Raise Your Standard of Flying
Always compare airports and
airlines for better deals.
Book your seat when you book
your flight, if posible. Request
a spot just at of a bulkhead (this is the first row of seats behind
business or first-class seats)
or emergency-exit rows, there's often more legroom.
Cut your carry-on. Lockers for
hanging garment bags are disappearing
and overhead compartments fill up fast. If you stuff your bags under
seat in front of you, where you will put your feet?
Low pressure in airplane cargo
holds can make full containers explode.
To avoid having liquid all over your gear, only fill bottles about 3/4
full and squeeze out the air before closing.
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off-peak times, but ask
the kind of plane will be used for
your flight, because airlines usually fly the smaller planes at
times (DC-9 and MD-80 have the narrowest plane bodies, and that means
of getting the usual 3 ft. x 3 ft. space, you get 2 ft. x 3 ft).
Airlines also tend to save the larger planes for the busiest times:
7-9 a.m.,12-1 p.m., and 5-7 p.m.
make two copies of important items, like passports, credit
cards, plane tickets etc. Leave one copy at home with friends or
(someone you can reach in an emergency), and pack the other somewhere
seperate from the originals.
If you're traveling with a partner, carry each other's copies. Along
with a copy of your passport and other travel documents, carry extra
photos. They are required if you loose your passport and it must be
what the phone procedures are before you arrive in a strange
country. There is often a bewildering array of local codes, city codes,
etc., that can turn a phone call into a nightmarish experience,
if people are waiting in line. Remember in poor countries public phones
are public phones and some countries (Malta, for example) don’t use
for their phones, only phone
You can usually
get a better exchange rate by buying stuff with
a credit card, rather than exchanging your cash. This is because the
card company aggregates all its transactions and get a better rate than
any one person could get.
If you're on a long plane trip,
it's handy to bring along a bottle
of pure water spray. Spray it on your skin, and it will prevent dry,
When you at are the airport's
boarding gate and they cancel your
flight, DON'T go to the ticket counter with the throngs of people that
were also on your flight to rebook. Simply head to the nearest
booth and dial the airline's 800 number - you' ll go to "the front of
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have your notebook PC or electronic organizer hand checked
at the airport; never pass it through the X-ray machine. X-rays are
but the power supply from the machine creates an electromagnetic field
which can scramble information on a hard disc or erase addresses in an
(Organizers are particularly susceptible because they have little
or no shielding.)
Beware of a new scam at airports involving laptops computers. Two
people look for someone with a laptop, placing themselveves in front of
him/her at the metal detector. Once the victim puts the laptop on the
belt, the first person goes through the metal detector. Then the second
does, but is carrying something that will set off the alarm. While he
removes his jewelery, empties his pockets, etc., the first person takes
the laptop while the victim is still on the other side of the metal