Flying is the perfect way to get to your destination as painlessly as possible – at least it used to be.
The days of settling in your seat and relaxing on your flight are over.
So if you’re wondering how you can best navigate the crazy world of inflight travel – check out our tips below.
Disruptive Passenger or Lunatic?
Perhaps your seatmate is a little drunk and starts making obnoxious comments to anyone who will listen.
Maybe he’s even trying to engage you in conversation.
The best thing to do in this situation is to ignore him and not engage.
Keep your headphones on, or even pretend to be asleep.
Guys like this feed off the back-and-forth interaction and the more attention you give him – the worse he’ll likely get.
Plus – you don’t know if he’s just a drunk passenger or a crazy lunatic who might get violent and try to open the emergency exit door midflight . . .
. . . or start pretending to wave a knife around.
The Seat Hog Or Kicker
You’re already crammed in to your tiny seat . . .
. . . only to have the guy next to you spreading out like he owns the place making your already narrow space even more unbearable.
Or maybe you’re sitting in front of a little kid who thinks it’s funny to keep kicking your seat during the flight.
How you respond truly does depend on the situation.
If a little tyrant kid keeps kicking you – a few looks back in his direction might work . . .
. . . or you might have to politely ask his mother to have him stop.
As for the guy (or girl) spreading out into your space – sometimes there’s not much you can do.
If he’s 6’5 – he’s got long legs – and he’s not going to comfortably sit in a middle seat like a sardine.
Do your best to be as comfortable as possible but there’s really no escaping this one.
The Sick Passenger
Of course – there’s always the girl who is clearly sick but still chooses to fly.
Maybe she’s coughing and sneezing the whole flight – spreading her germs to everyone else on the plane.
Or you could get the traveler who actually physically begins vomiting on the plane or looks so pale from anxiety as if they are about to pass out.
If someone is really sick – call the flight attendant – and let them deal with it.
But if it’s a mild case – you could offer something from your pro-traveler bag like a ginger candy or even a Kleenex for the unprepared traveler.
The best tip I have for you when flying is to be prepared for anything and stay calm.
What situations have you encountered midflight with other passengers?
Which crazy situation irritates you the most when traveling?
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