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Your First Flight

By: Ulysses Harmony Garcia

Table of Contents

Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................................... 1
Author's Note ................................................................................................................................................ 1
Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 1
The Airports .................................................................................................................................................. 2
In the Plane ................................................................................................................................................... 4
Safety First ................................................................................................................................................ 4
Additional Tips .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Preparing for Takeoff ................................................................................................................................ 6
During the Flight ....................................................................................................................................... 7
Reducing discomforts ............................................................................................................................... 8
The Landing ............................................................................................................................................... 9
Next Steps ..................................................................................................................................................... 9
Travelling Short Distance .............................................................................................................................. 9
Conclusion ................................................................................................................................................... 10
Acknowledgements and Credits. ................................................................................................................ 10

Author's Note
This is a guide I’ve been planning to write for a long time, but I
simply didn’t have many details to begin with. I chose to write this
because I wanted other people like me to get an experience without
having to wait for so long, as I have had to do. So, when I got this
experience to fly by myself at the age of fifteen, I thought I should
help other people out by offering my contribution of this manuscript.
I met a few people who had never gone flying, but after reading Your
First Flight they were extremely enthusiastic about their prospective
When I received an offer to travel during the summer of 2009, I
thought it was the most exciting opportunity of a lifetime. I took
this offer, and when I came back, I wrote this manuscript I hope you
will find useful. I waited for a long time to get a plane experience,
ever since my first flight when I was two years old. Sadly, I only
recalled that as if it were a dream. After my first plane experience,
I boarded an assortment of aircraft, from jets to air gliders, and
helicopters, too. I have also gone sky-diving.

Have you ever wanted to book a flight and go on a plane, but could not
because it was too expensive? Well, this guide will hopefully bring
you some insight to give you an idea as to what you can expect should
you find yourself in a situation where you needed to fly one day. This
includes booking your flight, how to go through security, finding your
plane, and the flight itself.
First and foremost, you need to reserve your flight through an
airline. This is done by going to a travel agency, or by contacting
the airline yourself. All airlines are different, and they operate in
different ways. You should find the one that you feel would help you
as much as possible and not leave you astray. It is recommended that
you plan your flight through This place is by
far one of the most accessible web sites for people with disabilities,
and they have a call centre with agents ready to assist you.
Once you have found your travel agency, make sure you tell them where
you are coming from, where you need to go to, what time you expect to
leave or arrive, etc. If you have a disability, we strongly encourage
that you explain this so the airline(s) can make sure you are assisted
throughout your travels. As of 2018, some airlines want you to provide
proof of service animal documentation, which has sparked protests,
since the employees you will encounter work for the airport, not the
airline, and these users claim that their privacy rights would be
violated. Ideally, we also recommend that you ask for information
about pricing, change fees, baggage fees, ID requirements -- anything
that you think would help you, so you are not stranded at the airport
trying to figure out what’s going on.

