Who better than a flight attendant to give flyers the do’s and don’ts of airline travel? Former British Airways flight servant Sam spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about what passengers should avoid on their flights.
It is important that passengers stay hydrated in the air because the humidity is so low, as is the air pressure.
According to Flight FUD, “cabin air is drier than the Sahara desert, seriously”.
Indeed, passenger planes typically have about 12 percent humidity, while the Sahara sees about 25 percent.
As imperative as it is that you stay hydrated on your next flight, Sam revealed there is one drink passengers should absolutely avoid.
She told vacationers to “avoid drinking the tap water” on airplanes.
“The water tanks are not cleaned enough (if ever), there’s a reason we serve bottled water,” she explains.
Instead of drinking the tap water, passengers have to buy a water bottle at the airport or on the plane.
As for prepared money conscious passengers, they can bring their own – “just ask the FA to fill it”.
Another way to get served first is to choose your seats wisely, the insider claimed.
She advised: “Food is usually served from the front of the cab to the rear. So something to keep in mind when choosing your seats – the top of the cab is usually best for a first service.”
According to the expert, there is one area of the plane that passengers should avoid for fast service: the center.
“On particularly busy flights, food may be served from one trolley at the top and another trolley at the back”.
Sam’s last tip was about how flyers can get some free goodies on board.
Vacations are rarely a cheap experience, so passengers might as well save money wherever they can on the plane.
Sam said, “On long-haul flights (BA and most airlines) you don’t pay for refreshments on board, so feel free to ask for an extra Coke/wine/bag of pretzels whenever you want.”
And while you’re at it, flight attendants have a bag full of stuff all up for grabs – “toothbrushes/paste, socks, eye masks and earplugs you can ask for (free of charge”).