No One Needs to Arrive 2 Hours Before Flight, Here’s Why


You’re running through the airport, waiting
in endless security lines, dealing with your baggage, rushing yet again to the gate – if
only you’d arrived two hours early!!! Right? Hmmm. Not necessarily. And airports know that. Along with lots of other secrets they’re
not telling you… but hey, I will! 1. Airport agents might be watching you all the
way from the security check to your gate. Some hubs have facial recognition scanners
that can easily track you. They’re equipped with special software that
compares passengers’ faces with their IDs. 2. Airports make lounges look like something
luxurious and unavailable for regular travelers. And so many people fall for this image. In reality, one of your credit cards is likely
to provide you with the convenience of resting in an airport lounge. Just pop in and ask – who knows, you might
find yourself waiting for your flight in a calm place with free food and drinks! 3. Beware of airport taxis – they can charge
you twice the actual price of the ride. If the situation allows, use online taxi apps
to order a car. If you can’t, then make sure to find out
the rate in advance. By the way, if you pre-order a taxi, always
ask about the charging policy on delays. Otherwise, you might be in for a very unpleasant
surprise. 4. Buying bottled water at the airport can easily
make you bankrupt. There’s one thing every traveler should know:
there is free water at most hubs. Just bring an empty water bottle through the
security check and find a water refill station – they’re usually near the restrooms. If you can’t find one, there must be at least
a water fountain. 5. You’ll find the most comfortable seats next
to the airport’s shopping area, and that’s for a reason. This is how retailers lure you into their
stores. Imagine sitting there, looking at shop windows. You’re bound to notice something you really,
really “need”! 6. You may have an opportunity to check your
carry-on luggage for free at the gate. Be attentive and listen for messages announcing
that a full flight is expected. That usually means there will be a shortage
of overhead bin space, and the airline will offer complimentary checked bags. 7. The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays and
Thursdays. And if, for some reason, you want to buy the
most expensive ticket, opt for a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (and no wonder, with everyone moving
around on the weekend). If you can afford flexible dates, look for
midweek options. 8. If you’re sneaky enough and understand the
airport logistics, you can be the first to get your checked bag upon arrival. All you need to do is to check it later than
other passengers. Bags that are loaded last usually appear first
on the baggage carousel. 9. Even though duty-free shops have a reputation
for being cheaper than stores in the city, it’s not always true. For example, sweets, beverages, and perfumes
are likely to cost more at the airport. And be careful with what you buy in a duty-free
shop if you have a connecting flight. Some airports don’t allow you to carry liquids
over 3.4 oz through your layover destination, even if they’re from duty-free and in sealed
bags! 10. Even if your flight doesn’t offer a hot meal
or snacks, it might still be cheaper to eat on board than at the airport, especially if
you have the airline’s credit card. In this case, you can get up to a 25% discount
on drinks and food you buy in the air. 11. Airports and airlines manipulate estimated
arrival times. When your pilot announces the total flying
time, it often differs from the arrival time you saw when you were booking the flight. It’s easy to explain: the arrival time includes
some wiggle room for potential small delays, taxiing from the runway, and so on. 12. Arriving at the airport 2 hours before your
flight isn’t really necessary. Of course, there are ginormous hectic transportation
hubs where even 2 hours might not be enough. But in most cases, this airport recommendation
is just an ingenious plan to make you spend more money on shopping, eating, and drinking. After you pass all the security checks and
passport control, you have “the golden hour” ahead. That’s 60 minutes during which you’re most
likely to open your wallet to buy a coffee and sandwich, get a book to read, or even
spend a hefty sum on a new perfume. 13. A celebrity chef restaurant at the airport
might not be as good as it would be if you visited the real thing. Not chefs themselves but special restaurant
companies are responsible for airport outlets. One of the reasons is extremely strict security
that surrounds airport deliveries, including food. You still may have a nice meal, but it won’t
be the same. 14. A nice conversation with a security agent
might not be what it seems. It’s not that they don’t find you fascinating
– but getting all chatty could be a special technique that checks your behavior. It’s their way to make sure you aren’t a suspicious
character. 15. Airports could be selling your lost luggage
right now! Wait, I’m not saying there’s no chance for
you to get back your suitcase that’s ended up in a different destination. But just as likely, you might not see it again. Then an airport has all the rights to sell
your misplaced belongings at an auction. Most hubs hold an annual lost luggage sale. After paying an entry fee, you can bid on
electronics, clothes, bags, and whatnot. Some auctions are “blind” – you pay for
a bag without knowing what’s inside. 16. If you have an opportunity, don’t exchange
cash at the airport – you’ll never get a good rate there. Anyone who’s forgotten to buy some currency
beforehand can instead order it online and collect it at the airport. Some services only need a several hours’ notice
for such an order. Or it might be even better to use an ATM to
withdraw some cash at your final destination. 17. Some airports have shortcuts, but few people
know about them. It’s a good idea to research the airport map
before your flight and look for all available routes. It’ll come in handy when you’re rushing to
the furthest terminal. By the way, in the biggest airports, the distance
from check-in to departure can be more than half a mile long! 18. A medical study found out the connection between
living near an airport and an increased risk of heart problems. Surprisingly, it’s the result of noise pollution! Apparently, if you’re exposed to high noise
levels, especially at night, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure. 19. Another problem with airports is bad air quality. All those road machines and heavy air traffic
result in all kinds of nasty chemicals getting into the air you breathe. For example, the air over the busiest airports
regularly breaches the limits for nitrogen dioxide pollutants. 20. If you have a long layover but are unwilling
to spend it shuffling from one store to another, you could have a better option! Many airports have places for a quiet retreat,
for example, yoga studios or even gyms with swimming pools. But they’re typically hidden away – otherwise,
they’ll get packed with travelers. Look for such places away from busy terminals,
where most passengers won’t find them. Usually, only frequent flyers take advantage
of these spots. If you’re lucky, you might even find a private
bedroom at a reasonable price! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!


