Before Boarding at Edinburgh Airport


There are a number of things you must do at the airport before you can begin your holiday. Starting from the beginning, the first thing to sort out will be where you are going to park your car for the duration of your trip. It is not advisable to leave this until you arrive at the airport car park; paying on the gate parking prices is the most expensive airport parking option, plus you may have to spend a lot of time searching for a parking space. Pre-booking Edinburgh Airport parking online with Airparks can save you up to 60% off the on-gate parking price, plus a reserved parking space will be waiting for you when you reach the airport, so it’s well-worth considering booking in advance.

Getting to the Check-In Desk

Easy, reliable and efficient, after parking all you will need to do is catch a transfer bus to the airport terminals. The bus transfers from our off-airport parking services available near Edinburgh airport will take less than 10 minutes to get you to the terminal.

At the Check-In Desk

Once you’ve been safely delivered to the airport terminal, you will need to find your check-in desk. The departure screens in the airport foyer will show which check-in desk each flight will be using. Check-in desks are well-marked, but should you have any problems locating yours, just ask one of the on-hand airport staff and they will be able to direct you the right way.

At the check-in desk, you will have to check in any large items of luggage at the desk, show your passport to the check-in desk staff, and exchange your airline ticket for a boarding pass. Some airlines now allow you to check-in online before you go to the airport, saving you time. If you take this option, you will be sent an e-mail which you are to print off and use as your boarding pass.

Passport Control and Security

Having checked-in, next up comes passport control. At passport control just show your passport to the official there, who will check to make sure it is valid before waving you through to the security check.

Here, you will have to go through a metal detector and have you hand luggage x-rayed. Please note, certain items will be forbidden from being taken on the plane, such as sharp implements or anything that could be construed as dangerous, so make sure you do not have anything like this on your person or in your hand luggage before reaching security. There will be signs indicating what is and is not allowed at the security check-point.

Also, the amount of liquid you can take on a plane is now restricted; only up to 100ml can be taking in any one container, and this must be sealed in a clear plastic bag, provided by the security staff.

The Final Countdown

Finally, after passing security you can begin to relax. You will need to wait in the departure lounge until your departure lounge and gate is show on the screens there. Simply progress to your gate, where you will need to present your passport and boarding pass to the airline staff at the departure lounge desk. Soon the call to board the plane will sound, and you can begin your holiday.

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