Advice for first time flyers
Flying for the first time can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a little scary, and if you know what to expect you can enjoy your journey from the minute you reach the airport. Plan to arrive at least 2 hours before your departure time, especially if you are unfamiliar with the airport or are travelling overseas. This eliminates the chance of you being late, missing your check in, or even your flight and gives you plenty of time to board. If you are safe in the knowledge that you will be on time you have on less thing to stress about.
Once you have boarded the plane you will be shown to your seat by one of the cabin crew and can stow your hand luggage in the overhead compartment.
You will then be instructed to put your safety belts on and the plane will begin taxing down the runway, ready for takeoff. Takeoff involves a large amount of acceleration that will push you back in your seat, and as the plane gently lifts off the ground this pressure will stabilise. The wheels on the plane will then lift up and the wings will adjust to ensure that you are airborne. The plane will continue to soar until it reaches the correct altitude, at which time it will switch to cruising speed and you are well on your way.
A certain amount of noise is associated with takeoff so do not be alarmed if you hear thumps as the wheels will be lifting and the wings will be utilising the hinged flaps that aid aerodynamic ability. Once you are in the air you should experience a smooth flight, however turbulence can cause a slight disruption at times. Turbulence may cause the plane to feel like it is vibrating, but it generally passes very quickly and passengers will be informed by the pilot when it occurs.
Try and relax and enjoy your flight as it is one of the safest modes of transport in the world and can actually be quite fun!
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