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first_img Related11 top tips to get through the airport quicklyGet your trip off to a flying start and whizz through the airport like a pro with a little help from our well-travelled staff and top travel bloggers. Here are their top tips on getting through the airport quickly; from speeding through security to navigating your way out at arrivals.Leeds Bradford Airport Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationCheck the latest flight arrivals and departures at Leeds Bradford Airport with the Skyscanner flight status board. We have all the latest flight information for you whether you’re meeting family and friends at the airport or keeping up to date with your own flight’s status. Find cheap flights direct from…The truth about ‘annoying’ airport security protocols…You’ll have a more pleasant and seamless airport experience if you understand the reasons behind the rules. 4. Get a flexible friendCertain credit cards targeting travellers offer perks like free access to airport lounges. For example, I hold a card which gets me a priority lounge pass for two entries each year at Singapore (no minimum spending on the card required).Another card I’ve got gives me free airport limousine transfer from my home to the airport as long as I’ve booked my travel on the card and I spend the minimum set amount.Hollie Tan, Accounts ExecutiveAt check-in5. Skip the check-in queueDuring holiday times airports like London Gatwick can get EXTREMELY busy. You could be standing the check-in queue for ages.The trick in that case is not to join the queue but to go and sit in a café and read a book. When the airport is that busy they call out the flights that are due to depart first and let their passengers through as a priority. You can therefore sit and relax while you wait for your flight to be called. When it is you can go straight to the front of the queue.Sam Heyman, Test EngineerMore: 5 best ways to beat the check-in queue Want more tips for flying with kids? We’ve got 20 crackers right here! 15. Get some work doneConnect to WiFi and get some work done.Or: read the economist from cover to cover. It’s something to look forward to. Get your shoes shined Buy clothes, and do other things you would have to do anyway, so use the dead time.Gareth Williams, Skyscanner CEO At the gate15. Don’t queue to get on the planeSit comfortably in departures where you can see the boarding desk and (assuming you have a pre-allocated seat) read your book until the last possible minute. When the queue is down to one person, get up and casually stroll through the departure gate onto the plane. The plane won’t leave without you until they have at least called out your name.Dom Porter, Software Engineer On the plane16. Bump yourself up to businessAlways wait until the ‘flight closing’ announcement before boarding the plane. Then, if you see any empty seats in Business Class, as you work your way through to Economy, sit in one of them, on the basis that it must be available, given that the flight was closing. Hope that the flight attendants won’t question it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!Mark Logan, Chief Operating Officer (Mark says this is a tip from a ‘friend’. He would never do this!)Get more tips on how to skip economy and fly first class for free right hereOn arrival17. Make a good impression at immigrationI’ve had some very varied experiences arriving at immigration, particularly in the USA, ranging from being processed quickly in a few minutes to being asked to go off to the interview room for a secondary interview (that was a fun start to my honeymoon). Be smartly dressed, polite and well spoken, make good eye contact with the immigration official and have a clear idea of where you are going next (name of hotel, car hire). Never ever make jokes and do not use your mobile phone. Also make sure you have a credit card to hand and if possible local currency as you may be asked to prove you are able to pay your way If you are travelling on business, never say “I am here to work” as they will be concerned that you are going to be working illegally; a better phrase is: “I am here to have some meetings with business colleagues”.Robert Smith, Technical Manager 6. Skip the security queueIf you’re really cutting it fine for time, a polite word to an airport employee almost always results in a queue jump at security. Failing that, a plea to fellow passengers in the queue is your next best option.Lisa Imlach, PR Executive7. Remove your Crown JewelsAt security, if you don’t want to set off the alarms after waving goodbye to your hand luggage, keys, mobile phone, laptop etc, make sure you remove all the Crown Jewels you are wearing. Apparently, my watch, earrings, necklace and ring MIGHT set off the alarms. On a recent visit to the airport, I was subjected to the most intimate body search of my 50 year-old life (bearing in mind I travelled back and forth to the Far East from the age of 10). And I was only travelling to the Shetlands!Alison Stimpson, Executive PA 18. Look before you leaveWhenever you get up to leave somewhere at the airport – in a café, a bar or at the gate – always turn round and make sure you haven’t left anything behind – like your tickets.Suzanne Morrison, Skyscanner Project Manager19. Travel with a fancy friendThat way you’ll gain access to the lounge as their guest, where you can stockpile glossy magazines, packets of biscuits and condescending looks.Lisa Imlach Tips for before you arrive1. Know where the airport isFigure out where the airport is and how you get to it in advance. I find Google Maps travel planner useful but it’s always best to check directly with public transport sites for timetables.Chris Sharp, Business Intelligence Administrator2. Screenshot your boarding passIf you’re using a boarding pass on your mobile phone, take a screenshot of it and save it in your pictures folder on your phone (rather than relying on the airline’s app or on a good internet connection at the airport).Jon Thorne, User Satisfaction ManagerOr:3. Always print out your boarding passAlthough we live in an age where you can check in with your smartphone and email, you never know when your phone may just run out of battery or pack in.Sam Ayles, PR Executive 8. Take a spare plastic bagTake a spare ziplock bag or two to get your toiletries through security checks – it’s ridiculous and annoying that some airports will charge you a few quid if you forget one!Rachel Evatt, Product Director9. Never join the security queue with kids inGo for the one with the ‘suits’. It will move much quicker.Alistair Hann, Skyscanner Chief Technology Officer10. Wear matching socksI make sure I wear socks of the same colour and don´t look to old! Just in case I have to take off my shoes.Angel Guirado, Market Development Manager, SpainIn the departure lounge11. Fly at a time when it is socially acceptable to drink whiskyTry to fly at a time which means it’s socially acceptable to taste the whisky samples at duty free – i.e. not 6am.Chris Sharp12. Set an alarm so you don’t miss your planeSet an alarm on your phone to go off at boarding time, it’s easy to get distracted in the departure lounge.Chris Sharp13. Keep the kids entertainedIf travelling with kids, ensure you have their game consoles handy (and FULLY CHARGED) to allow you to have as stress-free a time while waiting to depart. Having three kids myself, it’s definitely on my MUST DO list for the airport. Each of the kids has a small backpack containing game consoles, pens, pencils and a pad of paper so they can draw etc. Plus it saves on the wallet if the kids happen to spy those £1-a-go arcade machines. I’m now a master at noughts & crosses, hangman etc…Ronnie Walker, Senior Engineer 20. Be better than George ClooneyEither get there early or know how to get through the airport better than George Clooney in Up in the Air. When you add people who are unpredictable to a controlled environment, it’s organised chaos.Matt Smith, Content Partnerships Executive (and Secret Airport Operations Worker)Want more great top tips? 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