Tips From an Airport Noob

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

June 25, 2014
Ninoy Aquino Intenational Airport - Terminal 3
Bucket List #61: Ride an airplane

I have ridden an airplane and it was my first time. There, I said it - my maiden flight, if you will.

So to help out others who are yet to suffer the same anxiety associated with first-time flight, I've made a breakdown of how-tos and tips to make it easier for you. I hope.

I suggest you opt for the online booking. Not only would it be the most convenient means, it would also make it possible for you to snag up sweet deals and Piso-fares. AirAsia and Cebu Pacific offer many promos so everyone can fly.

Of course, it's more convenient when you have a credit card but most airline websites accept other modes of payment like thru DragonPay, Cebuana Lhuillier, etc.

A head's up for AirAsia, though: In order to avail of the non-credit card option, the gap between your departure and return should be more than a week.

For my first flight, I had the pleasure of riding with AirAsia. I had no check-in baggage because I was confident that my 35-liter North Face Terra Pack would be within the 7kg cabin baggage allowance. And it was.

To tell you the truth, they weren't real fussy about the hand-carry luggage. I was even able to bring danggit and dried pusit inside my hand-carry.

I don't know how it is with other airlines but as for AirAsia, one has the option of web check-in to obtain a Boarding Pass and avoid the lines in the airport. Check out their site for more info:

(Without Taking a Cab)
I got a general idea of the commute thanks to this site.

But for a more updated guide, here's how I got there:

From Angono, I took a jeepney bound for Cubao and alighted at the Santolan LRT Station. I then rode the train up to the last station, Recto. (In retrospect, I could've gotten off at Araneta-Center Cubao to save time. But since I still had plenty of time, I didn't mind the quasi-circumnavigation.)

In Recto, I walked to the connecting bridge to Doroteo Jose Station and bought a ticket to EDSA Station. From here, I walked over the footbridge, to the Jeepney and Airport Shuttle Terminal near a Chowking. If you'll get off from Taft Station via LRT 3, you will walk less as the terminal is just below one of the exits of said station. (I'm not sure if it's the North or the South, sorry.)

In this terminal, there are shuttles to Terminal 1, 2, and 4. None for Terminal 3, the Domestic Airport. You'd have to ride a jeepney with a Baclaran signboard. Ask the driver if it'll pass by Terminal 3 (or "Domestic") to be sure. Fare is minimum, so 8.50.

Alight a little ahead of a four-way junction, in front of Petron. Cross the street and take a short walk toward Terminal 3. You can also hail a pedicab if you're in no mood for walking, or has  considerable amount of luggage.

To get back to the LRT Stations, just walk back to Petron and cross the street from this gas station, wait for Jeepneys with "MRT" signboards.

Me at the PDA
Show your boarding pass/ticket/itinerary and a valid ID to the guard in the main gate. Proceed to the main entrance where your luggage will be submitted to x-ray checking. After this, proceed to your respective airline counter and show your boarding pass/ticket/itinerary. You will then be showed to the pre-departure area (PDA). You can choose to wait it out here, or you can just dally about if you have arrived too early. The PDA is the place where your Boarding Annoucement will be made so take note of your boarding time. Make sure also that you are in the correct Boarding Gate.
Boarding Gate to my flight

Pay attention to the ground crews and the cabin crews that will lead and assist you to and fro the plane. Follow the safety precautions and enjoy your flight!
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Just be  polite and avoid sounding obnoxious. You'll find that people will respond positively if you preface your inquiry with a "Good morning/day/afternoon" and a sincere smile.

Cheers to the next adventure!

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