Tips on Getting Ready to Fly

Get ready to fly with our flying tips. We dive into where you might be seated on the plane, to how far through a pregnancy you can fly as well as how to use your luggage allowance to your advantage.


Tips for First Time Flyers

  • 09 Nov, 2015
  • Franki Napolitano
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You’ve picked your destination, purchased your holiday essentials and booked your transfers – you’re ready to get away! But, are you flying for the first time? It’s a daunting thought, no matter what your age; What do I need to prepare? How will I know where to go? Will it be busy? Are just some of the questions that will be running through your mind.

Don’t panic! We have put together a few Tips for First Time Flyers to prepare for your first trip to the airport to (hopefully) put you at ease.

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How to beat Claustrophobia when flying

  • 04 Nov, 2015
  • Clare Leedale
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People walk through busy terminal Photo credit: Scott

Claustrophobia affects tens of thousands of people in the UK alone. It can cause many problems within your life, especially when it comes to flying. As part of BlogVember, we thought it would be interesting to explore this and speak to the people it affects everyday.

Claustrophobia is the fear of being enclosed or shut in a small space and not being able to get out. Sufferers are often looking for the nearest exit and will sometimes avoid busy and crowded places.This feeling can grow from a past experience and can affect people’s lives daily for many years. Sufferers can experience claustrophobia in cubicles, small rooms and crowds and often these feelings are increased when on a plane.

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Can my child fly alone? Explaining Unaccompanied Minors

  • 22 Sep, 2015
  • Alice Fowler
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Unaccompanied Minors

There are plenty of reasons for children to need to fly alone these days, from going to visit relatives abroad without parents, to logistics surrounding school terms finishing at different times.

From this month, headteachers now have the power to set their own holiday schedules for their schools, which could result in more schools having different term dates to each other; a problem for parents with children in different establishments!

This might result in an increase of children flying alone to join their family on holiday, or going out to stay with relatives or friends.

Of course, there are many other reasons for children needing to fly alone, so we’ve compiled the information you need to know before waving goodbye at the airport! Many airlines offer these services, from British Airways, to Lufthansa, to Qantas and ANA. KLM even have a dedicated lounge at Amsterdam Airport! Read More


UK airports need to step up their assistance for those with autism

  • 13 Aug, 2015
  • Alice Fowler
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ASD & airports study

We asked parents of children with ASD to give us some insights into the particular issues that they face when taking a child through the airport, some of their tips to get through it, and what they think airports should be doing to help make this journey easier for them.

Over 80% of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder responded that the airport experience is a particularly daunting one in a recent survey conducted by Airport Parking Shop. Children with autism are likely to find airports very problematic, which is unsurprising given that it is a scenario far removed from everyday life. Queuing, security, announcements, crowds and more can all combine to make it a pretty overwhelming experience for anyone with ASD, but in particular children.

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Changing Places Facilities at UK Airports

  • 17 Jun, 2015
  • Jurga Sefton
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As part of recent upgrades quite a few UK airports have addressed the increasing need to offer a changing area for disabled passengers and their carers to use. We’ve compiled a list of the Changing Places facilities that are already installed at airports and available for access.

What is a Changing Place?

Changing Places is a campaign on behalf of people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets. Changing Places are usually more spacious and fitted with advanced equipment, such as a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist; they provide disabled users, family members and carers a private, comfortable and hygienic space. Read More