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Security check: Reach airport well in time

PREMIER AIR Travel and Ticketing firms went on an overdrive on Saturday explaining passengers the perils of ignoring the pre-embarking travel advisory for domestic and international flights.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2006 00:19 IST

PREMIER AIR Travel and Ticketing firms went on an overdrive on Saturday explaining passengers the perils of ignoring the pre-embarking travel advisory for domestic and international flights.

Foremost among a large set of travel advisories handed out to the passengers were to follow the standard rule of reaching the airport at least an hour before departure of any flight and not rush to catch a 4 pm flight at Amausi by starting from say Gomti Nagar at 3.30 pm.

On Saturday, the Delhi-Lucknow flight of Jet Airways was delayed by 45 minutes at the Delhi airport since security men were not taking any chances with baggage brought by passengers in the check-in area, airline sources in Lucknow told HT Lucknow Live.

The travel advisory being offered for international passengers boarding from any of the bigger international airports such as Delhi or Mumbai was to reach the airport at least three hours before departure to avoid getting stuck in a long queue for hours.

“Minimum time taken for a security check in the domestic airports, including Amausi in Lucknow, is 20 to 25 minutes per passenger while in case of international passengers in Delhi and Mumbai it is not less than 45 minutes,” said Vivek Pandey, Regional Head (UP & Uttranchal) of Delhi Express Holidays.

He said business class passengers normally require barely 10 minutes for checking in at airports. But, passengers were waiting in long queues in Delhi on Saturday to boarding the Lucknow bound flight in the morning hours till well past noon to get to the main departure area.

Dos & donts

FOLLOWING ARE instructions e-mailed to the travel and ticketing houses in Lucknow by the various airlines regarding items which could be carried by passengers in the handbags on board the aircraft

Pocketsize wallets and purses with contents such as cash, credit cards and identity cards

Travel documents essential for journey such as passports and travel tickets

Prescribed medicines and medicinal items sufficient and essential for flight. For example, a diabetic kit except for liquids unless verified as authentic

Spectacles and sunglasses without cases

Contact lens holders without bottles of solution

For those travelling with an infant-baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposable bags)

Female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed for example- tampons, pads, towels and wipes

Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs

Keys (but no electrical fobs).