It seems that every time you fly, the airlines have taken away one creature comfort or another – a pillow here, a blanket there; a free snack, a free beverage, legroom.

At least some airlines are offering free advice as to how to be as comfortable as you can on your flights. We’ve accumulated some of their tips and pass them along here for what they’re worth:

• Chew gum, force a yawn or suck on hard candies to help relieve the pressure that builds in your ears when the plane ascends and descends.

• Drink plenty of water while onboard the aircraft to avoid dehydration during the flight.

• Do light stretching exercises in your seat and walk through the cabin frequently (when it’s safe to do so).

• The relatively low humidity in the cabin can increase allergy or asthma symptoms. Take preventative measures as necessary.

• To combat jet lag, reset your watch to the destination’s time as soon as you get on the plane. If it’s daytime at your destination, try to stay awake during the flight. Walking around the cabin may help keep you alert. If it’s nighttime, try to sleep. You may find it helpful to use earplugs and a sleeping mask to block out distractions on the plane.

• Eat before you get on the plane so that hunger does not prevent you from sleeping during the flight.

• If you’re using a blanket, buckle your seat belt over the blanket so a flight attendant checking seat belts won’t awaken you.

• Reserve an aisle seat so that you can easily access the bathroom and move about the cabin.

• Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes. Wear layers if you are prone to body-temperature fluctuations.

• Keep your seatbelt low around your hips, not around your abdomen.

We’re predicting that necessity will create new methods, provided by the airlines, of enhancing the enjoyment of your flights, just as necessity has created the reduction of amenities we’ve all gotten used to.

In the meantime, enjoy the ride as much as you can.


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