Tagged With airports

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Do you hate the whole airport security dance of getting your liquids and aerosols out of your bag, making sure you have them all in their little plastic pocket, trying to pull your giant laptop out of its protective pocket or tossing up whether the security staff are going to count your 2-in-1 as a laptop or a tablet? Well there's good news: the days of annoying security screening requirements may soon be over.

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Budget airlines like Tigerair and Jetstar can save you a buttload of money when you fly with them, but it's still going to cost you — in sanity. Here's what you should know going in, as well as a few tips for making the trip more bearable.

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Some airports are just better for stopover than others, both in terms of lowering your airfare costs, and adding to your overall comfort and convenience. (And some airports should simply be avoided altogether, if possible.) When I had a couple hours to kill at Honolulu's airport, for example, I was able to relax in their tropical garden (shown above) rather than a crowded waiting area or forgettable airport bar.

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When it comes to airports in the United States, there are definite winners and losers. Some offer amazing places to eat and flights that are almost always on time, while others have tons of delays and one Hudson News where you can grab an overpriced bag of Chex Mix to ride out that 8-hour layover.

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One of the great inconveniences of travelling to the USA is not being able to bring your liquids through security. After passing through the body scanner, you’re probably quite parched, and find the only options for liquid replenishment are an $8 bottle of “fancy” water, or a very low (and very low-pressure) water fountain outside the toilet.

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If I find myself stuck in a US airport, I usually use the opportunity to eat something truly terrible for me like a vat of Popeye's red beans and rice or a giant Cinnabon. But if you travel to the US frequently, gorging on fast food isn't going to cut it.

Luckily, these friendly pilots (who travel quite a bit) have a few recommendations for their favourite airport dining.

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When you budget out your big trip, it’s easy to forget about transportation to and from the airport. It can really cost you if you aren’t careful. Fortunately, all of the world’s busiest airports have affordable options. These are the types of transportation you should look for if you’re hoping to save some cash.

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For many, the airport is a place filled with frustration and anxiety. But for others, the airport is a peaceful place where you don't exist — no one does — and I love it. You're allowed to do absolutely nothing and sometimes, that's exactly what the soul of a weary traveller needs.

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Flight delays occur fairly regularly, but they're a lot less likely to happen at certain times of the day. If you need a flight that's almost guaranteed to stay on schedule, you better put on a pot of coffee - you'll need to leave bright and early.

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I'm a bit of a nervous flyer, so I always get to the airport early to sip on some courage at the bar. It helps me keep calm and, well, it's hard to pass up a good Bloody Mary. Over the years, I've learned a few tips to ensure the airport bar is always a good experience.

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After a particularly rough battle with the flu earlier this year, I've gotten pretty obsessive about watching what I touch in public places. I also carry around antibacterial wipes whenever I fly (a habit I've had for years), and immediately wipe down my tray table, seatbelt, and armrest as soon as I take my seat on a plane. As it turns out, I should probably be paying more attention to what I'm touching in the actual airport before I board.

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A man trying to fly from Iceland to England was recently denied boarding for wearing all of his clothing at once in an attempt to avoid a checked bag fee. This is a terrible attempt at a travel hack. He claims that the gate personnel said it would be OK beforehand, but even if they had let him board, he would have been miserable. Please don't try to do this, people.

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Plane travel is incredibly safe -- your odds of dying on a commercial flight are about one in 11 million -- but accidents still happen and travellers sometimes make it to a different kind of final destination. Many past fatalities may, however, have been avoidable. Here's the safety info you should be up on in case you go down.

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Missing a connecting flight is one of the most stressful and frustrating things that can happen to you when flying. If you want to avoid it, you need to give yourself ample time between flights, and do a little homework before you fly.