Three Preparation Tips to Enjoy Your Long Flight in Coach

Three Preparation Tips to Enjoy Your Long Flight in Coach

“Sir, would you mind not reclining your seat during the meal service?  I literally cannot bring the fork from the tray to my mouth.” “HEY BUDDY I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO RECLINE MY SEAT WHENEVER THE BAD WORD BAD WORD BAD WORD I BAD WORD WANT TO” “[resigns self that it’s going to be that kind of flight] sigh” “WHAT ARE YOU SIGHING ABOUT MAN?  I PAID FOR THIS SEAT.” “Oh nothing, it’s just that you’re reclining into the seat I paid for.” “BAD WORD BAD WORD etc.” I think you get the point.  Sometimes flying in Coach really sucks.  Even in the best-case scenario where you have a great flight crew and wonderful service (meaning you’re probably not flying a US carrier), you’re still crammed in a metal tube for 8+ hours with 200 of your closest friends.  So how do you not only make it through the flight, but actually enjoy long flights in coach? (This all hits home for me as I’m going to board the third longest flight in the world (DFW-HKG) in a few days for 16.5 hours of coach fun, then turn around and fly back in less than 48 hours.  Ah, the joy of mileage-running.) 1.  Hydrate.  Starting a week in advance. Modern-day jets are a very dry environment.  They are pressurized to simulate the air pressure between 6000-8000 feet (depending on the aircraft) and humidity is kept very very low.  I live in Dallas, Texas, which is a relatively humid environment.  Many of my readers come… read more

 

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