(The Sunday Review) — It’s almost as if the summer of travel chaos is over, but it is actually the beginning of the holiday travel season.

Navigating the world airports and planes can be stressful. However, holiday travel experts are able to help you navigate these waters. flight attendants.

Intrigued to Find out their top tips and tricks. The Sunday Review Travel spoke to two veteran cabin crew, British flight American Allie Malis and attendant Kris Major, to Get their opinions on the most important travel questions.

When is the best time to go? flying?

You may find multiple flights to certain destinations throughout the day. to You can either go early or you can leave it late

Malis votes to vote for Malis first thing in morning, when she’s on her personal trips.

“That’s my trick,” She said. “I don’t know if I should actually be telling everyone. Otherwise, they’re going to take all my morning flights.”

Malis’ logic says weather is less likely to Disrupt flying First, even if delays occurred the previous day, the system will usually be re-set overnight.

It’s all about when it comes to Malis, who is also the government relations representative at the Association of Professional Flight Attendants which represents American Airlines’ crew, suggests leaving some buffer time for holiday travel. youWe are able to.

For example: flying Gives the gift of life on the day prior to Christmas Eve rather than the 24th. you A little bit of flexibility.

What should I do? flight Is this delayed?

Denver International Airport, November 22, 2022. The American population is estimated at 4.5 million. to Travel by plane during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Delays are inevitable, and Malis reminds travelers that flight attendants Passengers and you are “on the same team.”

Fellow flight Major is an attendant who has worked both long and short haul throughout his career. He also serves as the chair of European Transport Workers Federation’s Joint Aircrew Committee. This committee represents European Transport Workers Federation. flight attendants Pilots echo this sentiment.

“If we can’t go, we can’t go,” He said. “We will be doing everything we can in our power to go — because it’s in our interest to.”

Contrary to what Some passengers may think that flight attendants Don’t conceal information from your passengers “There’s no point,” Major

So if you’re sitting on a delayed flight, stressing about missed connections, don’t hesitate to Ask your flight Keep an eye out for more information you can. Major promises he will direct passengers to The right desk to Rebook your flight flightLet them know that you are there know “the questions you need to ask.”

How to you beat jet lag?

If youMajor, who is crossing time zones, believes in a power nap upon arrival. But, he cautions that it should be short and not last until the morning.

“Don’t just go to sleep and just sleep your way through, because you’re staying on your own time, you’re not helping your own body clock to readjust your circadian rhythm,” He said.

Despite this, there are times when it is not possible to do so. flight attendants They are only there for 24 hours. Major suggests that they would stay in their home time zone if that is the case. Malis thinks that this might be helpful for travelers during holiday season.

“You might only be traveling for a few days, it’s going to be jet lag when you adjust to the new time zone and jet lag when you get back a few days later, so possibly staying on your home timezone might be helpful,” She said.

Malis emphasizes also the importance “hydration, eating nutritious food, and exercise.” And “staying in sync with your body as best you can.”

“Really the only way I’ve made it this far in my career as a flight attendant, is by prioritizing rest,” She said.

“Being tired can affect everything, the holidays can be stressful, so give yourself the best chance of proper rest to enjoy the holiday season in the most positive and celebratory ways.”

Do you Upgrade passengers to higher levels?

It’s what most pilots want, to be able to move from their crowded economy seats. to Something more luxurious.

Malis explains what upgrades are supposed to look like to These incidents can only be made on the ground and not onboard. However, there are exceptions and sometimes a ground agent may let you know. flight attendants know Certain travelers may be upgraded

“But there’s a list,” She said. “And there’s a method to the madness, the way that the list is ordered and prioritized.”

Sometimes flight attendants You can also have your passengers moved together so you can all sit together. to resolve a seat duplicate situation.

Once you’ve done that, however, flight If a passenger is uncomfortable, they will not be allowed to move.

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Can passengers swap seats?

“If a passenger wants to ask another passenger, we can’t stop them,” Major believes that travellers are happy in general, according to his experiences. to Swap to Parents should be able to help to Sit with your children.

