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Fundamentals of flying

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[[File:Aeroporto de Brasilia.JPG|thumb|Check in at [[Brasilia]]'s airport]]
The flight ticket itself does not enable you to board Over the plane; for thispast decade, you need the check-in process has evolved from a '''boarding pass'''. '''Checktraditional (over-in''' is the process of producing your boarding pass-counter, which includes seat numbers, departure times and gatesface-to-face) check-in to remote (e.g. In the security internet-based) check, only passengers -in. It basically entails a passenger coming into contact with boarding passes are admitted into what the carrier. This is called to register one's intention to use the airside section or ticket purchased and happens shortly (i.e. a few hours to a few days) before the transit areaflight. You can often do the The actual opening and closing deadlines of check-in yourself electronically, either depend on-line or with check-in kiosks at the airportspecific carriers as well as the local/national regulations (e. Check-in is not g. US regulations require that flights to be confused with '''baggage drop''', which requires prior /from the US only open check-inat most 24 hours before the flight).
CheckTraditional check-in is handled by the carrier's ground staff or its representativesstill exists for most carriers. Some airlines allow In here, airline staff (or sometimes requiretheir representatives) you to check will assist passengers; ask routine questions; input information in '''on-line'''the system; inspect baggage, often within 24 hours before scheduled departuredocuments, etc; print a boarding pass for the passengers; and some noreceive any hold baggage. Special lanes are set-frills carriers such up for premium passengers (i.e. those who are travelling on the upper classes as well as Ryanair will even charge you a hefty fee if you fail passengers who are on the upper tier of the carrier's frequent flyer programme) to do soreduce queues. On When using traditional check-line check in can often , be done through reminded that you must queue at the airline's website, or sometimes by smartphone app. Apart from designated counter before the booking reference or echeck-ticket number in deadline ends, otherwise you may not be accepted for travel. You must also identify yourself by frequent-flier or credit card number or by giving personal detailsbe ready with your travel documents (e.g. passport, visa, photo ID). Upon completed check-in When you will often be sent have a boarding pass to print out by yourself; againconnecting flight, failing make sure you request that your bags be checked-through to do so may result your final destination but in surcharges from some low-cost carrierscircumstances, this may not always be possible (see the making a connection section). If you enter the correct information but are denied Before handing over your bags checkto see that any bar-in, your flight may coded tags from previous flights have been cancelled or the reservation modified by the airline; in that case it is wise to contact the airline immediately, preferably before travelling to the airportremoved.
If In case you have not done so electronically/remotelyexcess or odd-sized baggage, the first thing you will need proceed to do at the airport is '''check in''' counter designated for your flightthat. Present your ticket (if This is whether you don't have an electronic ticket) and some form of ID (passport if travelling internationally) to airline staff at your flight's designated check-in counter previously arranged for them or at common check-in counter, depending on your airlinenot.
You will typically have to '''queue''' before check-in: on very full flights and very busy days this alone could take more than an hourOther carriers, particularly for international flights. There are usually separate, and much shorter, check-in lanes for first, business class passengers, upper tier members of the airline's frequent flyer program (eg: silver, gold) and sometimes especially those who checked-based in through remote methods (eg: on-line check-in). If the queue is long and your flight is leaving within the hour, your flight status is already showing "Go to gate" or you Europe are approaching turning their counters at the check-in deadline for your ticket, let airport staff know to exclusively function as they will often allow you to go to the front of the queue and check in immediatelybaggage drop points. Sometimes they will specifically ask for passengers for a flight This requires that is about to close to make themselves known so that they can check them in right away, but sometimes they will not. Discount airlines you have the strictest performed a remote check -in deadlines and some will not allow you to or a check -in after the deadline even if you made it to the end of the queue in time.* You may face the same challenges in lines/queues for the personal security screeningusing an electronic kiosk. If time is short, use the same methods as for check-in to get help.
With some airlines In order to use remote check-in you will receive need the booking reference code or e-ticket number. If you have a '''boarding pass''' log-in ID or frequent flyer account with the carrier and linked them to your flights you can also use those to access online check-in. Just follow instructions and be ready with a seat assignmentyour other travel documents too especially as the online check-in process may need to collect information required by certain authorities. In most cases, while some do not assign seats. You you will need be issued a boarding pass to present to the security staff and later to the gate staff when boarding the flightwhich must be printed. At this time If not, your checked luggage you will be weighedgiven a confirmation that you have done so. In either case, labelleddepending on the flight, and handed off you may be given additional instructions on what to do when you arrive at the airport to baggage handlerscomplete the process.
