10 things you should know before traveling by plane

1. What can not carry luggage?

Explosives and flammable substances are prohibited in carry-on and hold baggage. These include gas cylinders, firecrackers, among others. For safety reasons, you will not be able to carry sharp-pointed items in your luggage, such as scissors with pointed ends, scalpels, corkscrews, tweezers, etc.

The strictest rules apply to liquids. You cannot carry more than 10 bottles of 100 ml each in your hand luggage, packed in a transparent bag. Of the limits described, two exceptions apply: transport of dairy foods for babies and medicines, of the latter you can carry the amount that is necessary during the trip.

2. Packing is a true art

Each airline has its own requirements regarding the size and weight allowed in carry-on and hold baggage. It is important not to exceed these restrictions, because otherwise you will have to pay an additional value for excess baggage at the airport.

Most airlines allow you to carry in the cabin, in addition to hand luggage, a second smaller bag that can be a wallet or a laptop bag.

Since checked baggage will go a long way before reaching your hands again, it is important that you pack in such a way that no fragile item is damaged or broken.

3. Prepare for check-in

At the airport they will not only check your luggage, but they will also check you before moving on to the departure lounge. When your turn comes, you should take a basket that is just before the scanner tape and put there all the belongings that you carry in your pockets. If required, you should also take off your jacket / shirt, scarf, pants belt, etc.

Then, your items will go through the scanner through the tape, and you must go through the control door, they may ask you to take off your shoes.

4. Each country has its own rules

Food transportation, for example, is not prohibited by any airline. However, some rules must be followed depending on the company, the destination and the amount of food. Some countries, such as the US or Australia, prohibit the entry of fresh food into their territory.

Another case applies in the territory of the European Union where the entry of food, milk, meat and products of animal origin from countries outside the European Community is prohibited.

Therefore, we recommend checking the regulations of the country of destination and transit countries.

5. Wear appropriate clothing to travel by plane

It seems trivial, but it is worth paying attention to your outfit. The longer the trip, the more you can perceive the effects of wearing inappropriate clothing.

The most important thing is to make sure you don’t squeeze or bother. Even if you are traveling during the summer, dress in such a way that you can take off your socks and coats. The airplane’s air conditioner works to keep you cool.

6. Phone only in flight mode

Although there is more and more information that proves that cell phones do not interfere with the proper functioning of aircraft, most airlines prohibit their use during the flight. It is only allowed to use them in “flight mode”.

Some planes allow passengers to use the Wi-Fi network on board. However, it is usually a service for which you have to pay.

7. You can eat on the plane

 

It is a myth that you cannot eat during the flight. In fact, if you are taking a long trip and do not buy food to take on board, you will starve to death. Take small sandwiches or sandwiches that have no smell or crumble.

Only restrictions apply to drinks. To avoid having it taken away, buy a drink in the departure lounge after having passed the inspection.

Children’s food is a completely different topic. Parents or guardians may bring milk or other foods in the case of traveling with babies. During the inspection they must be shown separately. In most airplanes it is possible to heat food in the microwave.

8. Sweets are not only for children

During takeoff and landing, pressure changes cause the ears to plug. If it also gives you a runny nose, you can leave to feel quite unpleasant. But don’t worry, there are several ways to deal with this problem.

Try chewing gum or sucking on candy. This should relieve the symptoms.

Get ready to travel, take a nap before the flight, a light meal and try to find something fun to keep you distracted. It can be a book, your favorite music or a movie.

9. Children can get bored

Even if you are the greatest aviation enthusiast, children can get bored after spending a long time on board, so it is worth being prepared for this moment. If you can’t bring your favorite toys, make sure there are enough colored pencils and a few sheets of paper. You can ask the child to make a report of his trip (how is the plane, the airport, landscape, etc.)

Another thing you can do is use word games that do not require any physical object, such as paper stone or scissors, word – word, etc. You can also fantasize about which places you are going through, what the clouds look like according to their shape.

10. You can visit the cockpit

The pilot must agree. Ideally, ask before the flight begins because afterwards the pilots will have a lot of work and will be busy. If there are no delays and the crew is not in a hurry, the captain will probably give you a tour of the cabin.

Some airlines have special loyalty programs for children where points are awarded that entitle young passengers to explore the cabin.

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