Fly attendants Support this type of switching aboutWe will not, however. to Do not interfere with the resolution of issues.

“It’s in our interest to get people together, because you don’t want the grief of people being separated,” He said.

Malis said that she strives to be a good person. to It is important to ensure that both parents and children are present. However, these situations should not be allowed to stand before boarding.

“It puts a lot of pressure on us to ask favors of passengers to switch around and it’s a very time-sensitive part of flight when we’re boarding,” She said.

Moving seats can cause controversy if it’s not their intention. to A section of the aircraft where other passengers have paid less to There, sit down.

“From a practical standpoint, I understand…If you have three people crammed in one seat and an empty row up there, shouldn’t everyone just be able to spread out? What a treat that is when the flight allows you to,” Malis. “But then also respecting that there’s people who have paid extra to be there and that someone hasn’t and that’s unfair.”

Malis thinks that it’s ironic, too, that emergency exit rows are often marketed as premium seats with a free beverage.

“People that are asked to be willing and able to assist in the event of an emergency are maybe more likely to have a couple of drinks if they’re sitting there. But that’s how it is, that’s how those seats are marketed,” Malis. “Thankfully, we don’t have a lot of emergency evacuations.”

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Who is the rightful owner? to The middle armrest

Major jokes that the search for the middle armrest is a race to the finish. “brutal fight,” But it all comes down to the fact that the person in middle should accept it.

Malis is in agreement: “It’s not written down anywhere as far as I’m aware, but I think the unspoken courtesy is that the person in the center seat, in the middle seat, gets the armrest.”

Do you prefer to keep the blinds open or closed?

Some people want They are a great source of inspiration for some people. want They should be taken down. Major states that window blinds can cause a lot of friction, especially on long-haul flights. However, the truth is usually quite simple.

“If it’s a night flight, close them,” Major “Just one person opening the blinds, the light comes in and keeps people awake and it can really have an impact on people. You understand it though — people want to have a look down. If you’re flying over the Himalayas, you want to have a look at Mount Everest. Why would you not?”

Blinds are also necessary to Upon arrival, be available to Safety regulations and much more to The annoyance of sleepy passengers. Major states that if passengers push back, he will try to accommodate them. to Explain that the crew has to be informed to Be able to Check out these other options to Adjust to The light if there are any issues

“I think I think people deal with an explanation an awful lot better than an order,” He said. “An explanation — it gives some mutual respect.”

How to you Do you find it difficult to be on your feet all day?

Working as a flight attendant involves a lot of walking and standing.

As a worker flight Assisting requires a lot more standing and walking.

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As a worker flight Assisting is physically demanding. You can fly long- or short-haul. you It is possible to be on your feet for many hours.

“I’ve got insoles in my shoes,” says Major, adding it’s harder for female flight attendantsThey are often expected to be there to Wear heels

Major believes that the best shoes for smart people are those who can afford them. Major also says Doc Martens are a popular choice.

Malis suggests high heels “definitely add another strain to our feet,” However, there are some flight attendants These shoes can be changed into during flight, and are much more comfortable.

“It’s definitely a job where you get some good steps in. I think standing is almost just as exhausting as walking though, it can be hard on the lower back,” She said.

What should you do? you What can you do when you’re not on the flight?

Cabin crew members can take a structured break during long-haul flights. Flight attendants Retire to During this time, a separate area is available on the plane. The facilities vary according to the airline, route and aircraft.

“Some have beds, some are just comfortable seats in remote places on the aircraft,” Major “What facilities they offer will depend on how much rest you’re supposed to have — and then how much work you can do is based on that.”

But it’s not always simple to Even if you’re not allowed to, it is possible to sleep on an airplane. youYou’re an flight Attendant and you You are required to Recharge before you go back to work.

“I know crew that don’t, and they’ll read a book or watch a movie on their iPad or something,” Major

Major announcements flight attendants Low-cost carriers often have more downtime because they don’t offer much food or drink. Cabin crew may try. to Take advantage of the pauses.

“A lot of people do higher educational courses, they use the downtime in hotels and places like that, and even on the flights, to do the work,” He said.

