Discover insider tips for saving on travel and hotel accommodations by taking a look at the tourism industry from the perspective of international airport workers. We’ve gathered the best advice to help you on your journey.

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Skip the suitcase locks.

It turns out that locking your suitcase is pointless. One airport worker shared that they’ve had to break hundreds of these locks to inspect luggage contents. They simply use a sharp object to press on the zipper and quickly reseal the suitcase afterwards.

Bring your own headphones on the plane.

Although in-flight accessories are packaged to appear new, one warehouse employee revealed that they are often cleaned and repackaged after being used. To be safe in terms of personal hygiene, it’s best to bring your own headphones.

Remove old luggage tags.

This may seem obvious, but many travelers forget to remove outdated tags. An airport worker noted that this can cause confusion for conveyor belt operators and result in luggage being sent in the wrong direction.

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Be polite to airport staff.

Maintaining a courteous attitude can go a long way in ensuring a comfortable flight. Flight attendants have more influence than passengers might think, and if treated with respect, they may be willing to provide a first-class menu item or better seat.

Purchase tickets and fly on Tuesdays.

An airline revenue accounting employee suggested that the best time to buy a ticket is on Tuesday afternoons. Flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are also more affordable, particularly for US destinations.

Avoid in-flight coffee.

A former airport worker responsible for maintaining coffee machines revealed that low pay and insufficient tools often led to a lack of care for the equipment, resulting in subpar coffee quality.

Label your pet’s carrier or leash with their name.

For travelers flying with pets, airport staff often communicate with animals to help calm them. Having your pet’s name visible can make this process more effective.

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