Why Do Planes Fly At 35,000 Feet?

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve just reached our cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. I’m going to shut off the seatbelt sign and you’re free to walk around the cabin. But please keep your seatbelt fastened while in your seat, in the event of some unexpected turbulence.”

How many times have you heard that announcement or one similar to it? Ever wonder why that cruising altitude tends to be somewhere around 35,000 feet? I did. Here’s what I found out…

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Should You Wear Sunscreen If You Have The Window Seat On A Plane?

I love getting the window seat. I’ve always enjoyed looking out the window, seeing the clouds and the earth and everything in between. You can keep your easier access to the lavatory and the extra knee room you get from being on the aisle; as long as I have a window to look out of, I’m a happy camper.

It never dawned on me that the sunlight coming in from the plane’s windows could be dangerous. I always figured they were like a car’s window and somehow blocked all the bad rays. Well, it turns out that a car’s windows only block SOME of the bad rays, and the same goes for the windows on a plane…

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How To Stop A Manspreader On A Plane In Three Easy Steps

Ladies, this is mainly for you, but guys, this actually could potentially help you, too, if you have a manspreader next to you while on a plane.

Manspreading. It’s been happening for eons, but only in the past couple of years did it get a name and even its own Wikipedia page. By definition, “manspreading” is, ‘the practice whereby a man adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat.’ Although manspreading can happen anywhere, it’s a behavior that’s commonly spotted on public transportation.

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Why people believe men (and occasionally women) spread is up for debate and hypotheses vary between simple pelvis shape (a man’s pelvis is narrower, which makes spreading more comfortable than keeping his knees closer together), a subconscious sense of wanting empowerment, and just wanting shall we say, to air things out, not squish things, or show things off. By the way, studies show that our subconscious reactions to manspreading vs. womanspreading are also very different. When males do it [especially when they spread, feet splayed outward and forearms leaning on their thighs], it’s seen as an attempt to look more powerful, manly or macho. For females, it’s considered rude and unladylike.

But whatever the case, when it’s done on a bus or subway, it’s easy enough for people to move or simply just not sit next to the spreader. In fact, some transit authorities have had ad campaigns to “stop the spread” on public transportation:

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La Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT), Madrid
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Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City

But if it happens on a plane, the seat mates next to the offending spreader are the ones who have no choice but to grin and bear it.

Or do they?

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Most Annoying Passengers, Updates To CLEAR, 2 New Airport Delays, Wizarding World Classes & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Airline Limits Total Luggage Allowance, Resort Fee Decrease, Funniest Lesser-Known Posts from 4/1, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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