First-time travellers: A guide to the airport

You arrive at the airport. There’s signs everywhere. There’s hundreds of gate numbers popping up on thousands of screens. And the thought of going through an invasive screening process at airport security terrifies you.

We’ve all been there.

But with the advent of mobile phone apps and QR code technology, travelling has never been easier.

If you’re a travelling novice and find it difficult navigating your way through busy airport terminals, then this handy guide walks you through everything you need to do on arrival at the terminal:

Hand luggage

If you’re only travelling with hand luggage (allowances vary according to airlines – so it’s best to check with your airline before travel) then you can just go straight to security – there’s no need to join the long queue which has formed at the check-in desk.

Hold luggage

If you have luggage to be stored in the hold then unfortunately you will have to join the end of that long queue so you can check your bag in.

Once you’ve checked your luggage into the hold, you can then go straight to security.


You’ll need easy access to your boarding pass to proceed, so keep it on you at all times.

Personally, I like to use a mobile boarding pass – it’s just a lot easier – but, if you prefer you can print your boarding pass off and use the hard copy.

You’ll be asked to take coats, belts and maybe shoes off during the security checks. All electronic equipment, metals, and hand luggage are to be placed in trays which will then be scanned.

You will face additional screening if you have anything forbidden under law in your luggage – unauthorised alcohol, liquids, etc. so make sure you purchase these things after security instead.

Once you’ve passed through security there’s nothing else you need to do, apart from grabbing a Starbucks and waiting for the gate number of your flight to be announced on the departures screens.

Just remember, keep your boarding pass and passport on you at all times because these will be checked again during boarding.

Congratulations, what you thought was going to be a stressful and long process is over, you can now chill out and relax ahead of your flight in the departure lounge.


Don’t forget to stock up on those duty-free items!




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