Malis said that she seldom has the time to On domestic flights within the US, she will take a quick snack. If she does, she will eat a quick snack. to refuel.

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Do flight attendants What happens if passengers eat and drink the exact same food?

Major and Malis flight attendants You are able to However, you can choose to eat or drink from the airlines’ culinary offerings.

“Airplane options aren’t always the foods that are going to keep me the most alert,” Malis said that she usually packs snacks like popcorn, apples, and hummus.

“I drink plenty of airplane coffee I will say, but I usually bring my own — at least have one on my way to work or at the airport that’s a little stronger — and sip on that all morning long.”

Major claims he avoids foods which might cause him to feel bloated. Major says that he focuses on drinking plenty of water while aboard.

“You’ll always find the crew have got a bottle of water and a hot drink somewhere, they’ll have a tea or coffee.”

Major states that some crew members will bring their own meals to board. to Crew members can’t eat as a result of his airline’s restrictions. to You can heat your food in the onboard ovens.

Malis claims that her airline allows — theoretically — for this. flight attendants to Heat up leftovers from home you You can find it here to You should always have the right container. youWe are trying to Make sure the temperature is right

Malis suggests that crew members bring in food on holiday flights. to Add to The festive spirit and “to cheer the crew up if they’re missing out on spending the day with their family.”

“There’s some pretty clever little things that flight attendants can do in the galley,” She continues. “But for the most part, there’s not a lot of time to be doing that. Mostly flight attendants are just trying to find any spare moments to grab a bite of food to keep going on some of these marathon days.”

How to you Deal with anxious fliers

Flying can be nerve-wracking, especially on busy flights. Pictured here: travelers waiting at Newark Liberty International Airport on November 22, 2022.

It can be nerve-wracking to fly, especially on crowded flights. This is a picture of travelers waiting at Newark Liberty International Airport in November 22nd, 2022.

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It’s not their control, for some passengers. Some travelers dislike the unidentified music that plays as the soundtrack. flight.

“When I find someone who’s scared of flying, I try to find out what’s the driver behind it,” Major “If you can talk to people and find out why they’re frightened, then you can alleviate their fears, because the chances of anything mechanical creating a situation where the plane would crash — it’s beyond remote.”

For some, learning more is an enjoyable experience. about The mechanics and logistics were very helpful. Others passengers simply need to be distracted and spoken to flight attendants It might be helpful.

“The crew, that’s down to their skills to find out what it is that person needs to get them through the flight,” Major

Major is speaking to A nervous passenger sits in the cockpit before the aircraft takes off. But there’s more to it. flight attendants want to avoid someone deciding to Deplane last-minute, which can delay the flight flight This could mean that the aircraft is not in its designated takeoff slot.

Major and his team are to Decide as soon as possible if the passenger is able to drive. to Fly that day.

“That again, comes down to the skills of the crew,” Major, who will never stop striving to succeed to Those moments are the most important. “I don’t want the passengers to think my primary concern is, ‘Are you going to delay me closing the doors and getting this thing up in the air?'”

Malis suggests that anxious flyers make themselves known to air crew. She will try to comfort nervous passengers if she is aware. to Keep an eye on them for the duration. flight. She recommends using breathing techniques.

Major recommends that you bring an iPad, coloring book or toy. to The best way to entertain your children is to keep them calm and happy during the entire event. flight.

Do you worry about Are you experiencing severe turbulence

While she is working, flight, Malis views turbulence as “more of a nuisance and inconvenience.”

“But it’s kind of funny, when I’m a passenger and I hit turbulence, I feel like I’m just like every other passenger, which doesn’t make any sense. I’m always like, ‘What was that bump? Is everything okay?'”

It serves as a reminder that life is not always smooth. flight It’s not pleasant for anyone, even if it’s almost always nothing to worry about.

What should you do? you Do you need to do anything in an inflight medical situation

Major says crew must consider the circumstances and personal preferences of each crew member when addressing an inflight medical issue.

He prefers the classics. “is there a doctor on board?” callout.

