How to get out of a tight spot on international flights

A couple of days ago, a fellow traveler on an international flight was making some noise, complaining that she couldn’t hear her voice when her phone rang. 

“I’m getting a little impatient,” she said. 

What you need to know about international travel: What’s the best way to travel in the US? 

How to avoid airport security? 

What do you need before you board an airplane? 

Do you need an ID? 

Does your travel insurance cover international travel? 

Is it necessary to carry a mobile phone while on the road? 

Are airport security checkpoints really necessary? 

We’re here to help. 

Here are some of our tips for getting out of the tight spot.1.

If you’re traveling in a city or metro area, make sure you have a reliable internet connection. 

Your cell phone service is your best source of communication in those places. 

If you’re heading out to a friend’s house or other non-traditional location, your smartphone can be a good backup. 

2.

Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared. 

Some cities have strict weather restrictions and you may have to use alternate means to get around. 

Try to avoid getting into a car with the windows down or a car parked in a parking lot that is closed. 

Avoid traveling by public transportation. 

3.

Wear a head covering, such as a hat or sunglasses, when traveling. 

The weather can also make wearing a head cover or face cover inconvenient or difficult. 

4.

Wear comfortable clothes and footwear. 

Make sure your clothes are warm and dry. 

5.

Check your flight itinerary. 

Do not wait for an airport shuttle. 

6.

Check on other travelers and passengers. 

Check on other passengers and passengers on flights that are scheduled to depart from a specific city. 

7.

Make a list of all the activities you’re going to be doing, and where you’ll be. 8.

Find out how to avoid unnecessary airport checkpoints. 

9.

If something happens to you while on a flight, call your airline. 

10.

Consider how to prepare for an emergency if something does happen. 

11.

Plan ahead for the worst possible time of year. 

12.

Get a copy of your airline ticket. 

13.

Plan for travel and emergency preparedness. 

14.

Consider taking emergency medical advice before you travel. 

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Have a backup plan. 

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Prepare for unexpected weather conditions. 

17.

Know how to check your phone when you leave your home. 

18.

Know where you can reach the airport. 

19.

Know your rights and responsibilities in a hotel room. 

20.

Know when and where to go to a doctor if you have medical problems. 

21.

Know if you can use emergency medical services. 

22.

Know the laws in your country. 

23.

Know about airport security. 

24.

Be prepared for airport security questions. 

25.

Know what you can and cannot wear. 

26.

Know to wear ear plugs in airplane cabins. 

27.

Know before going to the beach. 

28.

Know who you can call for help in an emergency. 

29.

Know why you need a cell phone when traveling on a plane. 

30.

Know which airlines offer discounted airfare. 

31.

Know in advance when and how to get off an airplane. 

32.

Know that the TSA requires you to use your seatbelt. 

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Know whether you have to wear a mask when you board a plane or to take a photo at the gate. 

34.

Know all the airport security laws and regulations. 

35.

Know a few things you don’t want to miss while traveling.