Take a little time to say hello to people around you. You never know who you could meet.
“Many of us road warriors don’t talk to seat-mates. We haul out our laptop, book, work, or noise reduction headphones. I say, keep your antenna up for a warm smile. I’ve met astronauts, inventors, and fascinating individuals as a result of reaching out when the vibes are right,” says Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency.
If you’re a frequent flier, spend the extra money and invest in a lounge membership. Lounges often offer great amenities like high-speed internet, drinks, and showers. Don’t forget to use their loyalty desks when a flight is delayed or canceled.
One of the most highly recommended tips was to use TSA Pre-Check. Skip that outrageously long line at security and give yourself some extra time before your flight.
If you don’t do TSA Pre-Check don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to get through security or to your next gate.
You can always count on something to go wrong. Prepare yourself in case of that something by always giving yourself extra time.
Flight attendants deal with all sorts of unruly passengers, why not bring them candy or a small snack as a thank you?
Don’t forget to relax. Use different techniques to relax and bring yourself back to a normal level.
Brian Carter, CEO of the Brian Carter Group recommends you download the Brainwave app, by Banzai, for “noise reduction, stress relief and better sleep on planes.”
Keep all the items you plan on using during flight in-hand or easily assessable, so you don’t hold up the boarding process.
This might seem like a given but make sure your larger luggage has wheels. No one wants to be late for a flight and have to haul a monster bag across the airport quickly.
Instead of paying to check your bags, wait to see if you can check your items at the gate. Your luggage will for sure make it to your destination.