32 Airport & Airplane Travel Hacks

32 Airport & Airplane Travel Hacks

Hey travelers, my name is Kristen Sarah of hopscotch the globe and if you’re new to this channel Welcome welcome to the Travel tribe this Amazing community of like-minded people who just want to get out and explore this beautiful planet I’ve done quite a few hacking videos lately so be sure to check those out after this video We got packing hacks and we got Solo travel hacks among many other tips and advice on how you can travel better and travel longer and travel cheaper I have spent days even months in airports over The last 13 plus years of traveling the world pretty non-stop over those years I have accumulated a lot of airport and plane hacks that I’m gonna share with you purchase airline Wi-Fi ahead of time a lot of flights now have onboard Wi-Fi So when you’re in the air you can actually be online if you purchase Wi-Fi ahead of time now You’re gonna save money for example on gogo equipped aircraft You can save anywhere from like 10 to 20 dollars on all day passes also if you have Connecting flights if you’re flying the same airline You can use that all day pass that you purchase throughout all of your flights until you get to your destination For my American friends out there if you use t-mobile you can get one hour of free gogo Wi-Fi There’s also credit cards like the business platinum card from American Express that offers free Wi-Fi so you get up to 10 hours for example? Using that American Express card on gogo Wi-Fi when you’re traveling with one other person And you’re choosing your seats one of you choose the ILC One of you choose the window seat because you’re more likely to have no one sit between you in The middle seat if it’s not a full flight of course so then you have all three Seats to yourself now if someone did choose Millsy you can always ask them if they can switch with you And they’ll sit in either the window seat or the aisle seat bring a pillowcase with you on the flight And then you can stuff it with your jacket or extra clothes and make a pillow bring a reusable water bottle instead of asking The flight attendant for glasses of water over and over again throughout your flight Just ask them to fill up a big reusable water bottle that you’re gonna bring and also when you’re traveling many countries It’s not recommended to drink the tap water so you can find filtered water and fill up those bottles I also like to bring hydration packages for the flight to stay extra hydrated what I’m flying bring a pen many people actually Forget to bring a pen and it’s super handy because you’re gonna have to fill out custom forms on the flight if you can get Global Entry or Nexus or TSA PreCheck go and do it they’ll make your Custom experience and going through security much smoother and much faster choose your connecting airport Wisely some of them are way more fun. Have way more Restaurants or shops to occupy you while you’re waiting before your next flight rewards cards we need to go into depth and we will in another video about these because they’re There’s so many perks, but one of them is the American Express card for example the Platinum I have allows you to skip the security line at some airports Which is so helpful and really saves time another thing about rewards cards such as the Platinum American Express? I have is it gives you access to Hundreds of lounges around the world in these lounges there are buffets all-you-can-eat There are fully stocked bars coffee tea showers even and resting area so you can take a little nap if you need to always fly with the same airline or an airline within the same Alliance in order to get Frequent flyer points so you can travel for free now If none of that makes sense to you we’re gonna go in-depth in another video on how you can gain Points from flying and also from everyday living, and it will give you free travel carry-on only Never check anything ever again. It is a life changer It speeds everything up And you never have to worry about losing your luggage and all of your valuables bring a good book there have been so many times when I’ve been on a flight that has no in-flight entertainment and Even if there is it’s just nice to read a book sometimes. It’s like the only time I really read these days And it’s really enjoyable and the time just goes by really ask charge all of your stuff before your flight So whether that is at home or at the airport because a lot of planes don’t actually have plugs Which still blows my mind, but the worst thing is? doing work on your computer watching a movie on your computer and seeing that like 2 percent battery life and Booked a seat in the back of the plane these are usually less desirable Because they tend to be closer to a bathroom or sometimes the seats don’t recline But you’re more likely to get a whole row to yourself And then you don’t need a reclined seat if you can just sprawl it across for three or four seats all to yourself this one I haven’t tried myself, but I heard that it works And I don’t see why it wouldn’t you can bring apparently the little small alcohol bottles that are under 100 milliliters You can bring up to five Or six of them on the plane with you and just have a party in this guy for most