Making Mistakes While Flying? Avoid These Common Passenger Faux Pas!

As an avid jetsetter, I've racked up an impressive 20 flights this year alone. Throughout my countless adventures, I couldn't help but notice some common blunders that passengers make while embarking on their own travel escapades. To ensure your journey is smooth sailing from takeoff to touchdown, let's delve into the top 5 mistakes to avoid when traversing the friendly skies.

As a frequent flyer with over 20 flights this year, I’ve noticed 5 common travel mistakes passengers make.

By Marielle Descalsota

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Author’s Note: I’ve boarded more than 20 planes this year alone.

As VoiceAngel’s travel reporter in Singapore, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel on 24 flights to nine different countries this year. From Taiwan to Thailand, and the Philippines to Vietnam, I’ve experienced it all. Whether I’m flying on low-cost carriers like AirAsia or Cebu Pacific, or indulging in the luxury of Singapore Airlines, one thing remains constant: passengers tend to make some eyebrow-raising mistakes that turn their flying experience into discomfort.

So, buckle up and let me take you through the top five common faux pas passengers make while flying, and how to avoid them, all in a humorous and lovely fashion!

Mistake 1: Overpacking Woes

One might assume that airlines would be more lenient when it comes to overweight luggage, but alas, they are not. I learned this lesson the hard way when I had to shell out nearly $100 for exceeding my baggage allowance on a flight with VietJet Air. Trust me, purchasing baggage allowance in advance is far cheaper!

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But that’s not all – you also need to ensure your carry-on bags fit in the overhead compartments without a struggle. Southwest Airlines, for example, only allows one carry-on bag per passenger, and it must meet specific size requirements. So, don’t be that person holding up the line at the boarding gate, desperately trying to fit an oversized carry-on bag into an overhead compartment!

Mistake 2: Walk the Airstairs in Comfort

When it comes to footwear choices for your flight, leave the fancy sandals and heels at home. You might think they’ll add a touch of glamour to your vacation, but trust me, walking down the airstairs in heels is anything but glamorous. I learned this lesson during a trip to Krabi, Thailand, while flying with Scoot. It was a comical sight – me struggling down the stairs, holding onto my luggage for dear life, all while regretting not wearing sneakers instead.

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So, save the fashion statement for your destinations and opt for comfortable shoes during the flight. Your feet will thank you!

Mistake 3: Shed Your Accessories

Security checkpoints can be the epitome of stress in an airport journey, with lines snaking around as travelers undergo meticulous examinations. Trust me; you do not want to be the person holding up the line because you’re still struggling to take off your belt and removing layers of jewelry.

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My advice? Keep it simple. Avoid accessories like belts altogether and opt for clothing that doesn’t contain metal. Instead of relying on jewelry to elevate your look, focus on silhouettes and pops of color. You’ll breeze through security with a smile!

Mistake 4: Liquids – Keep It Legit

Oh, the drama around liquids! Airport security is notorious for being strict about the amount of liquid you bring in your carry-on bag. Each liquid must be stored in containers of 100 milliliters or less. Trust me; I learned this lesson when I flew from Singapore to Laos and had to part ways with four bottles of my beloved shampoo.

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To save yourself from heartbreak and having to repurchase all your essentials, make sure to use containers clearly labeled as 3.4 ounces (or 100 milliliters) and store them in a transparent bag. This way, you can breeze through security and keep your lovely liquids intact!

Mistake 5: Time Is of the Essence

Arriving fashionably late might work for a party, but it’s not the best idea when catching a flight. Many airports recommend arriving at least three hours before departure to account for any unexpected delays. Trust me; I learned this lesson when I left my passport at a money changer’s and missed my flight. Let’s just say it was an expensive mistake!

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So, take my advice and arrive early. You’ll have ample time to breeze through check-in counters and security checks without breaking a sweat. Plus, you might even have time for a pre-flight pampering session or a leisurely visit to duty-free!

Remember, dear reader, traveling should be a joyous experience, not a comedy of errors. Avoid these common passenger faux pas, follow these tips, and let your journey take flight in style and comfort. Safe travels!

Author’s Note: If you have any funny or memorable travel mishaps, do share them in the comments below. We’re all in this comedy of errors together!