- Travel With Carry-On Luggage Only
It is best to only use carry-on luggage. Not only will you save time getting through the airport but you won’t have to worry about luggage being delayed or lost. Even the shortest delay airline employees experience during the transfer process should be expected. The tight timeframe of a short layover may not be enough to ensure checked bags are unloaded, transferred and the loaded before your connected flight takes off. Should your bags not make the second plane in time it could be hours (or even days) before you receive them.
- Pack Up Your Carry-On Bag Before Landing
During the flight you make use electronics or other items to remain entertained or be productive. But, every second counts during a short layover. It is important to be ready to jump out of your seat, bag in hand and deboard as soon as the door opens. So when the flight attendant requests all electronic devices be turned off as the plane descends, that’s you’re cue. Use this time to pack up your bag ensuring anything you’ll need to pull out during a security is on top.
- Identify Your Connecting Gate Before Your First Flight Lands
Knowing where to go before you land is very helpful. Flight attendants are usually provided with a list of gate numbers for connecting flights. If they do not announce this information before landing simply ask an attendant if they could provide it. Getting this information in advance can save you time, especially when the plane is landing in a different terminal than your connecting flight.
- Plan Ahead To Avoid Unnecessary Stops In The Airport
Layovers are typically the time people grab a bite to eat, browse airport shops or visit the restroom. But, during a short layover every minute counts when trying to make it before the door closes on your connecting flight. A little advance planning can ensure you move swiftly through the airport. Pack some snacks in your carry-on or purchase some food onboard your first flight if it doesn’t include a meal. Rushing through the airport will be harder with a full bladder. Before your first flight begins to descend (and the seatbelt announcement is made) visit the restroom or wait until aboard the connecting flight.
- Dress For Comfort and Possible Sprinting
The possibility of experiencing unpredictable and uncontrollable delays in the airport can occur for any traveler. Comfortable clothing and shoes may be ideal for all air travel. But, this attire can come in handy during a short layover. Make sure to wear shoes that will painlessly and quickly get you from gate to gate. This is particularly important if you find yourself having to sprint to your connecting gate.