Many airlines no longer provide personal check-in services, so you must check in for your flight either on the website of your airline or using the check-in machine at the airport.
If you are only carrying hand luggage, check in beforehand on the airline's website. At the airport, you can then proceed directly to the security control.
If you have cargo hold luggage, you can use the check-in machine at the airport. At Helsinki, Oulu, Turku, Tampere and Vaasa Airports, there are easy-to-use machines for quick check-in.
How to check in using the machine
1. First, you need to identify yourself at the machine. Place your ticket in the scanner of the machine. When you have been identified, follow the instructions the machine gives you. In addition to the plane ticket, there are alternative ways to identify yourself, but they vary depending on the airline.
2. The machine will print your boarding pass on thermal paper. The printout is eight centimetres wide and it includes a barcode. Take the boarding pass with you.
3. Next, the machine will print out your luggage tags. Check the instructions below, as the procedure depends on the airline.
- For Finnair, Norwegian and SAS flights, the machine will print out the luggage tags for cargo hold luggage. Attach the tag to the handle of your suitcase, backpack, golf bag or ski bag and proceed to the bag drop machine.
- KLM, Thomas Cook and Jet Time passengers can also print their luggage tags at the machine. Take the tags and your luggage with you, and take them to your airline's bag drop counter.
- For flights of other airlines, you can print out the luggage tags at the bag drop service point.
Some airlines also provide a traditional desk service where check-in and baggage handover are done at the same time by customer service personnel.
Further instructions and tips are available at what to do at the airport.