Planning on flying home or to your vacation destination for spring break? You’ll save yourself a lot of problems if you keep in mind these simple rules of air travel.
First, whether traveling domestic or international, knowing what not to pack and what key items you need to have with you is a must.
Knowing the weight limits for every airline during your trip is a good idea.
They can differ between airlines.
Delta Airlines and most other airlines allow two bags up to 50 pounds for domestic flights before additional charges are made.
International flights though allow two bags up to 70 pound maximum before you will be charged.
“Extra baggage and overweight fees can really sneak up on passengers, often leading to bad attitudes,” said Tylor Lewis, a Delta/Skywest Airlines employee. “Knowing what not to pack and how much stuff you actually have is definitely recommended.”
You will find a complete list of what not to pack in your checked or carry-on luggage as well as what you are allowed to take, such as knitting needles and finger nail clippers.
So when packing your luggage before a flight, make sure not to pack anything like as knives or lighters in your carry-on, and watch the overall weight of the bag you are checking at the counter to avoid additional bag charges.
Next, having identification is a must.
Domestic travelers are required to have a valid (not expired) driver’s license, a passport, or a military ID.
Basically, any type of actual government identification will be accepted, but don’t try using your student ID to get you through security. It’s not going to work.
You’ll have to return to the ticket counter and chance missing your flight.
International travelers need a valid passport, or a driver’s license with an actual birth certificate, not a copy, just to check in for a flight.
It’s always a good rule of thumb to be checking in at the ticket counter no less than an hour and a half before the departure time of your flight.
Also make sure you are either in line or going through the security checkpoint at least an hour before the time of departure.
Its always easier to sit at the gate and wait rather than stress out trying to get through security.
Recently a college girl who was sitting in the bar waiting for her flight.
She assumed that since the security line wasn’t very long at the time that it would be the same way when it came time for her to go through and hour later.
When she went to go through the security checkpoint, the wait was 45 minutes long and she risked missing her flight.
Its this exact reason why it is stressed to go through security as soon as possible.
Having a general idea of what you can and cannot take through security will speed up the process tremendously.
You are only allowed two bags through the screening checkpoint, usually a luggage-sized carry-on and a purse, laptop, etc.
The TSA website is a great tool to find out more on this information along with much more as well.
“Basically by asking questions, being prepared, and having a good attitude,” Lewis said, “You will have a great amount of luck and fun when traveling anywhere by aircraft.”