Six things we should NEVER do at the airport

by Karen A.P. Caliwara
Jan 7, 2019
<p>Tony Labrusca denies bragging about being a celebrity. But please bear in mind that the line "Hindi mo ba ako kilala?" will never work. Namedropping will also make the matter worse when faced with a situation at airports.</p>

Surely, the airport incident involving the actor Tony Labrusca was not a first.

At airports anywhere, it is not uncommon to see travelers losing their cool especially when a flight is delayed

The big difference then and now: These scenes get social media exposure.

Remember the offloaded luggage of Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto in 2012 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3? It was the talk of the town.

Raymart got into a fistfight with Ramon Tulfo after the latter started taking a video of Claudine, who was then complaining to an attendant.

What ensued was a legal battle, which was settled in May 2014.

In incidents such as what happened to Raymart and Claudine, it is hard not to get mad.

Recently, Miss Supranational Philippines Jehza Huelar had the bad luck of arriving in Poland with nothing to wear for the pageant's activities.

Her six-piece luggage were mistakenly left by an airline in London.

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But she chose not to "worry much," and just borrowed dresses from her fellow candidates.

To take a leaf from Jehza, here are ways not to get too stressed when faced with a situation at airports.

Never raise your voice.

This is easier said than done, but, celebrity or not, if you argue so loudly and attract other people's attention, there's a big chance you'll end up with "ipa-viral ito" posts of netizens.

When talking to an airline crew, remember this:

Never say "Hindi mo ba ako kilala?" or namedrop.

Tony denied bragging about being a celebrity, but still remember: this line never worked for celebrities.

Saying you have connections or stating your stature will only make things worse, especially if you're trying to break protocol such as removing your shoes at security checks.

This happened to ACTS OFW party-list representative Aniceto "John" Bertiz III in September 2018, whose airport outburst earned a penalty from the House of Representatives.

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Never cut the line.

This is simply not acceptable.

In October 2017, Angelica Panganiban and her friends were bashed after a netizen accused them of 'cutting the line in immigration.'

The post read: "Super entitlement issues. I respect every profession so I wont even go there, but the fu*king nerve to think they're bigger."

READ Netizen calls out Angelica Panganiban for allegedly cutting the line in immigration

Never be late.

Honor the check-in time and boarding time stated in your airline ticket.

Given the air traffic congestion, planes, as much as possible, try to depart and arrive on time.

Sadly, if you are late, the airport crew will not wait for you. They will try to locate and page you, but once they close that boarding gate, it will no longer allow anybody to the flight.

Remember when Richard Gutierrez and then-girlfriend Jewel Mische missed their flight?

Their Estimated Departure Time was "8:55 p.m."

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According to the airline website, passengers must be at boarding gate "at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time," and that the "gate will close fifteen (15) minutes before departure."

The couple were spotted at past 9 p.m.

READ Richard Gutierrez involved in airport incident

Never insult an immigration officer.

If you're a foreigner visiting a country, rudeness can make you an "undesirable alien."

In June 2017, Francine Prieto's husband Frank Shotkoski was deported for his "disrespectful behavior."

According to Francine's Facebook post, "Nasa immigration office siya now sa NAIA Terminal 2 arrival from Singapore nalaglag kasi siya sa escalator na di umaandar at siya unang pasaherong lumabas.

"Napamura siya sa guard, ngayon disrespectful daw siya at hold ng immigration. At mukhang ibabalik siya ng Singapore."

Read (UPDATED) Francine Prieto says husband held at NAIA due to "disrespectful" behavior

Never forget/lose your travel documents.

You can get offloaded. You can be denied entry.

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So make sure you bring two sets of your travel documents.

As Gretchen Ho advised after her bag got stolen in London last August 2018, "Don’t put your bag down.. ever!!!"

READ Gretchen Ho recounts theft incident in London: "Wala lahat."

And that tiny immigration form at the check-in counter, do not lose it.

In October 2017, sisters Alodia and Ashley missed their flight and had to pay $1,657 or roughly PHP85,277 to rebook their flight.

And that was all because, according to their YouTube vlog, "They asked for our freakin' immigration form and they didn’t give it back!"

One lesson these frequent travelers learned: "Guard those green immigration forms with [your] lives.”

READ Sisters Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao recount "worst travel experience" in Mexico City

Lastly, make sure you have the contact number of the Philippine Embassy abroad.

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<p>Tony Labrusca denies bragging about being a celebrity. But please bear in mind that the line "Hindi mo ba ako kilala?" will never work. Namedropping will also make the matter worse when faced with a situation at airports.</p>
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