Got to fly!
We love to travel, not so much the part about traveling – arduous waits at the airport with hyperactive children, neckaches and uncomfortable sleep positions on the plane, terrible turbulence…
You’d wish you knew these 15 hacks to make flying less of a pain. Ok, it’s probably still going to suck, but you know, less.
Head for the queue farthest to the left. Research suggests that since most people are right-handed, they’ll naturally prefer right hand lanes.
NEXT: Enjoy business class privileges for free →
Or, queue close to the business class check-in counters even if you’re flying economy. They occasionally show mercy and take in people from the common queue, speeding up your check-in process.
NEXT: Bring the stroller →
If you’ve got a little kid, a stroller might be a huge convenience rather than otherwise. Some airports have dedicated stroller lines which are shorter, and the airport staff take greater care of passengers in these lines as well.
NEXT: Always use protection →
Use screw cap bottles instead of ones with flip-top openings. They’re less likely to pop open from the change in air pressure during the flight, resulting in nasty leaks. Want to be extra safe? Place a layer of plastic wrap over the bottle opening before screwing the cap on.
NEXT: Mark your check-in baggage as “fragile” →
Not only will your bag be treated less roughly (we hope), it’ll also be placed at the top of the pile rather than the bottom, so they’re the first ones out at baggage collection.
NEXT: Go hands-free →
If you’re shopping at the duty-free area at Changi Airport, you can opt for collection on arrival for wines and spirits, and cosmetics and perfumes. It’s the world’s best airport for a reason!
NEXT: What’s the rush? →
When it’s time to board, stay seated in the waiting area to wait out the queue. They’re not going to close the plane doors when you’re seated right there, isn’t it?
NEXT: Sit by the plane’s wing →
Book a seat by the plane’s wing. Apparently, these seats experience less turbulence since they’re closer to the plane’s center of gravity.
NEXT: Get served food before everyone else →
Get in-flight meals faster by requesting a special meal. Vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher meals are typically served first.
NEXT: Score FREE drinks →
Did you know budget flights sell tea at about 66 times the supermarket price? Bring your own tea bag and simply ask for some hot water instead.
NEXT: Have a lollipop →
Whether you’re 5 or 50, the sucking action helps to ease ear pains from the air pressure. Also, who can’t a lollipop cheer up?
NEXT: Mind the gap →
Traveling as a couple, or a group? Instead of booking two seats together, reserve the aisle and window seat for a smaller chance of someone occupying the middle seat – and you’ve cheated your way to extra space! If it is occupied, you can always ask to switch seats.
NEXT: You’re using your neck pillow wrong →
Rather than placing it behind your neck, wear your neck pillow around your chin so that when you doze off, your head will be supported when you naturally loll forwards.
NEXT: Depart at departure →
When you’ve arrived at your destination, skip the queue at arrivals and grab a taxi instantly at the departure zone instead.
NEXT: It’s all in the mindset →
Most importantly, don’t think about your flight as time wasted or a meaningless vacuum – enjoy the precious me-time!
NEXT: Queue left →
By Pinky Chng, last updated March 2017
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