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Fascinating Air Travel Secrets Your Flight Attendants Do Not Tell You

Flying has brought about a revolution in the way people travel. What used to be a risky and costly endeavor has become a normal means of transportation today. And it’s no surprise because who would really prefer driving for days or weeks when you can now simply fly your way to your intended location in just a few hours?

But did you know that a hundred years after aviation was introduced, many aspects of plane travel still remain a mystery to the majority today? Well, that’s because there are things airlines do not really disclose openly. Of course, there are many things that regular passengers aren’t privy to, but here are the juiciest air travel secrets you need to know that flight attendants do not tell you.

Those tiny holes in select aircraft windows are for your safety.

If you ever gaze out of your window during your flight and you spot a tiny hole towards the bottom, there’s no reason to be alarmed. That wouldn’t cause the plane to crash. In fact, it’s there to help keep the plane intact.

Called ‘bleed’ or ‘breather’ holes, the openings are designed to help with the air pressure inside the plane cabin. At a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, the air pressure is so low that anyone would pass out if they were exposed to it, so a plane’s cabin must be pressurized to be able to breathe. Good for us passengers, yes, but not for the aircraft. Enter the mysterious window holes, the only way to release some of the strain pressure puts on the plane.

Another of its function? It also keeps the window fog-free so you can enjoy the view of the scenery below.

What are flight attendants for?

They may look like they’re simply air waitresses, but there’s really more to being a flight attendant than just that. Business Insider says one of the main purposes of deploying them aboard the plane is because they are the ones announcing whether or not the plane is about to crash.

“The captain will give you the same information that we know if there is time and then we will begin emergency landing procedures,” the anonymous flight attendant said. “My job is to make sure we all get out alive, so of course I would want you to be as prepared as possible.”

They are also there in case of medical emergencies. Flight attendants are actually trained to do CPR, use a defibrillator, and deliver a baby, among others. So the next time they smile at you, know that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes that you’d hope they’ll never need to do.

They dim the lights during takeoff and landing for evacuation.

If you thought its just to urge you to put your book or phone down, you’re wrong. The cabin lights are dimmed so your eyes are adjusted to the dark in case you need to find a way out.

“Imagine being in an unfamiliar bright room filled with obstacles when someone turns off the lights and asks you to exit quickly,” Chris Cooke, a pilot with a major domestic carrier, told Independent.

And in a true crisis—if the plane is filled with smoke or the power goes out—it’s easier to see the emergency lights in the aisle and the exit signs in a darker cabin. Safety during emergencies is also the reason why flight attendants ask you to put up tray tables and seats at takeoff and landing; so the person sitting by the window can get out quickly.

Not turning your phone off or putting it in flight mode can really cause a crash.

This is a plea we hear at the beginning of every flight which the vast majority comply with, even if they’re not 100 percent sure why. Most of us assume its signal could interfere with navigation instruments, possibly causing a crash. This is technically true, but it’s not safety critical.

Pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, Patrick Smith, says it’s more of an exercise of caution. “Can cellular communications really disrupt cockpit equipment? The answer is potentially yes, but in all likelihood no,” he said in an interview. The main issue is phone signals interfering with the airplane and causing more work for the pilots during critical phases of flight. Although it affects in a small degree, Smith says “Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are merely erring on the better-safe-than-sorry side.”

Airplane pillows/blankets are reused.

Yes, airlines change the pillow cases and blankets every day, but not every flight so that blanket you’re sleeping under may not be so fresh. Most of the time, airlines just refold and re-use them on flights, according to ex-flight attendant Fatihah Sudewo.

“It depends on how cheap the airline is, but I’ve had my share seeing them [the cleaning team] refolding the blankets for the passengers on the next flight to use,” she wrote. “At least they were generous enough to replace the pillow covers and the headrest covers.”

Flight attendants dress the pillows with new covers and take the old ones alongside the blankets at the end of the day with them to be the washed. Fresh ones then come on the first flight in the morning, so if you’re flying midday or late night, be sure to stock up on that Vitamin C and hand sanitizer before hitting the tarmac. If that’s still gross to you, you may ask for a new blanket in a plastic bag or not use one at all.

Plane water is gross.

If you want to drink water, make sure it’s from the bottle. Avoid getting coffee or tea because chances are the water used to make them comes from the craft’s water tank located under the plane which is probably not very clean.

