Check-in and security checks go out without a hitch for your bag. When you’re about to board, the gate agent pulls you aside and provides you with a ticket. Your suitcase has been gate-checked, and you’ll have to pick that up from the jet bridge when you arrive, potentially adding time to what was meant to be a quick flight.
Some items, like buggies and wheelchairs, are inspected through to your ultimate stop, but if you’re unlucky, your little carry-on item could be taken away as well. Here are some tips to avoid luggage (käsipagasi kohver) checking.
- Never board last:
It’s advisable to avoid boarding last if you want to dodge a last-minute gate inspection. The majority of airlines offer free gate-checking for carry-on luggage. You may not always be able to continue with them. This usually happens when flights run out of overhead compartment space near the end of the boarding procedure or on smaller, local planes with little overhead room.
- 3-1-1 Toiletries:
You won’t be able to put larger versions of your favorite toiletries if you don’t want to check a bag. Make careful to follow the 3-1-1 rule: three ounces or fewer per traveler in a clear, zip-top plastic bag with one quart-sized bag. Use refillable bottles instead of purchasing travel-sized toiletries. You’ll save money while also doing your part to protect the environment.
- Don’t pack too much:
You’ll have to be a little more careful — and discriminating — about what and how you pack. If you’re going on a weekend trip, this means considering if you’ll need six pairs of shoes. Try to lessen the weight of your bag. You won’t need a separate pair of clothing to fly to and from your destination, either.
With a little planning and preparation, you can travel with a carry-on suitcase (käsipagasi kohver) and avoid gate-checking if you follow these steps.