Some airports offer curbside check-inIn case you have no access to a printer, which allows some (but not all) carriers may allow you to check-in save a screen shot of what was supposed to be a printout of your boarding pass into your bags before entering the terminaldevice. These are normally available on domestic US flights and do what You can "print" the standard check-in counters inside do except that they will not issue boarding passes pass as a PDF, email it to youyourself and open the email on your phone. You will have Contact your carrier first to obtain them inside see if you haven't done so from on-line check-inthis is allowed. Curbside If not, go to the check-in is offered nowadays for counter to have staff print your boarding pass (except if you are Ryan Air where you will be charged a hefty fee levied by the carrierfor not having one previously printed out). Alternatively, sometimes on top major hotels allow guests to have boarding passes printed free of prevailing check-in baggage feescharge. MoreoverEven if you are not a guest, tips for you might be able to go to a major hotel and use the staff are expectedpublic computer to get your boarding pass free of charge.
The check-in staff will print a bar-coded luggage tag once your bags are processed; the longer part Most of it same procedures will also be attached to your luggage while the shorter part will be given to youdone when using a mobile phone. Keep this, as upon arrival, some airports may require passengers to present these along with their luggage to ensure that the person carrying the luggage is indeed the owner. These luggage tags An increasing number of carriers are also useful if you suspect some of your making mobile phone check-in luggage is missing possible by either providing a mobile-friendly website or similar to other luggagea downloadable mobile app (usually for iPhone/iPod touch and Android devices). Before Depending on the ticket agent attaches carrier, the new luggage tags for airports involved and your upcoming flightdevice, be sure:* getting a mobile boarding pass is possible. You've removed any old airline tagsIt involves a mobile barcoded boarding pass being saved into your phone.* Your new tag(s) reflect There is no need to print the boarding pass out, but make sure your destination airportdevice has enough battery until you board the plane ready to show to any staff requesting to see it...checked-through as below.
In case your journey for At the day involves several flightsairport, you may want to request to have your baggage '''checkedsome carriers provide kiosk check-through'''ins. Check-through is when your baggage It will be tagged all the way until the last leg of your journey and similar in most cases, you do not need process to claim your baggage online and mobile check-in your intermediate stopovers any more (especially for international-international or domestic-domestic flights on full-service carriers; does not apply to international-domestic connections). You need to inform At the check-in staff end of the flights which process, the boarding pass will be covered by check-through printed for a particular journey as they can't assume that's your preference. However, check-through is ''not always'' possible, make sure you inquire of by the check-in staff. You may check the section "Making a connection" below and are advised to contact the carriers concerned for more information on when check-through may or may not be possiblemachine.
An increasing number of airlines are implementing a '''self-In some airports, check-in''' system at certain airportskiosks may also come embedded with self-service baggage drop facilities. In most cases this option is available case follow instructions carefully, particularly those pertaining to passengers with or without check-in bags. These systems involve small kiosks in which you can enter your booking reference, swipe/insert the credit card used how to make the booking or swipe/insert your frequent flyer card (if it has a magnetic strip) properly attach tags to access your record and print out a boarding pass for you and your travelling partybags. You may have Make sure the opportunity to change baggage tag reflects your seats when checking in; in particular, many airlines do not open the exit rows until the day of the flight. In recent times final destination though the self service sometimes a check-in kiosks of some carriers have been extended to include features that allow passengers to check-in baggage by themselvesthrough may not always be possible.
A good number of carriers also offer checkingIf you have already checked-in remotely and traditional check-in via mobile phone either by visiting the mobile website or downloading a specific app on your smartphone. At the end of the processis still available, some carriers may give you the option of being issued a mobile boarding pass depending on your origin and destination, though carriers that offer them dedicated lane is usually don't do so provided for international flights. You don't need to print your mobile boarding pass, just present it you to security and airline staffuse. Check with This is distinct from the carrier you are flying with to see which devices are supported.  As mentioned earlier, if you checked-traditional economy class lane in via kiosk or on-line, the airline usually provides a special lane for you where the rest of the check-in process sense that fewer procedures will be expediteddone. At this counter, please provide the information and documents that were given Even if you have no bags to and/or requested of you. Some carriers require passengers who used self check-in , it is possible that the carrier may still ask you to proceed to designated these counters before going any further in order for check-in counters staff to have verify documents verified, even if they do not have check-in bagsdebit/credit cards, etc. In other cases though, especially for intra-Europe travel When in economy classdoubt, contact the counters are only designated as baggage drop-off points: you should have checked-in either online or using the kiosks carrier before queueing.  Electronic check-in is possible only in routine cases; if there are special needs or inconsistencies with going to the tickets (such as mismatches with names), only manual check-in at the counter is possibleairport.
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