The Hassle of Air Travel These Days

Have you heard the stories about air travel these days? If they’re to be believed, then the simple act of arriving at an airport and boarding a plane is a nightmare of checkpoints, lines, and wasted time. These stories are extremely common; fortunately for us, though, they’re almost always exaggerated.

There’s no question that airports have tightened security, meaning you’ll have to wait in more lines and pass more checkpoints than you’d probably like. You also won’t be able to have a friend or family member accompany you to and from the gate. But that’s about the extent of the changes, and delays in commercial flights have been around for ages anyway.

There are still a few things you can do to make your flight experience a smooth one, however. Here are a few tips that will reduce the stress of the modern flying experience.

It helps tremendously to pack light. You may be accustomed to bringing more clothing and supplies than you’d ever need, but you can greatly cut down on the hassle by bringing only your carry-on bag and leaving the checked luggage at home.

If you’re only taking a carry-on, you’ll have to pack efficiently by bringing clothes that can be worn with different outfits to give more options. Manage to get everything in your carry-on bag and you’ll completely bypass the line for checked luggage, saving you valuable time.

Bringing only a carry-on will also save you the hassle of waiting for your checked bag at baggage claim. You’ll have your carry-on already with you and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running once you arrive. Lastly, if you don’t have a carry-on the airport may allow you to check in via the internet before you even get to the airport, which will save you the time of waiting in another line.

Be careful about what you bring in your luggage; don’t take anything that could possibly be considered a weapon by security. If you have to ask whether a particular item is safe, take that as a sign and leave it at home.

Sharp and metallic objects such as scissors are not allowed on planes, and neither are incendiaries such as matches and flammable liquids. Liquids are now acceptable for air travel as long as they’re in a clear, plastic bag with a zipper and it’s a reasonable volume of liquid.