The flight ticket itself does not enable you to board the plane; for this, you need a boarding pass. Check-in is the process of producing your boarding pass, which includes seat numbers, departure times and gates. As a general rule, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours for domestic flights (3 hours for International flights) before the scheduled departure time of your flight. In the security check, only passengers with boarding passes are admitted in. You can often do the check-in yourself electronically, either online. Check-in is not to be confused with baggage drop, which requires prior check-in.
Check in consists of three main parts, which used to be performed at the same time but can now be done separately:
If you want to reduce stress, get to the airport at least an hour before the recommended minimum check-in time. Check with your airline for recommended minimum check-in times.
With some airlines you will receive a boarding pass with a seat assignment, while some do not assign seats. You will need a boarding pass to present to the security staff and later to the gate staff when boarding the flight. At this time, your checked luggage will be weighed, labelled, and handed off to baggage handlers.
You'll usually check any luggage with the airline at the ticket counter. It will be at least electronically screened for security as it goes to a holding area to be loaded on your flight.
Then, as you walk to your gate, you and your carry-ons must go through personal security screening. It involves the following basic steps (depending somewhat on whether the flight is domestic or international and the country's detailed policies).
In general, you will not be allowed to carry any sharp objects (eg. knives, scissors, razor blades) or firearms onto a flight, and these items must be put in your check-in baggage. There is also a restriction on the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels that you may carry for flights in the European Union, as well as all other international flights. Also note that you may only purchase duty free liquids (i.e. liquor, perfume, etc.) at the stop before your final leg. In other words, if you have any stopovers, you should not purchase duty free items at the beginning of your journey, and should only do so at your final stopover.
If you have any kind of metal in your body for any reason (e.g., pace-maker, artificial joint, combat wound), be prepared for the alarms as you go through body scanning. Your doctor may help you obtain some form of proof for TSA or other security inspectors. This may avoid an unnecessarily invasive pat-down.
Border security measures are border control policies adopted by a country or group of countries to fight against unauthorised travel or trade across its borders, limit illegal immigration, combat transnational crime, and prevent wanted criminals from travelling.
Your boarding ticket specifies Boarding time, which is when boarding starts (not when it ends). Usually the boarding starts even after the printed time, but for short flights at least 30+ minutes before departure...for international flights on large aircraft, sometimes 45+ minutes.
The gate closes (boarding stops) usually only 10–15 minutes before departure so give yourself plenty of time to get to the gate, especially if the airport is large, you are far away from the gate, or you don't know your way around the airport. Contact your travel agent for advice.
Wi-fi is available all over the Arrivals and Departure terminals. Wi-fi is free of charge.
There is a automated currency exchange machine in the Arrivals Terminal.
Sorry, but smoking is not allowed in the Terminals. The good news is there are smoking places outside the Terminal as well as a smoking lounge in the Departure Terminal, Waiting area. To find them, just follow the signs.
If you’re taken ill while at our airport, please don’t worry. We have excellent medical facilities and response teams on hand 24/7.
For emergencies, call: 112, use the nearest information phone in the Terminal, or ask for help to any of our handling operators nearby.
Available at the check-in areas of Departure Terminal. It’s a good idea to weigh your bags before you have them wrapped, thus avoiding unnecessary delays at the check-in counter.
Signs above each carousel show which flight(s) bags are from.
The lost luggage office is situated in the arrival terminal.
In case of losing a luggage, all the passengers must list the contents of their baggage and file a claim.
To deal with lost luggage travelers are advised to carry all essentials in a carry-on bag, including a change of clothes and anything they would be greatly troubled to lose because of monetary or emotional value.
Security delays can also cause bags to arrive on a later flight than their owner. Customs processing is normally handled after luggage is picked up.