Keeping Your Cool While Flying the Unfriendly Skies
There has been a deterioration of the air travel experience due to many factors and as a result, flying is getting more stressful everyday. Passengers are short on patience and airline staff are tired of being the outlet to passenger’s frustrations. When these two forces collide we get heated confrontations. We are living in the golden age of air rage.
From the moment you leave for the airport to the moment to arrive at you arrive at your destination, air travel has become difficult, time consuming, stressful, and unfriendly. Passengers must arrive well before their flight is scheduled to leave, stand in long lines, and try to survive security without feeling violated. Then you squeeze into an overcrowded tight space with hundreds of complete strangers who are as stressed, tired, and jet-lagged as you are and you have a recipe for conflict.
Airlines have done plenty in recent years to make customers feel unwelcome. In an effort to trim costs in a competitive market and increase profits, airlines have cut services and added fees. These fees are being levied on everything from checked bags to changing your flight. In addition, creating a comfortable customer service experience is no longer the priority for many airlines. The emphasis is creating consumer loyalty through low prices with customer service taking a back seat. Spirit Airlines even admitted as much.
Passengers bare some of the responsibility as well. It is common to see a passenger arguing with airline employees or other passengers, disobey orders, and genuinely show a lack of respect for the people entrusted to keep them safe during their journey. These disagreements often become violent.
You may not be able to stop all situations that get thrown your way, but there are some things you can do to limit stress that can lead to becoming another angry passenger. It is still possible to create a stress free travel experience.
- Get To the Airport Early
The fear of missing a flight is a massive stress inducer. Airport’s do you no favors with the amount of time it takes to get you from the curb to the gate. Help yourself out and get to the airport with more than enough time to spare. The recommendation is that you allow 2 hours for domestic flights and 3 hours for international flights. Like starting your day with a hearty breakfast sets you up for a successful day, getting to the airport early sets you up for a stress free trip.
- Be Prepared
- Be Kind To Everyone
- Get Global Entry/TSAPreCheck
- Stay Occupied
- Lounging It
- Stay Focused On The Goal