Tips to survive a really crowded flight?

Old Sep 28th, 2019, 08:30 AM
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Tips to survive a really crowded flight?

Just got through a very long and loud flight and I forgot to put my earplugs in my carry on. I always bring them so I can go to sleep.

So I was wondering what's your personal must-have for uncomfortable travel?
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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 08:50 AM
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Use miles to fly business.... I can't sleep in economy regardless of noise since I can't get flat.
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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 02:59 PM
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Pick window seats, less bumping and climbing; get Bose headphones for your favorite music; eyemask & earplugs mandatory; good reading material/puzzles, etc.; pack your own snacks; pillow & blanket or combo to your liking and comfort, and lastly really comfy but nice clothes w pockets so you dont have to go into overhead bin for anything you may need (travel vest or cargo pants etc.)
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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 03:12 PM
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Preparing for a long flight on Monday. Getting ready to grin and bear it.

My usual MO - aisle seat, Bose headphones, ear plugs, eye shades, water bottle, snacks, music, Kindle, comfy clothing, fleece jacket, toothbrush, anti-bacterial wipes to wipe everything down as soon as I board...all kept in a bag at my feet so I can access everything I need...and the realization that I will be sleepless until I arrive at my destination and get checked into my accommodation.

Debating on leaving my neck pillow behind this time...hmmmmm......

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Old Sep 29th, 2019, 03:00 PM
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Assuming economy, seat choice is key and it's down to preference. I prefer the aisle and if alone, I prefer aisle in the center cluster (if the plane has one) because there are two row exit directions which reduces the chance of being awoken/disturbed if someone in the row wants to get out.

I like to stay organised. I put my one carry on under the seat and keep what i need during the flight in an outer pocket. I dislike rummaging around or having things all over the place.

I make sure my The Economist app has the latest issues downloaded. I often forget to do this before a flight but saving a set of netflix content to the ipad or phone makes things a whole lot nicer when I've had enough of The Economist.
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Old Sep 30th, 2019, 12:24 PM
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I prefer an aisle seat. Definitely ear plugs or something to listen to. A book and a magazine to read. Plenty of water. Some snacks. A few glasses of wine. If it's a long or overnight flight maybe a pillow and blanket.
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Old Sep 30th, 2019, 01:03 PM
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TR, thx for this useful question.
Pay the extra fee ($150 in our upcoming case) for the economy seats that are 'wing-exits'. Great for tall couples like us, with legroom aplenty.
I am done. The crying baby.
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Old Sep 30th, 2019, 02:41 PM
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I can't afford any extra for seat upgrades, so I've got to work with what I get. Anti-anxiety meds help some people in crowded, confined (claustrophobic) places like a plane cabin.
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Old Sep 30th, 2019, 06:08 PM
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I'm another fan of making sure I don't need to move any more than necessary to access anything I need once in my seat. I have a super lightweight (less than 1 oz) tote that holds everything I'll need while on the flight and it has a wide strap that I can very simply link over a knee. If I want something, I just have to lift the bag, no leaning over or searching under the seat or (heaven forfend!) having to open anything in the overhead compartment. And if I leave the seat, I can just set in on the seat, to be easily retrieved and re-positioned upon my return. That same tote serves as my day bag for most travel days -- bonus!
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Old Oct 2nd, 2019, 12:47 AM
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"Really crowded flight" Not entirely sure what this is. A flight is either full, or it is not. Being full doesn’t make it crowded as it is designed to fly with that number of passengers. That said, I do find some the newer aircraft to be designed in such a way that it does make the flight more enjoyable (lighting, seats, air quality etc) or at least, less of a PITA.

Most important for me is seat selection. I would always go for an aisle seat even though that usually means getting bumped by other passengers walking past or, even worse, people leaning on the back of my seat for support! I hate the feeling of being hemmed in by other people, even my partner. I am not of the camp that likes to stay put in my seat for the duration a) I get fidgety (and I would be a complete nightmare for anyone sitting between me and the aisle and, b) on long haul flights, it increases the risk of DVT considerably. I frequently get out of my seat to walk around. The quality of the airline also makes a big difference. My son and family flew from Sydney to London on BA and had a horrendous time. Flying back to on Singapore they had a wonderful experience. Plenty of websites around to check out airlines (although many seem to be populated by professional moaners and perhaps should be taken with a pinch of salt!)

As to what I personally can do to make the flight more comfortable, essentials include;

-Ear plugs ( if like the I have forgotten I just ask the staff)

- eye mask - I rarely sleep on flights but find I can arrive reasonably refreshed if I use ear plugs and an eye mask and just meditate for and hour or two before landing

-Bose ear buds - amazing sound quality

-Pre loaded films and TV - permanent downloads on my iPad include The Rolling Stones, - —Havana Moon concert, Springsteen in Barcelona and Goodfellas - that’s about half of the average long haul flight taken care of (and yes, I am happy to watch those multiple times!)

