Who likes being “processed” at the airport before departure? Thought so. No-one! Oh, Ok – that kid down the back making his first flight.
For the rest of us it’s a necessary evil. The rush to get ready. The scramble to get to the airport. Check-in procedures. Security. Don’t even talk about security. Running the gauntlet of the citizenblitzenkatchenvolk.
Then there’s the flight itself. When I fly to the UK or Europe I, along with the other 400 pax, have to endure anything up to 30 hours of mind-numbing monotony. And that’s on the shorter flight times.
I no longer find international flying all that exciting. Sure, the anticipation of the destination and all that lies beyond is exciting, but the getting there . . . not so much.
In these keep-your-distance days it reminds us just what a discomfort it is to be crammed into an aluminium tube with hundreds of others, fed food you would send back in a decent restaurant, put up with that woman coughing and sneezing in the row behind you. Watch movies you didn’t think worth a cinema visit.
And to get an empty seat beside you is a luxury. Oh, alright, that mightn’t be true once the world starts travelling again. There might be spare rows going until the all-out hordes return.
At the end of this misery is the arrivals hall, though I have to say that arrival officials seem a lot more welcoming these days. With the exception of LAX. There, it seems you are presumed to be a criminal looking to illegally work in the US – unless, of course, you can prove otherwise. The nadir of airport “experiences”.
So I thought a blog from The World In My Pocket made interesting reading. “37 Airport Hacks Every Traveller Should Know”. Particularly the one about Priority Pass, a product that will get you entry to 1300+ airport lounges around the world.
I hadn’t heard of it before, but it looked to me as though, if you transit through only five or six airports a year, this mightn’t be a bad investment.
Take a look at the blog post at https://www.theworldinmypocket.co.uk/airport-hacks-every-traveller-should-know/