Traveling by air can be a choice or the only option for faraway destinations. The actual travel time is shorter than other forms of transportation, like car, train or ship, but there is a lot of planning that needs to go into traveling by air. There is the stress of booking, packing and security – all before you have even boarded the plane! With these handy tips you can cut down on the time you need to prepare and the hassles of air travel.
When making your reservation with the airline, try to book a nonstop flight. Beware of “direct flights” as you are booking because they differ from a direct flight. Direct flights will stop at other airports although you may not have to leave the plane. Though a flight with stops may appear cheaper in price, they can prolong your journey by hours and can be both an inconvenience and stress. If you have any connecting flights, avoid flights that stop anywhere but your destination. There is a higher chance of delays whenever you plane has to stop somewhere and the more stops, the more possible it is that you might be delayed and miss your connecting flight.
Seat reservation is also important, and since airlines offer you the choice of seat when you book in advance, you might as well take advantage of it. If you like to sleep through part of all of your flight, a window seat might be the best option since you will be able to rest your head along the interior wall. If access to the washroom or the need to stand up is important to you, then you should pick an aisle seat.
If you have any medical conditions that may require more room or would prevent you from being in an emergency exit aisle, you must let the flight attendants know before your flight departs. If you are able to assist in an emergency, the emergency exit rows is an option if you like to have more leg room when you travel. The back of the plane tends to be the noisiest, but the advantage of that location is that in the event of a crash, the back of the plane will be more likely to survive and you will be safer there than at the front of the plane. There’s a reason why the back of the plane is where the black box is located.
Security requirements have changed dramatically in the last ten years and there are numerous regulations that you should be aware of. You flight carrier will have information on what items are allowed on board and in your packed luggage. They will also be able to inform you if certain items are not allowed in your destination country or countries. Due to security, you will have to get to the airport earlier and you might want to consider your travel attire because you have to go through security. It is not unusual anymore for you to be asked to take your shoes, belt or jacket off during security checks, so plan accordingly.
These air travel tips should ensure you get onto your flight prepared and relaxed, now all you’ll need to worry about is the in-flight movie and what’s being served!