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Tips on how to enjoy flying Economy Class

Flying economy class on long haul flights can be cramped and uncomfortable, read on for top tips on how to make your flight experience more bearable.

Executive Lounge and Fast Track Security Pass: Sometimes just getting to the airport can be a stressful experience, so start at the beginning by making your departure lounge arrival "a stress free an experience" as possible. First beat the security check queues by pre purchasing a Fast Track Security Pass (available at most UK main International Airports). At peak departure times the pass can save you a lot of wasted time zig zagging your way through to the security area by
bypassing the normal queues and stepping into the VIP Fast Track lane instead.

Next onto the peaceful haven of the Executive Lounge, the Lounge Pass is you next best friend, it will whisk you away from the hoards outside and help you relax with a free glass of bubbly. Expect to pay around 30-40 GBP for a lounge pass, available at many of the UK's main international airports, it may be possible to purchase both the Lounge Pass and Fast Track security pass at the same time at a discounted price.

Get comfy: Quite an obvious one but often overlooked, on long haul flights sitting in one position for several hours requires comfortable clothing, loose cotton layers are best, they can be removed or added as required. Don't forget to pack an inflatable pillow and comfy eye mask, to finish off the look take a pair of hotel slippers, they will add to your comfort level as well as help protect your toes and socks.

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Flying Tips

Choose your Airline carefully: The economy class flying experience can vary from airline to airline, with seat widths and legroom space having a big effect on your comfort levels. Thai Airways has a good reputation for seat size and economy-class experience, check out www.airlinequality.com to compare airlines.

Check in Early. Choosing your seating can help make your flying experience more bearable, extra leg room can sometimes be found at bulkhead or exit row seating. Checking in early gives you the best chance on choosing the seats you want.

Passing the time: Modern in flight entertainment can often provide the necessary distraction needed to help pass the time, however they can often malfunction, so take your own media kit loaded with the films and music you like, alternatively pack a good book to read.

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