9 Things You Should Never Do on a Plane

Any flight can be stressful. What is normal on the ground looks absolutely different and possibly uncomfortable up in the air.

Evotub knows what you shouldn’t do on a plane to make your trip easy and pleasant.

Contacts usually make your eyes drier. Combined with the dry air inside the plane, this brings rather uncomfortable results. That’s why you’d better wear glasses or one-day lenses if you have a long flight. You will also need eye drops.

9. Stop clogged ears

Your ears become clogged while taking off and landing because of the pressure difference. The first impulse of any person is to unclog his or her ears. This method doesn’t work, but you can minimize the uncomfortable sensation in the following ways:

  • Make sucking and swallowing movements. Grown-ups can use candy or chewing gum, while a bottle of water is helpful for kids.
  • Close and open your mouth once in a while.
  • “Blow off” your ears: you should breathe in, then pinch your nose with your fingers and breathe out, like you are pushing the air through your ears. This method should be used carefully if you have allergic sniffles or a runny nose.

If your ears are still clogged, you need to visit a doctor.

8. Take a flight with a stuffy nose

A stuffy nose adds much pressure to your ears, and it can lead to a trauma. Of course, no one is asking you to stay home because you have a cold, but in such cases, you need to have some vasoconstrictive drops to use before taking off and landing. However, sinusitis and maxillitis are too serious for air trips.

If you can’t cancel the flight, you should surely consult a doctor.

7. Sit motionless

During a flight, your blood circulation is slower, and sitting without any movement increases the risk of thrombosis. Follow some simple rules to avoid it:

  • Stand up, and take short walks around the cabin.
  • Wear clothing that doesn’t constrict your movement.
  • Take your shoes off during the flight.
  • In case you have blood circulation troubles, take compression socks or tights with you.
  • Once in a while, take some exercise. It is enough to just lift and drop down your toes and heels.

6. Drink carbonated drinks

Gassiness is another output of pressure changes, and it can be quite uncomfortable. Carbonated drinks stimulate the process, which is why you should not eat or drink any flatulence-increasing products (brown bread, beans, apples, etc.).

5. Take rear seats if you have motion sickness

Everybody knows the rule:

if you have motion sickness, you shouldn’t sit in the back seat. This rule works on a plane as well. In order to avoid uncomfortable feelings, it is better to choose the front seats or places near the wing. A day before the flight, it is also sensible to take care of what you eat: don’t eat anything fried or fatty, and don’t drink any alcohol.