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10 things you should never do at the airport

Hoping to miss you flight, get arrested or make a massive fool of yourself on your next big trip? Here are some surefire ways to get in trouble at the airport and how to avoid them!

Whether you’re a stress-free flier or a walking disaster, take note of what NOT to do in the airport!

1. Sleep

Man sleeping at the airport

We get it. We really do. You’ve booked a 6am Ryanair flight on a Tuesday morning to save some cash and you’ve been awake all night. No matter how tired you are or how short you believe that power nap is going to be, falling asleep at the airport is a huge no-no….unless you actually want to miss that cheap flight to London! Regardless of how many alarms you plan on setting, or how much coffee you claim to have already drank, the chances are you will sleep right through that final boarding call and all you’ll be left with is a massive overdraft as you scramble to pay for a last minute flight at an exorbitant price.

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2. Be late

Family at the airport

We’ve all been there… From unfathomably long security queues to unexpected gate changes and visits to the toilet (especially if you’re travelling with small children), last-minute travel surprises often await you at the airport – and nobody enjoys those breathless, sweaty dashes. Show your fellow passengers and your pocket some respect (unless you don’t mind paying a ridiculous amount to book the next available flight) by arriving well ahead of departure. Even if you get a little bored flipping through foreign language magazines at the airport lounge, remember… Nothing beats the comfort of stress-free travel!

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3. Get drunk

Two Big Glasses of Beer Clinking Together on the Wooden Background.

We all love that one pint at the airport before heading off on holiday. Or a business trip. Or, you know, any other reason. Some of us frequent The Garden Terrace at Dublin Airport so much it’s pretty much our local. A great meeting point, and great for calming the nerves, try to stick to “just the one” this time. Getting drunk can result in you missing your flight, getting kicked off the plane and if things get totally out of hand, you might even be arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Not the best start to a weekend away, now is it?

4. Lose your temper

Angry woman at airport check-in

Travel can be stressful at the best of times. There are often lots of hidden charges, regulations you might not know about or you might simply be running late and your patience is running low. While it’s very tempting to lose your temper with airport staff, it most definitely won’t help the situation. Shouting won’t make them work faster and being verbally abusive certainly won’t ensure you get on that flight you’re late for. Remember that whatever the problem, it’s probably not their fault personally. In fact, if you can try be super nice to airline staff instead it might result in some hidden extras the you never knew about.

5. Talk about anything illegal

Man getting checked at airport security

As funny as the joke might be in your head, or between your friends when travelling to the airport, joking out loud about anything illegal at the airport is a guaranteed way to end holiday bliss. When the check-in personnel asks if anyone has put something in your bag, don’t make a smart comment. Talking about drugs, guns, bombs or anything else that might cause immediate panic or concern will most definitely get you in trouble. People have been known to get shown out of airports or arrested for a lot less.

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6. Leave your bags unattended

Kids with bags

While we’ve all heard the loud speaker warnings hundreds of times, many infrequent fliers still seem to make this rookie mistake and risk losing their precious belongings. The first rule of air travel, has and always will be, never leave you bag unattended. At best you will have to scramble to get your belongings back and may miss your flight, at worst your expensive new wheelie suitcase and everything inside might be destroyed. Most definitely not an experience to start off your trip.

7. Wear all the jewellery you own

Jewellery

While it’s up to you what you wear to the airport, and some of us are most certainly more stylish than others, wearing every piece of jewellery you own is only going to cause headaches for both you and everyone in the queue behind you. It’s one thing to wear boots, and a belt and some earrings (although we would recommend wearing none of the above unless you’re looking to get through security at a snails pace) but wearing 14 bracelets and two necklaces, a wrist watch and who knows what else is going to delay both you and everyone else.

8. Wear your sunglasses

Woman wearing sunglasses at the airport

Feeling especially hungover, feeling ill or simply keen to hide your face until you’ve properly woken up? Whatever your reasons for wearing sunglasses indoors (I’m sure Bono has his reasons too, right?) wearing them as you move through the airport is asking for trouble. While you might simply be excited to be jetting off to the sun for the first time this year, waiting until you arrive in sunny Spain to don your new sunnies is a much better idea. While Irish airports might not be as strict on this, you will find your self in deep trouble in some of the bigger international airports around the world.

9. Schedule conference calls

Is the airport departure lounge or boarding gate really the place to schedule a week’s worth of conference calls or gossip chats? Most definitely not. There’s nothing more annoying for other passengers than that one person who seems to be on their phone, talking at a painful volume for what seems like forever. Even worse if you continue your phone call as you board the plane, avoiding all eye contact with airline staff and then being that one difficult passenger who refuses to put their phone on airplane mode. Don’t be that guy!

10. Take these rules too seriously

At the end of the day, everyone deals with the stress of airports and flying differently. While we encourage you not to land yourself in trouble, small things like chatting to your friends before your plane departs or having a cheeky drink should’t negatively affect your holiday. Use common sense, stick to the rules, and get to your destination in one piece!

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10 things you should never do at the airport – at a glance

1. Sleep
2. Be late
3. Get drunk
4. Lose your temper
5. Talk about anything illegal
6. Leave your bags unattended
7. Wear all the jewellery you own
8. Wear your sunglasses
9. Schedule conference calls
10. Take these rules too seriously

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