Whether on a short or long-haul journey, flying can be a pleasant experience if you are well-prepared. Here are some steps to ensure you have a safe, smooth and comfortable flight.
Gently lift your right shoulder and lower the left one simultaneously. Repeat the movement five times by alternating both shoulders.
Lift knee up toward your chest and hold the position for 10 seconds. Gently lower knee and repeat with the other leg. Repeat the exercise as desired.
Keeping both heels on the floor, point feet upwards as high as you can. Return feet to earlier position. Then, lift heels while keeping the balls of your feet on the floor. Repeat the exercise as desired.
- Sit straight and gently lean forward and raise one knee.
- Grasp the knee with both arms and gently pull the leg towards your chest as you lean back.
- Hold for 15 seconds, then release and gently lower the leg.
- Repeat with other leg.
Be kind, be considerate
- Do not kick or rock the seat in front of you.
- Try not to talk loudly, especially if there are other passengers asleep.
- Use a handkerchief to cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze.
- Be careful when you open the overhead cabins.
- Do not switch seats without checking with the flight attendant.
Beat The Lag
To counter the effects of jetlag, get as much sleep as possible when flying west to east. When flying in the reverse direction, try and stay awake as much as you can.
The AirAsia Comfort Kit comes complete with eye shade, neck pillow and blanket to help you sleep. If you need to stay awake, the neck pillow allows you to get comfy while reading a book or listening to music.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you are flying long-distance, ensure you perform in-flight exercises such as those listed here as a precaution against developing DVT. When possible and permissible, stretch
your legs and walk along the aisle. Be aware of early symptoms such as pain or swelling in the legs, which can happen even after you disembark. Seek medical treatment immediately if this occurs.
Anti DVT socks
To Prevent Dvt
Anti-DVT socks are on sale on board all AirAsia and AirAsia X flights. Also called compression socks, they help blood circulation. The socks come in Small (USA 3-6/Europe 35-39), Medium (USA 6-9/Europe 39-43) and Large (USA 9-12/Europe 43-47).
H2O To The Rescue
Keep yourself hydrated during your flight. Airplane cabins are extremely dry and dehydration can occur easily. Drink lots of water and continue drinking water once you reach your destination. Try to minimise consumption of alcohol or caffeine onboard; both are diuretics, which can further dehydrate.
Changes in air pressure or altitude cause our ears to ‘pop’ and sometimes ache during take-offs and landings.
For a comfortable flying experience, suck on sweets or mimic the act of chewing and swallowing if you do not have any with you. This will relieve the discomfort and help stabilise the pressure in the ear canals. Pacifiers will work just as well for toddlers and, if you have a cold, use a nasal decongestant to clear your nasal passage and alleviate the ache.
Dealing With Travel Fatigue
When you’re on holiday, it’s tempting to push yourself so you can do, see and experience as much as possible but this is a big mistake!
Forcing your body to keep going when you need to rest is a recipe for disaster. If you’re feeling exhausted or not in the least bit interested in seeing another ‘must-see’ site, know that you’re suffering from travel fatigue. Think of it as a sign to relax and pamper yourself. Skip the museum tour and go for a massage instead or stay in your hotel room, order room service and take a nap.
Remember, there’s no rule that says you must be on the go every second of your holiday.
Fight Fear Of Flying
If you’re terrified of takeoff, landing and everything in between, these tips will help you get a handle on those nerves.
Choose Your Seat
When you book online, opt for a seat as close to the front of the cabin as possible. Turbulence is usually more pronounced at the back of the aircraft. Book a ‘Hot Seat’ on AirAsia fl ights so that you can choose where you’d like to sit.
Read a book, watch and infl ight movie, or work on a crossword puzzle. Anything that keeps your mind occupied will go a long way toward soothing your fears.
Remember To Breathe
Take deep, calming breaths as often as you can.
Tell The Crew
Don’t keep your anxiety to yourself. The friendly AirAsia Flight Attendants can keep an eye on you and help make you feel comfortable if they know about your fear of flying.