Flying for the first time is an exciting and memorable experience. It can feel scary at the start, but once you’re onboard you can relax. The boarding process is relatively standard with most airlines. Check in online, arrive early and follow the boarding instructions on your boarding pass. Remember to put your cabin luggage in the overhead bin or under your seat.
Arrive at the Airport Early
Flying for the first time is an exciting experience. It is a good idea to arrive at the airport early and check in, especially during peak travel times. It is recommended that you arrive at least two hours prior to your flight’s departure. This will give you plenty of time to make it through security and to the gate.
Once you are at the gate, you will want to scan your boarding pass to board the plane. You can use the paper boarding pass or the app version on your phone. After scanning, you will be directed to walk down the jetway or tunnel to board the airplane. You may also be instructed to leave your luggage at the top of the jetway to be stored on the aircraft for the duration of the flight. For aboard vs onboard, we use ‘welcome on board’ in the same way that we use ‘welcome aboard.’
Once you board the airplane, wait for the crew to instruct passengers to unbuckle and stand up. You will then be directed to the exit – either by air bridge or on a bus. Once you are on the ground, follow the signs to the terminal building – on foot or via shuttle or chute from a bus. Be sure to check the status of your flight leading up to your arrival at the airport and allow for extra time in case there are traffic delays or bad weather that could impact your journey.
First time flyers often have questions about the boarding process. It’s important to understand how it works, so you can have an enjoyable experience. The first step is checking in. You can do this online or at the airport. Most airlines will let you select your seat during this process. You can also check the boarding schedule for your flight. It’s recommended that you arrive at the airport a few hours early to ensure that you have plenty of time to check in and get through security.
Once you’ve checked in, you should make your way to the gate. The airline will print out a boarding pass for you, and the gate agent will tell you when it’s time to board. Once you hear your group’s name, you should head to the jetway and show them your boarding pass. There’s usually a lot of people trying to crowd the jetway, so you might have to politely ask them to move out of the way when your group is called.
Once you’re onboard, you should sit in your seat and relax. If you’re feeling uncomfortable during the flight, remember that there are a variety of things that can be done to make your experience more comfortable, such as sleeping, reading, drinking hot tea, and listening to music. If you’re hungry during the flight, be sure to pre-select your meal in advance.
Once you are at the boarding gate, you will need to wait for the announcement that your flight is ready to board. This usually happens about half an hour before takeoff. Depending on the airline, boarding may be done by groups or by rows of seats. In the latter case, look for a number or letter on your boarding pass to know which row or section you will sit in. First class passengers always board first, followed by business travelers, then families with children or infants and finally regular passengers.
Once on the plane, the cabin crew will show you to your seat and stow any carry-on luggage. They will also give you safety instructions (or they are normally presented in a video on the screens behind each seat) and the Captain will brief everyone on the flight’s itinerary.
Once the flight lands, you will be given instructions on where to go for baggage claim. If you have checked any luggage, it will be placed on a carousel for passengers to pick up. If you have any questions or concerns, ask a member of the cabin crew for assistance. You can also sign up for text alerts on the airlines’ app to be notified of any changes to your flight schedule. This is a great way to avoid any stress if your flight is delayed or canceled.
The pilot must complete a number of steps before taking off. These include preparing the aircraft for flight, ensuring that all the necessary checks are done and that the plane is lined up on the runway with the correct position. There are many hazards that could arise during the taxiing process but most are relatively harmless.
Once the Before Takeoff checklist is complete, the pilot may apply power and begin to accelerate down the runway. As the aircraft moves forward, you will hear a little roar as the jet engines spool up and you might feel small bumps on the ground from the landing gear spinning up to speed.
Before taking off, the pilot will also voice the pre-takeoff briefing. This will include a review of the take-off parameters, such as aircraft weight & balance, power settings, flaps/slats setting and target climb airspeed. It will also include backup plans in case of a failure prior to take-off or during the initial climb.
For first-time flyers, the takeoff phase of a flight can be particularly anxiety inducing. During this time, it is a good idea to relax and try to stay calm. Most passengers are concerned about turbulence, but most of the time turbulence is mild and does not last long. If you are nervous about turbulence, try to place a cup of water on your tray table. This will prevent it from spilling if the plane hits turbulence.