Air travel is almost always a nightmare — crying babies, long delays, talkative seatmates with hairstyles that stretch not only the limits of good taste but also the laws of physics. Thankfully, you can avoid sky nightmares by following these tips.
1. ENJOY YOUR UPGRADES.
We’re not in Kansas anymore; we’re in Economy Plus. An upgrade can provide travelers with everything from extra foot room to a complimentary shiatsu massage. And keep an ear out for the captain’s banter over the intercom: Economy Plus seating gives you a better sense of the jokes. Savor every drop of this heavenly goodness.
2. GET TO KNOW YOUR SEATMATES.
Unless you have the luxury of always flying private, you’re going to be partnered up with some strangers in 18D and 18E. It pays to befriend these roommates of the sky. Don’t judge them by their facial hair; they might have your back when the drink cart comes by while you’re in the bathroom, or if things get a little “froggy.”
3. TRY TO HOLD IT.
If you had to chug your more-than-three-ounce bottle of water before you went through security, make sure to use the bathroom before you get on the plane. Once you’re in the air and the “fasten seatbelt” sign comes on due to some light turbulence, you’ll be out of options. And if you must fight with the flight attendant over the legality of using the restroom when the seatbelt light is on, please keep your voice down.