Navigating a crowded airport can be a stressful experience at the best of times.
From long security lines to possible flight delays and luggage issues, arriving on time for your flight is often not guaranteed.
Travel Lingual founder James Smith has compiled the best ways to avoid mishaps before departure.
He said the best way to get a trip started is to check in online.
“Airline websites and mobile apps allow you to avoid long lines and head straight to security,” he said.
Mr. Smith went on to detail how planning a flight affects the ease of travel.
“Early morning or late at night are the ideal places to avoid crowds,” he said.
“Flying during off-peak hours means less hassle, shorter queues and an overall faster airport experience.”
This also extended to what was brought in and under the aircraft.
Mr Smith said: “If possible, limit your luggage to carry-on luggage. This not only saves time during check-in and baggage claim, but also eliminates the risk of luggage getting lost.”
He added that keeping liquids in an accessible part of a bag would also speed up the airport process.
“Keep your liquids and electronic devices easily accessible. Organizing your carry-on luggage efficiently will help you get through security quickly,” said Mr Smith.
This attitude also extended to what type of outfit is best to wear before boarding a plane.
“Wear easily removable shoes and minimal jewelry. The less you have to take off your clothes at security, the quicker you can get through,” he said.
Finally, Mr Smith said there is one measure travelers can take to ensure travel is consistently facilitated.
“Many airports offer fast-track security checkpoints where, for a fee, passengers can use a priority lane at airport security to avoid the usual queues,” he said.
“You can also apply for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. These programs pre-approve low-risk travelers so they can move quickly through special security checkpoints without removing shoes, laptops or liquids.”
Mr Smith’s tips follow a series of similar hacks that have offered hacks to travelers.
Smart Julia Ferrarro took to social media to share how she took a homemade sandwich with her on a Ryanair flight.
Meanwhile, a mum revealed how passengers can use a simple trick to score free drinks and snacks at airports across the country.
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Elsewhere, another woman explained how she hides an extra piece of luggage when traveling on budget airlines.
The woman, known as jessvibesonly on TikTok, filmed herself hiding a fanny pack under her sweater.