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How to Fly Airlines Without Any Worry

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 3 9

In today's globalized world it is becoming more and more common for people to use airplanes for traveling, and the purpose for the air travel can be either business or pleasure. It is quite often said that the world is getting smaller, and this is in a way very true, mostly because of the technological advances within the airline industry itself, as the flight times are getting shorter and the number of the daily outgoing flights offered by the commercial airlines is growing exponentially.

Although most people have flown in an airplane at least once in their lives, then the chances are that they could have made their first flying experience more comfortable if they had been given a few tips on flying beforehand. Furthermore, there are still people out there who haven't flown in a plane yet, and they are in need of knowing how to fly in general, and in particular how to fly airlines without any worry.

There can of course be several reasons why a person have never been on an airplane when traveling, but a common reason is the fear of flying. But when properly prepared for, and properly executed, then flying can be a joyous and comforting experience for all, only if you know how to fly or have been given tips on how to fly airlines without any worry, ... so here you go.

Did you know that 60 million people who fly frequently actually have a fear of flying each time they board the airplane? For these individuals, flying can be a stressful experience if they don't know how to calm their fears. One of the biggest fears is that the plane or flying in general isn't safe. But in fact, flying is one of the safest methods of travel available as the FAA mandates that all airplanes are designed with safety at hand, and the airplanes are routinely undergoing maintenance and checked to assure that the quality of safety is as high as possible. Over 3 millions people fly every single day and almost every single one of them do so with no incident at all.
When you are traveling with commercial airlines, then you must prepare accordingly in order to make sure your experience will be a good one. Call ahead and find out exactly what can and cannot be taken aboard the airplane. This will prevent unnecessary searches, questioning, and the loss of your items if they are deemed as contraband or seen as a danger for the security. If you are going on a longer travel, maybe even flying to an international destination, then most likely there are other practical information that you need to know about, but more about this later. When you begin your travel then you should also make sure that you arrive at the airport in good time before the scheduled take off. If you are traveling international, then you should arrive at the least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled take off time. The time is needed to the check in and the security procedures. For your own comfort, make sure you don't have to rush, as this can stress you even more.
If you are traveling on a longer trip, maybe even on a vacation for several weeks, then you will most likely need to bring a lot of baggage. But how much baggage are you allowed? How many pieces of baggage? How heavy, and what are you allowed to bring on board the airplane as hand baggage? Call the airline, or check the airlines website on the Internet in order to know the exact rules. Remember that you might do some shopping, so allow room for having more weight on your return trip; don't take the chance of having too much weight as the cost that the airlines charge for excess baggage is very high.

If your air travel isn't a direct flight, but you have to change airplane on your travel to your final destination, then be prepared for delays and for the situation where your baggage doesn't arrive together with you. Have some important items in your hand baggage even though you are entitled to buy some clothes and toiletry at the expense of the airline if you have to wait for many hours (If you have bought and paid your air ticket with your credit card, then you are most likely allowed to buy for a higher amount and also allowed to buy sooner than what you can buy according to the rules set by the airlines. Know these rules before you begin your travel, it is in itself irritating when such things happen, but uncertainty in the situation will frustrate and stress you even more while waiting for the connecting air plane or waiting for your luggage that had ended up in a far away airport.

If you are going on a very long flight, maybe even from one time zone to another with many hours time difference, then you have to be prepared to suffer from Jet Lag. It can be very annoying to suffer from jet lag, in the worst case it can take weeks to adjust to the new time zone. But there are several things you can do to avoid jet lag, most of all the tips are based upon to be prepared, and even small things can help, such as setting the time in your mind and on your watch as soon as you have checked in. So, after check in, then set the time on your watch so it shows the time at your destination.

On the airplane you will be served food and drinks. Drink water! I don't mean that you shouldn't drink a cocktail, and beer or wine to your food. But it is important that you drink more liquid on an airplane, or you are at risk to become dehydrated with unpleasant symptoms, such as drowsiness and headache. So, you need some extra liquid, and what I mean is that the extra liquid is water and not alcohol.

In books and on the Internet there are many available resources on how to fly. So just take a few minutes out of your day to find them, and I guarantee your next flight will be more pleasant than your last now that you know how to fly airlines without any worry.



Sep 23, 2010 11:10pm
Good information on how to prepare to fly, if you are not comfortable with airline travel. Flying is actually supposed to be safer than driving, although many people don't realize that!
Sep 24, 2010 4:44pm
Thank you for your comment. Yes, flying is safer than driving, and I personally find flying relaxing. And furthermore I enjoy using my laptop (writing) on the airplane.
Sep 25, 2010 12:40am
Great with helpful ideas, but have to disagree with something that is fear of flying. I have tried everything, tabs, alcohol, you name it and I am still petrified.

But that is just me. Great article thanks for sharing you have some good ideas.
Sep 27, 2010 2:13am
Fear of flying is a serious problem, and it is sad that so many (who are not afraid) make fun of this.
Oct 30, 2010 11:08pm
I rode with an older lady one time who was crying on take off and landing. When we finally landed and were firmly on the ground she reached over and gave me a big kiss on the cheek for allowing her to hide under my arm for safety. She was grandma's age, so my wife didn't mind.
Oct 31, 2010 3:37am
Thank you for sharing you 'flight experience'. ... I am certain that you will enjoy one of my other (older) articles: Broken Great Expectations on an Airplane
Nov 5, 2010 9:21pm
Excellent article. Very well written! I'm a seasoned traveler now, but years ago I was always fearful. Looking back, I think if airlines could provide passengers with a little pamphlet or video explaining what the different noises indicate (shifts in engine power, etc.) and how the aircraft can drop a long way with current fluctuations, and never "fall out of the sky" people might be less stressed!
Nov 5, 2010 9:37pm
I agree with you that more information (pamphlet or video) would be a good idea.
However, an airline captain informed me (years ago) that the airlines believe that it is a bad idea (they believe that while some would relax reading the info, then more would begin to worry).
Nov 5, 2010 9:46pm
Hmmmmm. Very interesting.
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