E-TRAVEL TIPS AND INFORMATION
By Bob Rosenthal, June 2010.
Dear «First Name»
Every month, Travel Travel will email you up-to-date travel industry information which should not only be interesting but could affect your future travel arrangements and decisions. Ask anyone who flies regularly about their airline seating experiences and you're sure to get a negative response. This month we offer some useful advice on how to make travel in your cramped economy airline seat more bearable.
WHAT ARE A FEW EXTRA INCHES OF LEGROOM WORTH?
Continental Airlines is offering passengers extra legroom... at a price! The amount of extra legroom, from about 7 to 10 inches, can vary by aircraft, seat prices, flight length, aircraft, season and market. Continental says, based on survey feedback, that economy passengers value more legroom enough to pay extra for it. Continental also says seats with additional legroom are higher-value seats, and that passengers who recognize that value are willing to pay extra for more comfortable seats. Extra legroom on Continental is up for grabs for economy-class customers for about $59.00 per seat. United Airlines, Jetblue and US Airways, among others, already charge for extra legroom. For more information on extra legroom for a price, click on "Airline Consumer Fees" on our website www.Travelx2.com and go to the "Seat Selection" column on the right of the page.
PLAN YOUR SEATING BEFORE YOU FLY
Planning ahead to get more comfortable seats can help make your flight more bearable, without paying first class ticket prices. Get your boarding pass and seat assignment on-line within 24 hours of your flight. Only adults are allowed to sit in the emergency exit seats which have much more legroom, but will probably cost you extra. When two people are flying together, pick an aisle and window seat in a three seat row. If the flight is not full, an open middle seat will probably be the last to be filled, leaving more space to spread out. Should your middle seat be filled, there should be no problem switching either your aisle or window seat and still be able to sit together. Select an aisle seat if you need to get up and move around without bothering fellow passengers during the flight.
RELAX AND ENJOY THE FLIGHT
The more you are able to relax during your flight, the more comfortable and enjoyable your flight can be. Wear comfortable clothing, remove your shoes and loosen your belt. Use an eye mask to sleep during day flights, or just close your eyes and think good things and places and forget the world around you if you can't sleep. Freshen your face and hands regularly with pre-moistened wipes from a small re-sealable pack. Pack an empty water bottle and fill it with cold water from a water fountain after you have passed through security. Drink cold water, stay hydrated and avoid alcohol. Remove your contact lenses during the flight. Don't eat snacks that are offered just for the sake of eating. Rather purchase something you like and enjoy before boarding or bring your own snacks. Have a good magazine or book to read or pass the time with a favorite crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Bring a sweater and save the cost of "renting" the airline's blankets to stay warm and comfortable. Use an inexpensive inflatable airline pillow and avoid stressing your neck muscles and getting a stiff neck. Listen to your favorite music on your ipod or just use ear plugs for peace and quiet and to tune out unwanted noises around you.
REGULAR MOVEMENT IS A MUST!
Sitting in a narrow and often uncomfortable airline seat and not moving for long periods of time during flight can put you at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Click here for more information on this serious condition. The best thing one can do to avoid DVT is to move around regularly during flight. Get out of your seat at regular intervals and when going to the restroom walk up and down the cabin aisle a few times. Don't cross your legs while sitting and complete some easy basic flexing and stretching exercises every 30 minutes or so during your flight.
REDUCE NOISES IN THE CABIN
Irritating noises are one of the major causes of in-flight discomfort. Good noise cancelling headphones will certainly help quieten unwanted noises, but they are expensive. A cheap option is simple ear plugs, available from any pharmacy. Listening to your favorite music or book on your Ipod or watching available movies will also help reduce unwanted in-flight cabin noise. Changes in cabin air pressure can cause ear pain for babies causing them to cry during take-off and landing. The pain and crying can usually be avoided if the baby is given a pacifier to suck on during take-off and landing.
INFLIGHT DO'S AND DON'TS
Respect your fellow passengers seat boundaries at all times. Don't recline your seat backrest during in-flight food service. Parents should never allow their children to kick the seatback of the passenger in front of them. Non-stop chatty passengers are irritating and inconsiderate to nearby fellow passengers. Only one standard overhead luggage piece per person is allowed and everyone should use the overhead storage space in the area above their seat. Don't open your window blind during in-flight movies. Don't open your blind on a night flight at sunrise, until the cabin crew wakes all passengers on board.
Remember, your fellow passengers are probably also uncomfortable and cramped, so doing your part being polite and friendly and keeping a smile on your face will certainly help make the flight more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.
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