The Airports
At all international airports there will be security check points to
go through, and portable jet bridges that will lead you to your plane.
One thing to
note, however, that if you have never been inside an airport, do not
assume that all airports are going to be outdoors, such as those at a
drop zone or a privately-owned airfield.
When you’ve reserved your flight and received your itinerary, and
you’ve arrived at the airport, you need to either find the airline
check-in counter or self-service kiosk. You can do this by asking for
help, as it is by far one of the easiest and most efficient ways to
get around in a large, unfamiliar place. Once you are at the check-in
counter, you will be in line. Use this time to get all your documents
ready. Once you are at the front of the line, you will need to check
in by showing your itinerary, your tickets you purchased from the
agency or airline, and an identification card. These steps do not
apply if one uses a kiosk. If you have a print disability, check to
see if your kiosk provides audio feedback.
Suppose you just missed your flight? What would you do? Most
airlines provide a change fee, which can vary widely. Therefore, it
helps to ask about this in advance. Once you have checked in, you will
need to get a boarding pass. To know which carousel your checked bags
are going to be placed, either check the flight monitors, or have the
airline send you text messages with information about which carousel
is associated with your flight. You will need your check luggage to be
placed on a scale. The weight of your bag will sometimes determine if
you must pay an extra fee. After that is completed, the airline kiosk
will tell you what x-ray number you need to go to. Find out where it
is, then go to that number and put your check luggage on the conveyer
belt system. You will not see your luggage again until you get to your
Next, you need to walk over to the security gate. Before you can go to
the gate, you should be aware of the three-one-one rule.
Three ounces of liquids, jells, or aerosol. One container and one bag
per passenger. Other items banned from carryon baggage are allowed in
check baggage. These include, but are not limited to:
knives, weapons and ammunition wrapped in a cardboard container. After
the September 11th attack, pepper spray and box cutters will no longer
be permitted. Electronic devices such as video game consoles, laptops,
tablets, and other electronic devices will need to be separate. Do not
place them on the bin; you should put them out on the carry-on belt.
Small devices such as a PDA or smartphone should be placed in a
separate bin.
In order to protect the comfort of passengers both physically and
medically, TSA has modified its three-one-one policy. You would be
able to carry more than three ounces of liquids, jells, or aerosol if
you had proof of a medical disability or if you were travelling with
infants or toddlers. Generally, fuel lighters are prohibited unless
they are placed in a DOT-approved case.i If you have questions, contact
the transportation security administration at 1-866-289-9673.
Once you have found your airline security gate, you will need to get
all your documents ready. If you look around you, or if you ask for
help, you will be shown a place where there will be several bins on a
table or a cart. Grab one of these bins and place all your
possessions, such as belts, shoes, canes, etc. =Locate the table where
you need to put the bin, and then get in line as if you were shopping
for groceries at a supermarket. Once the line has moved and you arrive
at the metallic tubular rollers, move your bin through those cylinders
and a conveyor belt will take it from you. Your stuff will disappear
into a small tunnel which goes through the metal detectors. Make sure
you give the guards your identification card and boarding or visitor's
pass before going through security. You will be required to pass
through the metal detector or magnetometer, as it is sometimes called.
If you need assistance, someone will automatically help you.
Otherwise, you may have to ask. Due to security changes, you may be
randomly selected to undergo various procedures, one of which includes
going over to another part of the security area where a body scanner
will move around you. It will look like a circular booth that is
slightly elevated, with two transparent partitions on either side. If
nothing happens, you will be able to go back to find the other end of
the conveyor belt and collect your stuff. Otherwise, the alarm will go
off and you will have to submit to some tests. A Transportation
security administrative officer, often the same biological sex as you
(if applicable) will move a wand-like detector to find out what set
off the alarm. Under such circumstances where one is wearing
bulky clothing, one may have to go through a procedure called a 'pat
down'. This is a procedure where the officer pats lightly on the
clothing for any
suspicious objects. You may ask to have a private screening. If you
are in a wheelchair, you may be subject to a chemical swab sniff. Some
airlines offer expressed security checkpoints, so you will not have to
wait in line. It is under the name Pre-X.
At the other side of the security gate, which could be considered the
concourse, you will find a long aisle which contains gates and
restaurants. This is the best time to buy food and drinks if you are
set to fly for a long period of time. Since security does not allow
full water bottles, you can refill them once you get through.
Find the gate you need to be, then find a seat and wait for an
announcement that will tell you what flight numbers have arrived at
that gate. For example, 'Flight 597 is on gate B22. Please make sure
to show your boarding pass before entering the aircraft.' Priority
boarders with children or those with disabilities should go first.
After all the first-class boarders have been accounted for, the rest
of the boarding process proceeds. Each boarding call is different
depending on the airline you are taking. For example, let’s say you
were taking Southwest airlines. They would announce a letter from A to
C and a number
from 1 to 61. 'Group A 1 through 31.' This is an example of a boarding
announcement, so you know how it would sound, but I would not rely on
this information, as airlines can change over time. If you want to
know what your group number is, you can look at your boarding pass.
You are welcome to board with the first class if you want to, only if
you have a disability or need more room. Some airlines offer Early
Bird check-ins, too. You will be in line most of the time to get into
the eight-foot left to right portable hallway, which is commonly known
as a jet-way or jet bridge.ii When the guard asks for your boarding
pass, make sure to give it to them. The carpeted corridor will slant
downward when you’re walking away from the terminal, and it will have
a few uneven sections that you will have to cross. You might hear a
small rumbling sound underneath the bridge. This is most likely the
motor that controls it. The reason it is called a portable hallway is
because it can be towed to different gates. These bridges can also
move to fit the size and height of the plane. Although this is an
unlikely occurrence, do not try to exit the terminal if the bridge is
not there! If you do, there will most likely be a huge drop. If you
are blind and want to feel your plane, move all the way to the right
side of the hallway when you arrive at the end of the tunnel. Be sure
to use caution to avoid slipping on the major cracks.

