How To Avoid Severe Ear Pain On An Airplane

We’ve all been there. You have a cold, really bad allergies or a sinus or ear infection, you’re on a plane at nearly 35,000 feet and your ears are just about KILLING you. They’re not popping, the pressure is building, you’re afraid you’re going to break an eardrum, and all the gum, candy and swallowing in the world doesn’t help. But there’s nothing you can do except suck it up and accept the pain, right?

Wrong.

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On The Plane: The Different Styles Of Those Who Recline & Those Who Get Reclined On

Sitting in a tin can with less and less room with each new type of plane means that personal space is a precious commodity. We’ve already written about manspreaders on planes and what to do about them in “How To Stop A Manspreader On A Plane In Three Easy Steps”, but reclining seats “behind the curtain” of first and business class add a whole new level of encroaching on others.

After hundreds of hours of observation over the years, we’ve been able to categorize not only the various types of flyers who recline their seats, but also those behind them.

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Why People Clap When Their Plane Lands: The Real (And The Not-So-Real) Reasons

Whether you’ve been flying for 45 minutes or 4.5 hours, it invariably happens…the plane lands and at least one person claps.

What’s up with that?

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The Most Annoying Things People Do On Airplane Flights

Aside from death and taxes, there’s one more thing in life you can pretty much guarantee – if you ask people on the internet what their gripes are about a particular subject, they will answer. A lot. Such was the case when I came across the following question on reddit not long ago:

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One Of The Latest On Instagram? A Site Devoted To Rating Airplane Food

Airplane food is nothing like it was in days gone by, but it’s still something we (kinda sorta, sometimes) enjoy. Maybe it’s because it’s a welcome break while spending hours on the plane, or because it’s food you won’t find on land (and most of the time that’s probably a good thing), but whether it’s something from the snack cart or a full meal with real silverware in first class, it’s still something people generally look forward to, even when you know it’s usually not going to be very good. I guess that’s why the website that can tell you what will be served on your flight is so popular.

On the rare occasions that Joe and I fly business or first class, we almost always take a picture of the meal. We’ve been doing it for much longer than we’ve had this blog – usually just for the memory of what we ate. A lot of people were apparently doing the same thing, so Henry Wu, originally from Chicago, took that one step further and started an Instagram site devoted entirely to what’s served at 35,000 feet.

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