Some people love to fly while others are scared to or have not flown a lot. I am one of the people who loves to fly; I get excited and pumped up when I am in an airport. Sure you might think I am crazy but I get a thrill from it. Oh, did you know that I used to be a Flight Attendant? Yep, when I say I love to fly I really do.
Here are some tips about flying:
Before the flight:
- wear your heaviest or bulkiest shoes and/or coats, etc. - you will have more room in your luggage
- carry your coat or jacket on the plane - don't put it in your bag - it doesn't count as a carry on
- keep ALL medications with you - never, ever check your medications! I know you might be saying of course or but I won't need them until tonight and I am flying during the day - but if there is a flight delay, change or planes or other unexpected things you may not have your medication when you need it. Numerous times people would need their medication because there was a delay and it takes forever to unload the luggage once it is on the plane.
- take a refillable bottle with you to the airport - all airports have water fountains or bottle fountains - this will save you money! Just make sure that the bottle is empty before going through security.
- pack a snack it'll be much cheaper than buying what they have on the plane or in the airport - yes you can take food through security as long as it is not liquid
- make. sure you get to the airport several hours before your flight departs - boarding begins 45 minutes to 30 minutes before the flight depending on the flight and the doors close 10 minutes before the scheduled departure. For example, if you are scheduled to leave at 10:40 then the doors will close at 10:30 and you will not be able to board! You WILL NOT be able to cut in line at TSA. Besides why should you be able to the people you are cutting in front of didn't make you late so why should they have to wait longer because you failed to plan?
- don't argue with TSA! Even if you think they are wrong just don't argue with them - they have all the power. File a complaint after you get through security!
- have your id and boarding pass ready when you get up to TSA
- You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening. per TSA website
During the flight:
- drink lots of water - flying dehydrates you and causes jet lag but drinking a lot of water helps with this - if you don't believe me look at crew members the next time you are in an airport - they will all have a bottle of water with them!
- keep your seatbelt on at all times when you are sitting - turbulence can be unexpected. In fact, I have a back injury from unexpected turbulence on a flight.
- if it is your birthday then let the flight attendants know - you may get a free drink - some will & some won't but worth a try!
- limit your drinking alcohol on the plane - the pressure of the cabin affects how the alcohol affects you - it will hit you much faster than when you are on the ground
- use earbuds if you are listening to music, movie, playing a game, etc. - no one else wants listen to what you are - it is just rude. Think of something you hate which for me is rap music. I would lose my mind if someone was listening to rap next to me!
- get up and walk around or go to the bathroom if you can and it is safe to do so - this will help with circulation - if it is not safe then move your feet etc. while seated.
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I hope some of these tips will help you on your next flight.
Ind. Vacation Specialist