The Top Tips for enjoying a Long Haul Flight

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Let’s face it, long haul flights can be tedious. Unless you’re sitting in the luxurious comforts of First or Business Class, you’ll usually have to make do with sleeping upright and having your meals served to you in foil trays. After watching a few movies back-to-back,trying to get into a decent sleeping position, you find yourself clock watching! 

Yes we’ve all been there, but luckily there are a few things you can do to make your journey as comfortable as possible. If you’re embarking on a long-haul journey any time soon, here are some things you can do to turn your flight into a relaxing bit of down-time.

1. Window or aisle?

Picking the right seat is half the battle. The worst seat by far is the middle seat, which means you’re stuck between a bunch of other people. If you would like to be able to get up for the bathroom without clambering over anyone, you might want to pick an aisle seat. Alternatively, if you need to be able to rest your head when you sleep, you should pick a window seat. Take a look at the seating plan of your aircraft when you book your tickets, and choose the best possible seat available. Front-row seats often have extra leg room, but that often means your in-flight entertainment system folds out from the arm rest. Meanwhile seats near the emergency exits sometimes have restricted recline. If you sit near the front of the aircraft that often means you’ll be the first to receive your meal, while passengers at the back will have to wait and may not get their first meal choice. If you are sitting in a seat close to the galley or lavatories, you may be disturbed by cabin crew and odours.

2. Pack a travel kit

You may be given an amenity kit onboard the aircraft, but just in case it’s best to pack a little emergency travel kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser, socks, eye mask, ear plugs, lip balm and pain killers. This way you can freshen up in the bathrooms during the flight. Bring a blow-up pillow with you so that your neck will be supported when you try to sleep.

3. Wear comfortable clothing

You’ll want to wear clothing that will make you feel comfortable, so ditch the tight jeans. Women, for instance, could wear leggings and a loose fitting top or poncho, while men should opt for comfortable trousers and shirts made from natural fabrics to reduce sweating. You can always carry a change of clothing if you need to dress smartly when you leave the plane.

4. Wrap up warm

With all that air conditioning it can get really cold on flights, so it’s always wise to layer up with a sweater and some thick socks. You might even want to bring a light scarf, or your own travel blanket for the journey.

5. Prepare some snacks

Airline meals aren’t always the most delicious of meals, so you might want to come prepared with some snacks. Foods like nuts, protein bars, dried apricots, individually wrapped cheeses and beef jerky are easy to bring on the plane. For a healthy snack you could bring a bag of celery and carrot sticks. If you’re planning to bring sandwiches, use fillings that won’t make them go soggy, or better still, pack a bagel filled with cream cheese.  Some countries including the USA and Australia, have strict regulations about what is allowed through their Customs channel so all items need to be consumed on the flight to avoid any importation issues.

6. Bring entertainment

Long-haul flights can be a little bit boring, so make sure you fill your iPod with the latest tunes and load your tablet or laptop with the latest movies. Bring a new book to get stuck into, or download a few books onto your e-reader over WiFi before you board the aircraft.

 7. Move around

 It’s essential to get up every now and again to stretch your legs and get the blood circulating. Wear flight socks and move your feet in a circular motion when sitting down to help prevent deep vein thrombosis.

8. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks

While it can be tempting to take advantage of that free bar, try to cut back on alcohol and caffeine consumption during the flight as it will only make you more dehydrated and make it more difficult to sleep. Fizzy drinks can make you bloated, so stick to water and fresh juices.

9. Put all your essentials in your seat pocket

To avoid having to reach into the overhead locker every five minutes, take out all your essential items and put them in the seat pocket in front of you for easy access. Just don’t forget to take them all out before you disembark at the end of your journey.

10. Set your watch to the timezone of your destination

Jetlag is a common annoyance when traveling to long-haul destinations, so it’s a good idea to set your watch to the timezone of your destination as soon as you board the aircraft. Try to adjust your sleep patterns a few days prior to the flight and you’ll have a better chance of beating it.

