10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Ask For on a Plane
You may not be aware of everything you can ask for on a plane. Every plane has different amenities and what you’re offered may depend on how long your flight is. Not all airlines will offer these things, but some do and if you ask nicely, you just might be surprised. Next time you fly, you can totally ask for these things…
Maybe you drank a little too much the night before and have a hangover, or you hit you’re your elbow on something. Whatever the case, most planes come equipped with a first aid kit. Even if you don’t want to admit to the flight attendant that your head is pounding because of one-too-many vodka sodas… especially if you’re ordering a side of bloody mary to get through the pain.
2 A second Meal
An airline’s ability to offer you another meal is dependent on various factors, including if it’s an economy carrier and how many hungry passengers are on board. Many airlines will also let you have another snack if you ask politely for it. Most aircrafts have more than enough extras. So the lesson? It never hurts to ask,
3 Help with your kiddos
Traveling with your infants or kids can be stressful. Most airlines may offer coloring pages, maybe tot-friendly meals and some sirlines go even further. Gulf Air and Etihad are among the carriers that sometimes have trained nannies, too. If you’re taking a longer flight, say to the Middle East, Emirates has a “Fly With Me Monsters” gift for kids that includes blankets, a backpack and a magazine full of puzzles, coloring pages, and cartoons.
4 A doctor
Sometimes emergencies happen when you’re miles above ground and you need assistance, fast. If you’ve ever wondered how someone would come to your side, rest assured that all cabin crews are trained to call for a doctor in urgent matters. From a heart attack to a seizure, there is likely at least one health professional on your flight who can lend their expertise.
5 Sanitizing wipes
While cleaning crews are always deployed to do a fast sweep, you might still have a little OCD when you set in your seat and notice a sticky armrest. Ask your flight attendant for sanitizing wipes. Most airlines carry them and it never helps to be extra-clean. Especially because the dirtiest places on airplanes may not even be the most obvious ones.
6 Water bottle refill
If you bring your own water bottle, most flight attendants will fill (or at least partially fill) your own container for you with water. Since flying will dry out your skin and can leave you feeling dehydrated, extra H2O is never a bad idea.
7 A will
We hope you never need this, but in case something happens, rest assured that your pilot can be your last will-and-testament. As you prepare to croak, whatever you say to the pilot can actually serve as your dying words and can stand up in court.
8 A birthday cake
Some airlines let you preorder a birthday cake. Two airlines currently offer this amenity — Emirates and Singapore Air — but you only need to notify them at least 24 hours in advance to make it happen. Best birthday ever?
9 Wine tasting
While this perk is rnot offered in economy class, if you can afford to sit in business or first class, it’s pretty cool to ask for: a wine tasting! Sommeliers onboard Singapore Airlines can do a wine tasting with you to find the best fit for your palette and on your meal choice. Talk about flying high class.
10 Bloody Marys
What better way to have brunch (or really, any meal) than with a free cocktail? Believe it or not, British Airways doesn’t just offer the typical freebies for their guests, the carrier also adds in a few alcoholic additions, too. When boarding a longer flight, you’ll be given headphones, a dental kit (no one likes to nap on a redeye and wake up with that morning breath, right?), eyemask, and socks to keep your feet warm on a freezing plane. And hey, if you ask for it, they’ll add in an bloody mary, since they often carry tomato juice and tabasco sauce.
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