Your first flight – A Ready Reckoner

Taking your first flight can be quite unnerving, even if it's a simple two-hour domestic flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Just from a worrying concern that the plane will certainly precipitate the most urgent concerns that you have completed all the necessary procedures at the airport, the first flight by plane can be quite tiring for the uninitiated. What makes it even more difficult is that you cannot bring a friend or relative with you to drive you to the airport. For security reasons, airports do not allow accompanying visitors to venture beyond the airport gate. Here is a practical checklist to help you get past the countless airport counters without feeling lost.

  • Make sure you're at the right airport. Most cities have separate airports for domestic and international flights. Make sure to clearly tell your taxi driver that you are taking a domestic flight.
  • Find the terminus for your airline. For easier administration, different airlines are assigned to different airport terminals. Most taxi drivers will take you to the correct terminal if you communicate the airline's name in advance.
  • Get a trolley for your bags. These are usually lined up right in front of the airport entrance.
  • Hold the ticket in your hand. You need to show it at the airport entrance to get the entrance. If you have an e-ticket, you will also need to show proof of photographic identity. This can be your voter ID card, PAN card, driving license, passport or even a credit card with your photo.
  • Go to the baggage check section to get an x-ray of your baggage. At this point, you only need to place heavy bags that will be checked in the aircraft load. Once screened, the baggage is sealed by the airport authorities to avoid tampering. Put the sealed bags back on the trolley.
  • Go to the airline desk to get your boarding pass. Wait in line until your turn. Check in your sealed baggage. Luggage can be weighed to ensure it does not exceed 20 kg. The airline official may also ask to see your photo ID. If you arrived early enough, you will be offered a choice between aisle and seats near the window. After declaring your choice, you will be issued a boarding pass. The counter will also have many luggage tags. Choose tags for your carry-on baggage, such as handbag and carry-on baggage, and attach it to your baggage after entering your name and contact details. Leave the trolley near the counter, but be careful that it is not in any way.
  • Go to the security control area. Place hand luggage, including cell phones and jackets, on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine.
  • Now go to the fun zone. This area is right next to the hand baggage checking machine and is protected by curtains. There are separate areas for men and women. After being set up, the guard will stamp your boarding pass.
  • Collect your carry-on baggage from the rear end of the X-ray machine. Make sure that the person driving the machine has stamped your baggage tag.
  • Wait in the sitting area until you hear the announcement for boarding. The announcement will specify the boarding gate number for your flight.
  • Join the line at the boarding gate. An airline official will check your ticket before passing you through the gate.
  • Climb aboard the airline bus that connects passengers from the boarding gate to the aircraft.
  • Once you reach the plane, show your ticket to the administrator before boarding your flight.
  • Go to the place specified on the boarding pass. Place hand luggage in the air cabin. Now sit down and enjoy the flight!