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Facts about airports and flying you never knew:

. All International Airline Pilots speak English.

. Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts.

. Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board being ill.

.The normal ratio of Flight Attendants to passenger seats is one Flight Attendant for every 50 passenger seats.

.The height requirement for Flight Attendant is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach overhead safety equipment.

.The normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is approximately one lavatory for every 50 passengers.

. The roamwild surround travel pillow was voted gadget of the week by 'The Sun' 2014

Facts about airports and flying you never knew:

. All International Airline Pilots speak English.

. Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts.

. Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board being ill.

.The normal ratio of Flight Attendants to passenger seats is one Flight Attendant for every 50 passenger seats.

.The height requirement for Flight Attendant is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach overhead safety equipment.

.The normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is approximately one lavatory for every 50 passengers.

. The roamwild surround travel pillow was voted gadget of the week by 'The Sun' 2014

. An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of water in the body during a three-hour flight.

.The  reason why the lights are turned out during takeoff and landing  Is for your eyes to adjust to lower levels of light. If there's an accident and they have to activate the emergency slides, studies have shown that you will be able to see better and therefore be able to evacuate more quickly and safely.

.The World's largest Airline in terms of Fleet Size is Delta Airlines (United States) with 744 aircraft and 121 aircraft on order as of March 2011.

.The largest passenger plane is the Airbus 380 - nearly 240 feet long, almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more than 260 feet. The double-decker plane has a standard seating capacity of 555 passengers.

.The world's busiest airport in terms of passenger volume or the number of takeoffs and landings, is HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, United States  with more than 88 million passengers shuffled through the Atlanta airport in 2009, with another 20 million in the first three months of 2010, and with aircraft take-off and landings approximately every 37 seconds.

.The Internet/On-Line check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.

.The world's Largest Airport is Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (as of 2011). By 2013 Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates is planned to be the largest airport in the world.

.The airport with the longest runway in the world is Qamdo Bangda Airport in the Peoples Republic of China with 5.50 kilometers in length (as of 2011).

.American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class.

.In 2009, Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million alcoholic beverages; 14 million bags of pretzels; 90 million bags of peanuts; 17.7 million Select-A-Snacks; and 33.5 million other snacks.

.Singapore Airlines spends about $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine alone. First class passengers consume 20,000 bottles of alcohol every month and Singapore Airlines is the second largest buyer of Dom Perignon champagne in the world.

.Cathay Pacific carries rice cookers, toasters, cappuccino makers and skillets on board their airplanes.

.KLM of Netherlands stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (meaning Royal Dutch Airlines).

.KLM is the worlds' oldest airline established in 1919.

.QANTAS - Australia's national airline, originally stood for Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service.

.QANTAS is the second world's oldest airline established in 1920.

.QANTAS still has the world's best safety record with no crashes as of 2011.

.Virgin Atlantic lists catering as their third biggest expense, after fuel and maintenance.

.American Airlines spent about $425 million on food for domestic passengers in 2001.

.In one year, British Airways passengers consume:
* 40.5 tons of chicken
* 6 tons of caviar
* 22 tons of smoked salmon
* 557,507 boxes of chocolate
* 90 thousand cases (9 liter cases) of sparkling wine.

.Abu Dhabi Airport Services once did a complete turn-around for a Boeing 777 in under 40 minutes, as opposed to a normal minimum of one hour. They unloaded passengers, cargo, mail, cleaned the aircraft, and loaded outbound passengers, cargo and mail in that short time.

.In 2001, Dubai Duty Free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes,  2,909 kilograms of gold, 101,824 watches, 690,502 bottles of perfume, 52,119 mobile phones.

.In-flight catering is an $18 billion worldwide industry employing up to 200,000 people.

How to Travel by Air

Whether you're taking a long-awaited vacation or meeting with potential clients, traveling by air can sometimes be quite a hassle. This is especially true in the post-9/11 world. By making just a few sensible preparations before you board that plane, you can be less stressed and more comfortable. In fact, you can even make things easier on your fellow travelers!  Taking the right travel pillow is also key.  The roamwilld surround travel pillow is great for......
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Dress appropriately for safety and security. Though rare, airline accidents do happen. Should it become necessary to evacuate the plane by using that inflatable slide, or worse, walking out onto the wing, the last things you want to be wearing are shorts, a tank top or spike heels. Keep it simple: cotton or other natural fiber clothing (synthetics are more flammable), long sleeves and pants, sensible shoes, preferably sneakers. If you don't wear sneakers, wear sturdy, comfortable shoes that are easy to put on and remove for security. Slip-on athletic or walking shoes are a good choice.

  • Keep your footwear on at all times on the plane. The last thing you want is fumbling with them when an emergency arises.
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Bring important documents. Bring your visa, passport, tickets, and other documents you may need when you are on this trip. Be sure to bring these in your carry on or pockets—not in your checked luggage!

  • Photocopy important documents. Keep one copy of your documents with you but separate from the original. Leave another copy to a trusted friend at home. These copies will help in replacing your documents if you lose your luggage.
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Print your boarding pass at home. If you purchase your ticket online, several airlines now allow you to print your boarding pass before you even get to the airport, why not skip the line.

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Take your own pillow and blanket. Long flights, particularly overseas, can be almost unbearable without these essential comfort items. This doesn't mean you need to bring your bed pillow and your down comforter. Check out travel stores and websites for neck pillows and blankets that fold to the size of a DVD case. The neck pillow by roamwild is very good as it supports the full weight of your head allowing you to rest like you are in a bed!  You never know who might have used the airline's pillows and blankets before you, or what their hygiene practices are -- or aren't.

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When you are traveling overseas on a night flight, Sleep! You will want to eat and watch the movie, but when you get there, it may be morning depending on where you are going, and having jet lag  is no fun.

  • As much as possible, sleep according to what time it is where you are going. You may not be able to eliminate jet lag entirely, but you can lessen it.  The roamwild surround travel cushion is great for allowing you to sleep well on a plane

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Bring your own meal or snacks. Many airlines have eliminated this 'frill' and the packed meals they provide for a charge are often pretty bad. Make sure you avoid liquids (drinks, soups, etc.) which might not pass security inspection and are messy to deal with. Instead, try foods like sandwiches, chips, cookies, and cut up fruits and vegetables.

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Stay Hydrated.  Air in airplanes is often very dry. You can take an empty water bottle through security and fill it once inside, or you can purchase a bottled drink inside security. If dry skin is a problem, you may also wish to use plenty of moisturizing lotion or cream. Avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and salt.

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Take a pen for completing forms on overseas trips.

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The only way you can make a plane late is by delaying boarding, so don't stand in the aisle unless you have no choice, load up the overhead compartment quickly, and sit down as fast as you can. Keep the items you'll want at your seat in a small bag so you don't need to rummage around. Put your jacket under the seat in front, or take it off before entering the aircraft.

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Remember that flight attendants aren't there just to serve drinks. Their main job is to keep every passenger safe. Federal law and international aviation laws require that all passengers follow flight crew verbal instructions. Respect their authority and follow their instructions.