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Your First Flight – Ready Payer

Your first flight can be quite frustrating, even if it is a simple two-hour domestic flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Just because of the ridiculous worry that an airplane is sure to collapse into more pressing concerns about completing all the necessary procedures at an airport, the first plane trip can be quite rewarding for the uninitiated. What makes it even harder is that you can't bring a friend or relative to guide you around the airport. For security reasons, airports do not allow accompanying visitors to exit outside the airport gate. Here's a handy checklist to help you get through the countless airport counters without feeling lost.

  • Make sure you are at the right airport. Most cities have separate airports for domestic and international flights. Be sure to clearly inform your taxi driver that you are traveling on an internal flight.
  • Find the terminal for your airline. For smoother administration, different airlines are allocated to different airport terminals. Most taxi drivers will take you to the right end if you tell them the name of the airline in advance.
  • Take your luggage trolley. They are usually arranged just outside the airport entrance.
  • Hold your ticket in your hand. You need to show it at the airport entrance to get in. If you have an electronic ticket, you'll also need to show proof of identity on the photo. This can be your voter ID card, PAN card, driver's license, passport or even a credit card with your photo.
  • Go to the baggage check section to get your luggage X-rayed. At this point, you should only place heavy luggage, which will be checked in the cargo of the aircraft. After the baggage has been checked, it is sealed by the airport authorities to prevent tampering. Put the sealed luggage in your cart.
  • Navigate to your airline counter to get your boarding pass. Wait in line until it's your turn. Check in your sealed luggage. Luggage may be weighed to ensure that it does not exceed 20 kg. Airlines may also ask you to see your photo ID. If you arrived early enough, you will be offered a choice of seats and window seats. After you declare your choice, you will be issued a boarding pass. There will also be plenty of luggage tags on the counter. Select labels for your hand luggage, such as your bag and overnight bag, and attach it to your luggage after completing your name and contact information. Leave the cart near the counter, but make sure no one is there.
  • Go to the security check area. Place your hand luggage, including cell phones and jackets, on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine.
  • Now go into the click zone. This area is right next to the baggage check machine and screened with curtains. There are separate areas for men and women. Once you are on duty, the guard will stamp your boarding card.
  • Collect your hand luggage from the back of the X-ray machine. Make sure the person running the machine has stamped your luggage tag.
  • Wait in the sitting area until you hear the upload message. The announcement will indicate the boarding gate number for your flight.
  • Join the line of the port of embarkation. An airline employee will check your ticket before allowing you to cross the gate.
  • Take the bus of the airline that carries passengers from the boarding gate to the plane.
  • When you arrive, show your ticket to the flight attendant before boarding the flight.
  • Go to the seat indicated on your board. Put your cabin baggage in the upper cabin. Now sit back and enjoy the flight!