Al-Ahram Weekly Online   2 - 8 July 2009
Issue No. 954
Sky High
 
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Smart tips for smart travellers



- SAY goodbye to loved ones at home to save time and avoid congestion at the airport.

- Use online check-in facilities or the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall to avoid queuing.

- Customers carrying only hand luggage can then proceed directly to Immigration.

- Customers with baggage to be checked in can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters.

- Book a special service to avoid queuing at passport control both while arriving and on departure.

- Ensure that all your bags are within the 20kgs allowance to avoid delays.

- You should expect to be charged for baggage in excess of the regulatory limit.

- Make sure you are carrying any liquids, aerosols and gels in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.

- Unless absolutely necessary during the journey, it is simpler to pack the above in your checked-in baggage. Remember to put anything metal -- watches, jewellery, mobile phone, coins --into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machines, and save time at Security Screening.

- Don't forget to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control.

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