100 Responses

  1. Ishan Kid

    February 26, 2020 6:59 am

    By the way guys, 99% might NOT have noticed this BUT there is actually a PENCIL effect throughout the video. You know HOW I noticed? because you could see CLEAR black lines in all scenes! Cool, RIGHT?

  2. Pokemon Go

    February 26, 2020 10:23 am

    Bright side- “You don’t need to reach the airport 2 hours early”

    Me-“Reaching the airport 2 hours late”

  3. Mufumbi John Mulenga

    February 26, 2020 10:42 am

    Oh yes you do need to arrive two hours early. I've worked as a travel agent and I've seen passengers who drive an hour to the airport…only to find they forgot their passport. Two hours early gives you time to call someone at home to bring you whatever you forgot. Better safe than sorry.

  4. Mj C

    February 26, 2020 11:17 am

    Talking 4 seconds about the title. Plus a bunch of throw away info. No you don't by have to arrive early. You can miss your flight that you just paid big for. I work at an airport. I watch people have meltdowns over the most important flights ever because they just couldn't come an hour early. Plus they don't have enough money for a replacement ticket. People can afford to l loose a flight but not afford to buy a meal?! Fly smart or take the bus. I'm unsubing.

  5. David Green

    February 26, 2020 11:24 am

    WELCOME TO ISRAEL , where our neighbours DON'T play by the rules , and we are obliged to turn up 3 hours before our flight, for what can be lengthy security checks …………just in case

  6. Farihin Gaming

    February 26, 2020 11:32 am

    There is a channel that translate your video and use them…the channel called "sisi terang"…can you do something to stop the channel from "copy" your videos….thanks

  7. ghost307

    February 26, 2020 11:41 am

    I always thought the reason to arrive 2 hours early so TSA can take 90 minutes to do a 5 minute job. Welcome to security theater…

  8. sinisterpurpose13

    February 26, 2020 1:19 pm

    Regarding 2 hours, depend the line at check in booth, even if a machine plus the wanna- be-thugs of TSA…

  9. DaLVimir30 DALV

    February 26, 2020 1:23 pm

    Me: 5 hrs. ahead before my flight at Changi International Airport in Singapore. I enjoyed roaming around inside their carpeted beautiful airport and I did window shopping. 😀 But timing it was Black Friday so most of the stores were on Sale with the discounts of up to 50%. So i bought a 50% discounted sun glasses of Ray-Ban/Ferrari as my remembrance. Thank you BrightSide for this very informative video. More power to your channel! 👍🙌

