Flight Advice

A few flight attendants, pilots, and those who fly frequently offer some experience based advice to out airport shuttle drivers.

  • It’s best not to take shoes, off, or at least walk around the plane barefoot. You don’t know what other travellers have been walking through.
  • There are regular cleanings conducted on planes, but the other passengers (and yourself) could be bringing anything onto the floors, seats and trays. Treat all surfaces as unclean.
  • Any special meals, kosher, gluten free …etc. Are almost always prepared just before the flight. And they are often the first served, if you find being first an advantage.
  • Unfortunately, our senses are affected on a plane because of the low pressure and noise. These factors, and the fact that the meal must be pre-prepared, means airline food tastes a little bland. Some airlines compensate by including more salt. Avoid overeating any airline food.
  • Know the emergency procedure. We never know how we will react in a crisis, or how others react. It helps if we can follow a procedure in a reflex manner.
  • The water on the planes is of dubious quality; this includes the tea and coffee. Bring an empty bottle and fill it up at the airport before leaving, after the security check. Drinking water in important because the airflight will dehydrate you.
  • Caffeine and alcohol also dehydrate you, especially in the dry plane conditions.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks – the low air pressure and the bubbly drink will make you feel bloated. It seem to help jetlag if you avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks.
  • You will be exposed to UV light through the cabin window, much like a sunny day. Wear sunscreen or draw the shades.
  • Leg exercises will help your circulation. Buy socks that prevent deep vein thrombosis, especially if you travel frequently.
  • Technically there are dress codes, though they are rarely enforced. As long as you are neat and tidy, and not showing excessive body flesh, there is rarely an issue. But standards are more strict if you are on an employee pass; as you are thought to be representing the company you are held to a higher standard.
  • An old trick, but chewing gum or a throat lozenge makes it easier for your ears to re-pressurize during accent and decent.
  • Many airlines are looking at doing away with all flight entertainment and just relying on Wi-Fi. Most people have a Wi-Fi device with them, but rental may be possible.
  • An airport shuttle solves almost all baggage and transport issues. Pre-book an airport shuttle and avoid the hassle and logistic planning at the beginning and end of you trip.
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