Onboard the Plane
Good things to know when preparing for your flight: Onboard the Plane
Onboard the Plane
Air travel is now one of the most popular forms of travel and also one of the safest. Modern aeroplanes are very comfortable, and airlines generally will provide entertainment and refreshments so that passengers will find their flight is relaxed and pleasurable. There are certain rules that are enforced by airlines to guarantee passenger safety – for example, wearing seatbelts during take-off and landing or during turbulence; no smoking; and storing luggage safely overhead. There are also some easy tips that passengers can follow to ensure that a flight passes restfully and without incident: Avoiding things such as jet lag, dehydration and swollen ankles by wearing sensible clothing, removing shoes for the duration of a flight and taking on plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. The key to a comfortable flight is in being prepared so the following tips are ideal preparation.
Relaxing in Comfort
Follow some simple rules to ensure a comfortable flight. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding over-indulging in alcohol will keep travellers feeling refreshed. Prepare in advance for a long-haul flight by investing in flight socks that will reduce the risk of DVT, and follow the seat exercise program that is usually detailed in the in-flight magazine – this involves keeping legs and feet moving regularly to reduce swelling and encourage circulation. Taller passengers may want to request a seat with extra legroom to avoid feeling cramped. A blow-up pillow will provide neck support for those who want to sleep during a flight, and it can then be folded away on landing.
The cabin of an aircraft is pressurised to replicate conditions on the ground because air gets thinner the higher the plane climbs. However, this pressure can cause certain uncomfortable symptoms in passengers, such as the feeling of needing ears to pop. Air pressure can also exacerbate other conditions, making sore throats and headaches feel worse, and causing dryness in the throat. Passengers with conditions such as angina may feel a shortness of breath during the flight. To deal with pressurised air, travellers should drink plenty of water and regularly get up and move around the cabin.
And so to Bed
Sleeping on long-haul flights can help passengers arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and ready to go. Airline seats are designed to recline so travellers can lean back in comfort. Cabin crew will provide a blanket and pillow, and many airlines often hand out eye masks that will reduce the lighting that might irritate a passenger. Blow-up pillows that fit snugly around a passenger’s neck can provide extra comfort, and removing shoes and loosening clothing will also aid sleep.
Go easy on the Ears
During take-off and landing, it is common for passengers to experience a feeling of needing to pop their ears because of the pressurised air inside the cabin. Wearing earplugs during this part of the flight can often alleviate the symptoms, while many passengers find sucking on a hard sweet and swallowing deeply is also highly effective.Yawning can also alleviate the discomfort.
In-flight entertainment plays a major role in modern air travel. Airlines have invested heavily in providing an extensive entertainment programme onboard that includes the newest movie releases, episodes of classic TV shows and specially recorded radio shows, featuring both music and talk. Gamers can play their favourite games and even challenge fellow passengers using the in-flight network. For those who simply want something to read to while away the hours, there is often a free in-flight magazine to pursue. Advances in technology now mean that texting and emailing is available on certain routes, while satellite phones on board can be used to make calls to the ground.