- Eye drops (I get really dry eyes on long flights

- comfortable clothes - shoes I remove immediately upon boarding and put on flight socks

Agree with Thursdaysd in #2 re business class or at least premium economy. Sadly in Europe we don’t have the opportunity to accrue airmiles at anything like the rate enjoyed by North Americans, so mostly we pay cash. Last year we took a decision to fly less frequently but, when we do, for long haul, we use business class, or if we can get a good deal in sales, PE.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2019, 09:36 AM
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Just came from from a trip. The flight there was not completely full and we lucked out and had the middle seat open. It was late in the evening, so I appreciated being able to curl up with my head resting on my husband and I actually slept a bit. The return flight was chuck full. I opted for the window seat so I could lean against that to sleep. If it is a daytime flight, I like the aisle seats so I can get up and move about without disturbing others.

We do not spring for first class, but do opt for economy comfort. Makes a difference to be able to stretch out a bit, even though I am very short, lol.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2019, 10:18 AM
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"Makes a difference to be able to stretch out a bit, even though I am very short, lol.” My son just came to visit us in the UK from Australia. Wasn’t happy with the 25 hour flight over in economy - I told him it serves him right for being 6’ 4” If only I had such problems
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Old Oct 3rd, 2019, 08:13 AM
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crellston--Oh my, that sounds beyond miserable! This is one of the few times that being very short is an advantage
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Old Oct 17th, 2019, 05:51 PM
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Agreed. Not a very tall person myself, so at least stretching is not a problem for me during flights.

Going back on topic though, I often just sleep it off. If I'm awake, I find something to entertain myself. A book, a movie on my phone, maybe a podcast...
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Old Oct 17th, 2019, 09:59 PM
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Seat Guru for row selection - aisle seat.
Comfortable ( nice -not track pants) clothes - with pockets.
Wrap - can be used for warmth or rolled up for a pillow if the airline pillow isn’t enough.
Good book.
Get up & walk around a bit.
more water than wine or coffee.
Only eat when I’m hungry - put up the “ Please don’t wake me for meals” sign.

And yes - use points to upgrade.
When you live in Australia, even domestic flights can be longer than lots of intra-European hops. Everything off shore is a longish or long flight. I think anything over 20 hours is a long flight.
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Old Dec 11th, 2019, 05:39 AM
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Keep noise cancelling headphones and a neck pillow with you all the time.

And if you still aren't at peace, go to the washroom lol
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Old Dec 11th, 2019, 08:30 AM
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True story from our recent French vacation arrival flight.
Part way through the flight, a young woman approached our wing-exit area and proceeded to lay sideways on the floor, partway into the aisle. There, she read for a while, then after her head began to droop with fatigue, she literally rolled onto her front and fell asleep. We'd never witnessed anything like that and kept expecting the flight attendant crew to confront her, but nope, none of them did a thing to intervene. Understand, it was not a big deal for us personally, she wasn't really encroaching on our space, but I'll bet that those with full bladders who were tryna access the WC were not best pleased to have to step over her prone body.

Such odd, inconsiderate behaviour.

I am done. The end.
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Old Dec 11th, 2019, 11:55 AM
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zebec--oh my, that would be a sight to see! On one flight coming back from France, we were on the upper deck and the mother of the family behind us decided to put her bare feet on the ledge right next to my seat (window seat). So her bare feet were touching my arm. I was stunned to say the least, and incredibly grossed out.

The only thing that really bothers me on a full flight is that I have restless leg syndrome and flights bring it out in full force. It takes everything I have to not be an annoyance to others, and I do have to stand/walk at times. Flight crews are very sympathetic and get it, thankfully. My med for it and a melatonin usually work, but not always. I feel like a little kid trying not to kick the seat in front of me. When a flight is less full, I have more room to move around which helps.
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Old Dec 11th, 2019, 01:38 PM
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I had my (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime worst-seatmate experience last month. He left his false teeth on his seat when he got up to go to the bathroom.
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Old Dec 11th, 2019, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by zebec View Post
True story from our recent French vacation arrival flight.
Part way through the flight, a young woman approached our wing-exit area and proceeded to lay sideways on the floor, partway into the aisle. There, she read for a while, then after her head began to droop with fatigue, she literally rolled onto her front and fell asleep. We'd never witnessed anything like that and kept expecting the flight attendant crew to confront her, but nope, none of them did a thing to intervene. Understand, it was not a big deal for us personally, she wasn't really encroaching on our space, but I'll bet that those with full bladders who were tryna access the WC were not best pleased to have to step over her prone body.
I can't imagine wanting to lay on the floor, esp. anywhere near the WC. Ick. Just ick.
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