Going on a plane for the first time

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Make sure you get to the airport at least 2 hours early, longer if you are going out of a big airport.  Having extra time will put you more at ease and you won’t have to rush around and freak yourself out.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

Turbulence is totally normal and expected. Don’t start freaking out if things get bumpy!

Also, try not to check a bag. You didn’t say how long you were staying, but it’s a lot easier if you only bring a carry-on bag. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Agree with getting there early and not checking a bag.  Otherwise, don’t worry, signs are *everywhere*.  Airports are easier to nagivate than most streets.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

If you think you’ll be a nervous flyer, get your doctor to prescribe you some anti-anxiety meds to take on the flight. It’s a lifesaver for me.. especially for long-haul flights. I fly a fair bit but it still freaks me out.

Give yourself plenty of time… that’s the main thing. Nothing is more stressful than freaking out you’ll miss the flight. Take any valuables in your hand luggage and keep it with you at all times.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@allyfally:  Just give yourself lots of time.  Wear comfortable, but nice clothes (looking nice makes going through security a little easier, but not that you should expect problems if you wear yoga pants).

Just chill out; it’s not a big deal, and the airline staff are around, and if you’re lots/confused just ask someone.  Mostly, give yourself lots of time.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@allyfally:  It’s ok, you’ll be a pro soon!

Checking a bag is basically signing it in so it goes under the plane in the baggage hold. You can’t take anything bigger than a carry-on bag plus a personal item (like a handbag) when you get on the plane.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

He is SO cute!

And if you have it, take a Valium before hand. And pretend it’s a carnival ride!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I usually don’t wear a belt or if I need one I just stick it in a carry on bag during the security check. I also try to wear shoes that are easy to take off and put back on, since you will have to do that for security. Honestly I think most of the stress comes from going through security!

Inside the airports there are a bunch of tv screens that show you flight numbers and what’s on time/delayed. Those tv’s can be really helpful! Sometimes it’s hard to find your gate, don’t be afraid to ask people, even the maintenance people can be helpful.

Turbulence is like driving on a dirt road and hitting potholes. No big deal.

I guess I’m the opposite of PPs, I don’t like to bring carry-ons except for a personal bag. I prefer to check my bag(s) so I’m not weighed down, but I only do this when I’m going to be away for more than a week, since bags can get lost (happened to FI and my sister on different airlines). It’s just easier for me to not have to lug stuff around (like to the restroom) and I hate having to find an available overhead bin that’s close to my seat (not really a problem if you are in the first couple of sections that are boarding).

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@allyfally:  You can either hand over your luggage to the airline at the desks before security and then pick it up at your destination, or you can bring it on the plane with you yourself (called “carry on”).  Personally, I always prefer carry on, no chance of lost luggage, and you dont have to wait for it to come out when you get to your destination.  Keep in mind though, then that your bag has to meet airline restrictions for size, and no liquids in a bottle greater than 3 oz.  And they all have to fit into a large sandwich sized bag.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love flying! Hope you have good weather and no delays. 

Here are my tips:

-You can’t have liquids larger than 3 ounces in any bag you carry on to the plane. I always buy the “travel” size toothpaste and body products. They need to be in a ziplock bag (quart sized) and you will have to pull the bag out to be scanned when you go through security. Also, you can’t bring bottled water through security — you’ll have to buy it from a vendor after you walk through security. 

-Your ears will “pop” after takeoff due to the change in altitude. It doesn’t hurt, just feels slightly annoying. Swallowing hard after will pop them, but I always chew gum during takeoff to help. 

-Depending on the airline, you may or may not be allowed to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing. I always take a newspaper or book to read. 

-Wear comfortable clothing and wear light layers on top. Sometimes planes are freezing, and other times they’re really warm. In the winter, I wear my coat, a cardigan sweater or pullover, and a t-shirt underneath. That way I’m comfortable no matter the temperature! You also have to pull off your shoes to walk through security, so wear shoes that easily slip on and off. 

-Regarding turbulence, it is normal for the plane to be a little bumpy at times, especially when flying through cloud cover. The best way to determine if the turbulence is a “problem” is looking at the passengers around you. If a quick glance at the people seated around you shows that everyone is still reading and seeming unphased, then sit back and relax. Just think of the little bumps like a car driving over potholes — it’s designed to handle the bumps, don’t worry!

Safe travels!!

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If possible, have someone who has flown at least a few times to come in with you.  Having someone to help print off your boarding pass, check any luggage, etc. is helpful.  Once you go through security though, you’ll be on your own.

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