Beyond the grooming kit and half-cup of soda, score this list of secret perks like a true high-flyer.
1. A Babysitter
Braving flying with your infant? Flight attendants will be happy to assist you with your little one if you need to step away to the loo, whether for an actual pee or to escape your crying baby for a bit.
Some airlines even have special goodies like colouring pages or toys to help ease your child’s nerves. As part of Etihad Airways’ “Flying Nannies” programme, professional nannies offer origami-folding, magic tricks and more.
Whether or not they’ve got your meal of choice is dependent on the situation of the flight, but airlines definitely have more than enough food to prepare for any mid-air situation.
Even if they haven’t got proper meals, they’ve definitely got chocolate bars or a pack of chips.
So, hungry passengers, it doesn’t hurt to ask for seconds politely.
3. A Birthday Cake
We all love travel, but we can’t think of anyone who loves travelling enough to spend their birthday in a flight.
Singapore Air and Emirates let you pre-order a birthday cake, at least 24 hours in advance, for a birthday surprise on flight.
Cabin crews are trained to call for a doctor in urgent matters (some airlines even have a program that awards doctors frequent-flyer points when they identify themselves in necessary situations), and for less serious cases, flight as also equipped with basic medications like painkillers.
5. A Will
Apparently, whatever dying words you say to your pilot — including your last will-and-testament — stands in court.
We haven’t tried to make a will on flight, nor exercised its validity, but your assets are now one less thing to worry about, right?
6. Wine Tasting
Wines on all Singapore Air flights are professionally selected by international consultants.
To make things easier, qualified air sommeliers service some classes of travel on SIA flights, so don’t hold back from asking for a recommendation or five to complement your next meal.
7. Playing Cards
Remember the time when every other passenger would ask for a complimentary deck of cards to while away their time?
Some airlines have stopped supplying them — presumably because people stopped asking for them — but certain airlines still offer this freebie if you’re feeling like an old-school game of Solitaire.
Text and photos: Pinky Chng/The Finder