Serious question: What do I do when I get to the airport? Posted on December 9, 2022 by Anonymous How do I board a plane? What do I do with my luggage? How do I know if I am at the right gate?
Usually you have to check in your luggage at some counter, the number will be displayed in a big screen at departures. Once you check-in, you will go through security, and some sort of passport control if it's an international flight. After that you have to check for your gate number in another big screen, and head there.
Go 2.5h before take off and you should have time for everything if it's not a busy airport. There's also staff helping whoever looks lost usually.
tl;dr: look at big panels and follow big arrows
If you're really nervous about getting there in time, allow more, especially if the airport has a decent selection of things to do airside.
Better spending an hour in a coffee shop than fretting about getting through security queues. Plus people who check in early are more likely to be offered upgrades. I tend to get to airports 4 hours early for long haul.
Just ask people. They're pretty nice. Half of the adventure is having no fucking clue whats happening & figuring it out.
> people like this really exist
This stuff isn't always easy. I nearly cried at the hospital in my city cus it was so fucking confusing and frustrating to find where I had to meet my doctor. They used letter instead of the unit words everywhere and if you forgot the letter, good luck.
Guys, what if I need to poo when I'm at the airport? Do I need to bring my own toilet? How to I wipe my ass?
Just like at malls, airports have good washrooms. You'll be ok
1.When you go to the airport look for signs for your airline (or check terminal before you arrive, usually a letter or number)
2a.Go to the ticket booth for your airline (I.e southwest, United, etc).
3a. Hand over your ID
4a. They will print your ticket, tag your luggage and take your checked luggage away from you.
Proceed to 5, or review b.
2b. Many airlines don’t have many staff anymore, so there will be self check in compute keoisks. Walk up to a keoisk for your airline.
3b. It will ask for flight info, your Id, etc. it will print your ticket, and where the staff is will print your baggage tag. Someone will come over and tag your bag and take it from you.
5. After they take your bag they should point in the direction of your gate, otherwise take your ticket (do not lose) look for terminal and gate #, look around for signs to show you where to go, usually above your head “gates b1-10 left arrow” “gates b11-20 right arrow”
6.These will point you to the government security screening, usually a line.
7. The government will check your ID and your ticket, make you go through a metal detector, and may pat you down, or ask you to remove your belt or shoes.
8. Once through security p, look for signs to your gate #, check your ticket if you forgot, or you can look at the TV screens to look for your flight number, pic related and it will list the gate.(tickets don’t always have gates printed on them).
9. Once at your number, check the screen to make sure it is displaying your flight number and city (gates are sometimes moved last mintue.
Don’t freak out if it doesn’t match, if you are there too early it might be a different flight or not up yet, take a breath, and go recheck the tv monitors. It will confirm your gate, and show if flight delayed.
10. Now here is where it differs a lot, most airlines you don’t have to do anything, but sometimes they ask you to check in”again” at the gate counter.
11. There will be a gay man or a post wall women making announcements
>we will begin boarding fight 2167 service to New York in 15 minutes”
>Now boarding flight 2167 service to New York
>”we will begin boarding retards and children first
>now first class can board
Then they will board by seat section, check your ticket for your seat row, (something like row20 seat F) don’t freak out if you can’t find it, it might just say “20F”. It’s not a huge deal if you board a little out of order.
12. They will check your ticket and I’d, again, let you pass the gate, follow the other passangers down a long covered gangway to the aircraft door, spent onto aircraft
you will now be something that looks like this.
Where I have circled red, there will be row how’s and seat letters, look for your row as you walk down, biggest row numbers are in the back.
If the row numbers aren’t where I circled, relax, and look around, they will be somewhere, maybe above the walkway
Important: Make sure you sit in the seat that matches the letter, on bigger planes it make take a moment to figure out with letter is which seat
Circled in red are are arm rests, once everyone is seated, you may pull yours down.
(1) if you get to your seat before the window seat person arrives , and you have an Aisle seat, you MUST stand up and get in the walkway for him to sit down, there is not room for him or her to sit otherwise.
(1)during take off and landing they will force you to wear a seatbelt, if you can’t find your seatbelt, relax, take a breath, and look under the edges and back of your seat, the seatbelt straps have fallen down to the sides.
(1) During most of the flight you need to keep your carry on bag stored. There is overhead compartments you can put them in or under the seat in front of you (most cases).
New flyers sometimes think planes are like trains, and try to drag wayy too many creature comforts onto a plane, you only need one small bag, with som reading material or laptop, music device with headphones.
(1) forgot to say, at security if you have a laptop they will sometimes. make you turn it on usually to check that it is real, it needs to go through security x-ray in its own box, not with your carry on.
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wrt to 7 they will definitely make you take off your shoes belt and jacket/sweatshirt at security. also take out your computer from your bag if you have one. you can kind of start to take everything out while you're getting up to all of the bins that go through the security scanner, which will save you time
Good luck on your trip anon. I get anxious at airports but it's always more straightforward than what the nerves makes it seem like