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4 Important things to remember when going to an airport

4 Important things to remember when going to an airport

1. Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight

Many airline will state to passengers check in will start 2 – 3 hours before flight departure. However, it’s important to note that the check in process will not be the only section passengers have to encounter. Before flight take off, be mindful you will have to be screened. This process can be interminable, especially when there is a long queue of other travelers who have to go through the same procedures. Depending on the airline or terminal area, this process can take up to half hour to an hours to verify you are not a flight risk. Also if you are leaving a foreign country, for example you’re a citizen from the usa and you vacationing in Europe. Prior to boarding the flight to return home, you will have to be stamped by border control. This can be elongated process in several countries and can be compounded by the time of day a passenger is travelling if it peak hours, the process has the potential can take a long time.

Numerous travelers have made complaints that border agents are the reason for their missed flights. So we implore all travelers to reach the designated airport a reasonable time to facilitate this entire process. Here are some tips to help you avoid missing your flight

2. No Liquids

If you plan on carrying liquid or beverage, its important to put it in your luggage. Water or any form of liquid over three ounce is not permitted beyond the screening checkpoint. The permitted amount you can carry is 3.4 ounces of liquid per container in a 1-quart bag, with one bag per passenger. The directive was implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2006. It is believed that an amount exceeding the permitted amount can be employed by unscrupulous persons to cause harm to other passengers.

In spite of all of this, there is a workaround. If you insist on carrying bottled water, then it is recommended you freeze the water completely. If the bottle is half melted, you’ll be asked discard it. Alternatively, it is possible to possess a completely empty bottle and once you’re done with the screening, you’ll be allowed to fill it up.

3. You’re not guaranteed entry to the designated country even when you arrive

Although you may not need a visa to. In spite of being a citizen of a country that has a visa free waiver like the united states of America, purchase a plane ticket, book a dozen hotel accommodations and makes countless plans, you may be prevented from entering the country.
Yes, the possibilities exist.

And this is the primary reason many  countries state this in the fine print of their application process and documentation ‘when applying for a visa, possessing the requisite visa doesn’t assure entry into the country’. Subsequent to arrival, you will be subjected to a micro interview by the port authority, who may ask a few questions such as reason for visit and planned accommodation. The decision to permit entry is entirely up to the discretion of the custom officer who for whatever reason may state that you’re not suitable and won’t be allowed to enter the country, turn you back and put you on a flight back home.

Indeed, this is terrifying to know, it is inconceivable after obtaining a visa and investing all your savings into a vacation, one misstep could land you back home without remediation. However, this is unlikely, especially if you’re not on a watch list or committed any previous infraction inside designated country. Just be calm and answer the questions politely.

4. Some food items are prohibited And Can be confiscated

We stated that drinks and liquid is prohibited to be allowed in carry on and must be placed inside your luggage. Well, it’s also important to note that this is not the case with all visiting countries. Many countries prohibit carrying several food items such as fruits, meat, vegetables etc. It is said that invasive species can be concealed within some fruits or vegetable and can pose serious hazard to the biodiversity of that specific region where they are not natively grown. For example, the United States prohibits a set of fruits from entering their country, especially when the visitors are from a list of food risk countries. Upon arrival, once found will be instantly confiscated and discarded with or without notice or consent. Furthermore, the practice can also carry a fine or penalty depending on the kind of food or nature of the situation. To avoid these issues, prior to arrival to that destination, we recommend reading immigration policies regarding visitors entering the specific country and Customs and Food Restriction policies.

Let me know what you think about these list and if there is any other list, comment and tell us what else we should remember before going to airport.

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