In the Plane
Once you are aboard, you might feel a hard, non-carpeted floor. You
will be surrounded by storage compartments, and flight attendant
control panels. When you walk about two steps forward, and turn
ninety degrees to your right, you will find yourself in a long,
carpeted aisle with six columns of
seats and about twenty-five rows. Note that this row number may vary
on aeroplane size. You will find yourself with two sections of seats.
Each section has a set of three seats. One near the aisle, one in the
middle, and one by the window. The way the seats are set up on most
planes is as follows: Seat A is on the left or port of the plane,
closest to the window. Seat B is the middle, and seat C is in the
aisle. Seat D is the seat to the right of the plane, closest to the
aisle. Seat E is the middle, and seat F is the closest to the window
on the right or starboard fuselage. Row one is the first row of seats
at the very front of the cabin. Economy coach and First Class are
divided by a curtain. The difference is that first class has bigger
and softer seats. On wider body planes, people will be able to board
from both sides, and there will be two aisles on which you can walk.
Some planes may also have an oven on board for deluxe meals.iii
If you are sitting near the window, you may want to know what the
window is like. It is completely different from what you are used to
seeing in a car or train. Some planes have vertical oval-shape windows
that can be controlled with a few buttons, such as the dream-liner.
Most windows are square, about four inches, and it also has a window
shade in case it is too cold, and you wish to close it. This also
prevents any light from coming through. To pull down the shade, find
the upper portion of the window and pull down on the lip that
protrudes from the edge. The material you will find is not like that
of a regular window, for the window is made of three layers.

Safety First

If ever the aircraft loses power, the reserve batteries will be used,
much like a generator onboard a cruise ship.
Under each seat is a rectangular container which contains a life vest
inside a pouch. The life vest is used to make water evacuations. To
ensure you can get out of the plane in time, do the following: Pull
the strap of the container, open the container, remove the pouch, open
the pouch and pull the life vest over your head. Place the white
straps around your waist and buckle them tight. Once outside the
craft, you will have to manually inflate the vest by pulling on the
red tab found on the tubing on your shoulders. Your seat cushion can
also be used for flotation. Note that if the aircraft fills up with
water, you would be trapped since you would have inflated your life
vest inside the plane. That is why it is imperative that you wait
until you are outside before inflating it.iv Also, wear clothing that
will not catch fire easily, and put a wet wash cloth over your face to
avoid breathing smoke.
Above every seat is a rectangular plastic door. Inside this door are 4
oxygen masks. If ever the cabin depressurises, which is highly
unlikely, the door will open, and the masks will drop out. These masks
have a long hose which connect to the supply of a chemical mixture.
Place the mask over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic strap
behind your head and breathe normally. To activate the oxygen, pull on
the tubing till it is fully extended. You may smell a burning odour
that might remind you of an electric oven being turned on. Please note
that you cannot move around the plane while you are wearing the mask.
This is partly because the hose is not going to be long enough, and
because the plane will be descending rapidly to get to a safer
altitude. Oxygen will still be flowing even if the bag does not
inflate. Make sure that you put your mask on first before helping
There are six emergency exits. Two at the front which are floor level,
two in the middle that are over-wing window exit, and two at the rear
which are also floor level. Some aircraft may only have four exits, so
make sure you know where they are. Each of them has a slide which is
about thirty feet long, except for the two middle exits. Sitting by
one of these over-wing exits have rules you are required to abide by.
You must be at least fifteen, perform applicable functions without
harming yourself, comprehend and understand instructions given by crew
members, and you must be able to see or hear graphics and yells and
shouted words. If one or more of these do not apply to you, you may
not be able to get a seat at one of these exits. Individuals with
service animals are not allowed to get a seat if they are

