Planning on flying to your vacation destination for Spring Break? Keep in mind these simple rules of air travel and you’ll avoid a lot of problems.
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 because those maximum limits can differ between airlines. Delta Airlines, along with most others, allow two bags up to 50 pounds for domestic flights before additional charges are made. International flights allow more, two bags up to 70 pounds, before you pay extra fees.
"Extra baggage and overweight fees can really sneak up on passengers, often leading to bad attitudes, so knowing what not to pack and how much stuff you actually have is definitely recommended," said Tylor Lewis, a Delta/Skywest Airlines employee.
During the process of packing your suitcase, take a look at the Transportation Security Administration website, www.TSA.gov. At this site, 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 to not pack anything such as knives or lighters in your carry-on, and watch the over all 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 because it’s not going to work. You’ll have to return to the ticket counter and chance missing your flight.
International travelers however, need to know that they need a valid passport, or a driver’s license with an actual birth certificate just to check in for a flight.
However not only do you need to pack wisely and make sure you have identification, but you also should be aware of the security procedures.
It’s always a good rule of thumb to be checking in at the ticket counter no less than one 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. It’s always easier to sit at the gate and wait rather than stress out and try to hurry yourself through security.
According to a TSA supervisor at the Spokane Airport, there was a college girl who was sitting in the bar recently 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.
But an hour later, when she headed toward the security checkpoint, the wait was 45 minutes. Which is why you should go through security as early as you can.
Because the security check is the trickiest part of flying, being aware of what is allowed through the checkpoint will speed up the process tremendously.
For example, you are only allowed two bags through the screening checkpoint; a luggage sized carry-on and a purse, laptop, or other small item.
"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."
So, before heading to the airport this spring break remember these simple steps to travel success.