A FLIGHT attendant has revealed one simple but important step passengers should take in case of a delay or cancellation.
This summer has not been a good one for air travel, with staff shortages, strikes and heatwaves causing chaos at airports worldwide.
Thousands more passengers are hoping to get away for a much-needed break this summer, but with more walkouts planned and passenger caps in place, there will be disappointment for some.
However, if your flight does end up getting pushed back, there is something simple you can do to at least make things more bearable.
Allie Malis, a government representative for flight attendants, has explained the major mistake most airline customers make, that only makes the situation worse for both passengers and cabin crews.
She has urged everyone travelling on planes this summer to pack snacks and drinks, just in case you're waiting around for any long periods of time.
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In an article she said that passengers should arrive at airports prepared to "fuel themselves" in case of any delays.
This means packing snacks of choice and a refillable water bottle that can be filled at some point once you're past security.
She told CNN: "If your flight is grounded on the runway for any length of time, or if you find yourself in a long line, you'll be hydrated and fed.
"Plus, some airlines still aren't running their pre-Covid on-board food service, and even if they are, there might be disruptions to the service."
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Even if the plane does manage to take off on time, the drinks and snacks could still come in handy once the plane is in the air.
Malis added: "If the weather's bad, if it's really bumpy, there's no guarantee that we're going to be able to safely perform a beverage service."
Bringing your own food may even be preferable to what the plane is serving anyway.
Another air steward has advised bringing food from home simple because it's tastier and of better quality.
With 12 years experience as a flight attendant, Justin Barnes shared his insider knowledge on Facebook about why the plane meals are so bad and how to avoid disappointment.
He said: "Airlines have to supply thousands upon thousands of meals a week. Economy meals are generally made in huge factories in Europe, churning out millions of meals a year as cheaply as possible, frozen and then shipped all over.
"The more premium meals are made in huge big kitchens at the airports and then chilled so they are a bit fresher.
"My advice is this. In your hand luggage, pack yourself a ton of snacks, drinks, sweets, and fruit and whatever else takes your fancy.”
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