Thanksgiving Flying Advice As The Holiday Season Kicks Off
Travel can be stressful enough at the best of times, and the holiday travel season tends to multiply the problems. Weve made a list of tips to follow for those of you who arent frequent fliers. These are all based on opinions from those who DO fly a lot, so you know they have some amount of credibility behind them.
1). Learn the TSA rules before you get to the airport. Most of us bring a carry on for short vacations, and if you pack properly before you leave, the journey will be stress free. Dont be that person to has a breakdown when security forces you to throw out a huge bottle of perfume or cologne. These days, theres little excuse for not knowing the carry-on rules. Liquids always have to be below 100ml in size and stored within a 1litre clear plastic bag (think sandwich bag style). Laptops should be ready to take out so you dont hold up the queue, and shoes should be easy to take on and off.
2) Why pile up in a queue at the gate? You already have a seat with your name on it. There is an order to boarding anyway, so dont block access to the gate. Special assistance passengers first, then first class, frequent flyer members and then everybody else. So take a seat and chill out.
3) The overhead bin is a) small and b) for everyone. If there are delicate items, youre better off putting them in a handbag underneath the seat in front of you. Hogging the whole overhead bin because you dont want anyone to damage your belongings is not cool, so pack with some amount of sense, and keep delicates on you or in a smaller bag.
4) Pick your seat strategically. If the flight is over an hour, consider if you will need to access the lavatory. If so, take the aisle so you dont disturb other passengers by climbing over them. Anything you need during the flight should be in a small bag under the seat in front to avoid any disruption to your seat-mate.
5) You never know whom you will end up sitting beside, but learn to read the body language. If theyve earphones in, they probably dont want to chat. Likewise if they look set for a nap. This may not seem friendly, but its the truth of modern air travel.
Above all, prepare well for your flight and you can still enjoy it with no problems. Happy Thanksgiving from all at Get Lost In!