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In Transit: Avoiding Aviation Aggravation

In Transit: Avoiding Aviation Aggravation Photo

Photo by JaySeb

Posted on August 2, 2007 in Travel Tips

While we can all accept the mantra “it’s about the journey, not the destination,” sometimes the physical act of traveling can be a pain, particularly when flying. If heightened security—and the long lines and packing restrictions that come with it—don’t fry your nerves, waiting on the tarmac or navigating confusing airports may. And while we can’t make the TSA let you board with your own water, we can help you with the rest of your journey.

As a Mexico City native and resident, JesusW has done his part to make his hometown airport a breeze for incoming travelers. With rundowns of customs and immigration, taxis and shuttles, and even good layover eating, the so-called busy, crazy place seems a little less so.

A little farther east, MichaelJM explores Havana. As sad as he was to leave Cuba’s sunshine, he was even more perplexed by his point of egress. But Havana International Airport didn’t stump him in the end, and he left with a few pearls of wisdom for those who follow.

Much, much farther east, travelin’ Texan Gators123 drops some tips for travelers who may worry about east-meets-west confusion upon arrival in Shanghai. Fear not—this fearless traveler has been there and done that for all of us, returning to share his Secrets of Navigating Shanghai Airport.

Of course, sometimes there’s only so much one can do; if you’re stuck on the runway, you’re stuck on the runway. In that case, we stand by the mantra that “the best offense is a good defense.” In other words, be prepared.

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