Some of you may already be familiar with half of these hacks, but this is just a quick blog post to show you what you can do at the airport to pass the time without spending money on entertainment.
A lot of people I know were unaware that you’re able to do this with Netflix, if you head towards the app on your phone, you can actually download some movies, which you don’t need Wi-Fi for when downloaded.
You only have them for a certain amount of time depending on the film of your choice, not all of the shows are downloadable, but it’s super easy.
I download instead a few, but once you start watching it does tell you how long you have left, kinda like a timer. It doesn’t take up your space as much as other Apple or android videos. Here is what you do!
2. Food and Drinks
This being one of the main issues, it’s so annoying when you’re stuck in an airport, your flight is delayed, or you’re simply hungry (I mean, we’re only humans!).
So you go to WHSmith or another store to buy a packet of crisps, which, in theory, would cost about 70 pence at a local supermarket, but at the airport, you’re looking at taking out a loan!
Even more irritating is that many of us are students coming home or are thirsty in general! Or a complimentary BIG breakfast – I mean, we’re not asking for much:)
Prior to flying, get yourself a meal deal or some crisps and fruit and simply load up your hand luggage with that (minus the drinks).
Also, if you want to be super cheap, grab an empty bottle of water, Most airports have fountains where you’re able to fill up your water bottle.
Very often in airports, you are only allowed to use the Internet for a limited amount of time; this is so frustrating!
You can pay for additional Internet access, but by the time you do, it’s time to board. If anything else occurs, such as your phone suddenly dying.
Many airports ask you to supply an email address after the two were three hours are up and you’re still waiting to board or the flight has been delayed simply log out of the assigned server prior to being cut off and simply signing with a new email address you may have or even a friend back home.
This will then restart you back from the very beginning. But you have to remember to log out before you’re kicked out.
This is my never quite understood things. Are you want those people that the minute they say boarding soon, you’re standing in the queue for over 45 minutes to an hour at the gate.
You’re all getting on the plane or going to the same place, and it’s not going anywhere without you.
Simply just sit at the chair and wait for the last remaining passengers to get on and which afterwards with no hassle a rush for people throwing suitcases all over the place and getting to their seats you simply walk feeling like a boss.
I know many friends and family members who smoke, and travelling with them can actually be kind of stressful sometimes, such as your flight being delayed, or there’s been some other issue that you aren’t told about.
Smokers start losing their temper because they’ve already passed passport control.
Now in many airports globally this is changing check out my past flog for airports that contain smoking areas inside.
6. Boarding pass
So this is probably something pretty obvious but I’m still aware of a few people who don’t do it.
Is the mobile app EasyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, KLM, Virgin—you name it, all these companies have their personal apps.
This eliminates the stress of having to print out your boarding pass and look for it, as well as the stress of not losing your passport and your other belongings.
You can watch movies when you get to passport control or your gates. You swipe up to your pocketbook and scan your boarding pass, or depending on the flights you are using, you get continuously updated on your flight, gate times, etc.
7. Other useful apps
Before flying, I tend to check the airport’s website to see if they have any special offers.
You might be surprised to find a special coupon that gives you free Wi-Fi, food, and drinks at one of the airport lounges for a price range from £45 to as little as £10. It is worth taking a look!
8. Baggage allowance
As much as it annoys me, things are slowly improving. Have you ever been on a flight where, by the time you reach the front of the cabin, the flight attendant announces, “We have a full flight.
If anyone wishes to put their luggage in cargo, come to the front of the cabin and you will receive complimentary Speedy boarding.”
Well, it’s becoming more and more frequent now; I never check in an extra bag unless it’s a massive one and I’m going on holiday somewhere, but I always bring my small pull bag and my laptop bag along with my small handbag, and by the time I get to the front they ask if I want to pop in for free.
This is because fewer people are using the check-in luggage, (They wonder why!) £40 per 15 KG! So everyone’s bringing on smaller bags to avoid this, but the overhead lockers are filled up super quickly!
Due to space, they do this. This has happened on airlines such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Jet 2, mainly shorter flight / domestic flights.
Sometimes the bathroom on board is a little claustrophobic, and some people even get a little bit of a stage fright.
If it’s only a short flight, I usually wait because it’s ridiculously long by the time you get off the bottom of the queue.
It may take a little longer, but make your way around areas with fewer people; don’t follow the signs to the bathroom; you’ll be surprised that a small one is right around the corner and no one knows about it! i.e., download the airport app!
10. Waiting for Your Baggage
One problem with using a bag service, whether it’s free or not, is that everyone rushes to the pick-up point as soon as the sirens go off, which can cause traffic jams.
After all, the bags will eventually be collected, and those in a hurry will only make things worse.
When I arrive at an airport, I usually use the restrooms to clean myself, turn on my phone to notify friends and family that I’ve landed, and then I might check Facebook until the airport empties out. It’s just you, your luggage, and possibly a few other people’s bags on the conveyor belt.
With traveling now being as common as catching a bus, it can get incredibly irritating, both financially and physically, so let me know your ideas and what your super-great hack for the airport is.
However, there are means of avoiding it. Good luck on your flight!