Due to the extent that flying stresses me out, I'm not sure how I could do it without knitting to help relax me. I always knit socks at the airport, it is tradition. It is also a great type of project because I'm less likely to elbow the person sitting next to me. Today I brought this pretty project along:
My connecting flight today was at Chicago O'Hare Airport (KORD), one of the cleaner and less stressful of the larger airports. It has some really fun little things to see while waiting for an inevitably delayed United flight (every time), such as the light tunnel and a hydroponics garden:
On this particular trip I found something that made me really happy, a cafe called Argo Tea. To me, being able to find properly brewed tea and yummy, healthy salads at an airport is pretty much the best thing ever. I'll certainly visit them again the next time I fly.
Things I've learned as a frequent flyer (in the US):
- Be very nice to the TSA, especially while taking needles in your carry on (contrary to common belief, they are allowed during domestic travel and I've never had them taken away) or when traveling with children. This is also one of the few situations where standing up for yourself is not a good idea, they will punish you.
- Never ever fly US Airways. Ever. Among other things, they refuse to gate check your carry-on if the overhead containers fill up, and will likely lose your luggage if they check it later. Also avoid United if possible, they will cancel your flight up to 30 minutes before boarding due to "mechanical problems" which is usually just their way of saying the flight was not full enough, also they are always late.
- Southwest is my favorite airline by far, even if the seating situation is a little crazy. Delta is generally acceptable except for in weather situations.
- Bring your own goodies, the snacks there are never worth the premium and you will have exactly what you want for your trip. In case of a delayed connecting flight sprint I always bring nuts to help keep up my energy.
- If possible pick out a carry-on bag that looks like a purse, not a roller-bag. If you get stuck on a smaller plane or if overhead space runs out, you will be less likely to be forced to check it even if it is the same size as a roller-bag.
- Frequent flyer point systems are rarely ever worth the effort, I don't even bother anymore because most of them reset every year now.
- International concourses usually have the best food and minimum noise (KATL --> Concourse E).
- If you find yourself in a terrible situation caused by an airline company and need help, call the people at Flyer's Rights. They are a non-profit with a 24 hour help line and will help you.
Have any good tips for surviving commercial flights?
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for those of you traveling tomorrow, good luck!