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33 Little-Known Airport Facts to Travel Easier

33 Little-Known Airport Facts to Travel Easier


I travel by plane quite a lot, and it’s
no wonder that, throughout the years, dozens of questions have accumulated in my little
brain. For example, what are the best shoes to wear
at the airport security screening to not be asked to take them off? Or are those scanners you have to go through
harmful to your health? So, one day, I just planted myself in front
of my laptop and started to search the internet for Airport Answers and useful travel tips. And so, here we go! 1. You know how it sometimes goes: you come to
the security checkpoint, and suddenly, it turns out you have something prohibited to
take on board in your carry-on. But don’t worry – all the things seized
during the pre-flight inspection can be stored at the airport for as long as 3 months. On top of that, you have an opportunity to
mail them to any address inside the country. Things taken away by security can also get
sold at special auctions and are delivered worldwide! 2. You shouldn’t be wary of airport scanners
– they don’t harm your health. Otherwise, airport employees wouldn’t be able
to stay near them every day without special clothing. To cover up that third arm they’ve grown…
not really. 3. As for the dose of radiation you get during
the flight itself, it’s even smaller than the one you get in your daily life. But if your plane flies into a thunder cloud
– that’s a different matter! In this case, everyone on board receives as
much radiation as they do during certain types of X-rays. 4. If you have some powder in your baggage, be
it some baby formula, flour, or instant drinks, keep it in its original packaging. Otherwise, security may get suspicious and
confiscate your only hope for waking up fast (also known as instant coffee). 5. To prevent the person who’s sitting in front
of you on the plane from reclining their seat and spilling your coffee on your new pair
of jeans, use special clips. Usually, you can find them on your meal tray. 6. At some airports, you can buy drinking water
right after you pass the security check, and that’s cool because, come on, have you seen
the prices on the water in Duty-Free? But there are airports in Canada and the US
where they let you bring along a bottle that’s empty or filled with ice. Then, you can find a water fountain located
after the security check and fill your bottle there. 7. If you’re flying with a low-cost airline
where they don’t feed you (the nerve!), take a cup of instant noodles and ask a flight
attendant to add some boiling water. Voila – you aren’t hungry anymore! 8. If you have a long layover between flights,
going to the nearest hotel to rest might not be the cheapest option. There’s a much better trick: check if the
airport or airline sells 24-hour access to a VIP lounge zone. In most cases, you can have free snacks and
drinks there, and use free shower cabins and rooms for rest at a very affordable price! 9. If your flight is connecting, it might not
be a good idea to buy liquids in Duty-Free at the airport of departure. In some countries, airport staff can confiscate
your duty-free purchases during a transfer to the next flight. 10. While in the baggage claim area, you might
have to pay for Wi-Fi; but in the arrival zone, it’s almost always free. 11. When buying something in Duty-Free, pay in
dollars or euros, because, paradoxically, goods cost more in local currency. 12. If you’re in the middle of a bad cold, but
you absolutely have to fly, take a painkiller before the plane takes off and lands. Otherwise, your ears will hurt really bad
due to the pressure drops in the cabin. 13. Avoid carrying spray deodorants or shaving
cream in your carry-on baggage – both of these things tend to explode mid-flight and,
therefore, aren’t allowed on board the plane. A much better idea is to stick to stick deodorants
(no pun intended! Who am I kidding). 14. You can’t keep power banks in your checked
baggage. And if you want to bring one on board, its
capacity shouldn’t be more than 20,000 mAh, or milli-amp hour. Besides, you shouldn’t use them during the
flight since they tend to catch fire! Uh-oh… 15. If you travel with a companion, pack your
checked baggage in such a way that you’d have all the necessities for both of you should
one of your suitcases get lost. Also, when you think of it, it’s always a
good idea to have a clean pair of socks and a pair of extra underwear in your carry-on. 16. When going on a trip, instead of taking the
whole perfume bottle, take a tester. Usually, it’s enough for a 2-week trip. In most shops, they give you a tester of your
favorite perfume as a free gift. 17. And the next cool trick will help you if you
need some change to pay for storage services, a cart, or a bus ticket, but you don’t have
coins. Find a vending machine that gives change,
insert a bill into it, and then press “Refund.” The chances are high that you’ll get your
money back in small change. 18. If you have a brand-new unopened bottle of
nail polish in your carry-on, it’s ok. But if you’ve already used it, put it in your
checked luggage. By the way, you don’t need to check in a soft
nail file, but if the thing is metal, better tuck it in your checked suitcase. 19. Seemingly innocent things like plants, seeds,
and some types of food may be prohibited if you’re flying to Australia, or other particular
islands, even in your checked luggage. 20. In big international airports, you can find
baby food, prepaid SIM cards, diapers, hygiene products, and even phone chargers in vending
machines. As an additional bonus, all these necessities
won’t cost you a fortune. 21. If you’ve ever traveled by plane, you’ve
probably seen those long terrifying bathroom lines. Good news! You’re more likely to find unoccupied toilets
in the baggage claim area, near customs, next to big cafes, and in waiting lounges. In short, when the need arises, run for any
zone that’s located further from the main corridors and halls. 22. In multi-terminal airports, search for underground
passageways connecting terminals that most people might not know about. For example, at Frankfurt Airport in Germany,
there’s a walking tunnel between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 that’s mostly used by employees
since passengers are simply unaware of its existence. 23. While packing for a long flight, remember
to put a couple of tennis balls in your carry-on. If you roll your feet on them during the flight,
your legs and feet won’t swell up. 24. Are you a frequent flyer? Then why don’t you have a Space blanket yet? It’s light, thin, inexpensive, and can help
you out in case of an emergency. But what’s more, it’ll warm you up on board
the plane; you can use its parts as shoe insulation; or you can wrap baby bottles in it, and they’ll
stay warm much longer! 25. Have you ever experienced this frustrating
situation: you’re trying to check-in online, but the airline’s site just won’t work? In this case, open the site in a private window
– in most cases, it’ll solve the problem. 26. Ever wondered why business class passengers
are always seated in the front of the plane? Yep, to be closer to the exit! But if you haven’t saved enough for a business
class ticket, think of the fact that, statistically, the safest seats are in the tail of the aircraft. 27. Before the trip, study the airport where you’re
going to spend a lot of time. You might be surprised by the variety of entertainment
some airports offer. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to spend transfer
time in the cinema, swimming-pool, or a video-game zone! 28. If you’re traveling through several time zones,
try to do more physical activity the day before. What’s the connection? – you might ask. The thing is that with your body exhausted,
you’ll fall asleep more easily in a new place, which, in turn, will help you adjust to an
unusual climate and time zone faster. 29. If you’re wearing footwear with a soft, thin
sole or sneakers, you won’t be asked to take them off at the security checkpoint in most
airports. But if your shoes have a solid sole or high
heels, make sure your socks don’t have holes in them – you’ll have to remove such footwear. 30. If there are lots of empty seats on a plane,
and you have the airline’s bonus card, you can ask the flight attendants to move you
to business class. Surprisingly, in most cases, you won’t even
have to pay for the upgrade! By the way, you can get this card at the airport
right before your flight. 31. If, during a connecting flight, your first
flight gets delayed, you can call the airline’s hotline straight away and ask them to reserve
a seat for you on the next flight. 32. You can still pay for your onboard purchases
with your bank card, even if there’s no Internet on the plane. In this case, the money will be withdrawn
as soon as you land. 33. If you arrive at the airport of your destination
at night, you can save some money by sleeping in a special capsule and checking in to your
hotel the next day. Otherwise, you’ll have to overpay for a night
taxi and just a couple of hours, rather than a whole day, in the hotel. Do you know any other tips that can make your
air travel more comfortable? Then let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
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51 comments

