Keep Flying Sane This Summer


Flying tips that will keep you sane

David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

We’ve all had those flights... your inflight entertainment conks out, the candy addicted kid behind you mistakes the back of your chair for a vertical trampoline, and the plane runs out of the one soft drink that you really like! Follow these tips to keep yourself, your fellow passengers and, most importantly, your flight attendants as happy as possible when you fly this summer. 

Seat seeker

Once most of the people are boarded, start looking around the plane to see which seats are empty.  Once everyone is on board, you’re allowed to move around your cabin.  But you have to be fast because someone else is probably eyeing that aisle seat!  And remember you can always move toward the back of the plane.  I’m always amazed how people will stay jammed together in the front of the airplane while the back is empty. They just never looked!

I got the exit row!

Ask for or book the exit row seats because you will most likely have more room.  But what most people don’t know is that it is always colder by the doors and window exits (much colder), so dress appropriately

Kindness goes a long way

Flight attendants are cheap dates. Say a passenger brings chocolate for the flight crew. That costs the passenger, what, maybe just a couple of bucks? And yet they’re thanking that passenger as profusely as that Moroccan woman I saw a flight attendant give a shirt to. Next thing you know, that passenger gets a free headset or a free drink.  It’s actually funny because it can be something so small and yet they bend over backwards with “thank yous.” It’s just nice to be thought of!

because the airplane is already there.  You don’t have to worry about delays or weather in some other city where your plane is flying in from. 

Give yourself plenty of time

Airline tickets used to be booked by professionals. Today many consumers do it themselves online, with price being the only factor they consider. Big mistake! When booking online, you need to consider another important factor: the time you have between connecting flights.  If you only have 45 minutes or less to connect to another flight, you’re basically flirting with a very stressful running-through-the-airport situation.

Have anything macrobiotic?

If you have any special dietary needs, you should plan ahead.  People get used to their dietary routines at home and are shocked when they don’t have a vegan, gluten-free option on the Food for Sale menu.

Early birch catches the flight

Book the first flight of the day.  Yes, you have to wake up really early.  But the morning flights have a huge advantage

Preemptive apology

On the same thoughtfulness note, the best new trend I’ve read about is the preemptive baby apologies.  A passenger with a baby put little bags of candy on the seats around her. The bags had a note attached that read: “Hi, my name is Jordan and I’m five months old.  Sometime during the flight I may get hungry or fed up with sitting on my mom’s lap. So I may cry a bit.  Just know that my parents are going to do everything they can to keep me happy and quiet so I don’t bother you!”


Think about your outfit for your airplane trip.  Not how you look but


how you will feel!  People get on airplanes dressed in ripped shorts, flip-flops, and a tank top and then complain that they are freezing?!? Whenever we fly, my family always brings a sweater or jacket they can put on if they’re cold or use as a pillow.