Additional Tips

In front of you or behind your seat is a place holder where you will
find magazines, information cards and newspapers. You will also find
additional safety information here. Above this holder you will also
see a fold up table which you can use for eating. To take out the
table, locate the small knob at the top of the table. Turn it left or
right; it does not matter. The table will swing out from the back of
the seat. Push it down to ensure that it is fully extended. If you
want the table closer to you, pull it back towards you until it gets
to where you want it to be. On some aircraft,
some tables will be on your arm rest. Locate a tab that juts out from
side, and pull on this tab. The table will extend, and you will need
unfold it to your left. This would be the case only if your table were
on the right arm rest, so you can reverse the directions if it were on
the left one instead.
There are overhead bins on each side of the plane. There are usually
two, one on the left and one on the right. Some bigger planes may have
a third one in the middle. Use these bins to place large briefcases
and duffel bags. Please note that although we said that luggage is
placed on check, some people choose to bring these on board, so they
would be considered carry-ons. Many do this to avoid baggage fees. If
you have a smaller bag, you can simply put it in the seat pocket in
front of you where the information cards are. There is also a space
underneath each seat where bags and coats can be stowed. Carry-ons can
now be accompanied by one personal item, such as a laptop bag.
If you are sitting on the left side of the plane, you would find a
small round and concave button on the right side of the left armrest,
and vice versa. If you press this button, it will make the back of
your seat move so you can lean back to take a nap. Your seat must be
upright during critical moments of the flight, though. You can have
your seat back during the
boarding process, but once the boarding door has closed, your seat
needs to be upright. This is because if most of the people had their
seats reclined, the central balance would be on the back of the plane,
thus causing it to lose equilibrium.
You can also move the arm rest. However, on some planes you may have
to press a button under the arm rest to do this. We noticed that this
button is only found on the outermost armrest closest to the aisle.
On some aircraft, there may be a headphone jack for direct listening
to public address announcements and other forms of self-amusement. You
can plug certain types of headphones, though some planes may have a
standard 3.5 MM, (1/4) inch headphone jack. For people with hearing
loss, listening to the tinny voices on the speaker can be quite a
challenge, so this can also provide some ease of listening.
There is an air vent which you can control. Simply trace the flow of
air with your hand until you find a nozzle on the ceiling. To increase
the amount of airflow, turn the small knob clockwise, and to decrease
and stop the airflow you just simply turn it anticlockwise. There is a
call button and a reading light on the ceiling panel. The light is
only used when the main lights are dimmed, which usually happens
during dawn and dusk flight. The call button is usually a flat button
with a square outline, while the light button has a light bulb figure.
On some very tall planes, finding the call button can be difficult, so
ask a flight attendant to show you where it is.
There are seatbelts, like in a car, except that you would pull on a
lever instead of push on the button to release your seatbelt, so make
sure you practice this when you can. You would not want to be in a
frenetic situation where you forgot how to unlatch your seatbelt. A
thing to remember is that wheelchair seatbelts work the same way.v
Some seatbelts have airbags that will inflate upon impact. There are
often two restrooms on board. One at the front and one at the rear. In
some planes, they might be at the bulkhead in first class. They are
called lavatories. These lavatories are unisex. To flush the toilet,
locate and press the square button next to you. There will be a small
sink to wash your hands -- they are very easy to use. Some planes may
have two buttons to control temperature, others may have a knob to
push. To drain the water, you will need to hold the lever that opens
the plug, as it is spring-loaded; it is in front of the faucet. Once
the water is out, let go of the lever. Closing and locking the door of
the lavatory is easy. To open or close the door, use the small metal
bar and push down or pull up. To lock or unlock, locate a doorknob
figure. You can slide this to the left or right. Note that you will
find an ash tray. Do not get confused and think that it was a lock. If
you smoke, do not smoke on the aircraft lavatories. The pilots will
tell you over the intercom that smoking is never allowed. Federal law
prohibits anyone from smoking as this is dangerous to the passengers
and crew because it would contaminate the cabin oxygen. It is also
verboten to tamper and mess with the smoke detectors onboard the
lavatories. The ash tray is there so people can safely dispose of
their cigarette, for that is the only substance that is legal in the
United States federally.

