Many questions come flooding especially when it’s the first time to fly. It can seem to be a daunting task. Where do you buy a ticket? What happens when you get to the airport? Do you need identification? Worry less. This is what to expect.
Purchase a ticket. The easiest way is to search flight ticket online for multiple dates and flight times to get a broad idea of fares, use any airfare search engine like Expedia.com. Usually, airlines will send you an email confirmation and e-ticket number after purchase; write these numbers down or print for reference.
Gather your identification documents. If you are traveling within the country, you will need an identification card, such as a driver's license. If you are flying internationally, you will need a passport, usually one that is valid for six months from the date of departure.
Ensure that your luggage meets airline requirements. Most airlines allow passengers to bring one carry-on item and one personal item, such as a laptop or purse. Check the specifications for your airline by visiting its website and looking for a section about baggage
Pack your carry-on bag carefully. A bag you are to take on to the plane, you are not allowed to put liquids and other items classified as unsafe. Agents will confiscate any liquids or gels that do not adhere to the IATA policy.
Arrive at the airport early. For your first time travel on an airplane, allow extra time to make it through the airport and familiarize yourself with the process. First you will go through a screening machine. Once you are at the screening machines, take off your shoes and jacket and place them into a plastic bin with your clear plastic bag. If you are traveling with a laptop, place it into a separate bin, and send it down the conveyor along with your carry-on bag. Wait for an agent to wave you through the metal detector, and walk through. Retrieve your items.
Check in at the airline desk. Follow the signs to the check-in desks, and have your identification ready to present to the agent. He will look up your reservation, print boarding passes and collect any baggage. If you have not selected seats, you can also ask the agent for a window or aisle seat at this time. You will be asked to place your checked bags on the scale next to the desk for weighing, and they will be tagged and placed on a conveyor to be taken to the plane. Take your boarding passes and ID card/documents from the check-in agent. You shall also be issued with a baggage claim tag if you have a bag.
Go through Immigration desk. Follow the signs for security, and head to the line. At the immigration checkpoint, you will be asked to show your identification and boarding pass.
Find your gate. Your boarding pass should have a gate number on it; if not, check the electronic displays to find your flight and gate number. Follow the signs to get to your gate, and have a seat until a gate agent calls for boarding.
Once your flight lands, exit the airplane and follow signs for arrivals. Your flight number and city may be on an electronic display; wait with the crowd until the conveyor starts moving and your bag arrives. Collect baggage and head out.