airlines You have 24 hours after you’ve booked a flight to cancel if you choose so I say Book that flight and the talk to your boss later pack instant oatmeal. I like having snacks and being in control of The food on the plane because sometimes it’s gross and sometimes I want more food than when they give me so if I bring oatmeal I just asked for some hot water and there you go pack Peppermint and lavender essential oils if you’re someone who’s nervous flying like me Dabbing a little bit of lavender on your temples in the back of your neck or just smelling it Really calms me down, and it also is great for helping you go to sleep peppermint on the other hand is really great for Headaches and clearing your sinuses, which is really helpful Also in a flight because you can get clogged pack a hydrating face mask and moisturizer Planes are damn dry so dry Stay moisturize and also stay hydrated keep that beautiful face of yours nice and fresh looking for when you arrive at your destination This next one is a great resource you’re gonna. Love. I’m gonna leave a link to it in the video description below. It is Wi-Fi passwords for Airports all around the world you’re welcome before choosing your seats check out a website called seat guru There’s also seat maestro It will give you a list of all of the seats on the plane that you’re gonna be taking and tell you which ones have More legroom and which ones have power outlet exercise the day before your flight It will help you fall asleep on your flight. It will help you be less agitated Let’s anxious less fidgety, and it’ll also help with your circulation and everything It’s just a really good idea overall splurge on a lounge day pass if you are on a long layover It is totally worth it you’re gonna get tons of food unlimited food Drinks internet showers a place to just hang out and relax before your flight bring two golf balls and a tennis ball on your flight You can use that tennis ball place it between your back and your seat and kind of just like roll your body around Gonna, give you a nice back and shoulder massage feels so good And then you can take your golf balls and place it under your feet and roll them around giving yourself a nice foot massage Which is also really good for circulation to bring chocolates or candies? Or both for the flight attendants a lot of the times you’ll be treated a little extra special given extra drinks Just treat it extra nicely and sometimes even upgraded But most importantly you’re just gonna be a nice person if you are checking your luggage and your luggage is overweight Take out as many closes. You need to and just put them on layer up and once you go through security You can get a plastic bag from one of the stores, and then just put those clothes in that bag No need to pay extra to check extra luggage if you do decide to check your luggage and you are an economy and there is a long line check the first-class and business-class line There’s no one there Go in that line go to that agent and most likely they will help you because they’re not helping anyone else for most flights you’re allowed to bring onboard a carry-on bag and a personal item like a Backpack or a purse if you end up having a little bit extra You’ll be have no problem going through security, but sometimes the gate agents for a little bit more strict They may make you check your carry-on if you have more than the two items so to prevent this from happening Go to one of the stores after security Ask for a plastic bag and put any extra items in there that way the people at the gate will just think you bought something From one of the stores, and they will not ask you any questions I have found that not many people know this because they’re always surprised when I tell them that you can actually Lift the arm rest in the aisle see the arm rest in the aisle see there’s actually a little button underneath you can press that And lift the armrest so you have more leg space nice space especially if you’re tall there’s more room to move around Check-in ahead of time and sometimes you will get your boarding pass emailed right to you So if you are only traveling with a carry-on when you get to the airport for your flight You can just go directly To security and not have to worry about anything else now if you are checking in and printing your boarding passes at the airport what? I like to do is screen grab my email confirmation that I got for my flight Which has all my information on it And I screen grab it and I make it my lock screen on my phone that way when I get to the airport I’m not like going through all my Emails trying to find the flight information, and that was over 30 Plane and Airport hacks that I hope you find useful for your next trip If there are any hacks that I haven’t mentioned that you want to share with us. I would love to hear from you I’m sure everyone else would so leave a comment below and share with us before you go anywhere There are more travel hack videos that you can check out. There’s a packing hack video. That’s in this end slate You can go and watch that and also I made a playlist for you of other travel hacks Travel tips advice and you can get that in the video description, so I will see you later Happy travels

