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How to ensure an easy flight check-in

With the Easter holidays fast approaching and the possibility of crowded airports, Flight Centre advises all travellers to keep few things in mind to make holiday travel smoother and a little easier on the airport officials.

Here is a list of do's and don'ts to ease your way through this stressful time.

Watch your baggage at foreign airports apart from theft there is also the danger of it being blown up by assiduous security. Credit: AP

Things to remember:

• DO call the airline customer service before leaving for the airport and check your flight's schedule. Sometimes the flights get delayed or cancelled. Calling beforehand can save lot of unexpected trouble.

• DO reach the airport at least 1 ½ hours and 2 to 3 hours for domestic and international flights respectively before flight is scheduled to leave.

• DO carry all your travel related documents and make sure that you have properly placed them in your baggage before stepping out of your home. These documents comprise of air tickets, boarding passes, valid Photo ID issued by government and passport.

• Don't commit a mistake by carrying prohibited items. You can check the airline website to know the details of prohibited items. Generally you’re not allowed to carry dangerous items like knives; guns etc at all and be aware of the LAG’s restrictions (Liquids, Aerosols and Gels).

• Don't place valuables, cash or medications in your checked baggage. All these items should be kept in carry-on baggage.

At The Airport:

• Don't ever leave your vehicle abandoned in front of the terminal. In case you require leaving your vehicle, then park it in short-term parking. Any unattended vehicle is subject to being towed and ticketed. Better save yourself from later headaches!

• Don't bring drink or food through the security check point. Drinks and food bought after the checkpoint has been screened and therefore it can be carried onto the airplane.

• You should remove all of your metallic items and put them in your carry-on baggage before reaching the security checkpoint. These items may comprise of jewellery, cell phones, loose changes, belt buckles, pagers, keys etc.

• Do check that you possess a boarding pass and valid identification before reaching the security checkpoint. Security people will definitely ask for them while reaching the security checkpoint.

Following all these airplane travel tips from the airfare experts at Flight Centre will ensure a pleasant and quick trip through any airport. Have a great trip!

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