13 In Flight Facilities You Didn’t Realise You Weren’t Availing On Board
Turns out, most of the times we are not fully aware of the amenities that can be claimed in a flight (especially long and international ones). Below, listed are some in flight facilities that you can ask for on board to make your flying experience substantially amazing.
1. The Entire Can Of Soda
Yes, you guessed it right. If you are not satisfied with the soda or fruit juice they pour you out in a little glass, you can ask for the entire can. Flight attendants would happily oblige.
2. Second helping of meal items or snacks
The airliners stock up pretty well on board for international or long flights. If it’s not a budget carrier where you have to pay for your food, you can always ask for second helpings of food. If they have extra after serving all the passengers and crew members (they usually do), they would gladly help you appease your appetite.
3. Basic medicine and bandages
Having a headache, sour throat, or dehydrated body? Request for the basic medicines and the attendants would be more than happy to help. They have all sorts of medicines and equipment to handle small medical emergencies on air.
4. Medical assistance
If you are in dire need of a doctor to attend to your health problem in mid-air, just let the flight attendant know. He/she would announce in the flight and find you a doctor among the passengers to help you. For this cause, some airliners offer free meals for doctors who enlist their profession while booking their tickets.
5. Cockpit tours
If you wonder how it looks and feels like in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft, you can enjoy a cockpit tour with the pilot. Ask for one from the flight attendants and they would try their best to help you suffice your curiosity, if the situation permits.
6. Get your will written
Few people know that there is a provision to get your will written by the pilot if the need arises in mid-air. He/she will stand by your testament later on to make it function.
7. Birthday cake
Want to surprise someone by celebrating their birthday in air? Well, that can be arranged as well. Just let your flight attendant know beforehand.
8. Sanitizing wipes
The reason to some people falling sick after their flight is not the air they breathe, but the things they touch. The armrests, seat buttons, food trays and headrests are laden with germs accumulated from the previous flight. Good amounts of sanitizing wipes are stocked on board. You may ask for some politely.
9. Swapping seats
If you want to swap your seat to sit beside your travel companion, tell the flight attendant right after you board the flight. After all passengers have taken their seat, he/she will negotiate on your behalf and get you the seat you desire.
10. Water bottle refill
If you are carrying an empty water bottle with you, you can get it filled by the flight attendant – as simple as that. No need to ask for cups of water repeatedly to quench your thirst. One of the very basic in flight facilities that you should never hesitate to ask for.
11. Short term baby-sitting
You can have the flight attendant sit your baby for a few minutes if you need to go to the lavatory or simply stretch your legs in the aisle. They will take good care of the infant and keep the baby amused.
Having a hard time trying to keep your child occupied? Beseech the flight attendant for help and your child will be provided with a set of crayons, colour-book, comics, picture book and chocolates. They might also provide a wing-pin to make your child feel important and behave properly for the rest of the flight. Ask for a pack of cards and keep yourself entertained too.
13. Wine tasting
In business class of most international airliners, they serve your wine in accordance with your meal. If you wish, you can taste and select the wine or order cocktails as you wish.
There you go. Enjoy your new found amenities next time you are on a flight. Just remember to request the flight attendants politely.