100 thoughts on “32 Airport & Airplane Travel Hacks

  1. Wisdom and experience from you. Travelling all these years, it will shine through. But not anyone can use plain experience, there are smarts and communication skills as well, which you have. Thank you!

  2. The mini alchol one works I’ve seen a couple people do this and security doesn’t even ask about it but hey have to be tiny

  3. When flights are over subscribed for carry on luggage you sometimes are forced to volunteer your carry on luggage into the hold. Yet if you have a backpack they don’t ask you. Bring a back pack as your carry on where possible ☺️

  4. Take a handful of those tiny alcohol wipes that are usually used in hospitals. Wipe down that tray table and perhaps the arm rests. The tray tables are a germ magnet- people put used tissues on it.

  5. Yeah, can't bring only carry-on with neither WizzAir nor Ryanair. Unless you purchase Priority. Not sure abort Easyjet but these budget airlines tend to have the same policies.

  6. I’m sorry but I really disagree with many of these tips. Maybe it’s different in the North American domestic economy but as a frequent international traveler, many of these tips make you the traveler people don’t like.
    1. Choose the seat you want and stick with it. I am beyond sick of having to argue with strangers, often in a foreign language over the seat that I booked. Time and again I get on the plane only to find someone already sitting in my seat. It’s very simple. Your ticket has a seat number. Sit there. If you have a strong preference about where you sit then book your seat ahead of time. This also significantly delays the boarding process and causes unnecessary confusion.
    2. Security generally won’t let you through with a water bottle, whether it’s empty or not. Also, the airlines will still give you that plastic cup with a bit of water in it rather than directly pour the water into your water bottle. It’s a shame and makes me cringe each time at the enormous amount of unnecessary waste, but that’s how it can go.
    3. Don’t bring alcohol. Just don’t. It’s also illegal in many countries to even have alcohol, especially in the Middle East. It’s not good for you on a flight anyway, though many airlines still serve it to you for free through the flight, so why bring your own and risk another incident sky high.
    4. Again, maybe it’s different in the North American domestic market, but for god sake check your bag. The first bag, and sometimes the second bag is free. Why go through the trouble of finding alternative solutions for things like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc, when you could just bring your favourites with you. It allows you to travel light with just a handbag or small backpack. It’s this ‘no check’ mentality that is causing confusion and delaying to boarding process as people cram the overhead bins with way too many things. In more than 10 years of frequent travel I’ve had my bag list once and I’ve paid for checked luggage 3 times. Each time was worth every penny. Finally, it’s no faster than having checked luggage. Once you get through that nice 30 minutes to 3 hours line at immigration, your bag is sitting there waiting for you. It takes 30 seconds to pick it off the carousel, check the tag to make sure it’s yours, and be on your way.
    5. No one likes people who jump the lines. Find the line that matches your description (economy, foreign passports, etc) and follow it.
    6. Really try to avoid the use of perfumes and essential oils. It’s inconsiderate of the people around you. Maybe take a small tube and sniff it as needed, but be discreet and put it away ASAP. The bathroom may be a better place for this as there is better ventilation to quickly whisk the scent away. I personally am allergic to commercial perfume and have had some miserable flights where I could barely breathe because of the people around me.

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  8. Very good! Thank you for the information. I knew most of the things, but I have forgotten. Others were completely new. Congrats!

  9. Skip security with a rewards card. More proof that the TSA is bullshit security theater. Any jack ass terrorist can just get a "rewards card" and breeze past security. What a fucking joke.

  10. i don’t see what’s wrong with checking bags? i personally am SUCH an overpacked because i get anxiety that i may be in dire need of a specific thing

  11. Great video! Would perhaps not pack my own alcohol to drink onboard as many airlines and countries have laws against this. Id anything drink water, as you say, the air is much drier in the aircraft cabin!

    Something I did when flying home to see my parents when I was at uni abroad was to check in, pass security and board the plane with my textbooks in my arm. My weight allowance for hand luggage was never checked when I did this, and after all, I was a studious student just holding her books 😉

    I would also suggest: Wear the heaviest and bulkiest items of your luggage to save on checked luggage/hand luggage weight.

  12. Rather than using essential oils and possibly causing someone to get allergies I reccomend an aromatherapy inhaler it's like a little tube filled with scents that you can sniff my sister has one

  13. This was awesome! The pillow case is genius! Looking froward to trying that out 🙂
    I love my kindle for books on a plane. You can have a variety of books depending on what you are in the mood for and doesn't take up much space♡

  14. Maybe because I am a frequent traveller, I didn’t hear anything I don’t already know. I would like to add more. Check out the airport site map if it’s your first time there, especially if you have a short transit time. You can even check out where the Gates are, though be prepared for last minute changes. If you have a long layover , check out where rest areas are and what food is available so if you don’t use a lounge, you can have access to these. Some airports like Incheon , Changi and Ho Chi Minh even have areas you can snooze comfortably so if you arrive late at night and don’t want to check into a hotel till the next day , you can avail yourself of these. Some airports have shower facilities that you use either free or with a small charge , good for transits.

