Preparing for your flight
Confirm your flight: After purchasing your ticket, you should have received a confirmation
e-mail from your airline. Pack your documents: You will not be allowed
on a plane without your ticket and identification. Arrive early: There are many variables at
play when you’re checking in for a flight, so plan on arriving at the very least two
hours early for your flight. Checking in for your flight
Find your airline Check your bags: Most airlines will allow
you one carry-on bag, in addition to one hand-held bag (like a laptop case or a purse.)
Print your boarding pass: In order to board your plane, you’ll need a boarding pass.
Some airlines also offer kiosks for self-check in. To use these, all you’ll need is a credit
card. Use the credit card to identify yourself and then follow the instructions on the kiosk
to print out your boarding pass. Look for kiosks at the airport: The kiosks
will be located near the airline’s check-in counter.
Identify yourself: Have your ID and flight information handy when you proceed to the
kiosk. If you are flying internationally you will need your passport. Enter your identifying
information using the touch screen. Confirm flight information
Choose or confirm your seats Indicate your checked bags: Remember that
if you are checking a bag you will have to proceed to the airline counter to do so.
Print and collect your boarding passes Going through security
Take off your outerwear: In order to go through security successfully, you will need to remove
your shoes, jacket, belt. If you are wearing any metallic jewelry or accessories, remove
these as well, as these will also set off the metal detectors.
Remove your laptop: If you are traveling with a laptop, take it out of your packed bag and
place it on the conveyor belt to be scanned. Smaller electronic items, like phones, Kindles
or small gaming systems will not have to be removed from your bag in order to be scanned.
Remove any liquids or gels: If you are planning to pack liquids or gels in your carry-on,
they will need to be removed from your bag at security. All liquids traveling with you
need to be less than 3 fluid ounces and you will only be able to carry 3.
Checking in at your gate Find your gate: Check your boarding pass to
see which gate your plane is departing from. Make sure, before you leave the security area,
that you have everything you need. You don’t want to accidentally leave a laptop or jacket
behind. If you’re having trouble locating your gate,
ask an airport employee for assistance. Stock up on food and drink: Many airlines
no longer serve food on their flights. If you’re taking a long flight or traveling
during a meal, buy some food and drink to take with you on the plane.
Take a seat: If your flight is running late or is delayed for weather or technical difficulties,
you may be waiting awhile. Pack something to help you pass the time and stay close to
your gate area so you’ll be within earshot when it’s time to board.
Problems at the check-in counter Sometimes, there are problems at the check-in
counter. Here are some problems you might hear at the airport check-in counter.
Your bag is too large. Your carry-on bag is too large.
Your luggage/baggage is too heavy. (You have to remove some items to make it
lighter.) Your flight is delayed.
(It is late.) Your connecting flight is canceled.
Your ticket has expired. Your connecting flight is delayed.
Your passport has expired. (The date has passed. You need a new passport.)
Your ID (identification) has expired. Your flight has been canceled.
(If your flight is canceled, you have to book a new flight.)