Airplanes allow travelers to go thousands of miles within hours, helping people to explore the world and businesses to thrive. While most airplanes aren’t known for their comfort, there are some secrets that can make travel better. Check out these five airplane secrets and be on the lookout for them on the next flight.
1. Use the Hidden Handrail
Getting up and walking down the aisle of an airplane can be an uncomfortable experience. It’s easy to lose one’s balance and trip, and many may find holding on to the back of other’s seats to be awkward. On the bottom of the overhead compartment, there is a hidden rail. Grasp it while walking to move around easily.
2. Try the Black Triangle for Motion Sickness
Flying can be miserable for those with motion sickness. Sitting in the little-known “black triangle” may help. The “black triangle” is the center of the airplane located between the wings of the plane. The windows next to the planes are typically marked with a small black triangle in order to help flight attendants easily check the slats or flaps. Because this area is located in the center of the plane, it is the central point of the plane’s gravity. Staying centered can help reduce motion sickness.
3. Get a Little Extra Room
Those fortunate to get an aisle seat can spread out with a little extra room. Not only are these seats convenient for getting out to use the restroom, putting down the armrest affords passengers a little extra leg room. Under the armrest there is a small button; simply push it to lower the armrest and stretch out.
4. Avoid Flight-Related Neck Pain
Many travelers avoid reclining their seat in order to not inconvenience the passenger behind them. Unfortunately, sitting straight up for hours can cause flight-related neck pain. Slightly reclining the seat takes some pressure off the neck bones, which can reduce muscle strain and pain.
5. Get a Little Extra Neck Support
Those who forget their neck pillow at home but want to sleep may want to try to grab a window seat. The side of the airplane next to the window can offer better support than a pillow when trying to sleep. This may help those who are on overnight flights and who have sensitive neck muscles.