Regardless of your preparation, airport arrival or even departure can be stressful and chaotic. And outside of the airport, you’ll notice there are baggage handlers or also called porters. They meet you outside of the terminal and take your bags from you to ensure that luggage is checked through towards your final destination. Not all passengers appreciate the services that they provide and if so, how much are you supposed to give them? It definitely varies on a certain airport/airlines guidelines or restrictions when it comes to accepting commissions, tips or any types of personal compensation, rebates or rewards coming from the passengers simply for performing job responsibilities assigned to them. And as you fly to a foreign destination, make use of flightstatus24 to keep you posted on your flight status and airport information.

We’ve listed here some situations you might find yourself curious about.

Baggage Handler

From the moment that you left home and start traveling going to the airport, whether by means of a private car or public transportation, you’re probably tired of dragging, pushing, and pulling your entire luggage. In order not to continue doing that for yourself, like waiting in long lines until you reach the check-in counter, you can leave the work with an outdoor baggage handler. Please be ready with your ticket or boarding pass together with your identification card. The handler will then print and affix your baggage tickets to your luggage and give you the claim ticket. In that way, things are made easy for you. You can now walk around or do stuff you like while waiting for your flight.

Your tip should commensurate to the number of bags you have. It has been agreed that the standard tipping amount ranges from $1.00 – $2.00 per bag. You can also use your best judgment like if it’s raining, snowing or over 90 degrees and yet you get a good service, be generous enough to give tips. Always remember to bring dollar bills with you to the airport.

Ticketing agents

Ticketing agents are part of the airline employees; therefore, they are not allowed to accept tips or bribes. There are instances that they are being offered cash either for the service that they’ve given to a certain passenger or due to favoritism. As part of the airline policies, it is still not permitted. Having said so, accepting such rewards will put you in danger.

Wheelchair support staff

There are some passengers who need a wheelchair to get around the airport and sometimes they need an assistant to help them and those people in charge really provide a crucial service. There’s no set amount when it comes to giving tip, whatever the customer gives, they should be thankful for it. Tips that they are getting ranges from $5 to $50-dollar bill, depending on how lucky you are and how generous your customer will be.

Gate agents

As an airline employee, even gate agents are not allowed to accept tips or kickbacks.

Flight attendants

You may want to drop a tip each time you order onboard but please be reminded that flight attendant isn’t a bartender so it is not necessary to do, just save your singles. Having said by some employees, giving tips to flight attendants can be somehow awkward and they don’t work for tips so they need to refuse it. If someone insisted to accept even they already refused, it may be rude on their part to refuse further so they may accept it. Though some airlines, like American Airlines, established a policy of card only-payment onboard the aircraft, in that way, tips are becoming less frequent.


Don’t be so inclined in giving a tip to your pilot for a smooth landing since it’s their job and priority to get you safely from point to point. Giving tips to a pilot is neither expected nor accepted, unless its goodies or candy. There’s an instance when a passenger showed up with a bag of peanut M&Ms for the cockpit and crew and the team enjoyed the said gift and appreciated it.

Other Ways to Tip

Yes, cash tips are always the best way to express appreciation for a job well done or for the service that has been smoothly provided to you. However, in addition to that, you may want to do more for those people who helped you and made your airport arrival smoother like noting for a person’s name and send an email to the airline or airport reporting the outstanding service that you’ve received. Other option would be calling their supervisor or a point of conveying an extra personal thank you.

The bottom line is if you’ve received a certain service that goes above and beyond your expectation, it never hurts to offer a tip to the person that helped you out. Airline employees may decline taking tips but for airport employees, tips like $5 are appreciated. Make way to get in touch with the airport manager or even an airline to convey the name of the employee that provides great service. A simple note of appreciation will somehow help the person since it can quickly become a glowing recommendation that later on allows that person to earn a bonus or even a raise on the salary.  At the very least, a genuine thank you is also very much appreciated by the people working in this kind of industry.

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