10 Tips for Tight Airport Connections

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Short airport connections can be a blessing, but only if you actually make your flight. Follow these tips to avoid being stranded at the gate. Because when it comes to tight connections, every second counts.


Choose an Aisle Seat Near the Front

If you know you're facing a tight connection and you've booked your flight in advance, reserve an aisle seat toward the front of the plane. Even if it costs a little extra, it's cheaper than missing your flight.

If you can't get the seat you want online, skip the automated ticket kiosk and instead check in at the counter, where you can explain your situation and ask to be seated near the front. The earlier you arrive at the airport (and the nicer you are when asking for help), the more likely this strategy will have a positive outcome.

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