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Get to the airport early.

Always try to fly as early as possible the day of your flight -- the first departures are ideal, if feasible. This is of particular important if you're traveling during a holiday or within a busy period.

Flight delays often have ripple effects throughout the system, so the earlier you leave, the better your chances of avoiding major clogs or congestions down the line. And if something does go wrong, you'll have the rest of your day to straighten out other options to allow yourself to get where you're going. On the other hand, avoid taking the last flight of the day unless you have no other possible option available.
If your trip is of particular importance, or if you're traveling to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime celebration or other important function, depart a day early to avoid possible delays that might make you miss out on the event altogether.

Nonstop Is Better

Travel nonstop whenever you can. Each time you change planes, you boost the possibility of things going wrong. You become subject to weather and congestion conditions at three airports, not two, and risk mechanical problems or personnel-related delays on two airplanes rather than one. Checked luggage has to make the connections, too. If your connection is to a different carrier, things get even more complicated.

Luggage loss prevention

Put your name on the outside of your bags and inside your bags. Even better, put a copy of your itinerary in each checked bag so the airline can locate you. The most common causes of lost and delayed bags are late check-ins and tight connections. Avoid both whenever you can.

While on board

  1. Drink plenty of water during the flight
  2. Relax and Sleep
  3. Keep your seat belt loosely fastened so that you have room to move as much as possible, except during take-off and landing or during real turbulence, when it should be properly tightened.
  4. Get up and move around as long as the "fasten-seat-belt" sign is not lit.
  5. Exercises and self-massage can be done while seated. Shoulders can be rolled and breathing exercises performed. Feet can be flexed and pointed and ankles rotated, as can be fingers and wrists.
  6. Always take an anti-nausea medication (like Dramamine) one hour before the flight. This is especially for long flights. Draminine will make you drowsy and helps you sleep better than those little bottles of scotch. And there's no hangover

Pack valuables in your carry-on bags.

Carry all the medicines you need on board with you. During the flight, keep them close to you. Make sure the person who checks your baggage attaches the correct destination ticket to every checked bag, and make sure you have a claim ticket for each.

Anticipate Problems

Delays happen. So do bad movies, unappetizing meals, and overworked flight attendants. Bring snack food, water, and sufficient diversions, and you'll be covered even if you get stuck in the airport, on the tarmac, or in the air during turbulence (when flight attendants may not be available to assist you).

Most of all

Air travel these days is stressful. Don’t forget to take along your sense of humour. It will carry you a long way.