“In the UK, you’ll find that most crews won’t ask for a doctor, they’ll do it themselves. We wouldn’t want someone involved that doesn’t know our environment.”

Fly attendants They have medical supplies available onboard in the event of an emergency, but they are not able to administer certain drugs unless directed by a radio call. to The ground.

“They can talk us through what we need to know if we need to,” Major claims he has never had a baby delivered onboard, but has been close.

“If someone’s having a cardiac arrest, we’ve got the defib, we can do it. If a doctor wants to help us they can, but it depends what they’re a doctor in.”

Malis reveals that cabin crew on US-based flights will also place calls to In the event of an emergency, doctors on the ground. However, she doesn’t agree with Major. “having a doctor or a nurse on the flight is definitely preferable or helpful.

“Personally, I would prefer to You can page a doctor from a plane. I believe they are the best trained to handle these kinds of situations. We do have the resources and basic training to help us on the ground.”

What’s it like when there’s a celebrity on the flight?

Everyone has to find a way to get from point A to point B, even celebrities. In fact, Major says that on pretty much every transatlantic flight, there’s likely to be someone at least moderately famous among the hundreds of passengers.

Generally speaking, the cabin crew aren’t given any warning that a celebrity is going to be on board — they’ll usually only realize when they see their name on the passenger list.

There are a few exceptions though.

“Sometimes you Notification will be sent to all passengers that there is a VIP at the airport — that tends to to Be a member of the royal family” says Major.

And yes, some celebrities have a reputation for being rude, and that reputation will spread among flight attendants.

Equally, some celebrities are known among cabin crew for being friendly and charming.

Malis says other passengers often have no idea they’re rubbing shoulders with A-listers.

“If youThere’s a good chance you’re in first-class, if you’re in the back seat of a plane. you never even knew about,” she says.

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Do you have codes you use to refer to passengers?

Major says when he first started flying two decades ago, flight attendants would sometimes use the code “BOB” AKA “Best on” to refer to the passenger they deemed most good-looking.

“It’s a lot of fun.” he says, adding it’s not as commonplace now. “These are years ago.”

What do you think when passengers applaud when the plane lands?

Major suggests this is a regional thing and it’s more common on European flights.

“Every single time, it’s done by the Italians flightEvery single time. Sometimes after bad turbulence you’ll get it. That one is easy to understand. People are relieved. to Because they don’t fully understand turbulence, they end up there” he says.

Malis says in the US, passengers usually only clap after a very bumpy flight.

“Perhaps people are shocked that the plane landed. Most planes do land,” she says. “I find it a little too cheesy. It’s a lot of things. flight attendants I’m sure you would agree with that.”

What strange things do people leave behind in the cabin?

It’s best not to go there.

“Anything your imagination can dream up, we’ll have it.” says Major.

Have you ever befriended a passenger?

Major once gave a stranded passenger a lift in his car and they’re still connected on social media today.

As for Malis, she says whether or not flight attendants connect with passengers depends on their personal comfort level, and boundaries should always be respected.

“Some passengers have been spied on. flight attendants All that stuff. It is important that we maintain a professional edge.” she says.

But one time she ended up flying with her fifth grade basketball coach, by pure coincidence, which was fun.

And both Malis and Major know stories of flight attendants who’ve married passengers.

Can you accept gifts from passengers?

Major says flight attendants can only accept sealed packages, due to the security implications.

Malis says the crew genuinely appreciate tokens of appreciation.

“People who are at the forefront of their lives really do brighten our day. to We are like that.” she says.

“A lot of people are the recipients chocolate. Starbucks gift cards are wonderful.”

Malis isn’t sure of the current policy, but recalls at one time flight attendants were told to decline cash three times, but that they could accept it on the fourth try.

While it’s lovely when crew are acknowledged with gifts on the holidays, Malis says even just a smile makes a big difference and can change the atmosphere on board.

“It’s amazing how many people ignore this fact. youAs you Say hello and they won’t even look at you. you Or, you can say anything to you,” she says.

“I don’t know If anyone has a first choice, to Be flying On the holidays. We’re all in this together.”

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