And so are the lavatories and other cabin surfaces.

Plane bathrooms are much worse. Not only do they have constricted spaces and unflattering lighting, they are very dirty also that even flight attendants avoid them if possible. Most of them only use the lavatory to wash their hands or if they really need to go to the bathroom. If it’s a short time, they oftentimes wait until they can use the bathroom at the airport.

Other cabin surfaces like food trays are not guaranteed clean either. Diapers have been laid on them and sometimes they’re even smeared with poo. They are not regularly washed and sanitized. Most people get sick after flying not because of what they breathe but because of what they touch and food trays are one of the culprits.

Pilots can’t eat the same meal at the same time.

The pilot and co-pilot are served different meals which they cannot share. Why? So that if it causes food poisoning, there will be someone left to fly the plane. However, New York Times says it’s not FAA regulation, but rather each airline decides their own rules.

Flight attendants, on the other hand, are a different case. Depending on the airline, sometimes they have the same meal as the passengers or have a much better one. In Sudewo’s experience, she says: “Our meals are slightly better than the passenger meals. While the quality of food varies by airline, she said that there’s “at least a trolley dedicated for the crews” with fresh fruit, bread rolls, desserts, drinks and more.

Those oxygen masks only give you 15 minutes of air.

That’s right. If there is an emergency and the cabin is depressurized, the oxygen masks that come down from the ceiling are attached to tanks which typically have only 15 minutes worth of supply per person. That amount of time seems short, but 15 minutes is plenty of time for the pilot to get the craft to a safe altitude where the oxygen masks are not needed anymore. This nightmare scenario will hopefully not happen to you, but if it does, at least you know how much oxygen supply you have, right?

Which air travel secrets fascinated you the most? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.

Passenger Manners 101: What not to say to flight attendants

If you think plane journeys are bad, spare a thought for the poor cabin crew who have to deal with badly behaved passengers on a daily basis.

Flight attendants have been lifting the lid on their customers’ most annoying habits – and the list is endless.

Oversized cabin luggage, travelers ignoring the safety demos and horny passengers are all issues that staff confront regularly, according to an online forum on Reddit.

So if you want to stay on the good side of the crew on your next flight, try avoiding these pet hates…

<h3Work out where your own seat is

CallMe said: “I have often seen people show their boarding pass and ask where their seats are.

“It’s a big straight tube. How hard can it be?”


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Don’t flirt with the crew

Unreg said: “The most annoying have to be the Mile High Club requests – no I don’t want to come to the bathroom with you.”

Turn off your mobile phone during landing

UberGerbil said: “If you’re asked to turn it off. Turn It Off. It’s not your plane.

“It isn’t that bad to be away from your device for 20-30 minutes – read a real book or magazine with real pages occasionally.”

Don’t play with yourself

NiKva 1744 said: “Those who think they are j***ing off discreetly beneath their in-flight blankets, but who really aren’t. We know.”

Don’t ask for a full run-down of the drinks trolley

Sad_Pandaa said: “Being asked what drinks you have gets old.


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“If I had to list off every single beverage we had off to everyone who asked everyday I would lose my voice. Just ask for something and if we don’t have it we’ll go from there.”

Throw your rubbish away

Kimgoesrawrrr said: “Throw your own trash away. We walk through the aisle with trash bags, there’s often a big trash bin on your way out and, if not, a trash can right inside the terminal.

“The worst part was the bathrooms and the pockets on the back of the chairs. I have to reach my hand in there and pull stuff out.

“The number of times I have stuck my hand in gum or bloody tissues is too darn high.”

Don’t complain about delayed flights

Inked1986 said: “We can’t control the weather and we aren’t responsible for booking your tickets, so please don’t get mad at us if you are about to miss your connection.

“If you’re flying through Chicago in January with a twenty minute layover, you’re gonna have a bad time.”


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Be quiet during the safety demo

Yellowwbird said: “If you’re in the front with me while I’m demonstrating, or in the back with me while I’m speaking the safety demo, please be quiet and courteous.

“If you’re having a loud conversation and talking over me, it is distracting.”

Leave your personal belongings behind in an evacuation

Lennarn said: “Don’t bring your carry-on when evacuating.”

Don’t bring over-sized carry-on luggage

UberGerbil said: “If you want to carry all of your items on the plane please for the love of god make sure your carry on items are not too big and that you don’t have to many.”