 

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Elephant Mummy
10th Dec 2014
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As a new member and quickly scanning through the pages and comments, it seems I have come to the right place! How have we all managed to reach the ages we have without paying heed to all the modern health and safety warnings (hate the word 'issues' as they were only a series of magazines when I was growing up)!
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Welcome to our friendly online community .. glad you have had a little browse! Feel free to engage in anything which interests you and hopefully you will meet lots of like minded people here too 🙂
cwphenley
4th Dec 2014
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Worst flight I ever had was Lagos to Heathrow on Nigeria Airways. Best flight I ever had was another Lagos to Heathrow on Nigeria Airways. It's all in the roll of the dice. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't.
bjp
10th Aug 2014
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Interesting reading from you all! My main moan with flying now is that I cant knit on my journey!
Sounds daft I know, but the time u spend at airport and your flight, my granddaughter could have a new outfit everytime!!
David Stuart
30th Jul 2014
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There is no pleasure in flying these days! The hassle on the ground both before take off and after landing (security, waiting for luggage at the carousel, queues at immigration etc.etc.) plus cramped seats in Economy, lukewarm tea & coffee (on BA Club Europe, Jet2 & Monarch in last few months) means that it is just a means to an end, i.e. to get somewhere quickly (the quicker the better!). An experience to be endured, not enjoyed!
terry
28th Jul 2014
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I don't know why you say that david walker. I fly thai air a few times every year back and from Bangkok and love theyre service lovely food free drinks and very friendly thai staff.
ian
17th Jul 2014
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BA is my preference having flown Air France, KLM, United,Continental, Delta, Jet2, Easy Jet amongst others.
helen peel
15th Jul 2014
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I used to fly a lot But hips and knees don't benefit from the average flights. Best ever flights had to be Varig around Brazil. The joy of the large leather seats.
PJB
8th Jul 2014
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I recently treated myself to a very long trip to Thailand, NZ and Australia. In all, I had about 12 flights, the majority with Qantas. These flights were definitely the most uncomfortable, with very little leg room. The food was mediocre too. I have had better food on charter flights. The 2 flights with Virgin were much the same, except the food was even worse. On the 2 nd V flight, there was no food unless you had preordered/ prepaid for it...... A fact that I was not aware of. The ethos with both airlines struck me as penny pinching.
In contrast, flights with Bangkok Airlines, KLM and Air NZ were far superior, even on smaller planes. Even the legroom issue was better. Two very short flights with Bangkok Air still managed to produce an excellent hot meal.
During my travels I was constantly being told by frequent travellers that Singapore Airlines was the best. Needless to say, I shall be trying them next time.
david Walker
2nd Jul 2014
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Everybody is complaining about BA,Virgin etc. but the worst flight, by far that I have ever had was with Thai Air. It made Ryanair and Easy jet seem like luxury.
eddie
16th Jun 2014
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I fly KLM once twice a year to the USA they are great nice meals staff very good and the air craft is clean best company i have ever flown with
stevemuso
21st Jan 2015
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I Agree Eddie . I flew KLM to Hong Kong .one of the best Airlines I've flown with .
Robert W Crowe
14th Jun 2014
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Last February I decided to fly to South Africa using Air France to try out there Air Bus 380 to Johannesburg, What a mistake flying economy or cattle class near the rear of the plane, Air France was flying full both ways. I thought that with having the larger plane an improvement would have been made for passenger comfort. It reminded me of flying to Australia with BA cattle class 747s in 1979. My seat did not recline I was nearly crippled by the time I got to Johannesburg and to make matters worse when I arrived back in Edinburgh I was stopped by customs and made to empty every thing out of my cases. I did not even have a bottle or duty free which got up my nose as I told the official I was not carrying anything. It would of been nice to be told thank you for your co-operation but I must of looked as though I was carrying something.
Tim
3rd Jun 2014
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I fly BA a lot and prefer them to Virgin Atlantic when heading over to the US. To the Middle East I would say Emirates, Far East Cathay Pacific although it can be hit and miss.

I have also travelled to Vietnam on Malaysian more than once without any problems at all.
dafydd
27th May 2014
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Advice to Silversurfers:-
Fly First-Class - if you don't,your children will !
Advice to Airlines :-
Fly children inthe hold,along with other pets.
David
26th May 2014
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All these comments about flying premium class. I recently flew LHR to Shanghai premium economy, the economy was half empty so I went back and slept across middle 4 seats best I have ever slept on a flight, even though I had a empty seat next to me in premium the arm rest didn't go up.