Preparing for Takeoff

The flight attendants will tell you about the life vest, not smoking,
the 4 oxygen masks, how to release the seatbelts for those who are not
familiar with its workings, how to exit out of the emergency doors and
where to put carry-on luggage. Prior to taxiing, take-off and landing,
they will tell you to remove jackets and to stow small bags under your
seat in front of you. The overhead bins will be closed by the flight
attendants on board.
When you first enter the plane, you may ask yourself, Is it on? You
might hear an air-like hissing sound. This is mostly the air
conditioners and oxygen refilling machines, as well as other
maintenance service equipment. Your plane may be off. The auxiliary
power unit of the plane that provides bleed air to the main engines
might be turned on at some time when you are in the plane. When you
get aboard the aircraft, however, the only way you can tell if the
plane is on is by the sound of the engines, not the sound of the
ventilation systems. When a plane is turned on, you will hear a small
noise that sounds like a motor whining. This will increase in pitch
until it has reached its maximum idling speed. On some planes, you can
feel the vibration underneath your feet as the carpeted floor is
generally hard beneath your feet. The plane will be pushed back on the
tarmac (taxiway) by the ground service workers. This will then be
followed by another low whining and sliding up in pitch of the
engines, and you will feel and hear this twice. This sound will not be
as high in pitch as the APU sound. The ground crew will be pushing the
plane on the front and pulling it on the back to get it away from the
bridge. When the plane is on, it will start warming up by moving
around the taxiway and testing its control surfaces. The pilots will
guide the plane away from the terminal to avoid jet wash to the ground
crew. The plane will circumnavigate the taxiway for some time and then
the pilots will follow a path towards the set of runways. During this
time the crew will remind you to make sure that seatbelts are securely
fastened, seats and tray tables are upright and locked, and that
electronic devices are okay to have on as long as they are in
aeroplane A new electronic device policy was passed by the
Federal Aviation Administration in 2014 to improve customer
satisfaction. It will allow certain devices to be used while the
planes are taking off and landing. The flight attendants will go
through the cabin making sure the passengers do exactly as the pilots
advise them to do. Once that is done, you will wait for some time for
air traffic control to give the go-ahead. Then the pilot or flight
attendant will announce, ‘We’re clear for departure.’ Double check
seatbelts, devices, backs of seats and tables. Flight attendants
should also take their seats at this time. They will give you thirty
seconds for last checking, then the sound of the engines will grow
loud like howling wind or a distant vacuum cleaner, and the plane will
move forward slowly, then it will increase its speed until you start
feeling like you were in a car going fast. You will remain on the
runway for about fifteen to twenty seconds. When you are taking off
the runway, the momentum caused by its acceleration would give it an
upward tilt, so you would feel as if you were going up on a slant. The
force of the plane going fast on the runway causes objects to be drawn
towards the back of the plane, hence why a slope is noticed. Depending
on how big the wheels are, you might feel the push of the plane more
or less intensely. Planes with smaller wheels will be a lot more
noticeable than those with bigger wheels. On the last five seconds,
you will start to lose sensation of moving forward. Do not be worried
by this. It is just the wind rushing under the wings causing it to
barely touch the ground, which is also known as gliding. In other
cases, the nose will be lifted, which means that only the back wheels
are still on the ground. Finally, you will completely lose sensation
of moving forward and you will feel as if you are in a lift going up.
This would feel as if you were pushing down on your seat while your
seat was pushing on you. This sensation would feel as if you were
dropping, and you may feel this weird sensation throughout your
flight.vii This is called apparent weightlessness, or negative G, short
for gravitational force. The reason you only feel this on a plane is
because it ascends much faster than a lift or other ride you have been
on, not to mention that its ascent and descent rate can vary widely.
The plane takes off at a slant, so you will feel yourself tilting. You
will hear the engines working at top speed. Sometimes whenever the
plane runs into something during takeoff, the pilot will have to move
down a bit for a while. Then they will resume takeoff once they have
passed the danger zone.
Going back to our brief introduction of physics. Everything has
momentum and inertia, and G-force is one of them. If the pilot takes
off, everything and everyone inside the plane gains upward momentum.
If the pilot suddenly stopped the ascent and sent the plane down,
everything and everyone still has some of that upward momentum, which
causes apparent weightlessness. Eventually, they will lose momentum
and come back down. It is this reason why, if you are in an elevator
going up, when it slows down, you feel yourself descending even though
that is not the case. Pilots must work extensively on training their
vestibular system located in the inner ear to avoid spatial

