We all know about the cramped economy seats, recycled air, and discomforts that go with air travel. But here’s what you don’t know: There are secret perks, too.
Most airlines allow children to tour the cockpit, circumstances permitting. It doesn’t matter which class you’re seated in, just ask the cabin crew. (However, note that some airlines don’t allow pictures, for security reasons.)
NEXT: Request an extra pair of eyes on your stow-on luggage →
Inflight theft is on the rise, and you can’t possibly be keeping your eyes on your luggage the whole time. Point out your bags and where they’re stowed to the bacin crew, so they know that no one else should be peeking in them. Especially if you’re travelling alone!
NEXT: You can ask for seconds →
The key is to wait until mealtime is over. By that point, the cabin crew will know whether there’s excess food in the pantry. Or, dare to “pantry raid” on long flights – if you wander past the pantry and spot some sandwiches or snacks available, don’t hesitate to ask if you can have one.
NEXT: Or even food from Business Class →
When there are leftovers, you might not even be restricted to just what they serve in Economy Class. Some flight attendants will be happy to serve you a little something from Business Class. Rules permitting, of course.
NEXT: Ask for tourism tips →
Ask the cabin crew if anyone’s native to your destination (and even if they’re not, chances are, they’ve explored the city during layovers). You might just find out some hacks for getting around, cheaper ways to visit tourist attractions, must-buy souvenirs and more.
NEXT: Extra provisions can be made for the elderly or medically frail →
If you’re travelling with an elderly parent with medical conditions, inform the crew when boarding so they can make arrangements for, say, a free upgrade to a more spacious Business Class seat, or a more convenient seat closer to the toilet (these seats also tend to have a little more leg room!).
NEXT: You can write a will on the flight →
Apparently, whatever dying words you say to your pilot – including your last will-and-testament – stands in court. Hopefully, we’ll never have to write a will on-flight, nor exercise its validity (gulp), but it’s nice to know that our assets are now one less thing to worry about.
NEXT: If you’re travelling with kids, ask if they can see the cockpit →
Adapted from The Singapore Women’s Weekly, December 2017
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