Monday, November 28, 2016
I'm Lost...In an Airport
You've flown before. You've been in lots of airports.
How come you feel lost in this one?
The world's biggest international hubs like Dubai International, London Heathrow, Hong Kong International, and Paris Charles de Gaulle take being busy to a whole other level.
Hallways that appear to stem out of nowhere, custom checkpoints, re-check-ins, maps that don't seem to make sense, signs in languages you're not familiar with, and multi layers of terminals can be confusing if you don't know what you're looking for or where you're going. What if you land in an international terminal but need to leave out of a smaller domestic one?
You may need to pick up your bags and then recheck them before you leave, going through security again.
International airports in Europe often serve as routine connection points or layover airports for travelers from all over the world.
If you know you will be at a busy hub, plan accordingly. Allow two or three hours if you need to change terminals. Find out in advance if there is a train or bus between the two. Keep your passport and documents handy. Check out the airport's website for a map before you leave home.