During the Flight

The pilots will tell you when you reach one to ten thousand feet. This
means that the plane will start to level out, and the engines will
reduce their speed. You can now lean your seat back and you can
release your seatbelt only if you are going to use the lavatory,
otherwise, you should continue wearing it. There are audible cues that
sound like musical notes, one in D5 (600 Hertz), and another in B4
(500 Hertz). These cues just tell you when a sign has been turned on
or off. Such signs are seatbelt signs, and no smoking signs.viii
The wait staff will offer you food and drinks approximately twenty
minutes after the pilot's announcement. You
might see the attendants pushing a small kart down the aisle. You may
also get beer and other cocktails upon request. However, they are
available for an additional fee. If you cannot see the application,
have a fellow customer help you fill it out. This application is
crucial; otherwise you will not be able to buy alcoholic beverages.
If you are travelling internationally and need to declare items, do
your research ahead of time to see how accessible it is for someone
with a print disability. Just for your information, it is also a good
idea to ask a flight attendant if they have any copies on safety in
alternative formats. Some airlines, like South-west Airlines have
access for the blind and visually impaired. It helps to be aware of
sounds the plane might make during flight, such as landing gears and
thrust reversers, control surface manipulators, and things like that.
Also, do not forget to ask about how you should act in a situation
when the plane hits rough spots.

Reducing discomforts

Equallising the pressure in your head is a skill you may have to
master, or else you will not hear well. Whenever the cabin pressure
changes, you may need to equallise the pressure in your head. To do
this, there are several ear-clearing manoeuvres you can do. We will
explain the two most basic techniques to get the Eustachian tubes
cleared. Open your mouth as if you were going to yawn and breathe
inward quickly. If that doesn’t work, pinch your nose and close your
mouth and breathe outward. You will eventually hear two loud popping
sounds and you should be able to hear well. If you like gum, this will
help your ears, too.

Usually a jet goes at about thirty thousand feet or more to avoid
birds and other craft. There are also a lot of jet stream winds up
there, which helps save fuel. Pilots are now opting to use iPads and
other tablets instead of heavy safety manuals to help cut back on fuel
expenses. Here’s another fuel-saving fun fact. Planes almost never fly
in a straight line.ix This is due in part with the circumference of the

If you are going to use a cell phone, be sure it is in the game or
aeroplane mode as previously mentioned. Some planes have wireless
fidelity, but you will have to pay an extra fee to get such luxury.

