travel tip: screen captures
Since I average about 100 flights a year I wanted to start posting some tips I think will help make your travel more enjoyable or easier.
Today I wanted to talk about how I’ve made the ability of taking a photo of your mobile device’s screen or “screen capture” part of my pre-flight preparation.
Most mobile devices have the ability to do this in some way or another. On my iDevices you press the home button and power button at the same time and a photo of your current screen view is taken and put into your photo album.
I know Android devices can do the same but I don’t know this is done. I’m sure you can google it.
Before I head to the airport I open my flight reservation (typically US Airways) email and zoom in to the flight bar-code. once it fits the screen I take a screen capture. When I arrive to the airport I just open that photo and have the kiosk scan it. This way I don’t have to search through emails to find this or have to print it at my home, office or hotel.
I also do this for Mobile QR codes given by the airline for “paperless” boarding passes. Some airports have bad cell phone signals making difficult to retrieve your link from your email.
If I know my flight wont have wifi or I don’t want to pay for wifi, before I leave my home I look up items I may want to read about and take a screen capture of all of those pages. This may include a blog, news or magazine. I do keep in mind the length of the flight and try to gather enough material to keep me entertained throughout.
I hope this helps you on your next trip!