10 Insider travel tips from an ex airline employee

1. Never join the TSA Security queue with children in it, Go for the one with the business men or women in line. It will move much quicker.

2. Never were flip flops or open toe shoes on an airplane, I used to work for an airline and we were told never to wear sandals on board an aircraft. In the unlikely event of an emergency, it’s best to have a good set of sturdy shoes that will protect your feet from heat or sharp objects.

3. Bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones. If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. Being able to sleep in a noisy plane or hotel room is a valuable skill.

4. Arriving early to the airport means leaving early to get to the airport. We have found that passengers under estimate all the things that can go wrong in the commute to the airport. Why just the other day a motorcyclist ran out of gas in the HOV lane on Route 93 in Boston and it took an extra 45 minutes for the State Police to get him fuel, but by that time the damage had been done to the commute.  Ground transportation delays are now a normal part of our every day travels and it does not matter what time you start your commute.

5. Get to your gateway city as early as you can. “Since delays stack up as the day progresses, it’s smart to book the first flight you can into a hub [if you have a connecting flight],”

6. Know your airport’s code. It’s easy for luggage-destination tags to get mixed up at a curbside check-in. Learn the three-letter airport code for your destination and make sure that your skycap labels the bag properly.

7. Call for help. If you’ve missed a connection, don’t stand in line to rebook with a gate agent. Instead, use your cell phone to call the airline’s customer-service number (tuck it in your wallet before leaving). You may speak to someone faster, giving you a better shot at a seat on the next flight.

8. Bring snacks with you because airlines are cutting down on giving passengers food and drink, so its wise to have a stash of food or energy bars with you.

9. If your flight is overbooked, don’t accept the first voucher that comes your way. Airlines typically increase their offer until there are enough volunteers willing to give up their seats. If the airline bumps you involuntarily, insist on cash compensation instead of a voucher.

10. If your a nervous traveler, always book a morning flight. The heating of the ground later causes bumpier air, and it’s much more likely to thunderstorm in the afternoon.

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John Cacaccio

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