Before Boarding at Luton Airport

There is a succession of necessary procedures everybody has to go through when departing from any UK airport. First and foremost, you will need to find somewhere to park. The stress and hassle of finding a parking space in packed car parks can be eliminated if you book Luton Airport parking in advance online with Airparks. Pre-booking means a reserved parking spot will be waiting for you when you get to the airport, and discounts of up to 60% are to be had when you book online.

Getting to the Check-In Desk

After parking, simply jump onto a regular, efficient transfer bus, which will take you to the airport terminal. To avoid transfer buses altogether, you can book a Luton Airport Meet & Greet service. Transfer times will vary between on-airport and off-airport car parks; off-airport parking has longer transfer times and on-airport parking shorter.

At the Check-In Desk

You’ve been transported to the front of the airport building; next you will have to find the check-in desk. This shouldn’t be too hard, as there will be screens just inside the doors of the airport with the check-in desk areas detailed on them. If you have trouble working out where to go, friendly airport staff members will be around to help.

Once you’ve found the check-in desk, it’s time to check-in any large items of luggage that are to go into the hold of the plane. You will be required to present your passport and airline ticket to the check-in staff. Your airline ticket will be swapped for a boarding pass. Some airlines now offer the opportunity to check-in on line before you get to the airport, saving you time. If you take this option, you will be sent a receipt by e-mail which acts as a boarding pass. People who only have hand luggage to take on the plane can use this option and avoid going to the check-in desk at all.

Passport Control and Security

Once you’ve checked-in, the next step is to go through passport control. Here you will be required to show your passport to the passport control official, who, provided everything is in order, will wave you through to the security check. The security check entails passing through a metal detector and having your luggage x-rayed to make sure you have no forbidden items on you, such as sharp implements and or anything that might be construed as dangerous. It also important to note that there are now restrictions on the amount of liquid you can take on the plane; you may only take on-board up to 100ml of liquid, and this must be sealed in a clear plastic bag issued by the security staff.

The Final Countdown

Finally, you can begin to relax; your holiday is shortly to begin. All that’s left to do is walk to your departure lounge and gate which will be well-signposted, and present your passport and boarding pass to the airline staff at the departure lounge desk. From here simply wait for the boarding call, and you can get on the plane and start your trip.