The holidays are coming up, and many of you are beginning to make your travel plans. If your plans include flights (long or short distances), there are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind to make your flight an easier and more enjoyable experience.
Most people have caught on to the slip-on shoe tip to make the TSA airport checks easier, but have you created a TSA routine to make to make the entire process easier? Scott McCartney (WSJ ‘Middle Seat’ Columnist) suggests doing things like always putting your license (or other ID) in the same place as soon as you are finished with it. This way you can avoid accidentally leaving it in the tray, or having it drop out of your hand as you are grabbing all of your other belongings. This goes for things like your baggie of liquids and other items that need to be scanned, as well.
Ever accidentally leave your passport in the hotel safe? McCartney suggests a simple trick for never forgetting your passport again — keep it with a shoe. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Simply place one of the shoes you plan on wearing on the trip in the safe with the passport. That way, you are sure to notice that something is amiss before checking out.
Do you hate printing out your boarding pass? McCartney points out that there are good reasons for early check-in and boarding pass printing. For instance, if you are traveling on a cheap ticket, you really want to be certain that you have claimed your seat. Checking in early and printing your boarding pass will do that for you, and will help you to avoid being bumped on over-sold flights (because those traveling on cheap tickets are the first ones to go). In busy airports like LAX, every minute counts, so even just avoiding that first stop in the airport because you already have your boarding pass in hand will make your life easier.
If you haven’t changed your baggage over to truly unique colors, but have instead continued to opt for the classic black luggage, McCartney suggests being sure to add some distinguishing marking to your bags. A sticker, a tight ribbon (that won’t get caught in the machinery), or other marker will make your life easier at baggage claim. He also suggests being sure to have some sort of business card or tag inside your bag just in case the exterior tag is damaged by the scanners and baggage loaders during your trip. If your bag is lost, you’ll want the airline to be able to identify your belongings as quickly as possible, and the easy addition of a business card (or other information) to the inside of your luggage will help do the trick.
For more great tips from Scott McCartney, check out the video and discover all the ways that you can improve your next flight.