David
peter
8th May 2014
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Sorry guys and I used to work for them. There is a feeling of coming home when you get on board a BA flight.

Virgin, uninterested staff, baggage unloading unbelievable, seats uncomfortable, you are considered and treated as cattle.. Delta, don't.

Try for Premium economy in BA. It is worth the extra and they are introducing a few extras.

Not worth going club and if you do, avoid an aisle seat on a night flight.
Sylvia
1st May 2014
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love Ba always fly with them to the USA Seattle .. never had a problem but I just wish we had a bit more leg room .
margaret reid
17th Apr 2014
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i wish I could afford a holiday ! and to fly too ooo 1
marcy brown
14th Apr 2014
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i've flown ba and virgin on premium economy and there is NO comparison.
ba is far superior.
virgin staff were offhand; vrigin ran out of food choices and we were not allowed to have food from either upper class or economy to supplement their lack of planning.
that would not happen with ba.if you can fly business- then that's great; but as i usually can't,then i opt for ba premium economy (aisle seat)
Cadel
26th Apr 2014
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My experience is the polar opposite of PE with the two airlines, Last two times I've flow to the far east with BA, latest last weekend, I've had faulty inflight entertainment units, food running out or inedible, rude or disinterested staff, whereas Virgin could not have been a bigger contrast, with the staff being especially helpful and friendly. Flew back in Virgin Upper Class this week and the service and attention to detail was years ahead of BA.
Molly
27th Mar 2014
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The advice to move around a lot is impossible unless you have an aisle set and these go very fast. Window is the worst - 2 people to climb over - or it used to be climb over until the space got so tight you now have ask them to get out of their seats to allow you to get past. And they could be asleep! Enough to make you not drink any water at all to avoid going to the loo. As for 'freshening up' - forget it. My advice, unless you are lucky enough to get an aisle seat, is to drink lots and lots of alcohol, and take sleeping pills if you can get your hands on any.

And I don't understand what people have against BA - I've flown them several times long haul and they're fine. The one to avoid at all costs is Virgin Atlantic - the food is handed out in cardboard boxes. Just like a budget coach trip.
Teresa Wilcox
4th May 2014
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Have flown B.A three times in the past 6 months to Rio. It is horrendous in economy if there is a large person in the seat in front. Each time they sit down or move the amount of room is reduced significantly. The pocket in front of the seat does not allow space for travellers small items as it is always filled with B.A publicity. Service depends on the team but the night flight is the worst. Menu choice not great both meals on one flight were pasta.
AmexAmexiesUfree
22nd Mar 2014
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You forgot to add DO NOT TAKE OUT THE AIRLINES OWN CREDIT CARD THAT GIVES YOU FREE FLIGHTS. I am sick and tired of calling a certain British carrier when I book my flights and they try to flog u a credit card time and time again,just because it's amazing! Really??? If I want a credit card I will call a Bank not an airline! Besides rumour has it that you can never get a seat or upgrade as they have terms and conditions and very limited availability! Have a pleasant flight 🙂
nazir
21st Mar 2014
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When traveling to india by Ba I was very disappointed by the shabby state of the aeroplane, the staff were fantastic and were very helpful, however when given the opportunity to express my views on the service via a questionnaire, I took the opportunity to share my concerns.On my return journey my family and I was up graded from economy to first class, it was a fabulous return journey.
jack
9th Mar 2014
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i think the only people that think BA are a good airline for long haul flights are people who've never been on a far eastern or middle eastern airline,or fly business.
i flew from bangkok to heathrow in 2000 and it was probably the worst experience of my life,no legroom,virtually no recline on the seat and as for the stewardess' they just couldn't wait to get to the back and go to sleep..they are an absolute disgrace,i challenge anyone to fly long haul with emirates,etihad,oman air,qatar,malaysian singapore,thai or eva(taiwan) then get a BA,flight after and tell us what you think then.
they are all normally cheaper as well as being like the dorchester compared to a travelodge.. sorry about my rant but it was that bad that 14 years later it still makes me angry..
stuart
8th Mar 2014
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its interesting that no one mentions the personal space issue between all of these comments, larger people spilling over onto you as you sit in the seat young kids who feel your a surrogate parent which recently happen on an Emirates flight. the airlines need to find ways of dealing with this and ensure every passenger is treated fairly and personal space is something i value. Emirates sucked at that once your onboard your locked in to a blissful or traumatic flight its in the hands of the gods. the worst for me is the abuse of the disabled facilities and wheelchairs to get through the airport quicker when they can walk extremely well on the flight amazing.....
JustAries
4th Nov 2014
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For Mr Stuart. I am one of the unfortunate people to be disabled and need a wheelchair to get down to the gate. I have 2 replacements joints a left elbow and a right knee which makes me very unstable enough to make me loose my balance and shortness of breath when I do walk. I can walk up the aisles on a plane as I have the support of the 2 seats. I do NOT abuse the help of a wheelchair to get through the airport quicker. I would be a nuisance to other passengers if left to walk to the gate. As I have to keep stopping to catch my breadth I would be late boarding too
Please remember this 'not all disabilities are visible' before you pass judgement. Thank you.
Jason Knight
4th Mar 2014
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I find that the pleasure or annoyance of a flight can depend heavily on how much hand luggage everybody brings. I can't understand that people sometimes carry on, or are allowed to carry on, three large bags as well as a bulky coat. If I don't have access to the section of overhead closest to me, because somebody else needs to have their space displaced by a third party with too much baggage, then that causes a much slower and complicated boarding and disembarkation.

