It’s been a battle in the air between passengers as flights
have recently been diverted to the nearest airport to unload the battling
parties. They believe they are fighting for the right of space.
The right to recline.
The right to use your tray
The right to your legroom.
The right to not have a
seat back in your face.
The right to use a knee
defender to protect your space.
It does seem as the “seat pitch” of airline seats gets
smaller and smaller, the more fights the flight attendants have to attend to,
which often means the combatants to be forcibly de-planed at the nearest
The seat pitch is the measurement of space between the same “part”
of seats.That means that your space is
not measured between the back of the top of the seat and the front of yours.It’s a measurement of the space between the
front of your seat and the front of the seat behind or in front of you.You can easily have the seat back in front of
you over the front of your seat.The
result is we feel a bit like sardines in a can.
What can you do besides upgrade and pay more?
Fly Spirit Air. Spirit has non-reclining seats on its jets.
Check out SeatGuru.com. You can find the Seat Pitch, Seat Width and more info on good and bad seats.
Be loyal to one airline. If you build up enough miles, your
airline will often give you free seat upgrades or at least an early choice of
The Knee Defender. The Knee Defender is the legal, but often
airline banned clip that fits on the arms of the tray table. It keeps the
passenger in front of you from reclining too far into your space. The makers
say knee defender also protects your laptop from being smashed and protects you
from leg thrombosis.
When we used
to live in Bush Alaska, much of our baggage was what we called, “Alaskan
Samsonite”… that is cardboard boxes. However, if you are traveling south of
the border to Mexico, Latin or South America, you may have trouble with what
the airlines call an “embargo.” Usually in the summer, some airlines, ban the
use of boxes, coolers, tubs, or anything that doesn’t really look like luggage.
They sometimes also ban oversize or overweight baggage.
If you are returning to the US, expect to have increased scrutiny of your electronic devices. This applies to cell phones, tablets, i-pads, laptops, video games and most likely anything electronic.
The TSA says that during the security examination, officers may also ask that owners
power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not
be permitted on-board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo
No word on what happens to the devices that get left behind.
So if you want to carry it on, make sure you can turn it on, or it won't go on.
Before your trip, credit agency Experian recommends cleaning out your wallet or purse. Remove social security card, check book and deposit slips, birth certificate, credit
card receipts, bills, extra credit cards and even your library card. They also advise using only credit cards on your trip and leave you debit and ATM cards at home. Without these item in your wallet you'll limit a loss due to theft and protect yourself from identity theft.
If you keep your wallet in your back pocket, your back may be happier with the thinner wallet.
Check out the more comfortable passport wallets and money belts in our GO Store.
had a client who was traveling overseas looking forward to a tour. Her flight
there was uneventful. She hadn’t even left the airport when another woman
suddenly collapsed knocking them both to the ground. Even worse they were on a
moving escalator. She received excellent doctoring afterwards and was able to
continue her tour with the help of a wheelchair. However, by the end of her
trip she was still in so much pain a doctor was called in. The doctor insisted
that she could not withstand the long journey back to the US in the seated upright
“coach” position. They contacted the travel insurance company and they provided
her with a first class ticket to return home. Now she could take the 18 hour
flight fully reclined and without extreme pain.
thankful she was able to continue her tour, for the local tour leader who
helped her find the care she needed, and thankful we offered her travel
insurance so she was able to come home comfortably and safely.
We have many
versions of Travel Insurance available. We have special policies designed for
short and longer term missionaries. Many policies include emergency evacuation
for extreme medical issues. Since many tickets are now non-refundable and
non-changeable, travel insurance can help with that risk, too.
your next trip, be sure and ask about Travel Insurance. There’s better coverage
for pre-existing conditions if purchased at the same time as your tickets.