Tips for first flight
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Tips for first flight

This post may be very obvious and even ridiculous for some of you, but we know it is important. Many people need tips for first flight.

We know many people who are affraid of flying. That’s why we prepared for you a short guide about it. Below you can find tips what to do before, during and after your journey. Find out what to do to make your flight pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing!

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1. Check-in and luggage– tips for first flight

What is check-in?

It is saving data from your ID card (f.e. if you are EU citizen traveling within the European Union) or passport and obtain boarding passes.

The boarding pass is a ticket with your seat number and Gate, where you can enter the plane.
We can check-in in 3 different ways: at home via the Internet, a vending machine at the airport or simply approach the airport worker who will check in for us.

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a) Cheap airlines– tips for first flight

When it comes to low-cost airlines, such as. Ryanair and Wizzair, online check-in is required (it is for free).

When you purchase a ticket, the system will tell you step by step what to do to check-in. Everything is really simple and should not cause any problem to you.

It is very important to print boarding passes at home and take them to the airport.

Note! Low cost airlines will try to ‘trick’ you for additional purchases. You need to look very carefully whether all the extra options are unchecked. Don’t buy additional insurance, priority boarding, etc. because it’s not necessary. Our advice is to not use any of these options.

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Another important issue- low-cost airlines does not have numbered seats. There’s a principle of priority rule. The earlier you are on the aircraft, the greater choice of seating you have. That’s why you should come to the airport early and stand quickly in the queue.

We can take on board one piece of luggage for free. Typically, its dimensions and weight are strictly checked. It is worth checking baggage restrictions relating to the carrier’s website. For Ryanair classic small airplane suitcase is for free. WizzAir allows only a bag on the size of a backpack.

If you want to bring more luggage, you’ll have to pay extra. Do it when you are buying the ticket.
Tips how to check a big luggage, you can find at point b.

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b) Traditional airlines– tips for first flight

Flying by traditional airlines is certainly easier for beginners. After entering the airport just find a carrier of your flight (eg. LVA) and go to employee sitting behind his desk, with a long tape, on which bags are given.

All the worker needs is your ID or passport. On its basis, he will find us in the system and instruct what to do next.
If you travel in a larger group, you should ask for a seat on the plane next to each other.

You also give big luggage here. Just put them on tape, and airline employee will give a sticker on it to identify your destination.

Each airport has its abbreviated 3-letter name. Thus, for example. Warsaw is WAW, Krakow is KRK, Newark EWR and so on.

Note! If you go on a long journey and you have connected flight with a stopover in another city, you check luggage only once. You do not need to collect it at the point of interchange and give again. It’s almost always like that. Nevertheless, it is worth to check it before the flight.

After checking your luggage, you get from the airline worker your boarding pass.

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2. Duty-free zone– tips for first flight

When you receive your boarding passes, you can safely move to the duty-free area. If you do not know where it is- just follow other people or ask airport staff 🙂

You can’t bring any liquids over 100 milliliters  to the duty-free zone. You need to pour or drink everything.

You and your luggage will be scanned. Airport worker will give you special plastic trays, where you should put electronic items (computers, telephones, cameras, etc.) and liquids.

Sometimes you have to remove shoes, belts, jewelry or jacket. Just do what aiport staff ask you to.

Put everything you have on the tape and walk through a special gate, which detects dangerous objects.

Don’t worry when the gate start beeping. It is common and normal.

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3. Boarding a plane– tips for first flight

In the duty-free zone there are plenty of shops. Here you can buy new water or a book to read during the flight.

However, the most important thing is to find your gate, which is the place place where we you enter the plane.

Gate is usually indicated on the ticket. If it’s not- you need to find the board which displays all flights. There you find all informations about gates and boarding.

If you already know your gate, you just need to find it :). It is very easy, because there are plenty of signs everywhere.

When you find the gate, just sit and wait for the boarding. This is usually 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.

Depending on the Airline, you will get on board directly through the substituted sleeve, or drive there (usually by bus).

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4. The most useful tips for first flight

  • During taking off, always have your seatbelts fastened, turn off your phone and all other electronic devices. Seats must be straight, armrests lowered, and the windows exposed.
  • During the flight your phone must be turned off or set to airplane mode.
  • During takeoff and landing, you can feel a lump in the stomach. It’s unpleasant, but a momentary sensation, to which you can get used to. A common symptom resulting from the pressure difference of clogging of the ears. The solution is to suck any lozenges,  yawning or plugging your nose and mouth and blowing air.
  • After starting, you can unfasten your seatbelts But you must remember that you need to fasten them again, every time seatbelts light will turn on.
  • Toilets are always at the beginning and end of the plane. They are very small and specific. Even if you do not need to, go to the toilet and see how it looks like 🙂

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5. Tips how to feel good during the flight

  • If you have health problem, you should ask your doctor to prescribe you heparine- blood-thinning medicine. Before the flight, you can give yourself injection in the stomach. Thanks to this, you will not swell up and avoid the risk of possible blood clots.
  • A few days before the flight, we advise you to give up meat dishes, replacing them with vegetables and fruits. It will help you avoid the risk of water retention in your body and hence the feeling of heaviness and swelling.
  • We advise you not to drink any liquor during an airplane flight. Drinking will make you feel worse and you’ll need more time to recover after the trip.

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