In that context, this article recommends to pack: toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser, socks, flight socks, eye mask, ear plugs, lip balm and pain killers, a change of clothing, a sweater, some thick socks, a light scarf, travel blanket, nuts, protein bars, dried apricots, individually wrapped cheeses, beef jerky, a bag of celery and carrot sticks, sandwiches, iPod, tablet, laptop, books and e-reader. Many of these items are provided by the airline. I don't play a rock show and turn up at the gig with my own rider of food, drinks and towels!
tatt
27th Feb 2014
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there are an increasing number of people with nut allergies. If you eat nuts on a fight with a nut allergic person on board you are putting their life at risk and you are also risking the flight having to land so they can get medical attention. Unfortunately the air conditioning cant screen out nut particles. Advising people to take nuts on flights is stupid.
Ted
28th Feb 2014
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Yeah Yeah nut allergies ... point one peanuts are not nuts. So are we talking about peanut allergy or nut allergy? Is it really an allergy or someone OD on peanut butter one time and felt ill?
We spent years avoiding all nuts because a girl at our daughters school was "nut allergenic" only to discover that her sister ate snickers bars in the car on the way home from school.....
It is your allergy, You manage it, the same as they are your kids manage them!
it's me
27th Feb 2014
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I am the kind of very considerate person to be sitting next to
in any long haul flight. I am so quiet and non intrusive its like
I am invisible.
Jean
17th Mar 2014
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Oh! It was you that I sat next to on my flight to St. Lucia. Thank you for helping to make my journey so pleasant.
Dr Garry Holter
23rd Feb 2014
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Everyone forgets to ensure the child sitting behind you is strapped firmly in place with NO chance of kicking your seat at any time. If they can be gagged or even heavily sedated so much the better...............
Mrs Sonjia Booth
13th Sep 2014
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Hahaha ! If only....if only ! Seriously, I think alongside the safety information the cabin crew should ask, no.....tell people to take their rubbish with them when they leave the plane, and to keep their children under control at all times, especially with regards to kicking the back of the seat in front of them ! On a journey from the UK to the States a few years ago, I was the recipient of a not so young child kicking the back of my seat. After 30 mins or so, I asked the Mother, very politely & with a smile on my face, to explain to her child that the kicking was uncomfortable for me. She responded with aggressive contempt, telling me that I should understand that it was a very long journey for her brat, & I should be more understanding !! I suggested it was going to be a very long journey for me too, & an uncomfortable one if her boy was allowed to continue kicking the seat. At that stage, the husband waded in & I could see the situation was spiralling out of control, so I turned around & pressed the call button, explained what had taken place to the staff member & let her deal with the situation, which she did with firm authority. I will never try to resolve such a problem again, as a gentle request will almost certainly escalate into an argument. My take on this is that selfish parents drag their children off on long haul flights to destinations the parents wish to visit & to heck with other people & the kiddies too !
Bwana John
31st May 2014
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So agree with you, the sooner we have brat free zones on aircraft the better . Or joy of joys brat free aircraft
Ducadon
17th Jul 2014
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O.h, we can but dream !! Any airline offering brat free flights would get my business. With long hauls now over 15 hours non-stop would be a great incentive for many.
Joe Majury
28th May 2014
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.......and you're a Doctor, Wow, Im sure you must have quite a bedside manner.
R. W. Lower
15th Feb 2014
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I regularly fly UK to China, airlines used are Air France, China Southern and KLM, all have now stopped giving toiletries bags; no need to take snacks or water on board, all have snacks and soft drinks available between meal times. Biggest problem is boredom especially as all airlines now ban smoking. Temperature in cabin can vary from flight to flight, all cold, some very cold; on one flight, I and the girl next to me acquired 3 blankets each! Always wear shoes and zip up woollen coat on board, coat stays on until I leave airport bus, can be just as cold as plane.
Philip
4th Mar 2014
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Do you smoke only to alleviate boredom?
Mrs Bridget Leech
14th Feb 2014
