Whilst we appreciate that business class is the obvious source of all kinds-of-comfortable when flying, even those lucky enough to 'turn left' will do well to consider a few simple guidelines when seeking that perfect, on clock, in-tune, ready to hit the ground running arrival.
Meals are provided free of charge on all long-haul scheduled airlines, and the quality of the food on most airlines is normally very good. If you have a specific meal requirement such as vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant or gluten-free please advise your consultant when booking your flights.
It is advisable to take frequent walks during your flight and to stretch limbs whenever possible. Light exercise is a recommended preventative measure for deep vein thrombosis (see below for further details).
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Some people have a predisposition for a condition called deep vein thrombosis. This is a sometimes fatal condition and has been linked to flying, caused by prolonged immobility.
The condition arises from a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg. Drinking too much alcohol and sleeping in an awkward position can exacerbate the risks. You can therefore reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis by lowering your alcohol intake, exercising as much as possible throughout the flight and wearing compression stockings, which increase your circulation (most high street chemists stock these). Symptoms can occur days or even weeks post-flight and include chest or shoulder pain. Those most at risk are passengers on who have flown for 4 hours or more; anyone over 40 years old; individuals over six feet or under five feet tall; those with varicose veins; people with heart disease; anyone suffering from cancer; those with a history of blood clots; those who have recently undergone surgery; those who have had recent leg injuries; women taking the contraceptive pill; anyone with the genetic defect Leiden V factor.
To improve your chances of sleep on board, don’t drink any alcohol and try using an eye mask – this is a good ploy to avoid being disturbed by chatty neighbours and cabin crew!
Long haul flying is a very dehydrating experience and it is essential that you drink plenty of water throughout your flight. Whilst airlines will provide a drinking water on your flight, the reality on board is that rarely is enough provided when you want it. With security restrictions taking liquids through security checks at airports, it is best to purchase at least 1 litre of water per person once you are ‘airside’. Alcohol consumption on flights should be moderate if not avoided altogether. The effects of alcohol are much stronger at altitude.
Extra Leg room
The frequently asked question of how to ensure extra leg room on your flights is unfortunately one that is difficult to answer to everyone’s satisfaction.
The CEO and founder of Selective Asia is 6’6”, and considers himself somewhat of an expert on the issue of in-flight discomfort. Nick says: ‘Always arrive at the airport a little bit earlier than you otherwise would, the sooner you can get in line at check-in, allowing staff to see your height in person, the better the chance you have of them giving you an emergency exit seat. And don't be too English about it (!), if the queue is long, there is no harm in using the priority check-in lane to ask (politely and expectantly) whether they can help you out. If they send you back to the end of the line with your tail between your legs, what have you lost?!’