Keep your children under control

Del said: “Keep in mind your kids have to follow the same laws the rest of us do, and ignoring that is only putting your kid at risk. Make sure they buckle up. If they don’t like it, too bad.

“And don’t ever left your kids run up and down the aisle, it’s dangerous for them, it’s rude to us, and it bothers everyone else.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

Singapore Airlines leading flight attendant found dead in San Francisco hotel room

SINGAPORE – A Singapore Airlines (SIA) air stewardess was found dead in a San Francisco hotel room on Tuesday (Jan 31, US time), several hours before she was to depart from the city on the return leg of a long-haul flight, according to a source.

Penang-born Vanessa Yeap, 38, was a leading stewardess on a flight from Singapore to San Francisco with a stopover at Hong Kong, according to a cabin crew member who wished to remain anonymous.

According to the source, who was not on the same flight, Ms Yeap said she was not feeling well when cabin crew arrived in San Francisco – likely about two days before the return flight.

The return flight from San Francisco was scheduled for about 1am on Wednesday (Feb 1) which meant the crew had to check out from the hotel at about 10pm to 11pm on Tuesday (Jan 31).

When Ms Yeap did not appear at the lobby, colleagues went up to check and found her dead in her room. They tried to resuscitate her but could not revive her.

In a statement to The Straits Times on Thursday, SIA said: “We can confirm with regret that one of our female cabin crew was found deceased in her hotel room in San Francisco on Feb 1, 2017 (Singapore time). Our immediate priority is to provide the necessary assistance to the family of the crew member. As the case is under the investigation of the local authorities, we are unable to share any further details.

“The member of crew operated to SFO on flight SQ2/28 January and was due to have operated out from SFO on SQ1/1 February.”

The Straits Times understands that Ms Yeap had been with the airline for 16 years. She was single, but was planning to get married.

Ms Yeap’s elder brother, who works in the sales industry, said  “My loving sister, we love you and cherish you forever. We know you are in good hands with the lord in heaven now.”

He is now on his way to San Francisco to claim the body.

Additional reporting by Karamjit Kaur for straitstimes

Flight attendant angry at website that rates hosties: ‘Quit judging us on our looks’

IT’S BEEN more than 50 years since the “Coffee, Tea or Me?” days of flying, when businessmen were openly invited to ogle the lithe, young, unattached stewardesses bedecked in hot pants and go-go boots.

The airlines marketed their crews as hot young things who came as part of the experience. Stewardesses, sick of weigh-ins, harassment and objectification, eventually fought back against their airlines and eventually put a halt to the sexist portrayal of their chosen career.

But how far have things really come? Not very, if the internet is any indicator.

Travel site Trippy.com recently published a list of airlines with the most attractive crew, and not only did it manage to be offensive by sole virtue of existing, but it was also incredibly creepy; the site actually tracked down the LinkedIn accounts of a number of flight attendants from each airline (and given that these images were from LinkedIn and not voluntarily submitted, this was probably done without consent) and created composite images which were then used to rank the collective beauty at each airline.

The article has since been removed, but nonetheless left many alarmed.

Did you know there is a World’s Most Beautiful Stewardess competition?

It’s held by a Hong Kong organisation called the World Air Stewardess Association (WASA), whose stated purpose according to their website is to support “the overall development and interest protection of professional stewardesses, composed of the females, professional groups, relative people, and groups by willingness who are engaged in, have been engaged in, or are expecting to engage in aviation services in the world.” (A noble cause, I’m sure.)

However, you’d be hard-pressed to locate many other priorities for “the females” other than beauty and fashion.

You don’t need a pretty face or flat stomach to manage an emergency.

You don’t need a pretty face or flat stomach to manage an emergency.Source:istock

Liu Miaomiao of Shenzhen Airlines currently holds the enviable title of “Most Beautiful Stewardess”. She is inarguably beautiful, but that’s not all!

Of course, WASA would not be so shallow as to judge a book by her cover.

The Shanghaiist also tells this riveting story of her prowess with passengers: “In the hectic world of Chinese air travel, Liu has become a calm voice of reason. One time, a flight from Beijing was delayed, causing passengers to lose their temper, but Liu was apparently able to calm them down using her smile.”

