I was in the airport and a book drew my attention, ‘Cruising Attitude’ by Heather Poole.
There isn’t a better place to sell such a book but in an airport . On top of the books there was a plastic ‘thing’ (I don’t know how to call it) with five travel tips from the book. They seemed interesting but the photo wasn’t to clear and I looked for them on Internet too.
And instead of five I found twenty, courtesy of ‘The Savvy Reader’
1. Always bring a sweater / hoodie on the plane. Airplanes are like movie theaters. They’re freezing!
2. Airplane mode is not off! Bring a magazine to read during takeoff and landing! I’m talking to you Kindle people!
3. Wear running shoes in case you have to run from the airport bar to the gate. Flips flops and heels will only slow you down
4. Remember you can bring food through security. Bring leftovers! Share with the crew! More water / wine for you!
5. The airplane is the perfect place to let kids watch movies & play video games THE ENTIRE flight. Just bring headphones
6. Ladies: leave the jewelry in your carry-on bag. Put it on AFTER you go through security. Do the same with your belt
7. Let it go! You can’t control delays and getting all stressed out about it will only ruin your trip.
8. Buy water! We never have enough on board for everyone. You’ll be glad you have it if your flight diverts. IT HAPPENS!
9. Eat something! Even if you’re not hungry. Calories don’t count at the airport. Plus you never know when you’re going to eat again.
10. A long line of frequent fliers (think single passengers holding computers) will go 10 X’s faster than a line with a family with a new baby in it!
11. Airlines do NOT hold planes for connecting passengers. Unless there are 20 of you going to same place. Get to know your neighbors
12. Record the sound of the overhead bins being shut. You never know when you might need to prove you’re on a plane
13. A real frequent flier knows to check the inbound flight when checking to see if their flight is delayed.
14. Always check the monitors even if you know your gate number. Sometimes gates change!
15. FYI: Anything under $500 roundtrip is cheap! Especially during the holidays.
16. Offer to buy passengers a drink in flight if they switch seats with you. It’s just a nice thing to do. Only half will take you up on it.
17. Book trips the first week of January! Everyone is broke after the holidays. Empty flights = cheap flights.
18. Traveling ANYWHERE in September is great. Kids are back in school, tickets are cheap & weather is still nice.
19. Last flight out always has empty seats because everyone tries to get on earlier flights. More aisle seats / upgrades available!
20. Use your time wisely. Delays are the perfect time to call your mother. She’ll be glad you did.
– Heather Poole
Flying the not-so-friendly skies…
In her more than fifteen years as an airline flight attendant, Heather Poole has seen it all. She’s witnessed all manner of bad behavior at 35,000 feet and knows what it takes for a traveler to become the most hated passenger onboard. She’s slept in flight attendant crashpads in “Crew Gardens,” Queens—sharing small bedrooms crammed with bunk beds with a parade of attractive women who come and go at all hours, prompting suspicious neighbors to jump to the very worst conclusions. She’s watched passengers and coworkers alike escorted off the planes by police. She can tell you why it’s a bad idea to fall for a pilot but can be a very good one (in her case) to date a business-class passenger. Heather knows everything about flying in a post-9/11 world—and she knows what goes on behind the scenes, things the passengers would never dream.
Heather’s true stories in Cruising Attitude are surprising, hilarious, sometimes outrageously incredible—the very juiciest of “galley gossip” delightfully intermingled with the eye-opening, unforgettable chronicle of her fascinating life in the sky.