How to get through security faster at Helsinki Airport
Save yourself some time and follow these tips to get to your departing gate that much quicker.
Getting through airport security control doesn’t have to be stressful. Timo Rissanen and Sami Suokas from Finnair’s Ground Experience team share valuable advice that can help you get from Point A to Point B with less stress.
Both Rissanen and Suokas recommend thinking ahead. Even advance check-in saves a lot of time and effort.
“The easiest way to check-in is with the Finnair app. When you use the app, not only can you store your boarding pass, but you get real-time updates and other services such as the option to upgrade to Business Class or to purchase your seat assignment. Of course, sitting in the front of the plane always gives you a head start after landing,” says Rissanen.
Another tip is to pack light and tight. The least amount of carry-on baggage, the better, as it will speed up the security process and get you seated on the plane quicker.
“If you have checked baggage, use the airport’s automated services. You can collect your bag tag from a kiosk in the departure hall and use the self-service bag drop desk. If you have special baggage, we recommend that you inform the airline and pay for any extra charges beforehand to make sure that the check-in process is as convenient as possible,” notes Suokas.
Know what to expect
Winding your way through security control is indeed an art form. Some things are obvious, but you can make the process more pleasant (and quicker).
“If you have a Finnair Business, Business Saver, or Pro ticket or you are a Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold, or Silver member, you can use the Priority Security Lane at many airports, including Helsinki Airport,” says Rissanen.
“You can see real-time information about the waiting times for the security check from the Finnair app. Helsinki Airport has four security control spots and you are welcome to use whichever – so it’s a good idea to pick the line with less of a queue. Before security make sure your carry-on doesn’t contain any prohibited items. Put your liquids and medicines in the appropriate transparent bag and keep your electronic devices in an accessible place to avoid the security line rigmarole,” adds Suokas.
After you pass through security control, take a look at the map of the airport on your Finnair app which will guide you to your departure gate. If your flight is departing from the non-Schengen area, you must go through passport control. If you have a biometric passport and are a citizen of an eligible country, save time and use the automated Border crossing!
“In general, it’s good to remember that weekends and holiday seasons are typically busy. Flights leaving in the morning or in the afternoon require a bit more time. Despite this, Helsinki Airport is designed for smooth travelling, and passengers have chosen it several times among the best airports in Europe,” says Suokas. “If you happen to have spare time – enjoy the hub’s services or drop by the newly renovated Finnair lounge.”