‘Picking-up’ on planes
A friend of mine once said to me “Planes are the best place to ‘pick-up’. I meet potentials on almost every flight” – of course being a single woman, I must be in want of boyfriend! Well, naturally I wondered what I must be doing wrong. While I’m all for chatting to people on planes and have met some very interesting people on flights, I’ve never sat next to a potential partner. I suppose I do like my little flight ‘bubble’ but since she said that to me a couple of years ago I’ve thought about it on every flight I’ve been on. Perhaps I’m looking for something different to her, I’m on the wrong flights or perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I generally look like a freak on all the long-haul flights I take. I kid you not…
What on earth am I wearing? Am I suffering from hyperventilation or some other condition? Well, no, I’m wearing a ‘humidiflyer’. What is a ‘humidiflyer’? I hear you ask. It’s an oxygen mask that has a little filter on the end of it. I don’t know about you but every long haul, and even on the shorter flights, I always have a sore throat and pick something up (and not of the human variety!). The air is dry and recycling hundreds of bugs other people have. I discovered this contraption only a couple of flights ago but what a difference it has made to my jet lag, health and resilience to catching bugs. It’s been a Godsend to me. As you may have gathered, I fly a lot; every 2-6 weeks I’m on another plane to cross continents.
I’ve always wondered how air-hosts & hostesses always manage to look so healthy, hydrated and youthful. The air is so dry and they practically live in this climate. There is only so much water one can drink (not to mention the hassle of getting up to go to the bathroom on a plane!) and only so much moisturizer I can put on in 24 hours while trying to get my sleeping pattern in line with my next time zone. This may not make me look youthful or hydrated but it definitely keeps the bugs away, it helps me to feel more vibrant and fresh when I get off a 24-hour flight. No one ever feels fantastic after a Sydney to London flight but this certainly takes the edge off.
I wonder if Mr. Right will strike up a conversation with me on my next flight. Hmm… Sadly I think I might be stuck with the strange & inquisitive looks instead. At least, I won’t be picking up bugs anymore!