#2 – Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours early as lines will be long – I know this sounds excessive, however, nothing is worse than missing your flight because of long lines. If you miss your flights you may miss out altogether on flying as all flights will be full and it will be hard if not impossible to find alternate flights.
#3 – Print out a boarding pass before you leave home – This keeps you out of one more line at the check-in counter. I actually recommend that you send your boarding pass to your smartphone so you don’t have to mess with paper.
#4 – Avoid the check-in counter and go straight to the security checkpoint – This means you should take only carry-on baggage and avoid checking in any luggage (will save you 30 minutes of standing in line). If you do check-in luggage be sure to take a picture of all your bags so if one of them is lost or delayed you can easily show the airline rep what it looks like.
#5 – Get on the plane early as overhead bins will be full of Christmas gifts – Overhead bin space is on a first come first serve basis and you don’t want to check your gifts/bag.
#6 – Leave your laptop at home – It is time to sit back and enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
#7 – Finally, take a big dose of patience with you – Christmas and New Years are two of the busiest weeks of the year for air travel. Airports will be full. Parking lots will be full. Security lines will be twice the normal size and every seat on every plane will be packed. The overhead bins on planes will be packed with holiday goodies. This is the time of the year when many families fly. So these travelers are often first-time flyers that are not aware of how the “system works”. Despite all the “hassle factors” you can remove most of the stress simply by arriving early at the airport and knowing in advance what to expect. So take a deep breath, enjoy all those cute children running around your feet and be thankful for all our wonderful blessings that this season offers.
Final Warning! Please, please, please don’t wrap your Christmas presents if you are flying with them –
Many people who are flying to Grandma’s house with Christmas presents as carry-ons are going to be very upset when they watch the security staff unwrap those presents to check what is inside. My advice, if you are taking presents be sure you wrap them when you arrive to prevent the painful experience of watching your beautifully wrapped presents being opened and that 15 minutes of making the wrappings look perfect is dismantled at the security checkpoint.
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