From scuba diving to using pillows donated by the airline: these are the things not to do before boarding a plane, according to a flight attendant.
Based in New York, Leysha Perez posted a video on TikTok to reveal the four things she would never do before a plane flight.
The flight attendant initially advised against scuba diving up to 48 hours before takeoff due to the risk of decompression sickness, reported The Mirror newspaper. This causes gas bubbles to form in the blood. Symptoms can include fatigue and pain in muscles and joints.
In more severe cases, symptoms more closely resemble those of a stroke, such as dizziness and breathing difficulties. This can be a very unpleasant experience, especially at heights of tens of thousands of feet in the air.
Using airline pillows
“When I’m on an international or very long flight, I will never use their blankets or pillows,” explained Leysha Perez in her video, which has received over 23,000 views on TikTok.
She therefore suggests bringing your own pillows and blankets for greater comfort.
Buying tickets on a non-airline website
Leysha urges caution when buying airline tickets on non-airline websites. According to her, these sites generally do not allow you to choose your seat on the plane. Those wishing to travel with their children should therefore take care to avoid an additional source of stress.
“I’ve had so many parents come up and complain that they weren’t with their kids,” explained the flight attendant. “And when they showed me their tickets, I could see that it was from a site that sometimes looks questionable.”
Eating meals offered on the plane
I’m not going to eat every meal offered on the plane, even if I want to,” said Leysha. According to her, they contain a lot of preservatives, including high levels of sodium.
Eating one dish is still reasonable, but eating only airline meals on a flight can still be very harmful to your health.