Flying tips

Bring something to entertain you

Southwest is not like other alines, such as JetBlue that offer screens for you to enjoy in-flight entertainment. For this reason, you need to make sure you have the battery power or literature, puzzles, etc. you need to keep yourself entertained for the duration of the flight. Some Southwest flights will have wi-fi, though. You can check if your Southwest flight will have wifi here. If your flight has wi-fi then you can use the Airtime Player app to use view features a flight tracker, arrival and connecting gate information, games, and access to Southwest.com (it’s free to access all of that). If you want to pay for wifi, you can watch free live TV, on-demand TV, movies, and enjoy web browsing and messaging during your flight. You can read more about the in-flight entertainment here. You must download the Airtime Player app before boarding if you want to view a movie or on-demand TV. Here are the download links for that app:

  • Download for iOS®
  • Download for Android

Choose your seat wisely.

One should approach the task of choosing a seat on a plane strategically: the air in front of the aircraft is fresher and the plane bounces less in these seats and the seats over the wings. It is best not to opt for the seats by the engines, the toilets, or the kitchen. The closer you are to the bow of the aircraft, the less you will be disturbed by engine noise. The seats near the aisle are a few decibels quieter than the ones near the windows.

Find a comfortable sleeping pose.

Experienced travelers recommend reclining the back of the seat as much as possible and opting for a window seat for a more comfortable rest. However, sleep experts say that the best pose for sleeping well is bending forward over the tray. One also shouldn’t bend over the wall near the window. As the survey shows, you’ll unlikely sleep well in this pose.

Eat or drink something cold before sleeping.

Before sleeping, our body temperature decreases, because the internal systems of the body begin to work less intensively than during the time you are wide awake. This mechanism can be used during flight to convince the body that it is time to get some rest.

Don’t leave your neck open.

An open neck is one of the reasons why you might feel cold and uncomfortable onboard. If you cover it with a scarf or a cardigan, your neck will feel warmer and it will be easier for you to relax.

Place your travel pillow backward.

An experienced traveler shared a life hack that helps him sleep well onboard planes. All you need to do is use a travel pillow backward. In this case, the pillow will serve as a support for your chin and your head won’t bend forward. At the same time, the back of your head also has support — the seat itself.

Take care of your hair.

In order to prevent hair from electrifying and to make it look neat, experts recommend tying a scarf on your head. Also, to protect your mane from dryness, you can apply a leave-in conditioner to the hair. These measures will make any flight harmless for your hair.

Don’t cross your legs.

When seeking a comfortable pose, we often put one leg over the other. However, it’s better to skip this when up in the air. Crossing your legs on long flights restricts blood flow and increases the risk of blood clots. Experts urge you to keep your legs straight, slightly bending them at the knees.

Have a snack with bananas.

The magnesium and potassium in bananas help regulate blood pressure and promote sleep. Therefore, if you find it difficult to fall asleep on the plane, you can eat a couple of bananas.

Drink only from sealed containers.

An experienced flight attendant shared on social media that the reservoirs, where the water is stored onboard aircraft, are not washed as regularly as you’d expect. That’s why she recommends only consuming drinks from sealed containers: water from bottles, soda, and juices. She also advises abstaining from drinking tea and coffee that are prepared from the water in the reservoirs.

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