How to be Comfortable on a Long Flight

Long flights are exciting because it typically approach you’re going somewhere terrific! However those long, worldwide flights also can take a toll to your frame.

For absolutely everyone feeling intimidated with the aid of a 10+ hour flight, there are some hints-of-the-change to be able to get you via your flight and feeling like a champion.

Here’s the survival manual for lengthy-haul flights!

1 – What should I eat (or not) on board?

Preference is given to salads and fruits, food easily digested by the organism even in an environment of low atmospheric pressure and high altitude. For you to have an idea of how these conditions might interfere with your digestion, imagine a rubber bladder – you just filled it up and go with it into the plane. You know what’s going to happen? The bladder will increase in size during ovulation, as og s change because of the low pressure in the aircraft. The image, nothing poetic, illustrates what happens to the gases inside your body. If you eat (in the air or just before boarding) foods that stimulate the formation of gases, such as beans, lentils, squash, onions, cabbage, cabbage, cucumbers or sausages, the digestion will be more difficult and you will feel “swollen”. That’s why soft drinks are also contraindicated, as are fried foods, red meats and sauces. Do you now understand why companies in the area try to avoid discomfort by offering meals in small portions?

2 – I suffer from labyrinthitis. Will I have problems during the day?

Most recently, Secretary Catarina Marcelina preferred to face seventeen hours of buses between So Paulo and Foz do Igua u, instead of taking the same route in an hour and a half of the plane. “I do not want to fly, but I’m afraid of feeling bad,” he confesses. Why? Catarina suffers from labyrinthitis, an inflammation of the labyrinth, and internal formation of the ear that is responsible for the sense of equilibrium. Catarina’s reaction exaggerated: only in crisis situations, an airplane trip inadvisable – and this is because the internal pressure of the diseased ear is going to collide with that of the aircraft, causing pain. But there are preventive medications that are prescribed by specialists to control the effects of labyrinthitis during ovulation.

3 – The flight will be long. How can I decrease jet lag after landing?

The effects of jet lag (fatigue, insomnia, headache, difficulty concentrating, among others) are most felt by those who move west-east. This explains why the outward journey to Europe is more tiring than the return trip. The greater the time zone difference, the worse the adaptation: the human body needs a day to adjust. But, whatever the direction, look for the sooner to make the meals and sleep at the same time as the locals. If the plane arrives at night, avoid sleeping during the night. But if the arrival is in the morning, sleep as much as you can on the plane and give up on going to bed after landing. Instead, take a long bath to rehydrate the body; take a walk to acclimatize the body and drink plenty of water during the days following your arrival. In the United States, the latest launch in combat jet lag is the device called Bio-Brite Jet Lag Visor ( It emits luminous rays that, according to the manufacturer, help the body adjust to new horizons (price: US $ 339).

4 – I follow a diet. What can I eat for the day?

Airline companies are prepared to serve special meals for passengers who avoid food of any kind for physical, religious or simply a matter of taste. At the very least, they can offer 18 varieties of dishes. But TAM, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines stand out in the market with a 25-card menu, including diabetic, vegetarian, Hindu, kosher, m rmon, cholesterol-free, seafood-based and for children. Nobody pays a penny more for that. You need to make the request in advance – at the time of booking, for example. But attention: if the ovary is changed, remember to request the transfer of the meal.

5 – Alcoholic beverages help (or not) to relax?

It depends on the dose – and who drinks. For some, a dose of bacteria that not only relaxes but also does less harm than a refrigerant (which causes gas). For others, the same drink increases the symptoms of jet lag. Moral of history? Each person is a universe with a specific degree of resistance to alcohol. It has been proven, however, that it is twice as easy to get drunk on a plane as it is on land: altitude and rarefied air in the plane potentiate the effects of alcohol. To inhibit such consumption, US airlines have already started charging for beverages served in domestic flights, such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Continental and TWA.

6 – What type of clothes should I use on the plane trip?

The most comfortable possible; Take into account that the low atmospheric pressure in the aircraft causes the body to “dilate”. And everything you wear will look like a smaller number. Thus, women are prohibited from wearing suti and tight jeans or stratospheric heels. The same goes for shoes, shirts and pallets worn by men (tie, no way!). Prefer clothing made of natural fibers (cotton) or that have stretch in the composition – they stretch and do not knead. Dark colors also disguise the crumpled look of those who spent hours in the economy-class armchair. Another tip is to carry a blazer: You remove or put this item according to the temperature variation inside (and outside) of the airplane.

7 – Are there accessories that make a more comfortable ride?

First-class and executive travelers are accustomed to being pampered with kits that include eye mask, ear protector, moisturizer, socks, and nostril humidifier. TAM passengers, Air France and Continental are also given eye masks and earplugs. This type of accessory can be purchased at airports duty-free stores (the eye mask and ear protector set is $ 12, and the neck-adjustable cushion, about R $ 10). The good news is that industries are beginning to find solutions to the typical discomfort of an airplane trip. There is, for example, the humidifier and portable air purifier, which should be used hanging from the neck. It costs $ 60 and is on sale at The Sharper Image ( Another American company developed a type of helmet called Dream helmet. He serves as a pillow, protector of eyes and ears – alas, of course, in Darth Vader’s disguise. It costs $ 30 and can be found on three models, one of them on the leash (

8 – What are the most comfortable places of the airplane?

