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  Getting ready for your first flight might seem like a huge adventure! You might feel excited and a little nervous but don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it looks. First time flying? In this article, we will take a closer look at each step so you understand what to do. We’ll go through everything together, step by step, so you feel confident and ready for your journey. Let’s begin!
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  • Book Your Flight Early

First things first, decide where you want to go. It could be somewhere close or far away! Once you’ve picked your destination, it’s time to book your flight. That just means you’re reserving a seat on the aeroplane. It’s a good idea to do this as soon as you can so you get the best price and the seat you want.
  • Check Your Documents

Now, let’s talk about paperwork. You’ll need to have certain documents with you when you travel. The most important one is your passport or ID. This is like your official ID card that proves who you are. Make sure it’s not expired and that you have it with you before you leave.
  • Pack Smartly

Packing is like putting all your stuff into bags or suitcases. But remember, you don’t need to bring your whole bedroom! Just pack the things you need, like clothes, a toothbrush, and maybe some toys or books. Check with the airline to see how much you’re allowed to bring and what things are not allowed.
  • Plan Your Transportation to the Airport

Getting to the airport is the first step of your journey. You can go by car, or bus, or maybe someone can give you a ride. Just make sure you leave early enough so you don’t miss your flight.
  • Arrive Early

It’s better to be early than late! Get to the airport at least two hours before your flight. This gives you plenty of time to do all the things you need to do before you get on the plane.
  • Check-In

Checking in is like saying “hi” to the airline and letting them know you’re there. You’ll need to show your ID and give them your flight information. They’ll give you a piece of paper called a boarding pass. This is like your ticket to get on the plane.
  • Pass-Through Security

Before you go to where the aeroplanes are, you have to go through security. This is to make sure everyone is safe. You might have to take off your shoes or put your bag through a special machine.
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  • Find Your Gate

Once you’ve passed security, look for your gate. This is like the door that you’ll go through to get on the plane. There are big screens that tell you which gate your flight is at.
  • Boarding the Plane

When it’s time to get on the plane, the airline staff will tell you. You’ll need to show your boarding pass and they’ll help you find your seat.
  • Take Your Seat

When you find your seat, you can sit down. Buckle up your seatbelt and get comfortable. The plane might feel a little bumpy when it takes off and lands, but that’s normal.
  • Listen to Safety Instructions

The flight attendants will show you how to stay safe on the plane. They’ll talk about things like seatbelts, oxygen masks, and emergency exits. It’s important to pay attention to this part.
  • Enjoy Your Flight

Once the plane is in the air, you can relax and have fun. You can watch movies, read a book, or even take a nap.
  • Arrival

When the plane lands, stay seated until the seatbelt sign turns off. Then you can get up and get your things. Follow the signs to get out of the plane and go to the baggage claim area.
  • Collect Your Luggage

This is where you get your bags back. They’ll come out on a conveyor belt and you just have to wait for yours to show up.
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  • Proceed to Your Destination

Once you have all your bags, you can leave the airport and start your adventure! Whether you’re going to a hotel, visiting family, or going sightseeing, you’re all set to go.

Final Thoughts

And that’s it! You’ve completed your first flight. Feeling nervous? That’s okay!  Everyone feels that way sometimes. Just take a deep breath and ask a flight attendant or another passenger for help if you need it. Have a fantastic trip!
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This article was first published on 8th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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