It was more than a century ago, in 1902, when Orville and Wilbur Wright became the first human being to fly. Their aircraft took flight over Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, for just 120 metres, but changed the course of history.
That first flight was extremely difficult for the Wright brothers, but the same does not have to be true when you fly. With the support of the internet, you can get half the job done right from the comfort of your home, from booking flight ticket online to checking in. All you need to do is be at the airport on time to actually travel.
Here are some things you should know as a first-time flyer, for a smooth and hassle-free trip.
1. Learn About Airport Procedures
A couple of day before you fly, make sure you read all the airport procedures. Make sure you check the baggage weight allowed and weigh your luggage to be sure it is within the weight allowance limit. Read about the materials that you can take on the flight. They can also be restrictions regarding jewelry, alcohol and drugs.
2. Make a Checklist
Create a checklist of all the clothes and items you want to carry. Also, ensure you have all your documents ready, including a copy of the e-ticket or physical ticket, ID proof and passport. Make sure these documents are accessible at all times.
3. Online Check-in
Most people have started booking their flight tickets online, but often forget to check-in online too. A majority of the airlines offer online check-in facilities, which can save you from long queues at the airport, while allowing you to choose your preferred seat. This saves a lot of time and hassle.
4. Arrive Early
Make sure that you reach at least 2 to 3 hours before your flight. You never know how busy the airport might be or how much time might go in the various procedures, such as security checks or immigration. You should keep some extra time in hand, just to be safe. Check-in counters usually open around 2-4 hours before the flight.
5. The Different Type of Baggage
There are 3 types of baggage and should you know what each one is meant for.
· Checked Baggage
This is the baggage that is stored inside the hold of the aircraft and cannot be accessed during the flight. These can be bigger than other baggage and also have fewer restrictions regarding what you can carry. This baggage has to be dropped off, after being weighed at the check-in site.
· Carry-on Baggage
This is baggage that you keep with you during the flight. It usually has lower weight allowance and smaller dimension requirements. This has to be taken through security and only a limited number of items can be taken in it. Flights generally do not allow you to take liquids unless they are less than 100ml in quantity.
· Personal Items
These are generally a handbag, a laptop bag or a small rucksack. The allowed size and weight of personal items is much less than other types baggage.
6. Stay Calm
For first-time flyers, taking a flight can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips that can help you stay calm:
- Only drink water before the flight
- Eat chewing gum during take-off and landing
- Keep yourself entertained, bring a book or listen to some music
Other than these, mark your luggage and of course don’t forget booking your flight ticket well in advance.