Of all the things that people generally agree upon, the time spent waiting in an airport is on top of the list. It is bad enough when you are travelling alone or only adults, when you add small kids to the equation it becomes a near disaster especially if the children are not used to air travel. That being the case, finding ways to cut out the amount of time spent in an airport terminal is not only of benefit to the adults but to the little ones too.
The following are some of the things you can do to cut out the time you spend in an airport terminal but of all that you do not to spend unnecessary time at the airport; careful preparation is of paramount importance as it determines all that will happen.
1. If you can, avoid travelling during peak times due to the volumes of people travelling.
2. Technology comes in handy on this one, check in online to save the time you would otherwise spend standing in a checking-in queue.
3. If you have airline apps you will be in a position to find out if at all there will be a delay in flight and therefore prevent having to spend hours for a delayed flight.
4. If you qualify to use expedited screening programs you could reasonably lessen the time you spend in a terminal as it cuts out many things like removing your jacket and shoes.
5. If you do not qualify or are not registered on the other hand, ensure that you wear shoes, which are easy to wear and to take off.
6. Packing something dangerous is a sure way of spending more time in the terminal as security checks will take longer for you.
7. Ensure that you travel very lightly if you can since luggage can force you to spend that extra few minutes you do not want to.
8. Recognisable stickers on your luggage will make it easier for you to identify your luggage quickly upon collection.
9. Paying a little more would be the better choice to avoid layovers when you are travelling on your own but more so if you have kids.
10. Some even suggest arriving at the airport the latest possible time but this is not an advisable move if you have kids.
Author: Tania Canesi