Sorry to disappoint but there's no tunnel connecting Terminals in Frankfurt. There's a tunnel that connects Concourse A to Concourse B in Terminal 1 but nothing of the sort that connects Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. Plus passengers use this tunnel all the time.

Check your facts before posting incorrect information and trying to sound clever.

Whenyou package yourself in box that sent to airplane now in the middle of ocean and it emergency landing in water you didnt know that you are in thewater that the plane is sinking

Wait the tail section is the safest? My dad was a plane engineer and has told me that most airplanes have 3 sections (Front, middle, tail) and he used to say always get a seat in the middle section (on the wing) because it’s the strongest and safest.

Bring a headlight – useful if the overhead light is bad or you don't want to disturb your neighbour and especially when you need some light when looking for something in your bag. Also you can bring sewing and knitting equipment on board, if you like to pass time like that.

The part with the empty bottle that can be filled with is is true. I volunteered as security at the Oregon International Airshow for three summers. We didn't allow anyone to bring in bottles of water. It had to be an empty container or filled with ice. One exception was that you can bring in bottled water if the seal hasn't been broken.

Ok I've worked in airport security for 18 years now, in Canada at least, and just about all the tips for security are all wrong. Open nail polish can't go in carry-on? yes it can as long as it's under 100ML.

#26 Actually its because it draws more attention to how good it is sitting in business class, and may make someone want to sit there next time, which gives the airline more revenue. Also some passengers might like the attention of other people seeing how rich they are. 🙂

When I was little my mom ALWAYS brought an empty water bottle to the airport. On the plane she asked for it to be filled up.

The voice of the narrator is an american English accent, but tip #33 talks about a "special capsule" for sleeping in instead of a hotel. Nobody from America knows what those are because our airports don't have them. Many countries I've traveled to in Europe and the middle east don't have them either. Come to think of it, I've never seen an airport with sleeping capsules. Great idea, I've just never seen it. I've been to Sydney, Tokyo, and Shanghai airports and I did not see them there either, but I wasn't looking for them. Maybe I just didn't notice them?

it’s not true there is a tunnel connecting terminal one and two at frankfurt international airport, it’s a tunnel connecting concourses a and b in terminal one!

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