If airports are spaces you loathe, places where all sanity, politeness and common decadency fly out the window, you’re doing it all wrong. It’s true: you’re most likely to feel stressed with all the pre-boarding requirements and security checks, and probably feeling even more pressure when traveling with a group or family. But this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re airport bound for a big trip or maybe just a simple weekend getaway, practice these tips and you just might begin to find the airport not so bad after all.
Don’t Sit at Your Assigned Gate
Practically everyone at the airport makes this mistake. If you have arrived to sit at your gate before boarding, chances are the rest of your flight is also here. Between screaming babies and rolling suitcases running over your toes, these packed gates can make waiting for your flight less than tolerable. Rather than sitting at your assigned gate, seek out a gate that is completely empty. Not only will you have more peace and quiet, but you also won’t feel claustrophobic and encroached, as can be the case at a busy gate.
Purchase Airline Club Access for the Day
While some of these clubs might charge a day fee of something along the lines of $50, you just might save your sanity and your pocketbook by making this purchase. Airline clubs and lounges often offer food and drinks for free. As airport food can be ridiculously expensive, the club cost can equal what you buy outside. These spaces are quiet, free of squawky announcements, and feature plenty of power outlets for all your devices (part of what can make the airport so stressful and tiring is the noise and having to contort into strange positions to find the one plug available!). Do a bit of research to see if day passes are offered from the airline you are flying.
Look into Joining an Airport Security Program
From TSA Pre-Check to Global Entry, there are a number of airport security programs you can join for a fee. Airport security can make you tenser, as more often than not, there are visibly annoyed and tired passengers and agents, flaring tempers, and even yelling that can all be generally unpleasant. Airport security programs can eliminate having to trudge along with everyone else through slow lines and also put an end to having to take off almost everything on your person.
Check Where Your Plane Is Coming From
One of the main reasons why the airport can be a giant stress ball is flight delays. Your flight is boarding any minute and all of sudden they make an announcement that the incoming aircraft is delayed two hours so you will be delayed three. Yikes! You shouldn’t have to spend extra time in the airport when you don’t need to in the end. You can always do a check of where your plane is coming from before you leave for the airport. If you see a delay is imminent, keep a watch on the flight, but don’t speed off to spend more time in the airport. By being ahead of a delay, you can avoid spending too much time at the airport.
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