✅ Trip Verified
| Having read some horrendous reviews about Goa Dabolim airport I was really not looking forward to it at all, but it was actually quite a smooth experience: The official at the door to the terminal building checked our tickets (electronic on my mobile, no problem at all) and passports and even wished us a happy new year! Next we joined the queue to put the hold luggage through the x-ray machine, it was tagged to confirm this. Note: hand luggage does not go through, nor is it tagged any longer (at least with Thomas Cook flights). Then we went to the actual check-in desk, the hold luggage was weighed and tagged and sent off, and we got our boarding passes. We had checked in online earlier but it didn't change anything. Passing through security was quick, they don't require you to remove any liquid bags, just mobile phones and tablets etc. Admittedly there are more checks on your paperwork than the average airport but I didn't feel harassed. The departure waiting area is big and feels fairly empty with just a couple of shops and food outlets (we didn't buy anything), there are toilets and the ones I used at least were perfectly acceptable. There's also a drinking water fountain so you can fill your bottle for the flight, which I think is excellent! Enough chairs to sit on. Free WiFi for a limited time. No sign of mosquitoes as mentioned in some reviews. Flight information screens not huge but sufficient. The only strange bit was that boarding the plane was started quite early, and we ended up standing in the corridor going down to the tarmac for a very long time. Why they don't use the shutes I don't know. But we got on the bus eventually, and the flight left just half an hour late. All in all a good experience, and not the nightmare I was dreading.