For some flying has become an altogether tedious affair. Once seen as a luxurious way to jet set across the globe, flying has become the standard way to travel to many business meetings and holidays. To paraphrase Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, an aeroplane is just a “bus with wings”. Being packed into a cramped space, perhaps next to a bawling infant, can make flying quite stressful. That’s why some distractions on aeroplanes are welcome. Here, Accident Advice Helpline looks at five ‘welcome distractions’ whilst aboard an aeroplane.
TV’s, movies, smartphones, tablets etc
Many airlines have now dispensed with onboard TVs and entertainment in order to make more space for cabin baggage etc. This has meant that in-flight movies have almost become a phenomenon of a bygone era. Thankfully, smartphones and tablets are to the rescue. A smartphone or tablet can be loaded with a multitude of your favourite music, moves and TV programmes, so you have the freedom to choose what you want to watch.
Although books are also slowly being consigned to the past as e-readers become ever more popular, some people prefer the old way of doing things and for some, there is nothing better to pass the hours on board an aeroplane than with a good book or novel.
Chewing gum can actually be a welcome distraction for those who have a fear of flying. Studies have shown that chewing gum inhibits the sensory process that communicates feelings of stress and fear to the brain. It’s a simple way of tricking your brain, perhaps a remnant of hunter/gatherer times when we used adrenaline to hunt.
Chatting to strangers
It’s not always the case on the flight that you get stuck next to the overweight, antisocial person with an apparent disregard for personal hygiene. Sometimes a friendly interaction with other passengers can help to while away the time. Some may have interesting stories as to why they are flying to their destination, or may be able to impart some local knowledge.
Some people may find that on a flight that nothing relaxes them better than meditating. Meditating can be a peaceful and stress-free way to get through a long flight.
Remember, if you’ve been involved in an accident while flying or at the airport, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. We can even help you to claim compensation for accidents on holiday that occurred outside of the UK.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice