Top 8 tips for sailing through airports:

From check-in to landing

CWT

June 3, 2019

Ian Cummings, VP for EMEA at CWT Meetings & Events shares his insights on getting off a plane and out of the airport as fast as possible:

As a London based global business traveler, I would like to think I am a master at getting through airports quickly, just like everyone. Like most of my experienced travel peers, the pre-boarding process is not something I ever look forward to, and it is my mission is to minimize the agro. Especially after a long business trip, I want to get back home as quickly as possible, with minimal fuss. Especially with two young children, getting back home before bedtime is a high priority.

Want to know how I do it? Here are my top eight tips: 

1. Stay calm

Minimize stress and allow plenty of time; planes never take off early. Check-in online, download your boarding pass to your phone and opt for the priority security queue. Keep conversation to a minimum, grab a coffee or a healthy snack at one of the eateries within the airport. 

2. Travel light

it enables you to overtake other passengers when heading to passport control. When you reach, use the electronic gates if you have an ePassport or local ID.

3. Try hand baggage only

Whether it is on wheels or a shoulder strap computer bag with space for the essentials. It helps not having to wait for checked luggage to be released. 

4. Position yourself near the bus doors

 If your plane docks at a remote stand, position yourself near the bus doors, enabling you to be the first off. 

5. Take advantage of annual memberships

 If flying with EasyJet, take advantage of their “EasyJet plus club,” it costs the same as one flight for an annual membership, which you can recover back on one flight change, plus you benefit from boarding priority.  

6. Use transport apps to plan your journey home

Plan your journey home using transport apps, such as Uber, Get Cab or Trainline depending on your destination. No tickets required – tap in and out. 

7. Make use of valet parking

 Make use airport valet parking to have your car waiting for you on arrival. 

8. Set your stopwatch

Play it like a game. Set your stopwatch from the second you step off the plane until you exit the airport – most of it is in your control. Record your best times and see if you can beat it. 

As I am based in South West London, I only ever use Heathrow or Gatwick airport. I am proud to say I frequently make it out of both airports in less than 10 minutes from stepping off the plane to exiting; My personal best has been at Gatwick, managing “plane to train” in seven minutes. The only downside of it all is my wife hates traveling with me. 

 

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