Member since 06 Feb 2018
Total posts 5
Came back on the weekend from travel in Asia and noticed the seemingly, unwarranted stress of other passengers fumbling for passports and boarding passes etc.
Curious to hear how you all handle these documents while in the lounge or walking through immigration/security/airport in general.
Myself, inside top pocket of jacket or if travelling sans suit/jacket back pocket of pants all in easy reach.
I saw people struggling with boarding pass in mouth, passport wedged under arm and a bag in each hand. Nightmare for them and really feel bad for them and the stress that air travel seems to invoke in people.
Keen to hear your thoughts and any other strange sights to do with passport and boarding pass "holding".
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
It’s hardly difficult. So much of travel isn’t helped by people who seemingly ignore the obvious. Was traveling through LHR last week and going through security a guy had a six pack of beers in his carry on and was arguing about how he was allowed to bring them through. I didn’t stay to watch the obvious end, but there’s always (at least) one. This could develop into a rant, but it always astonishes me that so many people queue at security or at boarding and only when they get to the front of the line do they suddenly realize the same requirements that apply to everyone else also apply to them!
A few years ago checking in at Sydney for a flight to Melbourne the couple in front of me managed to lose their boarding passes between printing them at self service check in and dropping their bags off. Literally 10metres. They had no idea what they had done with them.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Jul 2013
Total posts 69
Boarding Pass, passport, baggage claim tags, ticket/itinerary, FF Cards, pen, etc all in a travel portfolio, in a pocket by itself, on the front of my carry on. Been travelling that way for over 30 years and haven’t lost (or fumbled) anything ever.... touch wood!
Member since 14 Jun 2017
Total posts 50
Get a passport holder with a sleeve large enough for a boarding pass and hold it in your hand until you’re physically on the plane. Life is not rocket science.
Member since 08 Nov 2018
Total posts 2
I keep everything tucked in the photo page of my passport, which is tucked inside a small travel wallet/sleeve. The part I find stressful is the uncertainty of which documents are needed at which different type of checkpoint, as this varies between airports. Signage is not always clear, and I end up fumbling at the counter with too many seemingly crucial documents to hand (eg, I've now learned that no one wants to see a print out of my ETSA, but it's the sort of thing you'd assume would need to be produced). Recently I had an arrivals immigration lady at MEL say helpfully as she processed people, "You can now put your passports etc away, from here you only need the arrivals card to show Customs". I'm sure that's an obvious point, but it was much appreciated especially after an overnight flight when you're not at your sharpest.
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
All well and good to keep boarding pass and passport close by, in jacket or trousers, or in hold all.
In regards to Marlzmarlz, apart from the arrivals card, you also need your Smartgate receip if self processed via Smartgate.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 572
I just have mine in my top pocket. The other one is the ritual of getting buried ‘stuff’ out of hand luggage after boarding thus slowing the whole process. Most of this could be done in the boarding area and have ready to hand as well. Sometimes I misjudge how cold it will be and so get a jumper out but that will be later in the flight. But tablets, books etc are all in hand.
So very true. But so many people seem to want to make it so!! It never ceases to amaze me what you see sometimes at airports, flew over 200k miles last year so plenty of time to marvel at what new levels of Darwin defiance people can come up with.
Member since 04 Dec 2013
Total posts 65
Never underestimate how stressful and intimidating airports and flying generally are for those that do it only once or twice a year (if that).
Member since 15 Feb 2018
Total posts 151
These are probably people who don’t fly very often.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 237
Easy - they put them in their bags! (Probably a side zip pocket.)
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 167
I used to just throw them in the front of my bag (the thin zip pocket) but switched to hardcase without one.
Don't forget RFID rays (blocking scammers) capable wallets are now the bees knees.
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