Debbie had been up and down the west coast in the last week, visiting family and friends. Her aunt and uncle’s home was one she had really enjoyed. The home, though dilapidated, was in good shape. Debbie’s younger brother, however, had moved away and left behind his “stuff.” Everything from furniture to a few decorations was strewn about the yard.
It was at night that Debbie realized there would be no place to stay overnight. She had bought plane tickets for herself and her husband only hours before and trusted the airlines she had used to book her flight. She trusted that the airlines were going to honor their price of the tickets since her uncle’s home was being rented for the month. But, while flying on long distance flights is common for many, flying across the country or the world is very rarely done. This rarity means that there are fewer guidelines for what passengers should do when flying long distances on long flights.
When flying, it’s easy to become complacent and think nothing will go wrong. Debbie’s attitude was similar. She had read about long flight horror stories and she didn’t know if she could handle it.
Several passengers have comforted themselves by reading survival tips and practicing them on the airplane. There are several websites that have information on long flights and have forums for passengers to air their concerns. One woman posted that she hadn’t eaten for two days and feared the food would be dreadful. A fellow passenger suggested she call her sister and eat with her family. The passenger also said that he believed stewardesses handled long flights well because they knew what safety procedures were.
There are other people who board airplanes without even having a meal. There are even some airlines that offer meals only. This can make for a difficult flight. Passengers have to eat what’s offered and can’t ask for anything extra. Food isn’t usually an issue because many airlines serve enough on board to meet any need. But passengers should expect a bit of stress when they aren’t able to eat their favorite snack.
If a long flight doesn’t sound right for you, there are other things you can do to prepare for it. Passengers can take a day off and pack lightly so they arrive on time. They also can make sure they’re carrying more liquids and have extra blankets on board in case of emergency.
Everyone knows planes fly through rough weather and long flights at certain temperatures. Airlines should provide some information about the temperature and wind speed during their flight schedule. If a plane flies into a storm, passengers should be aware of what the weather is going to be like before they board. Some travelers have found it helpful to keep an eye out for local conditions on the Internet or by looking up the local airport map. This way, they can make a plan ahead of time for their trip and know that they’ll be prepared for anything. It’s a good idea to get some training in the winter or early fall for cold weather survival training in case of a winter storm.
Of course, one of the best survival tips for long flights is to have a good attitude. Even if you are nervous, there’s always a chance that everything will work out in the end. If you’re overly worried about the trip, you might be making yourself sick and/or irritable. You might even procrastinate. No one wants to take a chance on their trip, so try not to be one of those people!