What are the best airport tips?
Answered by: Kinga Edwards,Owner & Creative Director at Brainy Bees
回答者：金加·爱德华兹(Kinga Edwards)，Brainy Bees的所有者兼创意总监
I’ve been to hundreds of airports all over the world, so I hope my hacks will be of any help for you. They made me save a lot of money, time and stress.
If you travel to the airport with e-passport gates, take your e-passport with your ID card - it can be quicker to get out of the airport. I am from Poland, so in many countries in Europe I only need my ID card to get into. However, e-passport gates are usually quicker - e.g. at Manchester Airport they save me even up to 45mins.
I am trying to travel light. Having a check in bag slows you down a lot.
When going through security, I take a few cosmetic bags out. One separate cosmetics bag for cables and powerbanks. The other one for cosmetics. At some airports even your phone chargers can be suspicious, so it is better to take them out then to be stuck at security for ages.
Even if we live in an digital era, I always have my reservation and boarding pass printed in case the technology fails.
Food at the airport is often overpriced, so I travel with some rice wafers or peanuts. Even if you are not hungry, remember that you may get - especially if your flight is delayed (that happens) or the airport is poorly equipped (that happens as well). At many airports you can find some water fountains that you can use to fill in a reusable bottle, so I always travel with one.
Usually, I am at the airport no earlier than 1,5h before my flight. Less time at duty free - less temptation to buy stuff, or less time to get bored ;)
I always get boarded as one of the last persons - I don’t need to be stuck after boarding, waiting for the stairs or the actual boarding on the plane.
I don’t buy lounges on long stopovers. I choose a nice cafe at the airport, order a cup of coffee and have some calm time for 10 times less that in the lounge.
If you are going to spend more time at a particular airport, research it. Even TripAdvisor can be helpful but I like a site called Sleeping At Airports.
Check the plan of the airport - especially if you have a connecting, quite risky flight. Knowing where the transit zone is can help you get to the next flight quicker (and actually make it).
Hope it helps :)