The airport has become one of the least fun places we can go. But it doesn’t have to be. While you can’t magically make the long lines disappear, you can be better prepared to make the experience less aggravating. We’ve put together 20 mistakes you should avoid making at the airport in order to make your terminal time much more pleasant and stress-free.
Not checking in online
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Not checking your flight status before leaving home
Not checking weather at your destination
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Not bringing a refillable water bottle
Wearing the wrong clothes
Additionally, don't dress for the beach when you fly. It can get cold on the plane, especially near the emergency exits. There's also a safety issue: you want to be wearing proper clothes and good shoes in case there's an emergency and you have to exit the plane quickly.
Not arriving early
Paying for extra baggage
Buying your snacks at the airport
Buying anything else at the airport
Not having proper paperwork for your kids
Not having a return ticket
Forgetting your passport
When returning home, make it a smooth process by avoiding these ways to get flagged at customs.
Not having your boarding pass and passport ready
Not following rules about liquids
Not being prepared for security screening
Packing restricted items in your carry-on
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Eating at the airport
Annoying everyone with your tablet/phone
Cracking jokes about security
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