Six tips for better flights

Flying in airplane

Today we continue our business travel series, and this time, you’re on a plane. You’ve made it to and through the boarding gate. How do you make the next few hours more comfortable?

When we asked our training consultants for their business travel trips, these are just a few of those they came up with:

Getting the seat you want

1. Use SeatGuru to work out the best seat on the flight you’re taking. (TH Ong)

2. Avoid the first row seats of a two-row emergency exit configuration – by law, the front seats are not allowed to recline. (TH Ong)

Dressing for a more comfortable flight

3. Wear socks which compress the lower legs to avoid thrombosis. (Peter Guendlig)

4, Travel in slip on shoes – they can be slipped off. (Phil Stockbridge).

Staying healthy

5. Book an  aisle seat and stand up no later than three hours later to exercise your legs (Peter Guendlig)

6. Carry towelettes or use those wet towels handed out on airlines to wipe off all surfaces you touch around your seat. It cuts down chances of getting colds and flus significantly. (TH Ong)

Chilling out on the flight

Jerome Docherty Bigara carries  a ‘Fit-Kit‘ with him in his carry-on luggage. And Tony Poots came up with a list of chill out tips that merited a separate post of their own: Tony’s Top Ten for Chilling In-flight. Enjoy!

First class travel

Of course, there has to be some controversy/debate. TH Ong suggested that you should always, always fly first or business class.

So here’s a question for you: if you are required for work to travel regularly, are companies morally obliged to ease the stress of constant travel by allowing first class and business travel? Would you pay to upgrade out of your own money? Does it matter?

Next week

One of the tips we had from Peter Guendlig was:  Be open: the person next to you in the airplane might have a great story, or even business, for you. I’ve had the most amazing people next to me.

This joined a raft of being friendly and chatty type tips. But should you? It comes with its own set of issues. Next week we look at where the line falls.

(Don’t forget we’d love your opinions and contributions)



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