Flight Tips for This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is coming soon. Within a few short hours, you will be boarding a plane. You will throw your bags out of the back of the car and rush to join the shuffling ticket line. From there, you will take off your shoes to walk on the holy ground of security. Finally, you will plop down in your tiny airplane seat that does not have a window. Hopefully, you will be able to sit back and relax before your friends and family pick you up. Then you will get to tell them about how bad your flight was all the way home from the airport. All of us must endure the same inconveniences at the airport. But here are a few tips to make your flight a little smoother.
Condensing for Efficiency
Properly packing is the first thing you can do to start your trip right. Good packing means making the best use of your space. Try rolling up all your socks and undergarments and stuffing them in your shoes. Roll any remaining items up in your jeans. Roll your shirts up as well because folding them uses more space than necessary. For extreme space saving, use vacuumed sealed bags. I guarantee you will be able to pack twice as many clothes this way. Just make sure you can reseal them on your return trip.
During your flight, the temperature outside your plane can reach -60oF. Inside the plane, the air-conditioning will be blasting away to offset the body heat of your close neighbors. This means that you could be very hot or very cold depending on your flight. Therefore, you should dress in layers. Keep the first layer very light. Then add as many layers of ugly Christmas sweaters and jackets as you need to stay comfortable. This way, you will be able to adapt to the many climates found in the airport. This is also an excellent opportunity to make sure your wardrobe is security friendly. Metal belt buckles, metallic jewelry, and hard to remove shoes create a stressful TSA screening.
Most of your time at the airport will be spent sitting. You will sit on your way to the airport, waiting for your plane, and the entirety of your flight. Take every opportunity you get to stay active. If you have a layover, you can take a walk around the airport. If you are immobilized in your plane seat for several hours, you can still stay active. There are many exercises you can do sitting down. These include lifting your legs and bending your knee while gripping your quadriceps. You can also rotate your ankles to keep your blood flowing. Any amount of exercise you can get will help keep you fresh and ready for your family get together.
If You See Something, Do Something
The airports are going to be crowded with thousands of people this week. Do not look at these people as obstacles between you and your stuffed turkey. They are moms, dads, grandparents, and cousins all trying to get home for the holidays. Emotions and stress are running high for everyone. You have an opportunity to take the attention away from your inconveniences and focus on helping someone in need. Be on the lookout for the overwhelmed mother with tired children who would love for someone to help her carry her bags to her next gate. Do not ignore the quiet person sitting next to you on your flight that may be dreading their first Thanksgiving without a loved one. Just being a thoughtful listener can bring so much comfort to someone who is having a bad day. It does not make sense to rush past suffering people on our way to give thanks for all our blessings.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me Matthew 25:40 KJV.
Limiting Turbulence, Maximizing Service
None of us can bypass all the hustle and stress of our modern airports. But I hope these tips help you have as smooth a flight as possible. It is hard to focus on all the negatives of flying when you are busy bringing joy to another person. This year, you might be able to share a story about how you were able to serve someone on the way home from the airport. Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy catching up with friends and family.