A cartoon bird then landed on her shoulder, singing the sweetest melody anyone had ever heard, and all began crying gumdrop tears for having given her any trouble.

I really don’t mean to diminish the career abilities of Ms Liu, as I am sure she really is a fantastic flight attendant. But these skills are essential to the position — a good tone set by cabin crew and rapport with customers can quite often have them declaring an hours-delayed flight the best one they’ve ever had. And this is practised worldwide, every day, and successful regardless of physical attributes.

While there is something to be said for maintaining a professional demeanour and appearance, that goes for both genders and has nothing to do with age, complexion, etc.

It’s a proven fact that the professional and well-groomed appearance of a flight crew helps to develop faith in passengers that they’re in good hands in an emergency, and this is why I do see a good reason for adhering to the strict appearance standards for airline crews.

I would also be lying if I didn’t enjoy the glamorous side of it as well, but again, this has more to do with the uniforms and professionalism, not sex appeal.

All of this is really is a foolhardy way of trying to take things back to a supposed golden age that really didn’t exist.

Sure, the jet age stewardess in a micro-dress and pale pink lipstick leaning lustfully over the orange fabric seat of a rapt businessman looks absolutely pleased to be there in the advertising, but the reality of it was not always as sexy as it seemed.

According to former flight attendant Paula Kane, author of Sex Objects In The Skies: A Personal Account of the Stewardess Rebellion, and others who worked in that era, that was not the case:

“What is that pretty young stewardess thinking as she walks gracefully down the aisle to give you your third drink? Is she anxious to ‘Make You Feel Good All Over’, as much of the airlines’ advertising says?”

She’s smiling, but she’s mostly just hoping you won’t make a pass at her.

She’s smiling, but she’s mostly just hoping you won’t make a pass at her.Source:istock

Instead, the reality was more as how you’d imagine. According to Kane: “If she is a stewardess who has been flying for some time, the chances are very good she is only hoping that you won’t make a pass at her or get drunk and make a scene.”

This works in the reverse as well — when I hear complaints about an airline having poor service, it is often the looks of the crew that are added in to season the story a bit. She (you’ll almost never hear these comments made of a man) is always old, or fat, or ugly.

Last year, Delta flight attendants received negative feedback personally, and a lot of the comments centred on age and weight.

So we need to get out of this mindset of the sexy, young coquette-in-the-sky.

It’s just not a reality, and when we are judged solely on our looks rather than our service or intelligence, it short-changes us.

How quickly and effectively evacuate an aircraft, or respond to an in-flight medical emergency, or even just make a passenger feel welcome does not require symmetrical features or a flat stomach.

And, let’s be honest — those that go rating airlines by their staff’s physical appearances would probably not want us judging theirs.

Amanda Pleva is a flight attendant with 13 years of experience. This article originally appeared on Flyer Talk [via news.com.au]

 

Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ live: Federal judge defies President and temporarily BLOCKS ban in dramatic court hearing

The President has banned all refugees from entering the States for four months and barred Syrians indefinitely

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Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees has sparked mass protests in the US and international condemnation.

The President signed an order on Friday banning all refugees from entering the States for four months, and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely.

No visas will be issued for a further six mainly-Muslim countries for the next 90 days.

Thousands have gathered at airports including JFK in New York and LAX in Los Angeles to protest the move and support those stranded.

‘We are as much in the dark as everybody else’

Protesters hold up signs protesting President Donald Trump
Protesters at JFK airport in New York (Photo: Barcroft Media)

An interesting anecdote from a Reuters reporter from JFK Airport tonight here:

After immigration agents detained two Iraqis on Saturday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, their lawyers and two U.S. representatives accompanying them tried to cross into a secure area – and were stopped themselves.

“Step back! Step back!” the agents shouted at them.

A few minutes later, Heidi Nassauer, chief of passenger operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the airport, was called over.

Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, both Democrats from New York, wanted clarification on whether an immigration ban issued on Friday by President Donald Trump prevented the Iraqis from consulting with attorneys.

Nassauer had no clear answer.

“We are as much in the dark as everybody else,” said the border protection official at one of the largest U.S. airports.

A website tries to find out which airline has the ‘hottest flight attendants’

Because clearly nobody has anything better to do than waste time on pointless (and definitely sexist) activities, a website has gone to the effort of gathering photographs of female flight attendants from various airlines and comparing which ones are better looking.