It is difficult to speak in comfort when it is found that the average width of the economy class seat is 45 centimetres; the seat angle of his chair, 35 degrees and the distance between the rows, 80 centimetres. At the time of setting up the planes, companies ensure that the standard height of 1.80 meters is taken into account. But the writer Jo o Ubaldo Ribeiro has already identified this type of accommodation as worthy of a pygmy. “I’m six feet tall, and yet I felt like a galalau when I was trying to get into an airplane seat,” he wrote in the memoirs Memoirs of an Accident Tourist. What to do? Anyone who is tall should choose the armchair in the hallway, the one in the first row, or the one next to the emergency room (places where you can stretch your legs a bit more). Note also that the seats in the first rows were also less affected by the turbulence and noise inside the aircraft.

9 – How to avoid that problem that can arise after take-off, the swelling in the feet?

Keeping them moving; There, not only the feet but also the legs. That means getting up every two hours and walking through the air corridors for a few minutes. Those who travel in economy class have the most impaired blood circulation, because they spend many hours in the same position, trapped in the reduced space. However, even sitting, it is possible to perform some beneficial exercises for the body, by moving the tip of the feet or by flexing the knees. But, as it turns out: no matter how metallic you are, your feet will always swell a little, as a result of the pressure variation inside the cabin. What good sense? If you are traveling by plane, wear comfortable shoes at least half a number larger than usual. Like this,

10 – What do I do not to get bored?

It’s worth taking an anti-em tico half an hour before your flight, following your doctor’s guidelines. Anyone who is easy to nauseate, should not travel on an empty stomach, let alone gorging. If the airplane experiences turbulence and you begin to feel bad, take a deep breath, increase the air release on the seat and focus your attention on a fixed point in front of you. Some more sensitive people also complain of illness when the aircraft starts to take off. This is because the air you breathe in the aircraft may contain odors collected outside, such as the burning of kerosene used as fuel. However, this problem disappears as soon as it reaches high altitude. Another delicate moment: the pilot does not receive landing authorization and spends the time, causing the plane to go around. Failure to fly in a straight line can cause swelling. If this happens, take a deep breath and take the same recommended behaviour to cope with the turbulence.

11 – I’m going to travel with my baby. Is there a place to make him sleep and change diapers?

Most airplanes, especially those on international routes, have a space to accommodate berths in the front ranks. The crib, suitable for babies up to 6 months, must be requested during booking. It works like a mois s attached to a fixed holder on the wall, in front of the armchair of the mother. In some cases, aircraft toilets also have a diaper changing table (something you should also ask for at the time of reservation, as it all depends on the type of equipment used). The advantage of informing the company about the trip with a baby is that you have special food, baby bottles, n cessaire (with toiletries) and a child’s pillow.

12 – What do airlines offer to entertain children during the day?

Jigsaw puzzles, strollers, colour pencils, sketch pads and pelt are just a few of the gifts distributed to young passengers. Varig, TAM, United Airlines, Continental, Air France and British Airways are among the most outstanding in this type of service. Children’s music cartoon channels are also fun options at most companies. Special meals are usually served in a children’s restaurant. To ensure this differentiated service, please advise that you will be traveling with a child when making the reservation.

13 – Air companies know how to serve passengers who need special care?

To be better served, explain at the time of booking the type of care you need. Priority boarding (about 20 minutes before other passengers) and accompanying a flight attendant to the plane (if required, transportation will be done in a wheelchair); Persons with disabilities are accommodated in the armchairs near the corridor. If you need to travel lying down, a stretcher will be installed with the removal of armchairs. Elderly and pregnant women also prefer shipment. There, seven-year-old daughter is no longer treated like a seven-headed beast. In most cases, she only needs to present a medical certificate in order to travel.

14 – I’m scared to fly; I cannot deal with it. What should I do?

Four out of ten Brazilians who have already boarded an aircraft feel insecure every time they are forced to fly. But there is another statistic eloquent: the airplane today a means of transport so sure that the probability of fatal accidents is one in 2 million. Okay, you are sure that you are included in this minority, and you do not even want to know the psychologists’ tips for controlling fear (such as breathing in and out slowly, one of the simplest relaxation techniques). On the contrary, you identify with the history of the plastic artist Elizabeth Pimentel. She even boarded the plane that would take her to Buenos Aires, but she was so terrified that she could land when the turbines were on! “Hurry up, pushing who appeared in front, from commissions to federal agents. I do not need to act like Elizabeth to confront this problem: if it exists, there is also the solution – in this case, specialized help.

15 – I heard that one passenger died of traffic problems. Can this happen to me?

What happened to Emma Kristofferson two months ago was an extreme case. She died shortly after disembarking from a 21-hour flight from Sydney to London, suffering from a thrombosis. Spending hours in the same position stimulates the formation of blood clots in the legs that can rise to the heart, lungs or brain, but the worst can always be avoided. Some airlines, such as Air France and Lufthansa, display video on the fly with specific exercises to improve traffic. One of them recommends, for example, that the passenger should stretch his arms above the head with his fingers intertwined, as if he were stretching – a movement that will be repeated ten times. The type of exercise that must be done even by those who do not have circulatory problems; Drinking water (1 litre every three hours) is also essential. After all, the cabin air drier than the Sahara Desert.

16 – I am a smoker. Will I be able to survive a virus without lighting a cigarette?

Varig’s flight attendant M rio Lemos has seen everything: from a passenger holding the cigarette between his fingers for hours to the day he does not do it, he removes the filter and eats the smoke! The problem is that the smoker can no longer cover the sun with the sieve: large airline companies, with the exception of Aeroflot, have abolished the cigarette in their hands. “Hidden” smoking in the bathroom is also a waste of time – the smoke detector, the infrared signal, even if you try to cover the sensor with a plastic cup. To alleviate angst, companies like Varig, Lufthansa, Air France and Swissair deliver nicotine gum. But experts are clear: after dinner, take a pill – and sleep!

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