  15. So why can you check-in online 24 hrs in advance but can't check-in in person more than 3hrs before the flight? Would it be a good idea to arrive at the airport very early and use the airport wifi to check-in on line?

  16. Do you know if there is a piggy back allowance when you have global entry? My partner doesn't have it and we are traveling soon.

  17. Compression socks are the best for long flights!  I won't go on an overseas trip without them at this point…  avoid blood clots, but more importantly, your feet won't swell.

  18. There was no link at the end of the video as you mentioned that it will be for the free WiFi on all airports, or flights you said.

  19. You can bring your own alcohol on a plane???? I'm guessing this is an American thing. I've never heard of it before.
    Essential oils on a plane – please don't. Maybe dab before you leave home if you need to, but not on a plane. Not everyone likes the same fragrances.
    In Australia, if they do weigh your carry on at the gate (not always, but sometimes they do), the weight is the combination of all carry on items.

  20. I love this ,,,,?I love the one about screen shooting your boarding pass,,, That is always been a hassle for me.???

  21. travel with an entire library with ebooks on phone , not much different than a paperback except the back lighting is easier on the eyes.


  23. Lavander may be use to calm screaming babies too by rubbing a little bit of it behind their ears and the inside of their arms.

  24. All the people complaining here to strong scents inside an airplane plain should think twice before complaining so much. I'm also very sensitive to strong scents, it causes my eyes to itch, my nose, and I can get a stuffy nose too. I much rather have strong scents, and not have a person smoking next to me as it used to be 40 years ago. Some people just complain about every thing. What about the person seating next to you who takes off the shoes, and he or she has a horrible smell? Or maybe that person's body odor is too strong and plain nasty! What would you do?
    I rather have a person with a lavander scent next to me!

  25. Out of sfo and lax – having clear is incredible – don’t know if that’s a hack – thanks for the tips

  26. It's actually forbidden to drink your own alcohol on an airplane! You can transport it, but you're not allowed to drink it on the flight. Trust the word of a flight attendant: don't do it, it's illegal!

  27. When I fly it's nice to give chocolates to the flight attendants. They love it and they offered free drinks to me ?

  28. for people that travel often outside of the USA please dont get an american express. finding places that accept it is very difficult if not downright impossible.

  29. You don't actually get to skip security if you have the Platinum card…. However, they will reimburse you for precheck.The card is $550 a year. I suggest people do the math to see if it's worth it to you do it. There are great perks but unless you Uber $15 worth a month, and actually travel enough to make use of the lounges, not worth it. You can often buy lounge passes heavily discounted on Ebay.

  30. My best tip 4u would be.. Avoid getting the flu or soar throat before travelling!

    Stay away from people who are sick.
    Keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth.
    Use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
    Drink plenty of water..keep hydrated to cleen up your system.
    Get plenty of sleep to boost you ammune system.
    Brush your teeth and tongue more times than usual per day.
    ..Happy travels! ?

  31. I always, always travel with ear plugs. They block out a lot of airplane noise, also, screaming babies. I know they suffer because of the air pressure. I feel so sorry for them.

  32. Instant oatmeal is actually a lifesaver. If you go to coffee so it’s like three or four dollars. Whenever I travel I bring it with me and just asked for hot water and I take a couple sugar packets.

  33. FLY PRIVATELY. Once you try it you'll NEVER go back to the commercial airlines again. On my last trip, from the time I arrived at the airport it was “wheels up” in 11 minutes. No dangerous TSA micro-wave scanners to damage your skin or eyes. (And no need to “opt-out” from the micro-wave scanner.)

    Yes, I gave up my Concierge Key (this is above Executive Platinum) status, miles, first class seat, Admirals club, and all the other perks but it is OH SO WORTH IT. And lose the nose ring.