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I have been to Australia 3X in past 4 years.Since a friend suggested Business class I am quite converted especially if you have back problems.Economy Plus looks good too.Sometimes you can get good deals.There is food and drinks all the time, and a travel kit on each leg of the journey.Travel kit-I suggest paper hanks.Plugs are essential if you want a quiet sleep.I dont agree with the snacks unless you have a protein bar.I remember a passenger taking a banana off a cruise ship at Sydney and this dog wagging its tail furiously infront of her. If you are in Business it is almost impossible to avoid alcohol and coffee but if you drink as much bottled water it helps.If essentials are in a small bag in your cabin luggage, you can lift it out to put in the seat pocket.About the watch to time zone, I think that can be a problem if you are on tablets that need to be 8 to 12hrs apart.I had a friend who took his blood pressure tabs at night before he left 11pm but breakfast was at 4am, so he took them then, when it should have been 10-12hrs later and he passed out on the plane as his Blood pressure went into his boots.It might have been better if he had left his watch on UK time until he got there.Is there an acceptable compromise, especially for the elderly?
Bridget Leech
Michael Klein
12th Feb 2014
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Do they really have baths on planes?
Kim Morgan
19th Mar 2014
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Yes and a bowling alley downstairs
me
25th Jun 2014
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John Patching
11th Feb 2014
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My wife and I have just returned from a 5 week trip to Brisbane flying with Etihad. bigest problem was very young children on 5 of the six legs. The airline tend to seat clients with babies/young children in bulkhead seats as they can provide cots, so avaoid the first six or seven rows of seats back from the bulkhead. I was not impressed with Etihad and will not fly with them next year
Chris
10th Feb 2014
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To Norm and Fred , your both wrong to include the nationality in your comments , because otherwise you'd agree that there are loud obtrusive people who will never give any consideration for other travellers , or there disregard for their , or their children's behaviour or inability to leave their seat as they would like to find it ,, on a recent flight only after I'd turned to look at the (non US or UK ) mother of a delinquent , did she tell " it " that the table " it "thought funny to keep dropping was attached to my wife's chair , who was trying to sleep .
Wouldn't it be nice if their next seat on a plane was dependent on a report by their fellow passengers or staff on their behaviour on every journey , and only by good behaviour would you move up the plane , as in pig class , to people class to upper class .
Fred
9th Feb 2014
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To Norm, who felt that American Students left the Economy Section like a Tip, I travel business class twice a year with British Airways from London Gatwick, to the USA and talk about the cabin being left like a dervish had gone through it ,you would be shocked at the mess left behind by the British adults, far to busy drinking the free booze , and gorging themselves like pigs you would think they had never had a square meal .before , Blankets pillows food magazines , papers just tossed everywhere, makes me wonder what their homes must be like especially when the parents of the badly behaved British Children feel that they are so affluent the Cabin staff should look after these marauding Brats , running up and down between the Three Cabin classes annoying everyone .
Louise
9th Feb 2014
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If you are flying long haul I suggest if at all possible to travel Premier Economy or higher. There is no middle seat they seats are wider and have a better pitch. Typically you are also travelling amongst a quieter more respectable set of passengers. I always pick up the biggest bottle of water in duty free and flying dehydrates you. Try to make hand luggage contain only the items above, put as much in the hold as possible. I also like to take a face mist and some moist wipes as I don't trust the water in the toilets on an aircraft.
Norm
6th Jan 2014
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I recently flew LHR to Detroit on one of these huge planes and it was packed with young American college students. It was a nightmare and when they all scrambled of the plane first I looked around and it was like sitting in a skip. The amount of rubbish left on seats, the floor and in the seat pockets was disgusting. I think next time I'll take the QM2 to New York for the same price and enjoy 5 days holiday on the way.
STEVE
1st Jan 2014
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Simpler solution - don't fly anywhere
You will then be helping the environment (less pollution from planes can only help the earth) - saving money as well !!
Joe Majury
28th May 2014
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Steve, I'd like to see you get to Australia or New Zealand by "other means", or do you mean that you shouldn't travel at all?
Loveleedsforever
13th Feb 2014
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Steve,

