For those of us who are lucky enough to travel to distant places of our planet, whether for business or pleasure, flying can be a nightmare, especially if you suffer from a disability. Because more aircraft are designed for further flight, such as the 777ER (extended range), and Boeing, which develops an aircraft that can fly so far that it doesn’t need a hub, so without changing the aircraft our flight time is in the same cramped seat increases.
Some people obviously have the money for business class or first class flights, which gives you more comfort, but for most travelers with disabilities we are packed like transportation in an economy.
So what can you do to improve your trip?
You can start from the moment you book a flight. Most long-distance operators do not allow you to book seats in advance, so on the day of the flight you can sit anywhere. The best way to do this, as soon as the flight is confirmed, is to look on the airlines’ website for the internal landing plan of the plane you will be on, and write down the reference numbers for those places that are only twice as long as they tend to have the most a place for the feet, and they are usually near the toilet.
Once you do this, contact the company concerned, letting them know that you are disabled, let them know what your disability is, and tell them that it would be very helpful to your health if they could book the places you mentioned earlier. In most cases, they will.
Another useful tip when contacting an airline is to ask them for “special” food. All airlines now do this, and range from salty to meaty, fish only to carbs, etc. Usually you’ll find them on the airlines ’website, so check first if you can’t find it, just ask for their list . This service has additional costs.
The reason you do this is because these “special dishes” are handed out before a regular meal, so you finish first and you don’t have to stand in line at the toilet because most of the other passengers eat.
If you want to improve aircraft maintenance, treat stewards with respect. I always hand them a couple of boxes of candy as soon as we reach cruising altitude, it usually guarantees me a discounted mode.
Most of all you like flight and travel.