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FAL 2018

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 55 By Alexandr a Kay A nyone who has spent a few hours sprawled miser- ably in an airport departure lounge waiting out a flight delay, and then sat hunched in a basic economy seat on a cross- country flight for six hours, knows that air travel has become more challenging in recent years. With stricter security requirements, airlines cramming in more seats and thus reducing legroom, and a record number of airline passengers, the challenge of navigating air travel can be a nightmare. Sham Sandor, an apparel sourcer who travels a lot for work, has had her share of unpleasant airport expe- riences. She often tries to minimize her time in an airport by arriving with just enough time to make her flight. at strategy sometimes backfires. On a recent visit to Amsterdam, she missed a flight because of long security lines and a glitch with her airline's app. "Crazy cool airport but crazy and not-so-cool lines! e security Tame the Stress of Travel check was insane," she says. "You got through two rounds of security only to get to another crazy long line. It felt like the winding lines at Disney!" On this oc- casion, she received an alert from Delta that her flight was delayed, so she stayed in line—only to get to her gate and find out the flight had already left. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid missed flights, reduce the hassle of travel, and make sure your next trip runs as smoothly as possible. Know the rules. In the last few years, some of the major carriers have added a new ticket catego- ry, known as "basic economy." Across dif- ferent airlines, the rules and inclusions can vary, so always double-check what you're getting with an airline's basic fare ticket. It generally means you are paying the lowest possible price—but at a cost, says Jamie Ditaranto, editor at the travel site SmarterTravel.com. "You don't get to choose your seat, and for most airlines, you'll have to pay an extra fee to bring a carry-on," she says. "For US carriers, basic fares include a complimentary carry-on How to make your next trip as stress-free as possible Power Trip EASE YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH THESE HACKS. • Bring a portable phone charger to avoid the hassle of finding an outlet. • Have your boarding pass and ID in hand before you get on line for security. • Confirm flight information on both the airline app and a flight board when you arrive at the airport. • Bring an empty water bottle to fill at the airport to avoid spending a fortune on liquids. • Email yourself airline contact info, flight and hotel informa- tion, a scan of your ID, and credit card info before you leave home, so you'll have what you need in case of emergency. DW Life > ISTOCKPHOTO

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