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*******www.youtube****/seatgurus - Airbus A380 In-flight Economy Experience on Emirates Airlines - Tips on ultra long distance flights. (With Narration and Annotations. Details below).
Airline: Emirates Airlines
Equipment: Airbus A380
Genre: Complete In-Flight Flying Experience on Emirates Airbus A380
Route: DUBAI - NEW YORK (JFK)
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My 20 Tips on Flying an Airbus A380 (in no particular order)
#1 Book early and go online and select your seat. Keep in mind that you cannot lean your head against windows (and sleep).
#2 Carry an empty plastic bottle and ask the crew to fill it up with water. To land fresh you must drink a lot of water and the small glasses that serve you are not enough and you'll end up pissing the crew off by constantly asking for water. Ideally start hydrating a week before your trip!
#3 As you plan your trip, start working out or walking 30 mins a day... in other words, the fitter you are the less of a strain upon arrival.
#4 Remember, you are going to have a long line at the Immigration counters with over 450 passengers on this plane. And add to the number of bags that you'll find on the belt, its going to take some time to get out - so if you have connecting flights make sure its at least 3-5 hours in hand to catch that flight.
#5 Always ask for special meals. Those meals come first and you will be done before the folks next to you get their food. You wont be jousting elbows over that piece of respective chicken. Plus, the food is piping hot.
#6 If its a all day flight, try get a little nap but if its an overnight flight, try getting sleep by popping a pill. Maybe a over the counter sleeping aid.
#7 Dont drink beer etc. You are only going to dehydrate yourself.
#8 Always take your contact lenses off. If you dont wear lenses, always carry eyedrops..your eyes will get dry on these ultra long distant flights
#9 Always carry lip balm/chapstick, extra pair of pants and t-shirt. U saw what happened to me, luckily the seatbelt saved my day or else I would have changed. If I didnt have a change - disaster lol.
#10 Sit on any first row of seats in the respective four section of economy. Plenty of legspace and easy to move about.
#11 This aircraft has no lounge area in economy, so taking a walk for circulation is tough call. If you really have to stretch then go right in front (where you saw me putting on my shoes). It quiet there too
#12 Carry a book, just in case you cant find anything good to watch (which I highly doubt cos there are tons of movies etc). Or, just in case your screen does not work!!
#13 DO NOT keep an ink pen in your pocket. It will leak and ruin your shirt/pant (due to the air pressure)
#14 Make sure you get your USB cable with you so you can keep your phone charged (peace of mind).
#15 No point zipping out your state of the art laptop in economy - you wont have room to really enjoy!
#16 Jetlag. Remember, when you fly West - you are going to feel sleepy early and you'll wake up early for a few days upon arrival. Flying East - you will goto bed later and wake up later (which is a problem). That is why, flying east is bad in terms of jetlag because not everyone can sleep in late, so you tend to get tired easy as the day goes by....so try adjust accordingly.
#17 When you check in - ask them to put FRAGILE sticker on ur bags. Those bags are loaded at the end (on top) and taken off first. However, with the A380 - there are just too many bags for this strategy to work
#18 Dont eat Indian curry etc day before or during the flight. It may give you bad case of gas! That is why you will always see me eat the bland seafood!
#19 Wear loose shoes
#20 Finally, just enjoy the ride, you wont be doing this everyday!
Cheers....and hope this helped. Happy flying!