13 things you should never do at the airport
OK, so you know not to joke about having a bomb in your luggage, but it’s still surprisingly easy to get yourself in a pickle at the airport. Here are 13 tips to help you avoid some of those all-to-frequent airport pitfalls.
Don’t expect it to be easy
Now that the golden age of aviation has passed, we can no longer count on assigned seating, checking baggage, legroom or free meals. Before you even board, you have to run the gauntlet of an overcrowded, understaffed airport. The glamour of flying is dead, and that can set you up for disappointment: “A tremendous amount of stress happens because we have expectations that are unrealistically high,” notes digital news platform Fast Company.
Don’t show up late
Being on time is crucial when it comes to air travel, according to veteran commercial pilot Tom Davis (not his real name). When you show up late to the airport, you not only risk missing your flight, but you make the experience worse for other passengers and the flight crew. If that doesn’t make you want to change your tardy ways, know that your impatience will attract the attention of airport security. All in all, it’s just one of the airport mistakes you really could do with avoiding.