You know, so you can make sure you travel in the care of sufficiently attractive air hostesses, because God forbid the staff didn’t meet your high standard of aesthetics.

The weird beauty competition was carried out by travel website Trippy, which took photos of a number of female cabin crew from each airline and used an amalgamation of these to create one face per airline. The pictures weren’t submitted by air hostesses keen to find out where they fit on the scale, either. Apparently they were taken from their Linked In profiles, which is perhaps a little intrusive.

A website tries to find out which airline has the 'hottest flight attendants'

To add to the fun nature of this competition, 2,000 members of public were asked to rate the women who work on planes to aid passengers’ comfort and safety, and you’ll no doubt be interested to know that Emirates came out on top with an average rating of 7.17 out of 10 for its fit AF workers.

The United Arab Emirates airline was closely followed by the likes of American Airlines, Canadian airline WestJet, SkyWest, United and Delta. Good job, you guys.

A website tries to find out which airline has the 'hottest flight attendants'

Am I the only one who’s wondering why this is a research project that has ever taken place on a public platform? Do we really care whether our flight attendants are attractive or not? Should we? All I’m concerned with is that they remember the correct evacuation procedure in the event of an emergency, and not whether they’d look out of place on the cover of a magazine or not.

Come on, you guys, aren’t we better than that?

This Remarkable Flight Attendant Showed Exactly How Airlines Can Improve Their Customer Service

It was just another flight.

Or so it must have seemed.

It landed in Baltimore and the female flight attendant welcomed passengers to the city.

Which has always seemed strange to me. It’s not as if flight attendants often live in the city where a plane lands. Why should they welcome you if they themselves are only staying for a couple of hours and then flying off somewhere else?

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My apologies for the personal digression, but this article is about personal digressions.

This particular flight attendant had a feeling, I suspect, that many of the women on board were going to the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

So she offered them a slightly more personal goodbye.

The video, posted to Twitter by photographer Flor Blake, shows the flight attendant saying: “I just want to know, how many of you are going to the March on Washington?”

There were many cheers.

She continued: “You guys are going to the Women’s March, right? Let’s get a round of applause for all the nasty women on board.”

Not quite your normal announcement. And with that, the cheers got louder.

So she went for a finale: “Stay safe, stay hydrated, have a good time, watch out for your fellow sisters. Just remember, we don’t take no ‘ish’ from no man.”

There was no ish about this announcement.

This was an expression of solidarity and an appeal to social justice, of course.

But I can hear one or two critics suggesting this should never happen at work. I can hear them cry that this was unprofessional. This was, they would claim, naked political propaganda.

To these skeptics, please let me suggest that — aside of the marvelous solidarity she showed — this was also a beautiful example of customer service.

She could have said nothing. She could have offered polite good wishes for a pleasant stay in Baltimore. I’m told Baltimore can be pleasant.

Instead, she chose to express brilliantly and personally precisely what her customers were feeling and show an understanding of why they’d made the journey.

This, then, didn’t just reflect on her as someone providing customer service, but on the Spirit brand — one that doesn’t always get garlanded with uncontrollable love.

Not many airlines do, these days.

Perhaps one of the more memorable airlines to traditionally offer a tinge of wit and understanding toward passengers is Southwest.

I vividly remember one time at LAX when a Southwest pilot announced: “You know what, we all want to get home. So we’re gonna be pulling back hard, coz I want to hit the runway before anyone else does.”

The plane jerked back and we sped toward the runway. The pilot didn’t even stop before accelerating and taking off ahead of time. And Southwest felt like an airline that was prepared to go an extra step toward the humans who gave it money.

Too often these days, it seems that cabin crew have to work in increasingly tight, unpleasant conditions, as they deal with passengers who are forced to squeeze themselves into increasingly tight, unpleasant little seats.

Too often, they behave like automatons barely able to suppress the anger and frustration they feel.

And if you still think this Spirit flight attendant did nothing for the brand, look at some of the comments the video received on Twitter.

For example, this from Twitterer StillWithHer: “Thanks @ SpiritAirlines for hiring such a great and empowered women [sic]. For ever a customer!”

Of course, at least one Twitter commenter said this flight attendant should be fired. How dare she etc etc etc.

