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Does and Donts: Sleeping on Planes

Whether it is for business or pleasure, when we fly, we want to feel rested and ready when the flight is over. On longer flights getting some rest might figure into feeling good when one lands. While there are many distractions on a flight that might keep some up, others just don’t sleep well while flying, quiet plane or no.

Over the counter medications or alcohol may help some people relax and sleep, however these will usually leave one groggy after waking.

Fliers should do their best to be comfy. Wear loose fitting and, if you need them, warm clothes. Try to use the restroom before falling asleep. Undo your belt and other restrictive accessories. Let your neighbors know you want to try and sleep through the flight.

It is best to bring one’s own comfort items like pillows and blankets as these are becoming more and more rare on flights. Noise canceling headphones, music, white noise, noise generators or some television episodes downloaded from your favorite streaming app help some people sleep.

The cues of your nighttime routine can help your brain prepare for sleep. Try sticking to any of them you can during the flight. Make your routines portable, not only for the plane, but your destination as well. Likewise, following your rituals will prepare your brain for sleep in an unfamiliar place and time zone.

The most important thing to remember is that if you can’t sleep, it is best not to stress out about it. Relax as much as you can. Even just lying back, shutting your eyes and letting your mind wander can be restful.

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Spring Vacation Travel Tips

As the weather gets nicer or if you are considering traveling immediately for Spring or the Easter holiday here are some items you may want to take into consideration that come directly from the CDC:

“Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”

The CDC has more extensive suggestions on their website. You might also consider other items like:

Double check what is open at your destination–you don’t want to end up like the Griswolds, getting all the way to WallyWorld just to find out they are closed. Additionally, you may want to call or check the website of any major destinations to make sure you are able to comply with any new rules they may have. Also, some destinations may only be partially open; meaning that they may have reduced capacity and limited or restricted activities.

What is your backup plan if someone does get sick? Covid-19 aside, it isn’t a bad idea to know what you would do if someone got ill while you are away. You may want to have a quick conversation with your health insurance provider about out of state care.

Safe Travels!

 

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New Roller Coaster from Saudi Arabia Set to Break All Previous Thrill Records

There is now a roller coaster under development for an amusement park in the Middle East that, if it delivers on its promises, will annihilate all records for speed, track length and height.

It is called the Falcon’s Flight and will be the feature attraction for Six Flags Qiddiya which is slated to open in Saudi Arabia in 2023, just outside the capital Riyadh.

The Qiddya Investment Company—partners with the U.S. Six Flags—stated that the coaster will travel on 2.5 miles of track.

Thrill seekers will be able to experience a drop over a vertical cliff that rushes into a 525 feet deep valley. They are able to achieve this using magnetic motor acceleration. The ride will achieve speeds up to an impressive 155MPH.

The coaster boasts it will be the tallest free-standing roller coaster and will include a parabolic airtime hill in which passengers will experience weightlessness.

The coaster will have a 20 passenger limit and the ride will be about 3 minutes long. Riders will enjoy impressive views of Six Flags Qiddya as well as all the thrills.

 

 

 

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JetBlue to Offer Sleepers on U.S. to London Flights on Their New A321neo.

In just a few months one of the largest beds in the sky will debut in the JetBlue A321neos which will fly from Boston and New York to London.

JetBlue is calling the offering a Mint Studio. Each will be at the front of its newest planes. The two mini rooms will include a comfy seat that turns into a bed, fully flat. Each Mint Studio mini room will also include a sofa that folds down—combined with the bed space from the chair makes the largest bed in the sky. All of this sits behind a privacy door. The 22 Mint Suites behind these two luxury offerings are same minus the sofa.

Many believe this will be the next wave of business class air travel.

If JetBlue stays true to its pricing philosophy this air suites will be within reach of many travelers and not just the well to do.

And it isn’t just the comfy furniture, but each suite comes with wireless charging and multiple power points. The spaces are designed to allow fliers to continue to use their digital devices while relaxing, eating or working.

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TSA Given Permission to Enforce Public Transportation Mask Mandate

The Department of Homeland Security has stated that TSA (Transportation Security Administration) workers will now have the authority to enforce President Joe Biden’s mandate on mask-wearing and transportation—quote, “at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system.”

Acting Secretary David Pekoske signed a “determination of national emergency” that said the TSA is allowed to can “take actions consistent with the authorities” of its own federal jurisdiction so that it can be allowed to enforce the mask mandate order that the CDC has come up with.

The CDC issued an order that requires all people to wear a mask while using any form of public transportation. This included on board planes, trains, boats, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. It also included related buildings such as transportation hubs and airports.