The airport mistake you’re making that could delay your flight

Airport delays are the one thing we could all do without when travelling. It’s both inconvenient and frustrating, and can start (or end) your holiday on a bad note, which nobody needs. But according to one cabin crew member, some of us could actually be inadvertently causing them.

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A former EasyJet staffer has opened up about exactly how in an interview with the Mirror. Matt, who worked for the budget airline between 2016 and 2018, shared some of the secrets staff wish they could tell you during their flight, and it was very insightful to say the least.

One of the main points he raised was that those who over-pack their carry-on bags to the point where they are too heavy to fit on the plane and must therefore be taken to the checked baggage pile are often responsible for things running behind.

‘Cabin crew are not there to lift hand luggage into the overhead locker,’ he explained to the publication. ‘Whilst crew will help to avoid delays, if you have packed everything but the kitchen sink into your hand luggage and then wait for the crew to lift it into the overhead, don’t be surprised if it gets tagged and put in the hold.’

He continued: ‘If a member of the crew gets hurt lifting people’s bags into the overhead, then expect delays as the crew member will need to be replaced by a standby crew member.’

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Matt also advised travellers to pack carefully to speed up the security process at airports, saying: ‘Pack your essentials into your hand luggage. Things like medication, passport, money, phone etc should be in your hand luggage.

‘If you’re taking liquids through security, then follow the instructions. Things like laptops and iPads need to be in a separate tray to everything else in your hand luggage.’

He added: ‘You’d be amazed how much quicker security is if you are prepared and act accordingly.’