  10. rupe53

    February 26, 2020 1:45 pm

    The most unpredictable part of air travel is the drive to the airport if it's in a big city, like NY or similar. That said, I would think it's best to have the car parked about 2 hours ahead of the flight, or a drop off at the terminal door 90 minutes ahead of the flight. What you are aiming for is a smooth transition to be at your gate a few minutes before boarding, which is roughly 30 minutes before the posted flight time. What they don't cover in this video is that international terminals tend to be more crowded, which is why it may take longer. Another thing they didn't cover is ALWAYS carry a photo ID when traveling and ALWAYS put all of your normal pocket items into your shoulder bag when going through security. You can't believe how much time that will save for you and everyone behind you.

  11. onlineo

    February 26, 2020 2:37 pm

    You don't need to reach your airport 2 hour early. The issue is that if you reach it late you miss your flight, now let's say its a holiday /vacation. Our last one was London Heathrow to LAX. We live 3-4 hour taxi away from Heathrow (taxi is roughly the same price as train or airport parking, and more convenient as no drive after a long flight and no hauling car seats and suitcases and tired toddlers from 1 train to a subway train etc.) . Our flights cost £2000 premium economy for a family of 4. If we get stuck in traffic or a queue at immigration and we miss the flights we loose the flight. We also loose the £6000 of accommodation we have prepaid and the car hire and our whole holiday. So our next option would be to rebook flights for sometime in the following 24 hours. Most planes were fully booked and we would be paying another £4000 extra for our flights. Not wanting this stress is why we arrived at the airport 2.5 hours early.

  12. willie69

    February 26, 2020 3:22 pm

    I prefer not take any change and loose a flight. Maybe, make sense at small airports; but not so much on international’s. That’s my personal opinion. Happy flights…,,

  13. DeLinda Williams

    February 26, 2020 4:27 pm

    Interesting…😕 Lowering people to spend💲at airports?
    Auction of lost 💼 ? Interesting😯
    What about if you are new to a country where the layover is 1 day,what's the best advice?

  14. Apryl’s Page

    February 26, 2020 4:50 pm

    I’ve arrived 2hrs early & arrived last to board going through security when pre ✔️ is closed & only 2 lines open! I also get snacks & food at the sheetz.

  15. luis fernandez

    February 26, 2020 5:05 pm

    Not changing money at the airport is not always true, in Colombia and Mexico I got better chage rate at the airport than outside when changing dollars to pesos.

  16. Donna Crumpler

    February 26, 2020 8:37 pm

    If you have ever flown out of Miami Airport, you need to be there2 hours early. TSA lines can sometimes take an hour and getting to your gate if you don’t know about the sky train can take forever.

  17. Marcio Correa Filho

    February 26, 2020 8:49 pm

    Be very careful with the 2-hour rule…. If you have luggage come early. What this video says will guarantee you to lose your flight.

  18. The Life of Dogs

    February 26, 2020 8:57 pm

    Hi bright side! Big fan! Just wanna say that your supportive and lots of family members really think your useful. Thanks, and stay at the bright side of life! <3

  19. Invisible

    February 26, 2020 11:14 pm

    thanks for all the subliminal messages guys! but too bad for ya! i'm not a spender! and my hand is very tight when it comes towards money!
    when i go to airports i know for a fact i'm a loser if i buy ANYTHING , why are all your videos always aimed at obsessive compulsive shoppers who can't go 3 steps without buying useless garbage?
    my wallet and i both have an oath! if it won't last with you for the next 10 years , it's not worth buying! that is it!

  20. Jam Gamer17

    February 27, 2020 1:04 am

    Not really cause I work at the airport y they ask to arrive 2 hours because we of to pack the cargo container and then take it to the airplane and then load the aircraft

  21. Harold BENSON

    February 27, 2020 1:38 am

    I mean, you always gotta be early. If you're flying international you gotta be there a few hours prior if you get caught up in customs

  22. Karla Gonzalez

    February 27, 2020 5:22 am

    once i spend 2 hours to get thru security check point!!! this was at Heatrow, good thing irrived 3 hrs prior departure!!!


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