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How to Fly and Be Fly

Flying can be a very stressful feat. But it is important to take a minute and research any questions or concerns you may have. I remember my first time flying with a toddler. I was worried about being able to carry formula and baby food on the plane. After careful research, I found all the answers I needed and the airport made the trek very comfortable and easy. But make sure you have original birth certificates for all the children you are traveling with. Do not get anxious trying to determine what you need to fly. It is fairly simple and a lot easier than you may expect. You always have the TSA website A great first step is checking in to your flight at the time allotted. Doing this, allows you priority loading in which you get to choose a great seat.

Not knowing who you may run into in the airport, you can fly and be fly at the same time, all the while meeting requirements to pass through TSA. My first recommendation would be to do the PRE-TSA approval if given that option. It is important to wear as less removable accessories as possible, like hats and scarves, etc. Some fun airport attire would be leggings and a fancy top, accessorized with great jewelry and cute loafers. So you will not have to walk bare foot on the cold nasty floor, slide on some cute loafer socks to help you through this process. It is a great idea to wear flats in a large airport, or to keep some in your purse or carry-on. Speaking of Carry-On, always keep a change of clothes ,necessities, electronics and expensive, irreplaceable items in your carry on. Although airlines do a pretty good job at making sure you find your luggage at your destination, accidents do happen. If that accident happens, you want to make sure you have some items to get you through the wait of finding or replacing your items.

It is always a great idea to carry the most vibrant and “different” luggage you can find. Most people have dark solid colored luggage and can make it quite difficult to differentiate your luggage from someone else, and that someone else may not be paying attention and grab yours by accident. Some may even add a vibrant colored scarf to their luggage if they have one of the solid dark colored bags.

If you are hungry, DO NOT grab food before you get to the airport because you will just have to throw it away. Once you clear security, you will have access to all the food your heart desires. Whatever you purchase after security check, you can also take on the plane. Some may even have access to food on the plane depending on how long your flight is. For in-flight comfortability, make sure you pack headphones, wipes, neck pillow, shades and portable battery charger and Dramamine.

Some tips from Huffington Post:

1) Wear you’re most loose and comfortable pair of underwear. You are likely going to be seated for at least the next 4 hours, maybe more. If you have not thought of this before, you will every time from this moment forward.

2) When arriving at the airport, the later you check in, the better. The closer you are to check-in closing, the more people have checked in before you, the later your bag is placed under the plane. The reverse effect is what happens when they unload the bags, and yours will be one of the first on the baggage reclaim conveyor belt.

3) Cheer lightly at security when you pass through the metal detectors and do not set them off. Pump your fist! Your enthusiasm will make security smile and break their mold from an otherwise drab day. *I have yet to be randomly selected for additional screening since I started cheering after passing through.

4) Head to a bookstore to check out the Top-10 listings to inspire your creativity. Scowl at anyone buying fiction.

5) You know all of those pesky small coins you have in your pocket? Spend them! They are no good to you in a foreign land anyhow and you will be sorting amongst them for the coins you actually do need once you have foreign currency in your pocket. Buy something inside the airport before you leave. Put all of the coins you have in your pocket on the counter and tell the person at the cash register that you will pay for the remaining portion of the purchase with your bank or credit card.

6) Smile and be nice to the retail people running cash registers. The last person was probably in a hurry and was probably a dick to them. Your smile can save their day.

7) Keep your passport upside-down when you have it out. Remain mysterious and keep people guessing.

8) Charge your phone at a power-source inside of the airport while you are waiting for your flight. It is difficult to know when you are going to have electricity again, so be sure to get powered up while you can.

9) Use the airport toilet before you get on the plane. You will be glad you took care of business while you had free room to range in what will later seem like tons of space.

10) Be the last person to get on the plane. There is no reason to be a sheep in the line. No one is going to take your seat and if you have a checked bag, the plane is not leaving without you. They will call your name over the intercom if you are late. Get on last and you will not be caught in the line-up to wait for passengers standing in the aisles trying to determine how the alphabet system works to find their seats while putting their bags in the overhead compartments.

11) Ask the stewardess greeting passengers at the door of the plane if there are any window-seats open if you did not get one when you checked in later than everyone else. Show her your seat-number. Tell her you will be able to sleep if you have the stability of an airplane window-wall to put your head against. She will come and find you before the flight leave if there is one free.

12) Smile at that stewardess with a genuine and friendly smile. That will make certain that she remembers to come and find you when she discovers there is a free window-seat.

13) Bring your own earphones with you. Many carriers will try to sell you a set, or else they will provide you with ones that are really lousy. Your own set is always better.

14) Make sure you have an earphone splitter with you in your backpack as well. A splitter allows you to plug two sets of earphones into the same device. This can change an entire flight if someone cool is sitting beside you. *One of my best flights was on the worst carrier (Ryanair) between London and Athens where I brought out my iPod + splitter after I made friends with a Greek girl next to me who plugged in with me... We rocked-out together for the entire flight, having our own concert in our own world where no one else on the plane mattered as we alternated songs, jointly head-banging in our seats.

15) Red-wine your red-eye. One glass or two of red wine should help to put you to sleep on that overnight flight.

16) Get off the plane in an orderly fashion when it arrives at your destination, but, once you get through the gangway, step up a gear and walk faster than everyone else. The entirety of fellow airplane passengers from your flight will also be heading to immigration, so all you have to do is walk faster than the crowd to be 150 people ahead in the passport control line-up.

17) Now, get out there and go and see the world!

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