Hong Kong International Airport is just an amazing place to visit. There are lots of things to do, even pre-security. You can go shopping, catch a movie or go up to the Skydeck and watch planes landing and taking off. Connections to get to and from the airport are great as well. Besides taxi and Uber you can take the MTR or Airport Express to go to Downtown Hong Kong. I chose to take Uber from my hotel on Hong Kong Island back to the airport. Thanks to technology riding Uber is even easy in regions like Hong Kong. My driver only spoke very limited English but thanks to Uber he knew where I wanted to go and we were able to figure the rest out.
Check-In was a bit confusing. I was looking for Cathay’s Business Class check-in counters and found them relatively quickly but got told by an agent to move to a different counter. Not because they didn’t, believe me, I was flying business class, it was because my flight is going to the U.S. and as you know there are some extra security procedures already while checking in. I didn’t get asked a lot of weird questions as they normally do, mainly they just wanted to verify that I have valid documents and a permission/visa to enter the United States.
After that, I headed straight for the security checkpoint. There is nothing like TSA-pre here in Hong Kong and everyone gets to wait in the same line. The South Security checkpoint was the closest for me and it took only a few minutes to get past security.