I contacted Spirit to wonder what sort of reaction the airline itself had enjoyed since the video experienced virality. I’ll update this, should I hear.

But try and remove yourself from the politics, if you’re somehow offended by women’s rights, and see if there’s an airline customer service lesson here.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian recently lamented the increasing tension in our society. He’s instituted additional diversity training for his staff, after several incidents in which Delta’s flight attendants didn’t come out looking too people-aware.

The majority of stories that emerge about airline service are negative — something that’s rather fueled by the airlines’ own aberrant greed.

This Spirit flight attendant offered a simple business message, as well as a personal one.

Take the time to understand your customer and be brave enough to make her feel as if you really do know what it’s like to be in her position.

Witty airline flight attendant announcement will make you laugh till you drop!

Boarding and airline is a common thing to many when it comes to flying off to another destination.

Under normal circumstances after getting into our proper seatings while waiting for take off, there will be some sort of short announcement by the captain or flight attendant including some safety briefing of how to go about in times of emergency.

Most times for those who has travelled on board for more than once may shut off their mind to these routines by the airline crew. But this time around to everyone surprise this funny and witty male flight attendant chose to deliver the message in totally different perspective and tone that left these passengers laughing hard till almost in tears rolling down.

What a comedian and he should be given an award for being the most outstanding airline announcer award! Lets not laugh too loud over this video…

Flight attendants share 11 of their favorite travel hacks

For flight attendants, who often spend more than 80 hours in the air a month, traveling can become almost second nature.So who better to turn to for travel tips and tricks than the people with such extensive knowledge on the matter.

We asked flight attendants to share their best travel hacks with us and scoured the internet for more.

Here are 11 things that could help make your travel experiences easier and more enjoyable:

To get more attentive service from your flight attendants

To get more attentive service from your flight attendants

“While most passengers tend to choose seats that are at the front of the aircraft, so that they can disembark first and have a better chance of securing their preferred meal option, flight attendants know that if you’re sitting towards the back, you’ll receive the most attentive service.

“The reason is simple: We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way. This can cause a problem since planes often don’t have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes, or the time on shorter flights to deviate from the service schedule.

“For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it’s much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine.”

Source: Oyster

To iron your clothes faster

To iron your clothes faster

“Use your flat iron to touch up your clothes when you’re in a rush and there’s no time for the ironing board.”

—A flight attendant with 30 year’s experience

To always sleep in clean sheets

To always sleep in clean sheets

“Don’t sleep on hotel sheets that don’t have creases from being folded; someone slept on them already.”

—A flight attendant with 19 year’s experience

To keep the hotel room dark

To keep the hotel room dark

“Use the clips on the pants hangers in the hotel room to clip your curtains together so there is no light coming through.”

—A flight attendant with 15 year’s experience

To avoid doing damage to your hearing

To avoid doing damage to your hearing

“Avoid flying if you have severe cold. It can damage your ears drums, and you may lose your hearing. It happened to me once — I couldn’t hear properly for a week and it hurt like hell.”

Source: Quora

To avoid being seated near a baby

To avoid being seated near a baby

“While there’s no escaping (or blaming) the shrill of an upset child, you can lower your odds of sitting directly next to one by choosing a seat that’s located far from the partitions on board.

“These partitions, which go by the technical name ‘bulkheads,’ are the only places on an aircraft where a parent can safely secure a baby’s bassinet — and are, therefore, where most children under one year old will be situated.”

Source: Oyster

To fight jet lag

To fight jet lag

“What helps me sleep is having a bedtime ritual. Stop using electronics one hour before bedtime, have a cup of tea, and read a bit. Usually that does the trick, but if I can’t sleep after an hour I just get up, do something else, and then try again.”

Source: Quora

To pack lighter

To pack lighter

“Before your trip, call your hotel and check to see if they have a washer/dryer available. If so, bring a couple detergent packs and dryer sheets in a Ziploc bag, and it eliminates two to four days worth of clothes, depending on your stay.”

—A flight attendant with one year’s experience

To get through customs in a jiff

To get through customs in a jiff

“Pay for global entry — it’s totally worth it.”

—An anonymous flight attendant

To save space in your suitcase

To save space in your suitcase

“My favorite travel hack is definitely the clothes roll technique. I am often gone from home for several days, even up to three weeks, and I save space by rolling my clothes instead of folding them.”

