What I’ve Learned About Airplane Travel
The things I’ve learned about flying:
Always get an aisle seat so you can get out and walk without disturbing your neighbour.
Get up and walk every hour if you’re not asleep. Especially important if you are a senior. Keeps from getting swollen ankles and a whole raft of other health benefits. Drink a lot of water, no alcohol. Keeps you from getting dehydrated.
If the plane has it, take a seat in a row where there are only two seats but the row in front has three seats so you can stretch your legs into the empty space beside you and you don’t get your arm bumped by the flight attendants or others passing by you when you are asleep. And you have the pocket of the third seat in the row in front so you have two pockets for storage – this way you don’t have to open your carryon in the luggage bin above.
There’s no race to get off, unless you don’t have any baggage stowed below. Racing won’t get your luggage any faster. The baggage handlers take their time getting your luggage to the carousel. So you don’t need a seat at the front of the plane unless you only have carryon. If there’s turbulence, the seats at the front of the plane are less rocky. The seats at the back are quieter.
At high altitudes, especially up over the Arctic where protection from the ozone layer has eroded, keep the window shade down. Reduces the amount of ozone that gets into the plane. Airline attendants are very worried about exposure to ozone (and rightfully so) so that’s why they tell you to close the window shades.