Most trips start at the airport and there are many aspects that travelers have to take into consideration, starting from baggage drop-off and up to border control. It seems like everyone knows that you shouldn’t be late, joke about having bombs in your luggage, or drink too much alcohol during a flight. But there are other unspoken rules that aren’t as obvious, that can turn the time you have to spend at the airport into an unpleasant experience and put your whole trip at risk.
1. Arrive at the airport more than 3 hours prior to the flight.
Most airlines start check-in 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time for their domestic flights and 2-3 hours before the departure time for their international flights. Passengers who decide to arrive much earlier will have to spend a lot of unnecessary time at the airport waiting for airline employees to start the check-in process. Well, if you’re at Changi Airport in Singapore, it’ll be easy to find something to entertain yourself with during these hours. But if you fly out of smaller cities, you’re likely to be really bored if you get there too early.