A Basic Guide to Layovers

If you’ve ever travelled long enough, or between small enough cities, you’ve probably experienced the joys of a layover. However, for newcomers to flying, it can be pretty tricky to figure out what you may need to do during a layover, so hopefully this will serve as your basic guide on how to get yourself onto that second flight!

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40 thoughts on “A Basic Guide to Layovers”

  1. As long as you look up your flight number & gate number you should have no problem getting to your next airplane on time plus charge up your devices & have movies downloaded in case there's a long wait.

  2. I have a flight from Portland to London but have a layover in Canada. My layover is only an hour long, do you think that will be enough time to have to go through customs again? I'm very nervous lmao

  3. Important thing to remember about layovers: remember timezones! Don't be the guy who thought he had a two-hour layover when it was only one hour and ends up stuck in North Carolina for 7 hours because he forgot he was in the Eastern Time zone, and not Central like his origin point and destination.

    Totally not speaking from personal experience.

  4. LUGGAGE TIPS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Tie three or four colored ribbons around the handle to your luggage to warn others that this is not their luggage. People grab luggage at the turnstile and take it home before you ever see it.

    Anywhere you put your bag, it could be grabbed in error. Example: overhead compartment, unloaded from the bus, at the hotel lobby, at the airport turnstile…

    These ribbons make your luggage different and EASY TO SPOT when the piece is surrounded by 35 other cases unloaded from the bus. Using 4 ribbons make it immediately different than other cases with 1 ribbon.

    Use 1” wide ribbons 14” long and not longer. Cut the ends at 45 degrees.

    Tie the ribbons as a sandwich, as if they were one ribbon. Use a man’s tie, a half Windsor knot for the best look. After it is tied on, the total length of the ribbons will be about 5 inches from the handle. This is too short to catch on anything such as rollers.

    Scissor cut trim the ribbons to cascading different lengths after they are tied. Put a drop of Super Glue at the end.
    If each ribbon is slightly a different length by 1/4” the color layers will all show up no matter how they drape.

    You can see these ribbons from 40 feet away.
    Perhaps tie TWO handles or RINGS top and side of the case.
    Tie using a HALF WINDSOR KNOT to the metal buckle ring of the handle.

    Learn Half Windsor knot tying:
    It is the 2nd example in this video
    This knot does not loosen.

    Put your phone number on one ribbon using a fine point permanent Sharpie.
    Example: “Owner 454-333-7878”
    No personal name necessary.
    No address necessary on the ribbon.

    Choose one ribbon with an unusual pattern or fabric to really make it unique. The 4th ribbon could be black color.

    Stand by the output port of the turnstile to reduce the chance of someone else grabbing your piece.

    Tie your skiies, duffel bag, backpack and what ever else with matching ribbons—even your computer case.

    If you are a Travel Agent, you could hot gold stamp one ribbon with your name and phone number. Send them a set of ribbons, red and blue and BLACK to your customer as a gift. Record this gift in your database so you don’t duplicate yourself.
    Buy a gold hot embossing machine. Gold emboss your business name on the BLACK ribbon. Put the customer’s name on it if possible.

    Pleasant color combinations:
    Red, white and blue
    Chartreuse and purple and orange
    Orange and light blue
    Orange and yellow
    Gray and pink
    Green and yellow
    Red and Green
    Red and Gold
    Light blue and light green and white

    The 4th ribbon could be white, gray, black, tan

    Tip #2 Take a cell phone picture of the ribbon tied on. Then another picture of the full luggage piece. You now have a way to communicate “what it looks like” if someone is tasked with searching for it.
    You can show this picture to the searcher or attach a picture to your report for lost luggage.

    Take this picture outside in direct sun not under neon lights.

    Tip #3 Place a strip of colored duct tape on the inside lining to your case. Put TWO pieces in DIFFERENT places such as INSIDE a pocket to the case. If you dare, put your phone number DIRECTLY ON THE FABRIC Liner of the case WITHOUT USING TAPE. Or, put your name and phone number on this tape. If all identity is stripped from your case, you have this to show. If someone steals it and rips off identity tags, you can show the police officer the inside tape…

    To be sneaky about the tape, put your phone number on the STICKY side of the tape. Nothing is on the surface side of this tape.

    Tip #4
    Put your phone number on a 2” x 1/2” piece of fabric or plastic sheet. Use colored Duct tape, such as black or red or neon, to tape this message to the top side of the handle. This message is under the tape hidden from view. The lettering does not touch the sticky part. Wrap it 2-3 times. Also include Tips 1,2,3 above. If you need to prove identity of the case, just unwrap it and show.

    4 ribbons
    1 designer ribbon
    colored taped handle
    stencil SPRAY PAINT a 2 1/2” stencil letter or number or word or your initials to the suit case exterior surface in addition to using all the other ideas here.

    Stencil spray paint a letter to the TOP ribbon.
    Use ribbons that are wider or more narrow than 1”.
    Put a travel sticker on the case.

    Scales accuracy varies at different airports. If you are even 1 pound over, you pay. So, regulate yourself. Found on Ebay, buy a
    It is less than $15.

    Duct tape to an inside pocket a GSM GPS Tracking device. Find them on Ebay. Your iphone can tell you where your luggage is.
    Is it in another city? https://youtu.be/qJkUSNIBsP0

  5. If I'm traveling by one airline e.g Air India from one country to another..and after the layover over there if I'm getting into another airlines e.g Lufthansa to go to my destination country…is there a possibility to check to luggage..coz the baggage allowance is different for different airlines… should I need to pay extra according to my connecting flight airline?.. please let me know about this

  6. be careful it’s a set up houston layer overs r having thousand s with major sickness and hospitals know they take you money and don’t even treat it was very odd that they took us off the plane and gave u s our luggage on the tarmac first they for hand sanitizer then in turned into it was a part then they needed somebody to install it bullshit we were so isick thought i was gonna die literally severekidny failure how is that possible from flying from houston to panama don’t if wife’s gonna make something doesn’t make sense here

  7. if i fly from houston to italy,with two layovers,first one being 41 minutes in chicago then the second in london for three hours,what do you suggest i do.im mainly just scared about my luggage being left behind.

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