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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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.
When we mentioned last week that you should screenshot your boarding pass and other important travel documents, several readers chimed in with tips on real-world things to photograph as well.
Your mobile boarding pass should always be a tap or two away from your home screen. You have a link to it in your email or your texts, or you’re sure you put it into Apple Wallet. But should isn’t always good enough when it's time to present it and the airport’s Wi-Fi is flaking out. Always take a screenshot.
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.
You almost certainly don’t enjoy flying: The cost, the discomfort, the annoying person in Seat B. Just remember that the flight attendants might be having an even worse experience than you, and they can’t complain about it, because it’s their job.
All of which is to say that, in general, it’s important to be thoughtful about the experience of your flight attendants. And it seems that the call button is a particularly common cause of bad behaviour in transit.
Even if you regularly eschew meat-eating and take public transportation, all your efforts at reducing your carbon footprint can be easily outweighed by indulging in one of the other biggest individual contributions to climate change: Flying. Most advice on lowering your carbon footprint notes that flying is bad, and stops there. But The New York Times has some more specific guidelines on how to pick and choose your air travel.
A few years ago I drove from one side of the country to the other with my dog. I had originally planned to fly for our month-long visit, but at 10kg, my pooch ended up being a bit too heavy to legally fly under my seat in his carrier and I wasn't willing to fly him as cargo. And so: #FatTucker and I went on a cross-country road trip.
It started out of necessity — our son didn't want to miss a baseball banquet, so he and I flew out a day later than my husband and daughter for a family reunion. Then it happened again: For a budget-friendly trip to Spain, we cobbled together miles from different frequent flier accounts and credit card reward programs, and to make it all work, we had to split up and fly on different airlines.
Commercial planes in the US are gradually becoming more and more cramped. About 20 years ago, the average seat pitch - the distance between each seat where your legs are - was around 90 centimetres. Now it's regularly under 80. If you're planning to fly economy and legroom is important to you, look into these airlines and planes.
Frequent flyer points are a fantasy currency that fluctuates depending on how you use them. This makes it difficult to know what they're worth -- or whether you're squandering their potential value. This infographic breaks down the dollar value of 1000 points when purchasing everything from flight upgrades to commercial goods.
Post-flight blood clots can catch even seasoned travellers by surprise, as travel writer Lindsey Campbell recently found out. She stretches before flights and moves around as much as she can - but after landing, she dismissed her calf pain as probably an injury from hiking.