Which would you rather, join a mile long queue snaking around a bunch of movable barriers when you reach the airport, then get allocated the worst seats on the plane, or check in from home and pick the seats you want?
If you picked the second option, and you've booked your ticket with a growing number of airlines who allow you to check in online, then for you can consign the dreaded check-in queue is history.
BA (www.ba.com/checkin), Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com), KLM (www.klm.com) and plenty of other airlines now let you check-in online, usually from 24 hours before your departure time.
When you go online to check in , be sure to open www.seatguru.com in a second window. Once you know the type of plane you will be on, check the best seats on seatguru and pick the ones that suit you best.
You will print your own boarding pass at home then, at the airport, leave your luggage at the airlines 'bag drop' facility, or if you only have hand luggage, head straight through to your boarding gate.
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