Airports are often very busy places so it’s a good idea to stay alert when you’re in one.
With literally thousands of people from all over the world passing through some airports everyday there are potentially all sorts of germs going around. To keep healthy make sure you always wear something on your feet, wash your hands after using public lavatories and if any of your belongings are put in security bins, such as your phone, make sure you wipe them down when you retrieve them.
It’s also a good idea to have some hand sanitizer on you so if you’re unable to wash your hands you can use this. You may also want a first aid kit with you especially if there are only limited medical facilities in the airport you’re travelling to or from. And if you are travelling with children or have special medical needs keep a small emergency bag with you that includes anything you might need if your flight is delayed.
Many UK airports have advice on their websites on travelling with children if you’d like more tips on this. And if you are disabled the government website Gov.uk has information on help available at airports and from airlines.
As in any crowded place you need to keep a close eye on your luggage at all times.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Developement Office’s (FCDO) travel advice website can tell you how safe the area you’re travelling to is and if there are likely to be any issues at the airports there. This can include special airport security measures, if you need medical certificates for any medication you’re taking with you and how to act in the airport. For example, the FCDO recommends never making flippant remarks about bombs or terrorism in US airports as these are taken very seriously.
Terrorist attacks at airports are extremely rare but you still need to be vigilant. Here are some tips to help keep you safe.
If you have a flight that means you will be landing very early in the morning or late at night it’s worth thinking in advance about how you will travel on from the airport. In some countries there may be public transport that is safe to use at these times but in others this may not be the case so it’s worth checking.
It goes without saying that you should never accept a lift from a stranger but watch out for people offering transport services near baggage claim areas – they are often not authorised to offer these services. If you need transport go to the information desk at the airport to find out what your options are.
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