Overcoming Flying Problems

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Many people are afraid to fly; that’s just a fact. It’s got more to do with letting someone else control how they get someplace, as well as the fact that once you’re up in the air there’s really nowhere or nothing else you can go or do until you get to your final destination. Unlike trains and buses, there are no short stops that give you the chance to get off and stretch before you move on again.

Other than the fear of flying, there are other problems some people have on airplanes. Here’s some of those problems, as well as ways to possibly alleviate them.

One, many people have problems with their ears popping. This can be irritating, and can give some people serious headaches. One way to overcome this is by chewing gum, which helps to fight the effects of constantly changing air pressure. Sucking on lozenges of some type, including breath mints, can also help here. Wearing sound reducing headphones, disconnected from their source of course (since the flight attendants will verify that all electronics are off), can also help if they’re the type that covers the entire ear.

Two, many people are stressed while on the airplane, for reasons already mentioned. Some of those people will result to drinking alcohol, which may not be the best idea if they have a low tolerance of alcohol to begin with. As the pressure of the airplane changes, it thins the blood, making it easier for someone to feel the effects of alcohol. If they don’t know how to stop, or control themselves, things could get messy in how you behave with other passengers and flight attendants. That’s never good for anyone.

Instead, ask for something calming, such as hot tea, or, before you fly, by something that not only will help you relax, but might help you sleep on the plane, such as melatonin.

Some people get airsick, although it seems to happen less often these days for some reason. It’s not good getting on an airplane without eating something, because you never know when there might be delays, and they won’t usually let you off the plane once you’ve gotten on, but the costs of foodstuffs on a plane have drastically jumped. However, it’s not a good thing to eat too much, or to eat rich foods that might disturb your stomach even if you weren’t getting on a plane. You never know what kind of turbulence a plane might encounter, and if you’re not a regular flyer, this could make you sick. And there’s nothing worse than sitting next to someone who’s just lost it all, even if you’re lucky enough to grab the bag in time.

While sitting on the airplane, you’re going to feel drastic temperature changes. Sometimes you’re going to be really hot, and other times you’re going to feel really cold. It can depend on a number of factors that may have nothing to do with you. It’s a good thing to always take some kind of jacket on the plane with you, a cotton warm-up jacket if you can, to help keep you warm when it gets cold. You might have to take it off if it gets too warm, and don’t forget that there’s always air above you that you can turn on to cool you down, or just to bring you fresh air. Don’t be afraid to ask the flight attendants for a blanket if you need one.

Finally, planes will dehydrate you, and you’ll feel your mouth getting dry, even if you have gum or something to suck on. When offered, always take something to drink, even if it’s just water or ice chips, unless you bring something on your own. If you get alcohol, remember that alcohol dries things out, including your body, so always get water along with it.

If you follow these tips, you’ll get to your destination healthy and feeling reasonably good.




  1. I must tell you that I can’t stand to fly.
    I feel so sick when I stay in plane :(

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