Flying can be a huge hassle. From getting there two hours early to make sure you get through security, to the delays, layovers, cancellations, last-minute gate changes, and scary turbulence, taking a plane can leave you wondering why you didn’t just make it a road trip.
A lot of us may resort to taking a sleeping aid, prescribed by a doctor, of course, or maybe even hitting up the airport bar before climbing aboard. But those methods might not be the best way to enter an airplane. You may want to stock up on antibacterial wipes instead of mimosas before embarking.
Airplanes are full of germs, despite flight attendants’ best efforts to wipe everything down between flights. The fact of the matter is that hundreds of people get their germs all over the tight confines of airplanes every day. There’s no way to keep people cooped up like that without a higher risk of spreading germs.
Luckily, with a bit of knowledge, you can avoid the nasty parts of the plane, and learn some tips that will make your trip just that much better. Don’t forget to SHARE with your friends so that they get the intel, too!
1. Skip the in-flight coffee or tea
2. Don’t pop the personal space bubble
3. Be nice to your flight attendants
These men and women are on airplanes for much longer than you are, so cut them a break if it takes them a moment to fetch your water. There are dozens of other cranky customers in his or her care.
4. Skip the bubbles
5. Never ditch the headphones
6. Don’t park your caboose for the entire flight
Sure, the window seat has the best view, but it makes it harder to get up and let the blood circulate in your legs. Blood clots are even more likely with the pressure and altitude, so move around as much as possible.
7. The seat pocket is basically a trash can
8. Bring your own pillow
Other than being infinitely more comfortable, your own pillow will not be soaked in the drool and dead skin cells of those that snoozed on the airline’s pillows before you. Gross.
9. Tray tables are germ magnets
10. Skip the reading material
11. Don’t settle for airplane food
12. Try not to pick a seat near the bathroom
13. Don’t forget your hand sanitizer at home
Moral of the story: Airplanes are steel germ traps. Nothing is safe. Bring your own antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer to do your own disinfecting.
Now that you know these 13 tips, do you think that you’ll fly differently? I had no idea about the tray tables, and I’m definitely never going to eat that rogue peanut that decided to fall off of my napkin again. Good riddance!
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