If you did choose to fly them you may see the world and realise that by you preaching to others not to fly won't make one bit of difference. The light bulbs of Vegas come from power generated that creates pollution, the GROWING number of coal fired power stations in India and China cause pollution. The huge engine cars in the USA cause pollution. The whole human life cause pollution. Now I'm not having a pop at you what I'm saying is that by turning your tv off at the wall won't save much power and save the world and nor will not choosing to fly. The reason is MONEY. Unfortunately the whole world is geared by money and the world out there is an amazing place to see. So the moral of this is....... In the few short years you are on this planet you have to see it, live it and love it because in the 4.5 BILLION years the earth has been here, pollution don't count for much. I hear what your thinking, it's the future your trying to protect..... Not going to happen sir, the reason is because big Mr's that run the countries of this world will eventually bring it to an end by technology developments and war so my advice to you is live your life to the fullest as possible, don't worry about a few exhaust fumes because my friend the only thing it will mean is the fact that you won't see this amazing world in your tiny amount of years your here. The politicians (especially in the uk) have used pollution as an excuse for the countries residents to pay as much in taxes as possible. E.g. The uk have closed 99% of the coal fields, instead we import it for our few power stations, the others burn wood clippings that are chopped from a forest in the USA, and they get here......... By a big smelly polluting diesel ships that pollute. If they don't burn wood they have to pay a green tax. We pay fuel tax for our cars at an extortionate rate, allegedly to promote a cut in emissions. We are an island less than 1000 miles long with a population of 60 million. The USA is over 3000 miles long with a population of 250 million. How many emissions do they produce. It's all about money not saving the world. If it was then the whole of the worlds leaders would pull together and sort it. Never gunna happen.

