A well-deserved summer vacation is a time for winding down and relaxing. The only drawback is the often stressful trip to your holiday destination. Especially when flying there, good planning is essential. This will have you in holiday spirits the moment you leave for the airport – and keep you feeling that way even after boarding the aircraft. With its new, cleverly designed BL3710 economy-class seat, RECARO Aircraft Seating helps make your in-flight experience relaxing and comfortable. RECARO has also put together some tips for a stress-free flight.
When travelling by train or car, it is always important to minimize the likelihood of train delays or traffic jams before starting your journey. When flying, however, you’re faced with some entirely different questions and challenges: “Will I now have to cope with back pain after sitting for so long? How’s the legroom? And what about getting some sleep?” RECARO Aircraft Seating and its new BL3710 economy-class seat ensure that passengers experience the best possible comfort. Thanks to its innovative, six-way adjustable headrest with neck support, the modular lightweight seat can be adjusted to the body of any passenger. And those who don’t feel like sleeping can connect their mobile phones, tablets or laptops to easily accessible USB ports without having to worry about empty batteries. Now that the groundwork has been laid for a comfortable flight to your holiday destination, here are a few tips to help you arrive feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Before taking off
Keep an eye on things: Many flight search engines and service providers offer online services with which you can track your flight’s status in advance. This allows you to find out, for example, whether there are any delays, and at which gate you will board the aircraft. Using these services can help you avoid unnecessary waits and unnecessary walking distances in the airport.
Pack smartly: Important items should always be kept within reach in your carry-on luggage – which should be as compact as possible to avoid having to vie with other passengers for space in overhead compartments. You’re allowed to keep a small handbag with you in your seat, so you don’t need to retrieve things from above during the flight.
Fly through the security checkpoint: By arriving at the security screening checkpoint in a timely manner, you’ll avoid a lot of unnecessary fuss and stress. These tips will help you get through the checkpoint quickly, so no time is wasted on your way to the gate: While you’re waiting in the queue, remove your watch, larger pieces of jewelry, belt and jacket. Other loose items such as coins and keys can be stored in a jacket pocket. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and, in some cases, cameras must be placed in a separate tray for inspection. Fluid, cream and gel containers (including beverages) of not more than 100 milliliters (3.4 US ounces) are permitted and must be placed in a transparent bag and in a tray for inspection. The best strategy is to pack your carry-on luggage in such a way that these items can be quickly and easily removed and repacked. Depending on the extent of security screening, it may be advisable to wear shoes that are easy to take off and put back on.
Eat lightly: Even before a long flight, it’s better to avoid eating large and fatty meals, as well as carbonated drinks, shortly before take-off. Whenever you’re seated for a long period, your body’s metabolic rate decreases, which slows down digestion. Your body is subject to the aircraft cabin’s higher air pressure, which can be accompanied by a feeling of fullness and even stomach pain. So it’s better to eat light and easily digestible meals.
Book and board with foresight: When traveling with a companion, it’s a good idea to book the window seat and aisle seat of a row of three seats, as it increases the likelihood of the middle seat remaining vacant. If the strategy doesn’t work out, the passenger assigned the middle seat will almost certainly be happy to switch seats. In addition, if you’re the last to board a flight that isn’t fully booked, you have the opportunity to choose any seat you wish (after consulting with the flight crew, of course). The seats at the emergency exits, for example, must always be occupied and offer more legroom. Websites such as SeatGuru, SeatExpert or Seatplan also provide a good overview of the best seats on most aircraft.
During the flight
Choose the right clothes: The clothing you wear for a longer flight should not only be comfortable but suitable for any eventuality. Ultimately, you can never know whether the cabin will be a bit too cool or a bit warm until the aircraft has taken off. So the best approach is to bring along a few layers of clothing. After all, it’s better to have a jacket and a scarf with you, which can always be removed, if necessary.
Drink lots of fluids: The aircraft’s ventilation and climate control systems have to compensate for the extreme conditions of high altitudes – namely the very low atmospheric temperature and low air pressure, as well as higher ozone levels. In fact, these complex systems must ensure good air quality throughout the entire flight. A side effect, however, is that cabin air is relatively dry. As air humidification is not possible for technical reasons, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids. It’s therefore best to purchase an extra bottle of water after passing the security checkpoint.
Prepare for dry air: Your skin will also feel the effects of low air humidity. So, in order to be able to sit back and enjoy the flight, moisturizing creams for your hands and face, as well as a lip moisturizer, are definite items for your carry-on bag. Eye drops can also be helpful on long flights. A new technology developed by the Fraunhofer Institute may soon be able to combat dry mucous membranes. Moist air is directed specifically toward passengers, in order to enhance the air they are breathing without mixing significantly with the ambient dry air. This prevents condensation in the cabin.
Move around: Sitting for a long time causes the body to switch to resting mode. An enlarged seating surface like that of the BL3710 provides for better blood circulation, thereby helping to prevent circulatory problems, such as dizziness from arising. To counteract the particularly high risk of thrombosis formation that long flights present, it is recommended to sway your feet back and forth while seated or to stand up from time to time and walk around. Special support stockings intended for travel can also help.
Relax: Don’t forget to download your current favorite show or an exciting audiobook onto your laptop, tablet or smartphone before the flight. With the new Economy Class seat BL3710, nothing stands in the way of comfortable in-flight entertainment. The seat provides a variety of device connectors and the universal tablet fastener on the backrest of the seat in front is easily compatible with almost any device.