Post # 1
So neither my fiancé or I have ever flown before. The furthest either of us have been from home is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see his parents. We are going to Marathon, FL for our honeymoon and we debated driving but from Chicago it was going to be 22 hour drive without stops. We finally booked our plane tickets tonight through O’hare Airport and we’ll be landing in Miami and driving the rest of the way.
We have already figured we need to be at O’hare 2 hours in advance, but we have no clue what to expect for checking in or the flight itself. We’re kind of nervous but excited at the same time, I’m just glad we have our honeymoon booked.
Post # 3
Might want to look up the security procedures for the TSA in advance so you aren’t flustered going through security! For example, you can’t carry liquids over 3 oz in your carry on bags, and all of them must fit into 1 quart sized baggie. They’ll ask you to take your shoes off, laptops have to be taken out of your bags…etc etc you get the idea :-). Congrats on your first flight! Travel is amazing!!
Post # 4
i went on my first flight recently too. i was nervous, too, but also really excited and after a while it doesn’t even seem like you’re in the air. we went to maui and we got free mai tai’s on our way there, so i’m sure that helped too, lol
definitely check read the tsa guidelines. your checked luggage can’t go over a certain weight, so you may want to weigh your bags to avoid any extra charges.
dress comfortably. planes aren’t very comfortable, so don’t wear anything that might make it even more uncomfortable.
if you can, try to get seats by the emergency exits- they have more foot room to stretch out a little bit. we were lucky enough to be seated by them on our flight home.
your ears will probably get plugged. take some gum. i didn’t have any for our departure flight, but i made sure to buy some for our return.
if you’re a germophobe like i am, take hand sanitizer with you. i saw an episode of anderson where they were talking about how germy airplanes are and that’s all i could think about during the flight, haha.
of course, take reading material, music, etc to keep you entertained.
Post # 5
I flew for the first time last February, so I know how you feel!
First off, I looked up the TSA website, and got a list of all the things not to wear, ect. Try not to wear anything made of metal.. or be prapred to take it off. I didn’t wear a belt, and put all my jewelry in my carry on. I was sure to wear shoes that I could easily slip off [flats]. Carried minimal with me on the plane. I did have a change pouch that they did search because it had like 4357454545 quarters in it. Overall, there was really nothing to do. They inspect your id, then you go through security.. and then you just wait until the flight boards.
Post # 6
Oh. and to add. The next time I fly, I WILL be going first class. My fi tends to take up as much room as physically possible [he spreads his legs CONSTANTLY], and im a heavy girl, and I was trying NOT to take part of any room next to the person I was seated by, so I was squished into about half the space I should of had.. LOL. Very uncomfy for a 4 hour flight.
Post # 7
This might help you…
In addition to what pp told you, make sure you have a current government issued id. The name on your id has to match the name on your boarding pass.
Post # 8
Bring medication in their original prescription bottles. Alcohol affects you differently in the air.
Get a flight tracking application for your phone. Try to avoid checking in luggage. Familiarize yourself with the airline’s policy on carryons–some charge for more than ONE.
Check the TSA website the day before you leave. If the alert level changes, there may be additional restrictions on what you can take with you, and they may even advise you to be at the airport even earlier than 2 hours. Try not to fly in a Lockheed 1011; they shake like a Yugo. Reserve your seats online and see if you have the option to do an online check-in.
Also, there WILL be some fool ahead of you in the TSA line who ignores all of the advice above and throws a big fuss. Just be mellow and go with the flow; it’s kind of like going to the Human Nature Zoo.
Post # 9
Check with the airline to see if you can check in early. It saves you time from checking in at the airport, and you can print your own boarding pass. You might even be able to get your boarding pass on your phone, but it seems like more hassle than it’s worth.
Wear shoes that you can easily take off and put back on. Last time I went through, I still had to take mine off. And when you put your stuff on the belt to go through security, make sure your laptops and other electronics are laid flat, NOT on top of each other. I was yelled at by a TSA agent once because I had my external hard-drive laying on top of each other.
And once you find your gate, you just wait for them to start boarding. They’ll call passengers by section, which will be printed on your boarding pass. As for the flight itself, I find that taking off and landing are the most exciting parts. In between, it just feels like sitting in a tiny chair in a cramped cabin. Make sure to bring snacks (airplane food is terrible) and plenty of entertainment, or you’ll be dying of boredom.
Post # 10
@Duckie731: I know you’ve already booked your flight, but if you can change your seats, check out http://www.seatguru.com. You can view pretty much any airplane on any airline to see which are to good seats, seats to avoid, etc. I never book a seat with taking a look there first!
Post # 11
@TwinABee: Seatguru rocks! I am a seasoned travelor and this app is great to pick which seat is best plus it tells you what type of plane you will be on in terms of seating layouts.
My #1 thing is to go to the airport you are departing from and landing in’s websites to familarize yourself with locations of baggage claims, ticket booths, etc. This becomes a must if you travel out of the country to get a travelor’s visa/pass. Also, I have found that getting a neck pillow (the U-shaped one) is amazing to help you relax and be comforable if you feel like that may become a challenge! Oh and one last thing-drink some Emergenc-C or Airborne because so many germs float around those cabins!
Post # 12
I think everyone has said plenty about TSA… that’s the big thing. Get through security without a hold up and the rest will be easy 🙂 Most airlines now don’t have tickets that you take to the airport with you. You just show up with your ID and they will give you your boarding passes at the front (where they check your bags before you go through security). I always print my online confirmation reciept and take that just to make me feel better, lol. I also like to pick my seats online 24 hours before takeoff. Make sure to spread your clothes around between checked bags and carryon so that you can go a couple days if your checked bag gets lost. (I’ve flown countless times around the US, Caribbean, and South America and haven’t had a lost bag yet… knock on wood). Just always be prepared lol.
Post # 13
Thanks for all the great advise everyone!!! I did actually find out about seatguru.com before we booked which was helpful. With the not wearing metal, it’s not an issue for me except for my underwire bras (I’m busty, no way I’d be comfortable without it!) so we’ll see what happens but my sister and a friend both wore underwire bras at O’hare with no issues so I’ll keep my fingers crossed. We’re leaving Monday and coming home Friday so we’re hoping to try and do carry on only but we’ll see how that goes. Thanks again!! 🙂
Post # 14
Underwire bras won’t pick up on the metal detector. Same with buttons on blue jeans. There isn’t enough there to alert the sensor.
Post # 15
My husband just recently experienced flying for the first time and he was terrified of flying. In all honesty its a miracle we got him on the plane because he has a bit of a fear when it comes to heights. He said the “worst” part was the taking off but other then that he hardly noticed the 4 1/2 hour flight to hawaii. 🙂