On the flight for Thanksgiving? Here’s 11 things not to do on the plane

For your own health and safety, trying to prevent this trip no-nos.


Thanksgiving is a stressful time, such as it is, but it is especially stressful for those of us who are flying for the holidays. Fortunately for us travelers, relieve some of that fear is easier than we think.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for things you should not do while on the plane — and each of those will be better for you, the crew and your fellow passengers.

Don’t Drink the water (or ice, or coffee or tea)

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As a flight attendant told Business Insider, “flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will drink regular coffee, and they will drink regular coffee.”

In an Environmental Protection Agency study, 1 in 8 planes failed agency for water safety standards, according to the article. It should be noted that a lot of airlines to contest these results — but the issue has raised concerns in the past. A 2004 EPA study tested the water supplies on 158 aircraft, of which 20 tested positive for total coliforms and two of such planes tested positive for E. coli.

If you are concerned, stay with bottled water and skip the ice if it is made of tap water.

Think twice before you order a diet Coke

It turns out a kind of drink is extra annoying for the cabin crew if you’re on an airplane. Cola light, difficult to pour, because the foams

— Jewel 92 (@Jewel_92) August 1, 2017

On a flight attendant blog of This Golden Wings, a post from 2013 explains that the pouring of Diet Coke takes longer than other drinks, while in the air. Soft foam a bit more due to the cabin pressure, and diet Coke is apparently the worst, so flight attendants should be extra careful when pouring the drink. The blogger claimed that as the passengers request Diet Coke, she will be happy for the orders started — but while waiting for the foam to disappate, she will take AND serve three other drink orders before coming back to finish pouring the Coke.


Put a pair of shoes on

My plane neighbor is FaceTiming sans headphones on and went to the bathroom on bare feet. This is not good travel

— Jen Rubio (@jennifer) August 21, 2017

In a piece earlier this year, men’s Health talked to two flight attendants for their secrets on flying. A supervisor claimed, “Don’t walk around without shoes. Any bodily fluid on the floor.” The two also said that flight attendants accept and appreciate tips.

Avoid sitting the entire flight

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So tempting it would be to sit in your chair and watch movies the whole flight, this can’t be good for your health. Aaron Aday, M. D., cardiology fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told Condé Nast Traveler, who is sitting in a small airplane seat can make blood circulation from your legs to your heart more difficult.

To minimise the risk of pooling of blood in your legs and cause a deep vein thrombosis, there are a number of preventive measures you can take. Try to stretch your legs during the flight, even when you sit, and also try to get up and walk around about once an hour.

Lay off the alcohol

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Drinking while in the air might actually make you feel more drunk if there is less oxygen than when you are on the ground, Thrillist reports. Further, drinking too much might get you arrested, it can prevent you from boarding your connecting flight, ruin the rest of your outlook for the day, and let your fellow passengers hate you, among other consequences.


Do not eat directly off the tray table

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According to the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler article, which cited’s demolition of a National Science Foundation study, tray tables are home to almost 10 times more bacteria than the flush button in the toilet. Safe to say that you need to pick up some hand-wipes to use before digging into your meal.

Easy to use on the soda

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Carbonated beverages can lead to bloating and cramping, two things you don’t want to endure during your flight, according to a SmarterTravel article on which foods to avoid while flying. Also on the list: foods high in sodium, saturated fats, which can be difficult to digest as foods like onions, beans and cauliflower can leave you bloated and gassy.

Not starving? Maybe skip the airplane food

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According to a Refinery29 interview, the famous chef Gordon Ramsay refuses to eat on airplanes: “I worked for the airlines for ten years, so I know where this food is and where it’s going, and how long it took before it was time to board.” Instead, he prefers to have something to eat in the airport before the start.

There is also a train of thought that not eating at all can help reduce jet lag. The body’s natural circadian clock governs when we eat, sleep and wake up, all based on light. The researchers found, however, that a second clock can take over when the food is low, and manipulating this clock might help travelers adjust to new time zones. Dr. Clifford Saper of the Harvard Medical School, whose study examined the idea, said that 16 hours without food is enough to make this new clock. The tests were performed on genetically modified mice, so we are not sure if this works for the man.

Keep your feet and hair for yourself

Traveller Details ‘Nightmare’ Plane Encounter With a Passenger with Bare Feet

— Ramada Constanța (@ramadaconstanta) July 28, 2017

A man has a terrible flight because of this ponytail

— Huffington post UK Style (@HuffPostUKStyle) 6 April 2016

This speaks for itself. Do not do it.


Some wear-thanks

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Placing your coat or jacket, carry-on, and personal item in the overhead bin? Be sure to grab your snacks and phone chargers, first, that you do not unnecessarily move your seatmates midway through the flight. SmarterTravel also suggests placing your items in a bin as close to your seat as possible to disembark from the plane that much easier for everyone.

Don’t be rude to your flight attendants

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Quite simply, fun. Most of the times flight attendants try their best, and they will not always be the answer. Plus, they deal with dissatisfied customers throughout the day, so your efforts can really make a difference.

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