Top 5 airline travel tips

(NC) It's peak travel season and Canadian airports from coast to coast are bursting at the seams. Roch Lefebvre, Air Canada Service Director and seasoned traveller, has seen it all and offers five expert tips:


1. Most people bring too much. Check your carry-on and checked baggage allowances, including dimensions, before packing.


2. Most importantly, ensure your valuables including keys, money, cameras, required medication, and jewelry are kept in a small carry-on bag which must fit under a seat. You'll want to have these items with you at all times.


3. Double check the details of your itinerary including name spelling, date, time, seat assignment etc., are correct to avoid delays or worse, a missed flight.


4. Checking-in online up to 24 hours before departure and selecting your seats before arriving at the airport gives you peace of mind. An electronic boarding pass is sent to your email or phone, which may be used to get through security and board the plane.


5. Avoid rushing – get to the airport in plenty of time.


Bonus tip:


6. Above all, relax, use common sense and enjoy your travels. When you see the red maple leaf on the tail of an Air Canada aircraft, you know you're one step from home.


Roch Lefebvre has been flying with Air Canada for eight years and specializes in coaching his peers on Air Canada's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which this summer flies to international destinations including Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, London, Zurich, Paris and Tel Aviv.