Long-Distance Flight

Specialisation of the airlines on a Long-Distance Flight - for flights in certain regions

Long-Distance Flight

A long-distance flight is a flight that is longer than 6 hours. These flights are made by wide body aircraft that have a row of seats down the middle as well as down each side, and two aisles. A flight of more than 12 hours will mean a short stop to refuel. Passengers are usually required to get off the aircraft so it can be cleaned, even if they are carrying on their journey. The route an aircraft takes on a long-distance flight will appear as a curved line on a map. This is because of the curvature of the earth. The aircraft is in fact taking a direct route, even if it does not seem like it. Depending on the time zone of the destination, some degree of jet lag may be inevitable after a long-distance flight. Jet lag is worst when travelling from west to east. Staying hydrated and being well rested when the journey starts can help.

It is particularly important for the traveller to pay attention to their health on a long-distance flight. The risk of deep vein thrombosis increases on long-distance flights. Although the risk is still small, there are simple precautions that can be taken to help avoid it. Exercising the feet while seated and getting up and walking around when possible can help. Some travellers like to wear compression stockings to increase blood flow in the legs. It is easy to become dehydrated on a long-distance flight, and travellers should make sure they drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol. Comfortable clothing is a must on a long-distance flight, and extra layers are advised as aircraft can feel cold. It might also be advisable to take a change of clothes and basic toiletries such as a toothbrush in the hand luggage. Moisturiser can be helpful to counteract the effects of air conditioning on the skin.

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