Before the Aircraft Leaves the Gate
1. Find the seats for both of you
2. Remind the traveler to remove the comfort items like water bottle, a book or a shawl from the carry-on
3. Help the traveler put their carry-on bag in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of them
4. Stow away your carry-on bag
5. Make sure you and the traveler to put the seat belt on and keep it fastened for as much of the flight as possible
6. Acquaint them with the aircraft safety card and point out the emergency exits
1. Check-in online and select your seat in advance if available
2. For international flight, arrive at least 2.5 hours ahead of departure time
3. For domestic flight, arrive at least 1.5 hours ahead of departure time
4. Meet your traveler at the appointed location and time
1. For domestic flight, a valid photo ID e.g. driver license
2. For international flight, passport valid more than 6 months beyond the departure date and a valid visa if required
When packing, put items that contain liquids inside sealed plastic bags, and then pack them in the center of the luggage. You also might consider putting underwear or other clothing in a sealed plastic bag. When you close the bag, squeeze as much air out as possible before you seal the bag. This will save space and allow denser packing in your luggage.
Leave your valuables at home. Otherwise put them in your carry-on. Keep a careful eye on your bag and promptly collect it after screening.
Happy December, the time for end of year reflections. Thank you for your interest in TripCompanion and for supporting us in so many ways!
Like many Chinese-Americans, I have an extended family spread over several countries. Hence, family get togethers can be a costly affair! Being a frugal person, I love the challenge of finding the cheapest way to travel and visit my family.
I know that I am not (I’m too old), but perhaps you are. Depending on the source you check people of the Millennial Generation can be born anytime between the early 1980’s and the early 2000’s. So if your birth year falls within that range you might consider yourself a Millennial.
If you are retired or looking forward to your retirement, you might be planning some travel. Why not help others along the way? Perhaps in the course of your career, you might have done some or extensive domestic or overseas traveling. Your familiarity with various airports and your knowledge of the travel process is invaluable to other senior travelers who have either never had the opportunity to travel or must now travel alone and are anxious about it.
What does TripCompanion expect from its air trip companions?
- Honesty in your description of your upcoming trip and proposed services for a traveler.
- Identification verification. When you sign up to become an air travel companion, you must confirm that you are eligible to fly internationally. You should upload a clear photo of yourself and enter your name in the TripCompanion app. When you publish your trip, the app will connect to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to provide us your number of connections and timelines.