Travel ‘expert’ tells all: Why the left line always moves fastest

Joining the correct queue can greatly reduce your travel time and stress.

Always choose the line on the left

A self-proclaimed travel expert has revealed how choosing the correct queue to join at the airport can greatly reduce your travel time and stress – even at peak times.

The ‘expert’ posted a thread on the online forum Quora, saying that because travel can be quite stressful, we often rush through security lines and airport queues trusting habits.

Supposedly, people choose the line that corresponds to their dominant hand. So, because most people are right-handed, the lines on the right-hand side are usually busier and move at a slower pace.

The mystery airport master also said that airports often have a hidden security line to deal with hectic periods and to manage passengers who haven’t quite made it to the main queues.

“Some airports also have a hidden security line, away from the rest, often faster than all the rest,” wrote the Quora user.

Were you aware of this tip? Do you have any advice for moving through airport lines quicker?

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    10th Feb 2018
    Not sure I understand, surely there is only the first line on the right the rest are all to the left, or if starting from the extreme left then all other lines are to the right
    10th Feb 2018
    I think they probably mean "extreme" left, but I promise you that if I go to the extreme left, it will be the slowest line.
    Doesn't matter where I am!
    10th Feb 2018
    don't remember the last time I saw individual lines. There seems to be only one single line which feed all the check in desks so you don't have a choice unless you go business. For plebs like me in cattle class the single line seems very fair and takes the frustration of joining the wrong line.
    12th Feb 2018
    I think this story is referring to the security lines. Even though it has a photo of the check in line which is always just one line. I'm not sure this story is very acurate. As I think here in australia as we drive on the left, we tend to go to the left of lines, and escalators. Not sure it has anything to do with our dominant hand. i think it has to do with the way we learn to walk down busy streets etc. crowds etc. and it seems to relate back to driving on the roads.

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