Sometimes frequent fliers take things for granted that a first-time flier might find hard to understand. Phrases such as “security check,” “three ounce liquids” and “exit row responsibilities” are common-talk to world travelers, yet they could make a newbie unpack her bags and head back home.

Every now and then I’ll get an email from either a non-traveling friend or a reader who just wants a bit of clarification on the rules of flying. So here are five basic rules to follow for your next-or should I say, first flight? 

1. Names Matter

When you book your flight, make sure you use the name-and spelling-that is printed on your passport. “Bill” might not be the same thing as “William” and you don’t want any added pressure as you are checking in, going through security, boarding or passing through customs. 

2. Check, Double-Check and Triple-Check Requirements

Just because you are an American, or British or Australian or (insert any nationality here) doesn’t mean you can freely enter any country at will. Countries have varying restrictions on which nationalities can enter without a paper visa attached to their passport. You should check, double-check, then triple-check this. We had a sad experience with some potential guests last year who thought they had the proper paperwork to enter Italy, but were turned away at the gate. Don’t let this happen to you.

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