  34. Strong scents give me migraines so NO to the perfume and oils , the water on flights is known to have a massive amount of bacteria in it so no thanks! golf balls are heavy so won't be doing that lol x

  35. I'm gonna need to be clippin' those lawless bangs… be stoppin' by the Salon sometime this week and we'll bring you back from the edge.

  36. Oh my gosh! Make it your lock screen? That is genius girl! You saved the best for last. I don't know why I didn't think of that.

  37. I have a thick headband that i put over the seat (with permission from the person behind me of course) and put it over my forehead. It holds me up when i fall asleep so i dont hurt my back. Im pretty sure i look lile a bit of a dickhead though.

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  39. I pack a soft neck brace to help with naps, reading, and doing computer work on planes without cramping my neck. Also, since it's a legit neck brace (I wear it because I have a muscle disorder/disability) and also, flight attendants tend to be nicer to me knowing I have pain. If I get the seat that can't recline. I'll be in pain. I kindly ask to be reseated. It's usually not a big deal. Download audiobooks and podcasts before travel—you'll have hours of entertainment and learning en route!! Stock your daypack with Larabars, protein bars, granola bars etc—-you won't need to eat or buy food—and it's healthier! Try to book a seat on the LEFT side of the plane, as there are no baby oxygen-masks on that side, so people with small children and babies have to sit on the right! No crying babies next to you. Wait: I just looked it up, for a row of 3 seats, there is a 4th mask for a baby. So, pick a row with 2 seats if you can, as I don't know what type of plane you'll be on. Personal eyemask for naps with wax earplugs that you can morph perfectly into your ear canal and not hear much! Bring a winter hat. If you're sitting in the front of the plane, it's cold as a meatlocker and that plane blanket is no better than a big tissue in keeping you warm. Try to book a connecting flight that has at least 1.5 hours of layover (2 hours if international) so that you don't miss the flight when one flight is late, if you see that your first flight is going to be delayed, try to sit in the front of the plane or put your carry-on in the front overhead of the plane, so that you can get off of the plane faster and get to your next gate. Back of the plane is a nightmare and takes an extra 20-30 minutes to get off. Always remember that!

  40. Boarding passes can be sent directly to your smartphone these days. Either via airline's app or you can have the link sent to you as a text. I do it all the time domestically, though still the paper ones when I've flown internationally

  41. This is so great! I thought I knew most of the travel hacks, and this proved to me that I've hardly scratched the surface. Thank you.

  42. Did not find this useful.

    I have no respect for people that promote ripping off the system, companies etc.
    Stealing wifi codes, wearing xtra clothes, taking mini bottles or booze on the flight.
    All these just scream immaturity.

  43. LOL my partner has booked the aisle and window seats for the two of us for our trip to Thailand. It worked on the way there and we had the row to ourselves, but on the way back there was a guy sitting in the middle and we had to ask him if he wanted to switch seats to which he had no problem doing. Obviously, there’s always a 50-50 chance someone will get the seat, but it’s worth the try ? Oh and I ALWAYS carry a pen EVERYWHERE I go ?

  44. 1) You can't consume your own alcohol in a plane
    2) you can bring 3 bags with you. for example, a suitcase, a backpack and a purse
    3) don't use the first class check in line. There's a reason why it's 1st class line and you're not paying for that extra service

    the rest are actual good tips

  45. hello <3 thank you so much for doing what you do! its so inspirational! I have a question. how about how many girls have you seen in hostels & while backpacking that look like me? This is one of my big fears because i am a black woman.

  46. Number 5 is just being rude! I work at an airport and nothing annoys us more than the person who think they are above all cutting the line and coming to check in at the business or bag drop desk. You will be sent back to the end of the line. People were waiting way before you came! Rude!

  47. Here's the latest on bringing alcohol on a plane in the U.S. Of course you'll have to check your airline's policy on consuming it on the actual flight.

  48. True story! I recall last year’s vacation to Santiago de Chile to meet family members, and on the MEL leg of the flight, we had so much carry-on (checked baggage tends to have gifts for family members) to the tune of an extra bag of souvenirs. Gate agents had question marks, but flight crew fortunately confirmed there was space in the utility closet (all the bathroom tissue is stored there) on the plane, to store all the extra baggage when there is none left in the overhead. Ask nicely if there is empty room in the utility closet, you never know.

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