Whether your flight is long or short, the following helpful tips from Aegean Airlines will ensure an enjoyable and relaxed journey. These simple guidelines can help you reach your destination feeling stress-free and refreshed.
- Wear comfortable clothing when traveling. This will not only guarantee that you will feel at ease throughout your trip, but it will also give you better circulation, less skin irritation and unhindered sitting.
- Drink plenty of water and fluids. Cabin air tends to be less humid so you may experience a sense of dryness in your eyes, nose and throat. It is important to stay hydrated during your flight, so try to avoid having too much caffeine or Alcohol. Also make sure to use hydrating creams to moisturize your skin and also if possible, avoid wearing contact lenses.
- Eat light before and during your flight. It’s important to resist eating heavy and rich foods just before your flight.
- Perform some simple exercises every hour.
Dealing with ear discomfort: Sometimes changes in the cabin air pressure may cause pain or discomfort to your ears, especially during landing. If you are traveling with young children we suggest that you give them something to eat during landing, so that they can chew and swallow repeatedly thus aiding in pressure equalization. If however, you have a cold, please note that it is advisable to use a nasal spray 20 minutes before landing. In all instances, you may need to equalize (unblock your Eustachian tubes) your ears by:
♦ Chewing gum
♦ Swallowing repeatedly
♦ Using the “Frenzel maneuver - Fill your mouth with air while pinching your nostrils, and closing the back of your throat with your tongue. Then push air up by trying to make the sound of the letter "K". Your tongue should act like a piston pushing air upward into your ears.
♦ Using the Toynbee maneuver - Close your mouth, pinch your nose and swallow
♦ Using the Valsalva maneuver - close your mouth, pinch your nostrils and try to breathe through your nose gently. This will compress the air which passes through the tubes to the middle ear.
Dealing with motion sickness: As in many methods of transport, you may experience dizziness when there is discordance between visual stimuli and your body’s sense of balance; its main symptoms are vertigo, nausea and exhaustion. If you have a history of motion sickness it is advised that you take certain precautionary measures so as to make your trip more comfortable and pleasant:
♦ Eat lightly before and during your flight, your stomach should be neither full, nor empty.
♦ Ask for a window seat, preferably over the wing. Try to maintain a steady visual reference point by looking at the horizon
♦ Take medication for this condition either by consulting your doctor or your pharmacist for non-prescription aides such as special chewing gum to prevent nausea.
Dealing with Aviophobia: Although airplanes are undoubtedly the safest means of transport you may have a fear of flying or perhaps feel anxiety during a flight. You may also experience a combination of other phobias such as claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces) or acrophobia (a fear of heights) with symptoms such as sweating, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, nausea, or loss of appetite. The following tips can help you handle and overcome phobia symptoms:
♦ Get to the airport well in advance so you can have ample time to get used to the idea of flying
♦ Try to breathe normally and remain calm throughout your flight
♦ Keep your mind occupied by talking to other passengers, listening to music or reading
♦ If you begin to feel symptoms, try to remain calm. Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose. Hold your breath for a while, and exhale slowly. Repeat these steps, until you begin to feel better. Do not hesitate to call a member of the cabin crew. They are highly trained and able to assist you in dealing with any flight related issues.
♦ Take any natural or pharmaceutical product with a calming effect, following your doctor’s recommendation or prescription.
Smokers: Smoking is not permitted on any flights. You can however reduce the feeling of nicotine withdrawal and anxiety by using special patches or chewing special gum.
Easy low impact Exercises: The following simple exercises are specially designed to assist you in relaxing your muscles and joints while increasing blood circulation and relieving jetlag. These low impact exercises can be performed while you are seated and without causing any inconvenience to your fellow passengers. You can repeat the program every 1 to 2 hours and also regularly walk up and down the aircraft aisle.
♦ Relax: Sit comfortably in your seat close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly through your nose. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Concentrate on your breathing. Repeat as many times as you wish.