Goods and services you can get for free when you travel in economy class
These days, flying economy is often not the best experience - cramped seats, limited selection of food and drinks. But in some cases, you can ask the flight attendant for a few free perks to make your trip more comfortable, like extra snacks, pillows, blankets, and even medicine. The edition told in more detail Travel and Leisure.
“It depends on the particular airline and their policies,” said former flight attendant Matt James. "It's always worth asking flight attendants if they have any of these items, but it's important to remember that availability can vary."
Routes matter, too, according to former flight attendant Susan Fogwell.
“More goods are available on transatlantic flights compared to the domestic route,” she elaborated.
Here are a few items that you can often request for free from major airlines.
Basic Travel Kits
On some long-haul flights, airlines may provide amenity kits to economy class passengers.
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“Our Economy Lounge has a variety of options available to customers, including items to help keep you fresh, such as toothbrush sets, ear plugs and a sleep mask,” confirmed Ben Whatman, on-board service manager for Air New. Zealand. The kits won't be full of luxurious hand creams like business class, but they'll do the job.
Free bottled water
You probably know that you can almost always ask for a cup of water on the plane, but did you know that some airlines will give you a whole bottle if you ask for it? Whether you get it or not depends largely on availability, but it's always worth checking out.
Blankets and pillows
Cabin temperatures can get very cold on some planes, so it's always a good idea to ask a flight attendant if blankets are available. And if you are flying a long flight, then it is reasonable to ask if pillows are available.
First Aid Items
All commercial aircraft are equipped with first aid kits, which include bandages, gauze swabs and antiseptic wipes. If necessary, inform the flight attendants and they will bring you what you need.
Flight attendants also have access to many over-the-counter medications, from painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to antidiarrheals, so feel free to ask for those medications.
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If your personal headphones are wireless and your in-flight entertainment system is wired, ask your flight attendant if they have a headset for passengers. Don't expect noise-canceling in-ear headphones to be found in economy class. If they are free, they will be ordinary. And some airlines charge a fee for the headset - usually no more than a few dollars.
Books for children
Forgot iPad at home? Some airlines stocked up on board books for children in this case.
Additional snacks or drinks
Economy class passengers don't often get a full meal on short-haul flights, but they do get drinks and snacks. If after this service you feel a little hungry or thirsty, politely ask the flight attendant for another serving. But remember: asking doesn't mean you'll get what you want. It all depends on availability and whether the flight attendant will be able to serve you at that point in the flight.
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