No One Needs to Arrive 2 Hours Before Flight, Here’s Why

No One Needs to Arrive 2 Hours Before Flight, Here's Why

You’re running through the airport, waiting in endless security lines, dealing with your baggage, rushing yet again to the gate – if only you’d arrived two hours early! Right? Not necessarily. And airports know that.

For example, along with lots of other secrets, they’re not telling you that some hubs have facial recognition scanners that can easily track you. Or that the cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or that arriving at the airport 2 hours before your flight isn’t really necessary. But why do airports recommend to do that?

  • If the situation allows, use online taxi apps to order a car. If you can’t, then make sure to find out the rate in advance.
  • Bring an empty water bottle through the security check and find a water refill station – they’re usually near the restrooms.
  • The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays and Thursdays. And if, for some reason, you want to buy the most expensive ticket, opt for a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • Bags that are loaded last usually appear first on the baggage carousel.
  • Some airports don’t allow you to carry liquids over 3.4 oz through your layover destination, even if they’re from duty-free and in sealed bags!
  • Even if your flight doesn’t offer a hot meal or snacks, it might still be cheaper to eat on board than at the airport, especially if you have the airline’s credit card.
  • The arrival time includes some wiggle room for potential small delays, taxiing from the runway, and so on.
  • After you pass all the security checks and passport control, you have “the golden hour” ahead. That’s 60 minutes during which you’re most likely to open your wallet.
  • A nice conversation with a security agent might not be what it seems. It’s not that they don’t find you fascinating – but getting all chatty could be a special technique that checks your behavior.
  • Most hubs hold an annual lost luggage sale. After paying an entry fee, you can bid on electronics, clothes, bags, and whatnot.
  • If you have an opportunity, don’t exchange cash at the airport – you’ll never get a good rate there.
  • A medical study found out the connection between living near an airport and an increased risk of heart problems.
  • Many airports have places for a quiet retreat, for example, yoga studios or even gyms with swimming pools. But they’re typically hidden away – otherwise, they’ll get packed with travelers.


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