What the Airlines don;t want you to Know

There are many mysteries that occur to you when you fly. Have you ever had your flight delayed or cancelled because of poor flight conditions while you are at the airport? An airline attendant will hand you a voucher for food or lodging to make up for your inconvenience. This voucher is one of many hidden things the airlines do not let the passengers in on.

Voucher 

While the airlines can not control inclement weather, vouchers are used to make up for flaws made by the airline company. Airlines tend to overbook their flights. Sometimes there are flight delays and even cancelled flights. Whether the problem is overbooking, delayed flights, inclement weather, or flight cancellations, airlines are required to make it up to the passenger by offering vouchers. When the trouble is overbooking, many airline companies will offer vouchers to passengers who agree to take a later flight than originally planned. What airlines will not tell you is that passengers can purchase vouchers to save money on their fights. Vouchers do not mean that you will be saving money.

Dress Code

Airlines have a dress code; it’s in the contact that flight attendants have the discretion not to admit people onto the cabin if they are inappropriately dressed or have another good reason. Some flight attendants will turn away passengers if they have foul odor. The best way to deal with the dress code is to dress conservative casual, neatly. In warm weather, don’t wear shorts or torn clothing. Wear shoes, not flip-flops.

Personal Electronic Devices

When passengers are seated waiting for their flight to begin, flight attendants will often recommend that people turn off their electronic devices. Electronic devices might interfere with the flight equipment during take off. The FAA fears that the electronic devices will interfere with radio transmission or disable navigational equipment, causing the plane to have an accident. While it has been proven that personal equipment has not been the blame for many airline crashes, the FAA has relaxed the restrictions a little. Cell phones may be used before the plane door closes and after the plane lands. Tablets and electronic notebooks may be used in flight once the plane has taken off. In fact, it now being encouraged that passengers may listen to their mp3 music on their computers or watch a movie on their laptop computers. Flight magazines now offer a page of step by step instructions on how to download an app and also includes a little menu of movies that passengers can watch right from their laptop computers. Airlines won’t tell the passengers why they have to wait until they’re in flight to use their portable computers and electronic tablets.

Best Flight Times 

The airlines will not tell customers that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are the least expensive days to fly because there are few people taking business flights on those days. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays aren’t the best days in which to purchase tickets. Airlines claim to be competitive about take off times, however, they won’t tell you the best time to take off is between 11 am and 2 pm.

Cancellation and Charges

It is a myth to believe that you can cancel your flight within 24 hours, and there will be no charge. You need to check with your travel agency for exceptions. Most airlines only allow you to cancel or change your flight up to seven days prior to your scheduled flight. If you plan to cancel your flight 24 hours before without penalty, you need to call up the airline you will be flying on, and ask them about their cancellation policies.

Preferred Seating

It is a fallacy that preferred seating is necessarily better than other seats on the airline. Preferred seating can mean seating with more leg room at the front of the plane. Preferred seats are not the same as being in First Class. The truth is that airlines want to sell you preferred seats, so they can get the overhead bins filled faster. 

Departure Boards
You can not always rely on Departure Boards being accurate all the time. The phrase “one time” means that the plane is scheduled to leave on time. When you arrive at the airport, be sure to look at the Departure Board only for your departure gate and your airline. You can check the arrival board to see what time your flight is supposed to come.