How to make your flying experience better
Preparation Preparation Preparation: The first rule of flying is to make sure that, you prepare for the actual flight. Get there early, you might find that you are singled out for a random check which adds to you passage through customs and controls.
Check the seating before you fly, better still take advantage of the internet check in facility if it is available.
Eat before you board; the food you are expecting could have been cancelled or delayed. Take some snacks with you just in case.
Reading material can be a lifesaver, crosswords can get the kids involved and relieve boredom.
Some airlines - such as Ryanair - insist on your having absolutely nothing other than your carry-on luggage with you when you board; no carrier bags, no cameras, nothing. Their size rules can mean that even a bulging bag of an allowable size is refused. - Alain Merlin
Ear Popping. Avoid flying if you have cold,
flu, or hay-fever. If you have to fly take an oral decongestant before
and after landing. For babies letting them suck a bottle or dummy will
help them reduce earache.
Popping ears: To prevent ear popping when
travelling by air suck sweets, sip drinks, swallow, chew, or yawn when
problems start to occur. – Scott Ed.
Flying, ear-popping. I recommend using ear plugs, put them in 30 mins
before take-off and take them out after landing. A good brand is
"Ear-planes" which is specifically designed for this. Dan.(Daniel Penny)
Travel tips, Ears Popping. I fly
airplanes for a living, and the previous tips regarding "ear blockage"
need further attention.
of the nose, and blowing" is commonly known as the Valsalva
maneuver (see Webster's dictionary.) While this maneuver may certainly
relieve sinus, or ear pressure; some fundamentals should be understood!
like water pressure, is higher at lower altitudes (or lower at
helium filled balloon. If released into the air, it climbs. As
the air pressure outside the balloon decreases, the rubber balloon
more pressure from inside. This continues until the pressure inside the
balloon overcomes the rubber strength and bursts the balloon.
In the same
way, if sinus pressure is not able to escape at a normal rate,
the higher pressure inside your head will feel painful. If you now
further pressure, using the Valsalva maneuver, you "could" burst your
balloon. However, while descending to lower altitudes, the pressure
applied from outside your sinus system. Your inner ear has had time to
adjust to the pressures at altitude and will now feel a higher pressure
outside. The Valsalva maneuver "may" relieve pressure under this
Remember though, you are not attempting to inflate a car tire with you
mouth. Extreme pressure "may" do damage at any altitude.
I have been flying for more than 13 years and served as
Captain on Boeing 737 and McDonnell Douglas MD80 aircraft. I have never
needed to use the Valsalva maneuver. The moment you feel the aircraft
climbing or descending (the slight tingle in your ear); you should
yawning, chewing, swallowing, and exercising your jaws. Each of these
techniques helps, and some work better for some than others. The key is
"prevent" ear blockage, not correcting it after it hurts. If you have a
sinus irritation prior to flying, consult your physician; possibly use
sinus relief medication.
for the lengthy explanation; but it hurts my ears to see a
recommendation for the Valsalva maneuver without any explanation of the
Good Luck; and
Happy Flying! --
Tips when flying While a flight attendant,
we found these tips really worked! 1. If you stomach is a
little jumpy, suck on ice cubes. Do not eat or drink anything else for
several hours. 2. If your ear start to feel "weird" and
especially if you have a small child complaining of ear ache, get a
coffee cup (paper or styrofoam) and on the bottom of the cup, put one
or more paper towels that have been soaked in very hot water and wrung
out. Place the cup over the ear that's causing discomfort. In a few
moments, your ear will feel better. 3. NEVER fly if
you have any kind of sinus problems!! If you must, be sure to take
medication several hours prior to your flight. -- K Smith
you're flying and you feel your ears start to pop, whatever you do
DON'T plug your nose, close your mouth and blow...my friend did it and
burst her eardrums. Another trick to try is to put two cups over your
ears, it can help to equalize the pressure. -- Heather
& Steve Campbell
Air-Sickness: Sit above
the wing where there is least turbulence – Scott
Fear of Flying
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