Are you about to fly for the first time?
There are a few things you should know and familiarise yourself with, to make your first flight as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
Here is a guide with all that you need to know, from booking a flight to navigating the airport to getting onto the plane. This will certainly ease your travel fears, and get you ready for the journey ahead.
Travel documents should be placed in your hand baggage because you may be asked for it anytime for verification of identity.
Packing light is always better but if you have to carry a more than just hand luggage, check with the airlines for the weight allowed to be carried. Each Airline has its own set of guidelines for luggage. Ensure to check with the Airline's website or call the airline regarding the baggage guidelines to avoid the last minute hassles while checking-in at the Airport. Ensure that you do not carry any prohibited items in your baggage or it’ll be confiscated by the officials at the Airport.
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Most Airlines require travellers to check in 2 or three hours before the flight. Check with the Airlines for their regulations.
Accordingly ensure you reach the Airport at least 2 or 3 hours before the scheduled departure of the Aeroplane. This will give you time to check in and collect your boarding pass, check in your baggage, go through the security screening and be at the departure gate in time for your flight.
A Word of Advice: Make use of Public transport to minimise the unwanted delays in parking your own vehicles.
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Upon reaching the Airport, you will be required to show your ID. Officials at the counter will check the required documents to verify your identity. After verification you will be issued a boarding pass which will have all the details of your travel like Flight number, seat number, scheduled departure time of the flight.
Newbie’s word of advice: Make sure to secure the boarding pass along with your travel documents. There’s a chance that you can miss it in the breathtaking experience of making your maiden flight.
After Checking-in at the Airport, you’ve to undergo a series of security checks. The following will prepare you better for the screening and personal check.
Once your screening is over, collect your baggage and everything else from the other side of the X ray machines, or screens. Your documents will be verified and the officials at the counters will allow you to move on to the next step in the Airline process.
In case the screening machine detect anything unusual, or the checking authorities require clarification, you and your luggage may be subjected to extra checks and screening measures.
After the procedures, move on to the Immigration and Customs section, in case of an International Flight or move on to the corresponding terminal in case of a domestic flight.
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For an International flight, you will need to undergo Customs and Immigration checks. Ensure you have all the necessary travel documents (Passport and VISA) and state the reason for your travel to the officials if asked. Ensure that you do not carry any contraband items which are against the law. Always read the list of allowed/ banned items in the Airline's website. Some countries which you are intending to travel require you to carry local currency . So read the destination country policies and make the necessary arrangements accordingly.
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Irrespective of the type of flight, you have to wait in the waiting area or the lounge (if you have access to it) before its time to board the flight. IGI Airport offers premium Lounges for their passengers like PPL
While waiting you can explore all the facilities of the Airport. At IGI Airport we have innumerable number of shops, eateries and more to keep you engaged. Experience a diverse range of shopping, dining or relaxing at Delhi International Airport.
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After reaching the final gate of the Airline, wait in the waiting area to board the flight. You will hear a final call for boarding the flight. In case you are late your name will be called out twice before closing the gates of the Airplane. Closing times are subject to the discretion of the Airlines. After the final check of your boarding pass you will be aboard the flight. After boarding the plane, find your seat and relax.
Voila, Here you go now! enjoy your downtime until you reach your destination.