Relieve the stress of flying with these tips

Flying somewhere this summer?

Repost from a flight attendant:

Flying this summer is GROSS!!! I feel like as a flight attendant, I should try to share some tips to help you travel by air for the foreseeable future.

1. Things aren’t going well….. if it’s less than 7 hours – DRIVE! I am not joking. There’s nothing fun about flying right now. On any airline. If you must fly, keep reading.

2. Download and use the application of the airline you are traveling with. You can do everything on it – get your boarding pass, track your bags, see your incoming plane, and change flights. It’s better than waiting in the long queue to speak to an agent! Trust me – Usually these apps will tell you that a flight is canceled before the crew even knows!

3. Fly MUCH earlier than necessary – a whole day earlier if it matters!! This week I have seen many people miss important things like weddings, funerals, cruises, international relations and graduations. The tears were very real, for very real reasons, and there was nothing I could do! If you have to be somewhere, spend the extra money, leave a day early. Grab a glass of wine and stay in a hotel, enjoy your night stress-free while everyone misses their events.

4. ALWAYS fly the first flight in the morning so you have the whole day to be re-booked if the crap breaks down. Yes, that means it can be a 3am alarm, but morning flights aren’t canceled that often.

5. It’s not unique to this year, but keep in mind that summer is thunderstorm season. A single storm can shut down an entire airport. We cannot fly through them. Storms usually form as the day progresses. Book your first flights!

6. Plan for long layovers – Your one-hour layover is no longer enough. 30 minutes, not a chance. 3 hours minimum.

7. What you see on the news is an understatement. We are understaffed and overworked. Not just the pilots and flight attendants, but also the ground crews. Without ground staff, there’s no one to park planes, drive jetways, fetch/unload your luggage, or scan boarding passes. This causes many delays that snowball throughout the day. Sometimes HOURS. (Another reason morning flights are the best!)

8. When flight crews are delayed, we stop. We can NOT fly longer than 16 hours. It’s illegal. So it doesn’t matter if you have a wedding to do, when we’re done, we’re done. As it stands there are no rescue teams, so when this happens your flight is cancelled. (Now you’re starting to see why those morning flights are the best!)

9. Avoid flying into Newark (or any New York airport for that matter). It is literally hell. You have a 50/50 chance that your flight will be canceled or your connection will be missed. They’ve canceled flights at their starting points just to keep planes out, because there just aren’t enough people to handle the planes, so the gates remain full. Also the restaurants are expensive, not a great place to be stuck.

10. Be nice. As stated above, we are overworked and tired. We won’t help you if you’re mean. Nobody cares that you’re going to miss your cruise if you’re an asshole. So while we can help, we’ll save our help for someone nice. Tensions are high. Our patience is exhausted. If you drive us crazy, you won’t fly our planes. We’ll leave you without a second thought and laugh at you later.

11. Being drunk on a plane is a federal offense, so don’t overdo it. If you drink too much at the bar while waiting for your delayed flight, you may not be allowed to fly at all. We’re too tired to deal with you when we have legitimate issues to deal with.

12. Get travel insurance if you’ve invested a lot of money. I hate this whole idea, but I also hate the idea of ​​losing money. Example: I was working yesterday on a flight that waited over an hour for a gate. A family of 8 missed their flight to Rome. The only flight of the day. They were going on a cruise they were now going to miss. They were all crying, I couldn’t do anything. (Also a reason to fly a day early!)

13. Flights are SOLD OUT. If you buy cheap seats, you will not be able to sit with your family. This is indicated when purchasing your ticket!! Flight attendants aren’t there to rearrange the whole plane just so you can sit with your family because you tried to save $100 on a third-party website.

14. Speaking of third-party websites and saving money….. Like I said, flights are SOLD OUT. If a flight is oversold and no one volunteers to take their place, who do you think is the first to be kicked out? You guessed it, the family that saved a few $$ using sites like Expedia, Kayak, Hotwire etc.

15. Pack smart. Don’t be “that guy” Don’t delay boarding because you have your extension cords open until they break down and you can’t figure out how to fit them into the overhead. (Passengers are stressed too, they can be aggressive when boarding a delayed flight)

16. Take showers, brush your teeth, don’t wear perfume, don’t eat stinky food (caesar salad and tuna I’m talking about you!), and bring headphones. Trust me. These things seem basic, but add stress on crowded planes. If you’re stuck on the tarmac for 3 hours after a 4 hour flight, you’ll thank me.

17. Bring a sweater if you tend to get cold. So tired half-naked girls ask me to turn up the heat. NOPE. Wear clothes!! Side note: if you dress like this and ask for heat, there’s a chance I’ll turn up the air conditioning.

18. That’s not water on the bathroom floor. For God’s sake wear shoes in the bathroom!!!

19. Don’t tell a flight attendant they look tired. We are and we know. You can make us cry lousy right there in the kitchen.

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