By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published: 6/22/22 at 3:55 PM
Today air travel has never been more daunting. Daily headlines are filled with horror stories about flight delays, angry passengers, and cancelled flights. Here are few best practices to come out on top or at least be prepped before the wheels are up.
Book early morning flights and opt for a nonstop if possible.
Give yourself a 2-3 hour window between connections, especially for international travel.
Select seats as far in front of the plane as possible and opt for the aisle to get you greater mobility.
Use Flight Tracker or Flight Aware to see where your incoming plane is. You can often see a possible problem if the equipment is not at the gate or is delayed.
Use the airline's dedicated App and make sure the airlines can reach you via your email or phone.
Book flights during the shoulder of the off-season to avoid delays and cancellations.
Build some flexibility into your itinerary. For example, arrive one- day before your cruise departure date.
Purchase travel insurance and use a reputable travel consultant.
Avoid booking air via third-party booking sites. Go right to the airline to book your flight.
Pack some extra snacks and water in case of a delay.
Add some minor toiletries like deodorant or a toothbrush to your carry-on in case you run into delays.
Stay calm, smile and be patient; the airline industry is under tremendous strain due to staffing shortages.
Don't provoke or engage with other passengers directly. Tensions are running high these days.
Dress warm or bring a light sweater on board if you are prone to cold. Planes are chilly and won't turn up the heat for you.
Dress appropriately, keep your shoes on, don't wear your pajamas, use a loud voice, eat smelly food, or use poor manners. You are in public; be civilized.
Enjoy the ride; flying is one of man's greatest inventions. Just be glad your not taking 7-days on an ocean liner to cross the Atlantic. It could be worse.