—A flight attendant with one year’s experience

To never miss out on free breakfast

To never miss out on free breakfast

“If you know you’re not going to be able to attend whatever complimentary meal they’re offering because you’re leaving before it starts or you know you’re not going to be up until after it’s over, check with the hotel to see if there’s some kind of snack or ‘sack lunch’ they can provide before or ahead of time. Usually it’s just a piece of fruit, a bottle of water, and a thing of string cheese, but that’s saved my growling stomach on several occasions.”

—A flight attendant with one year’s experience

10 Tips From Travel Experts, Flight Attendants, and Other Frequent Fliers

Don’t forget these travel tips as your pack for your next business trip.

For those of us who travel for work, we’ve come to expect that certain things are bound to go wrong from flight delays to long airport security lines and luggage mishaps.

To prepare for this article, I spoke to several expert travelers who clock in at least 25,000 miles or more each year for tips and tricks to make your trip more enjoyable.

On my last flight, I asked my flight attendants who didn’t want to be named if they had any tips.

Let’s just say, they had lots of suggestions for fliers including:

1. Have all your travel items in hand.

Make sure you have all of your items like your headphone and magazines in hand so you aren’t holding up the boarding process.

2. Don’t check your luggage.

Flight attendants also recommend not paying to check a carry-on, but instead to wait until you can check it at the gate. This way, you know your luggage will make it to your final destination.

3. Something will always go wrong.

Flight attendants also said that many people need to prepare for something to go wrong because it almost always does.

4. Give yourself time.

Fliers are more in control than they think, like leaving themselves at least an hour and a half to get to the next gate if you are taking a connecting flight.

5. Goodies for the flight attendants.

“Bring something for the flight attendants–chocolate, a snack, anything small and nice, just to say thank you,” said Lowell M. Aplebaum, Executive Consultant in Silver Spring, Maryland.

6. Don’t miss your connections.

Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency in Reston, VA said, “Many of us road warriors don’t talk to seat-mates. We haul out our laptop, book, work, or noise reduction headphones. I say, “Keep your antenna up for a warm smile.”

“If your instincts tell you this is an intriguing person, ask a simple question like, “Heading home or on business?” Their response (both the content and tone) will let you know if this is a conversation worth continuing.”

“I’ve met astronauts, inventors and fascinating individuals as a result of reaching out when the vibes are right,” she added.

7. App to relax.

The Brainwave app by Banzai for noise reduction, stress relief and better sleep on planes is something Brian Carter, CEO of the Brian Carter Group in Charleston, SC, swears by.

He also recommends, “not to unpack at the hotel, until you’ve checked out everything in the room.”

8. Join the club.

One piece of advice by frequent fliers is to invest the money for the club lounge membership. The bonus is it is also a tax deduction.

“Keep the phone numbers of any “loyalty desks” programmed in your contacts,” Lawrence Leonard, Executive Director of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association.

“If seriously delayed or canceled, call the desk immediately, don’t go stand in line,” he said.

Other advice that I heard was to use the same hotel chain to build up loyalty points, Marriott and Hilton and W Hotels seem to be among the favorites.The same goes for picking one airline to accumulate miles and rewards.

Luggage favorites include brands like TravelPro and Tumi and travelers recommend getting bright colored luggage that won’t get lost in the sea of black suitcases.

9. Pre-Check yourself.

Getting Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check was the number one tip to get through security the fastest.

The time to get to the airport seems to be a topic of great debate with some saying they always catch the first flight to avoid delays.

Garrison Wynn of Wynn Solutions in Houston, TX, says, “I travel many more than 30,000 miles per year and catching flights after 3:00 pm makes a huge difference. The airport literally has half the people in it then it does at 9am.

Fewer delays, airport employees in better moods and more willing to help, weather is more likely to clear up and you have a better shot at upgrades,” he said.

‎Carla Balakgie the Chief Executive Officer of the National Automatic Merchandising Association said, “If you are going on an international flight buy what you need at your destination, instead of taking everything with you.”

10. Roll with It.

“Roll everything.” And, she encourages female executives to “bring solid color clothes and pack a few scarves – they are interchangeable and can make your outfit look more polished,” she added.

For international travelers, do the research and understand how to communicate and persuade effectively across different cultures. The Hofstede Model is a tool many entrepreneurs use to keep abreast of cultural expectations.