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How to Cope with Air Travel

Cancelled and overbooked flights can put a damper on your getaway. Cope with annoying air travel and focus on your destination.


  • Step 1: Research Find the best airfare by researching online and comparing prices. Paying less makes any experience more bearable. Schedule nonstop flights when possible.
  • TIP: Use your miles to upgrade to first class.
  • Step 2: Mark luggage Mark your checked luggage with a unique marker or a bright ribbon on the handle to easily find your luggage at baggage claim. You won't spend half of your trip waiting at the luggage carousel.
  • Step 3: Pack smart Pack smart. Bring water, snacks, reading materials, music, and games to fill your time. Any distraction will be a welcome one.
  • TIP: When traveling with kids, pack some of their favorite toys.
  • Step 4: Arrive early Expect that things will not run smoothly and arrive early. Allow plenty of time for traffic, check-in, long lines, security check points, and overbookings.
  • Step 5: Check in Check in and select your seat. Have your ID ready.
  • Step 6: Stay calm Stay calm if your plane is wracked with turbulance. Have a plan in case your flight is delayed or cancelled.
  • Step 7: Accept compensation Accept any compensation offered by the airline for overbooked flights and start thinking of your next adventure.
  • FACT: A modern Boeing airplane with 70 percent seat occupancy is more fuel-efficient than a new automobile carrying two people.

You Will Need

  • Intenet access
  • Luggage
  • Marker
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Reading materials
  • Music
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Identification
  • Patience

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