Stress Free Check-In: How to Avoid Unhelpful Anxiety

As a nervous flyer, you need to avoid as much stress as possible allowing you to remain calm and in control. One of the biggest causes of stress is working your way through the check-in and security process to get to the departure lounge. So, let’s discuss ways in which you can ensure a hassle free journey.

These tips should be followed by any airline passenger – but more so if you have a fear of flying;

  1. Arrive with plenty of time to spare. Do not allow yourself to be late. Sounds simple, but it’s easy to get distracted and to lose track of time. The best way to avoid this is to prepare a schedule – and stick to it. Most check-in desks close 40 minutes before the departure of your flight, but that DOES NOT mean you should arrive with the minimum available time! Aim to get to the airport 2 hours before your flights scheduled departure time and allow yourself plenty of time to relax.
  2. Know your airline’s baggage allowance. Different airlines will have varying rules on luggage allowance. You should look up the weight allowance, and any charges you may have to pay. Hand luggage allowance also differs from airline to airline. Be aware! Being charged at the airport causes extra stress.
  3. Security procedures. You should ensure you know what you can and can’t take through security. Airport security is much more restrictive now than it ever has been before. There are many restrictions on liquids that you should pay attention to, as you may end up having to throw your belongings away. You have been warned!
  4. Take time to relax. Once you are in the departure lounge, ensure you take time to relax. Try to avoid coffee, or alcohol. Water is always the best option as it will keep you hydrated. Read a book, or magazine to avoid stress.
  5. Don’t rush boarding. The boarding process differs from airline to airline, but one thing remains the same. As soon as the first passengers are called for boarding, all passengers tend to crowd around the gate. Even if your airline does not allocate seats, and you want a certain seat, please avoid this. Pushing and shoving simply adds extra stress to the process, and will not get you there any faster1

1 As I’ve previously mentioned at Flying Fear, I recommend letting the check-in staff know you are a nervous flyer and that you would prefer to board the aircraft first. You should then be given special assistance, allowing you time to meet the pilots before take-off, and talk to your Flight Attendants.

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