Stop worrying and see the world.
Adam christ
16th Feb 2014
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Thankyou loveleedson! You are right to tell this advice. Every human should be able to see the beauty of our world, get in touch with people, feel other mentalities and understand that pollution is not the main desaster we are suffering...the desability to keep contact with your fellow human and to reduce all your life being a fearful man does not help really....
henry
31st Dec 2013
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All that is all airlines need happy passengers - they are customers so unless airlines are non profit and don't need customers voice the suggestion of value for money is every customers "choice" we get what we pay for.
Derrick Bragger
18th Dec 2013
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Very interesting article, but one needs the co-operation of the airline. We normally fly long haul by Singapore Airlines and they are great in as much that they allow there passengers to manage there booking on line, ie choosing you seat, on line check in etc. This year we chose Malaysian Airlines as they had a good deal on at the time of our booking. When I came to try and log into using the booking ref. there website would not allow me access to do this. On contacting the airline direct I was asked if I had booked direct or through an agent, and as I had booked through an agent,"Oh that is why, you did not book through us" what difference does it make if on airline can do it why not you. When I mentioned that this would be the last time I would fly Malaysian they did not seem to be bothered.
I then had the long task by going through my agent for my prefered seating choice and I believe they had an uphill struggle with Malaysian also.
Regards Mr D Bragger.
Lis Stedman
18th Dec 2013
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With regard to the advice on bringing your own snacks, while this is great, there is one word of caution - many popular destinations, including Australia and the US (and indeed the UK on return flights) prohibit passengers from bringing edible goods into the country - make sure that any food you bring is fully consumed or left on the plane as rubbish otherwise once you disembark there could be an awkward encounter with a sniffer dog and potentially a fine.
Silversurfers
9th Jan 2014
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Yes you are absolutely right Lis; the snacks would need to be consumed on the flight as there are some countries that have strict regulations about what you are able to take through their Customs channel.
Rob
9th Jan 2014
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I agree - I cannot believe that a website is actually telling people to take beef, nuts and fruit onto a long haul flight! Fruits nuts and meats are amongst the most tightly controlled products on many countries borders. What a downright stupid suggestion.
Joe Majury
28th May 2014
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The article CLEARLY states that edible goods be consumed before landing for this very reason. Did you not read all of the article?
Silversurfers
9th Jan 2014
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Hello Rob, the whole idea of taking snacks on a long-haul flight, is that they are consumed during the flight. You are absolutely correct that some countries have strict regulations about what is allowed through the Customs channel so all items need to be consumed on the flight. Thanks for highlighting this 🙂
BundyBurleigh
13th Feb 2014
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Liz and Rob obviously didn't read the whole paragraph....their points are answered before they even thought them! I'm heading Tokyo soon First class with BA and they serve warm hot nuts with champagne before take off....
Grumpy Granny
18th Dec 2013
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Interesting article, but why the American spelling of 'odor'. We Brits use English, and spell it odour.
Gordon Kinghorn
14th Feb 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the article - and the hints and tips contained within. However, one essential clue to surviving long haul flights, particularly when one envisages a lengthy spell in economy class, whatever you do, never, ever opt for BA as a sound way in which to reach your destination refreshed and well sated - it won't happen. BA have drifted way down the list of preferred carriers in recent years, it's cost-cutting measures are very much to the detriment of economy class passengers - give them a miss at all costs, they are existing on a name that once had some meaning - no longer I'm sad to say - I gave them four opportunities to prove me wrong, two flights to the Far East and two to the USA, in each case, they proved to be appalling at best, never again!
Graham Dines
24th May 2014
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Totally disagree. Have flown BA twice from San Francisco to London once London to Las Vegas, once Tel Aviv to Heathrow. Found level of service and comfort of BA far superior to Virgin's London to Washington service in an Airbus 340. As for Singapore Airlines 747 service to and from Singapore, no thanks. To be woken up crossing Romania for a breakfast black rice . . .never again
John Freeland
6th Jul 2014
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You cannot be serious! BA better than Singapore? No Way!
I fly LHR to Singapore once a month, and have for a while. Singair got rid of their 747's a while ago. BA still fly them. Singair got A380's in 2007. BA are only getting their's now, and brag that they have 6 seats across in Business Class. Singair have always had 4 seats across in Business Class and have suites (cabins) in First Class. The cattle class experience is much better too. Mind you, having recently flown BA, Lufthansa, KLM and Easyjet, cattle class in Europe, the BA experience was much nicer.
Joe Turner
15th Feb 2014
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Gordon, can you get a bit specific, please. I fly BA all the time and think it's OK. Am I missing something by not flying Virgin or Delta or what-have-you. What don't you like about BA?
alison knapman
3rd Mar 2014
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I fly to bali and the airlines i have used are singapore, KLM and this year im flying with cathay pacific. I have always had good service with these airlines and the food on singapore is first class even though its economy.
maureen
5th Mar 2014
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yes i agree my trips to oz oiver past ten yrs have been with several different airlines and singapore air far outways the rest. great cabin staff ALWAYS and food good.
james caskie
22nd Feb 2014
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+Have travelled a number of times to Barbados with BA flying from Scotland via Gatwick and have found them excellent at all times and looking forward again this summer when visiting family
Silversurfers
18th Dec 2013
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American spell check! All changed 😉

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