One of the disadvantages of being based in Australia is that my long distance flights are all very long. And many of my flights have been done in the back of the plane! the reality is that this is where most passengers end up. The hallowed grail of Business or First can be elusive despite our best prayers, wishes and attempts!
Here are 12 tips:
- Do some research- some airlines do long haul better than others. Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Finnair, Lan, Malaysia, Qatar, Qantas, Turkish and Singapore keep me much happier than Air Canada, Air France, American, Delta, Etihad and United
- Pay for more leg room- I always aim for the Exit Row and avoid sitting near the lavatories -noisy and sometimes smelly!
- Bring stuff to do – I have a book, a set of cards and some work to do. I do not rely on the airline entertainment system- it may not be working or it may be full of Hindi language movies or only have feature films I have already seen (all has happened to me)
- Build in some sleep- refreshing and kills some time
- Plan on walking – I try to go for a walk every hour or between movies. Thankfully, not everyone does this otherwise planes would be more chaotic – with passengers walking continually! Please do not go for the walk when cabin crew are distributing or collecting meals.
- Drink water- I grab some every time you get up
- Change of clothes- I have clothes I can quickly change into in the lavatory including socks and underwear
- Noise cancelling head phones are my friend.
- Have your own amenity kit- some airlines are great and have economy class kits but many don’t. My essentials are deodorant, a hydrating face spray, tooth paste and tooth brush. Brushing your teeth after eating makes you feel so much more human. Throw in eye shades.
- Take your contacts out and wear glasses- your eyes will thank you. For selfies on-board, I whip my glasses off!
- Bring a gift for the flight attendants – I try to present cabin manager with a box of individually wrapped chocolates for the crew. Lindt Balls are highly popular!
- Be friendly but not familiar with other passengers – I like to chat and connect but also like to respect other people’s space. Being aloof is a bore but being a bore is also awful!
- Where to credit air miles
- Don’t be an A### hole
- 93 Free Travel Tips
- How I use plane safety briefings
- Treat People with Respect