As you can probably guess, I’ve spent a LOT of times on planes recently, and as such, have been developing my own set of rules for the process.
1: Comfortable shoes are of tantamount importance.
2: Every person has their own value matrix for checked baggage costs vs. carry-on hassle. Mine weighs to the less hassle side.
3: Drink water. Lots of water.
4: When you can, use land-based restrooms rather than peeing mid-air.
5: You’ll never regret eating more fruits and vegetables.
6: We all have time to be kind. Even when pressed to make a connection.
7: Courtesy is the salve that eases all airline employee interactions.
8: Workers are people, too. Ask them about their day. Go for the shared laugh. Smile, smile, smile.
9: Wear or carry a scarf or sweater that is soft and can double as a small blanket. Regardless of weather on either side of your itinerary.
10: You’re not driving, so if an adult beverage is what’ll get you through? Cheers, my friend.
11: Look out the window during take offs and landings. Every city is beautifully unique from the air.
12: You’re not married to, nor do you own, a particular seat. We’re all arriving there together.
13: When all else fails, be a helper.