Tips for getting through the airport quickly and smoothly

Added 05/08/2022

Since many people may not have flown since before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, airports are reminding passengers about the procedures they need to follow once they arrive at the airport.

To help everyone get through the airport quickly and smoothly this summer the Airport Operator’s Association has provided these easy to follow tips and reminders.

Check-in is taking longer, but do not arrive earlier than your airline advises you to

  • Airlines have to check Covid documentation for some destinations, so check-in may take longer.
  • Check with your airline when you need to arrive at the airport but do not arrive earlier than advised as check-in will not yet be open.
  • Make sure you have your ticket, passport, and Covid-related travel documents ready to show staff when you reach the check-in desk so you can be on your way quickly.

Get ready for airport security: it’s been a while, so remember

  • Large bags should be placed in the hold, please ensure you drop them with your airline and avoid taking large bags through security to prevent unnecessary delays.
  • Carefully pack bags at home and carry only essential items in hand luggage (find out what is allowed in hand luggage): this helps reduce the need for manual checks, which can cause queues to build up.
  • Have your boarding pass ready for inspection (passport are not required at security).
  • Carry any liquids, aerosols and/or gels (in max. 100ml containers) in a clear resalable plastic bag, take them out of your hand baggage while queueing, ready to put them in the security tray.
  • Take off your coat, watch and belt and remove any other metal items when you reach the front of the queue so you’re ready to put them in the trays.
  • Electrical items such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets may need to go through X-ray machines separately, so get them ready by taking them out of your hand luggage when you approach the front of the queue.
  • Place your hand baggage and coat/jacket into a tray, use more than one tray if you are carrying more than can easily fit in one tray.
  • You may be asked to remove your shoes and/or other items of clothing or jewellery before going through the security archway.
We hope that following these guidelines will help you have a smooth and enjoyable trip through the airport on your way to and from your holiday.

And don't forget travel insurance!

If you are going away this summer it is important to have travel insurance with cover for your existing medical conditions.