ONE PARENT has exposed the two big mistakes travelers make when passing through airports.
Getting to the plane is the most stressful part of a vacation, but there are a few simple tricks passengers can use to make things go a little more smoothly.
Tiktokerin Nicole Jaques (@itsnicolejaques) shared her top tips for staying at the airport, including two big mistakes she thinks passengers make all the time.
The first of these is to turn right upon arrival at airport security.
There are often two queues you can stand in to scan your stuff, one on the right and one on the left, but most people choose to turn right for some reason.
This keeps the lines on the left much shorter, with far fewer people in them.
Nicole said, “For security or customs lines, always go to the left. The lines are always shorter.”
Turning left or right at the security line can mean the difference between catching or missing your flight, especially if you arrive late at the airport.
Nicole’s tip was backed up by a self-proclaimed airport expert, who explained why people tend to prefer the right-hand queue.
According to the person who is a user of the online forum Quora, depending on our dominant hand, we unconsciously choose which side we line up on.
They said: “Because they are mostly right-handed, people choose the right line, while the left is often less busy.”
Once you get to the front of the security line and need to remove your belts, coats and shoes, Nicole suggests that wearing socks is an absolute must due to the number of germs at the security scanners.
She said: “Wear socks through security. It’s the dirtiest part of the airport.”
This claim has been backed up several times, including by a university study looking for the dirtiest part of the airport.
The study, conducted at an airport in Finland during peak flu season in 2015-2016, found that security, and particularly the plastic security shelves, are the worst places for germs.
Because it is “almost inevitable” that every passenger has to go through security on the way from the entrance to his plane.
Podiatrist Ebonie Vincent also warned against pulling your toes out when you travel, saying it exposes you and other people to harmful bacteria and diseases.
She told the Washington Post, “You could pick up fungus, not to mention the millions of germs and bacteria you could transfer onto carpets, into hotel rooms or into homes and cars, posing a hazard to other people.”
Rami Calis, an associate professor of podiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, agreed, saying, “The floor is often dirty where all these people go through security. And it gets no sun.”
Rami also recommends leaving your socks on when asked to remove your shoes, and always packing a spare pair of socks if you’re wearing sandals.
Meanwhile, another mother revealed the big mistakes parents make when traveling with kids.
And a simple plane ticket mistake could end up costing you money.
https://www.the-sun.com/travel/6860554/mistakes-airport-ruin-holiday/ Mum reveals the two big mistakes you’re making at airport security – and it could ruin your holiday