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AN EX-FLIGHT attendant has revealed top tips for those jet-setting this winter.

According to ex-flight attendant and author Heather Poole, passengers should scan the airport security line and not always go for the shorter one.

Heather said: "A short line may not be the best path.

"A long line of frequent fliers (look for solo passengers holding laptops) will move faster than a line with a family with a baby."

Speaking to Fox News Digital, Jacqueline Whitmore who is also an ex-flight attendant – shared her top ten tips to make passengers' journies as smooth as possible and how to avoid nightmare situations.

Jacqueline recommends airport goers take a portable water bottle.

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She said: "Food and beverages can be expensive at the airport.

"Furthermore, liquids aren’t allowed through the security lines."

She added: "So pack a portable water bottle so that you're able to save money, refill and stay hydrated."

Most airports will have a water fountain where you'll be able to refill your bottle for free.

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Jacqueline says to arrive at the airport early, especially during the holidays.

Regardless of the size, "airports tend to be more congested during the holidays," she said.

Jacqueline said: "Be sure to arrive at least 2 to 2½ hours early to check your bags, find your gate and avoid delays.

"Keep in mind that most flights board at least half an hour before takeoff — and boarding doors close 10 minutes before takeoff." 

Jacquelin also revealed that picking your seat ahead of time and packing efficiently can save you time and trouble.

She said: "Don't forget to pack chargers, power banks and travel adapters."

She also added that passengers should pack a spare change of clothes, toothbrush and toothpaste, "in case of unexpected delays or lost luggage".

Another tip from the ex-flight attendant is to get in line early when queuing to board the plane.

Getting in line late might mean there won't be enough storage in the overhead compartment for your luggage.

Jacqueline also recommends passengers remember to bring earbuds or plugs with them.

"You never know if you will be seated next to a noisy infant or talkative passenger," she said.

Later adding: "Earbuds will help eliminate the noise while allowing you to relax, sleep or listen to music or a movie."

Jacqueline's final tip is to be polite to the flight attendants.

She says by having manners and making eye contact flight attendants will be willing to do more to make your journey as pleasant as possible.

She said: "Say ‘hello,’ ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to your flight attendants. Courteous passengers are the ones I go above and beyond for.

"To make a flight attendant's day, say, ‘I don’t know how you do it.' It's nice being seen."

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She added: "If someone around you is being loud or disruptive, don’t take matters into your own hands."

Ten Tips For Passengers Flying This Winter

Top ten tips from travel experts and ex-flight attendants

  • Pick your seat ahead of time
  • Pack efficiently
  • Take a portable water bottle with you
  • Arrive at the airport early
  • Get in line early
  • Scan the security line
  • Remember your earbuds or earplugs
  • Make eye contact with flight attendants
  • Bring your manners with you
  • Prepare for the unexpected

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