If you want to know how fast you are going, that will be almost
impossible. Did you know that while you are in the air, you cannot
tell when you changed speeds? It is due to the lack of vibration
caused by the wheels when you leave the ground. The only movements you
can feel are pitches, rolls, yaws, and wind turbulence.
 A pitch is when the plane rotates forward and back on the X axis.
 A roll is when the plane rotates left and right on the Y axis.
 A yaw is when the plane rotates vertically on the Z axis like a
Whenever you feel a shake, it might feel as if you were moving forward
slowly. This sensation is often felt on the ground when crossing bumps
at a slow speed. The body has senses which tells us when we move in a
lateral direction. Our ear canals provide us this sense, but because
we are flying through smooth air most of the time, our brain cannot
register this sensation only if the plane is shaken by rough weather.
We know we are moving forward in a car because the wheels are rolling
over seamy ground which provides friction, but air is almost always
smooth, and because we travel extremely quickly, this mainly cancels
out the sensation, which makes us feel as if we were hovering. We can
only feel acceleration and deceleration, but not velocity. Think about
it this way. If you sit or stand on the ground and don’t move a
muscle, the reality is that you would still be moving because the
earth is rotating. Although the earth is moving, we cannot feel it at

For those of you who are very interested in flying but have never been
on an aeroplane and want more of a detailed description such as the
landing gear, or the rudders, feel free to reach out to other flight
enthusiasts in your community. If you are curious about how your
pilots are flying the plane you are in, ask a flight attendant if you
can visit the cockpit when you’re on the ground.

The Landing

When a plane lands, you need to repeat the same steps as you did when
you were taking off. Electronic devices can remain on, seats and tray
tables must be upright and locked, and seatbelts securely fastened.
The plane will start descending at about one hundred miles from the
landing strip. The landing might take about thirty minutes -- the
minute you descend, and the minute the plane's wheels hit the ground.
If you are unable to see, it might be a little nerve-wracking since
you wouldn’t know if you were fifty feet or five hundred feet above
the ground, so just remember that pilots do their best to land the
plane as gently as possible. You will regain sensation when you land.
When you are landing, the deceleration will give you a downward tilt,
so you will feel as if you are going down on a slant. You will go a
lot faster when going down the runway. Planes usually begin slowing
down about ten or fifteen seconds after they touch the ground. The
pilots will tell you to remain seated until the aircraft has come to a
complete stop. Once again, they will park in front of the terminal by
moving around the taxiway. Wait until the pilot says, ‘Welcome to
example airport.’ They may announce the weather, sky condition,
altitude, and temperature. You can get up and exit the plane.
Find the portable hallway and enter the terminal. This time, the
bridge will have an upward slant to it. Again, there might be uneven
sections to cross. This may be difficult for you if you are riding in
a wheelchair.

Next Steps
Once you get to your baggage claim area, locate your carousel, or have
someone direct you. That is why it is important for you to look at the
monitors to make sure you know which carousel your flight was
assigned. If you want to be more secure, you can take photos of your
boarding passes with your smart device in case they get lost or
stolen. If your bag is not in the carousel, check the carts. The
airport can send you your bag by mail, depending on whether you put an
ID tag on it. We strongly recommend that you do. If you did not, your
luggage will end up in the unclaimed luggage centre, and they will be
donated or sold. You are now done and would have built your first
plane experience of your own. If you are going to go on another
flight, follow these simple steps.
You must know your next flight number; otherwise you can look at your
boarding pass or have someone help you look at the flight details.
This time, you do not need to go through security checkpoint again.
Simply ask for help to find your gate and have the staff escort you
there. Changing flights may seem a bit intimidating because you will
be in a completely unfamiliar place. However, if you are travelling
with someone else or have access to augmented reality, it will not be
as scary. Follow the same steps to get into your plane and enjoy your
flight. Note that you will not see your luggage during the layover.

Travelling Short Distance
What if you were going to a place that was shorter, what if you were
not going on a long-hall flight? Say you wanted to go from one place
and your destination was about four hours by car? That is simple. To
save time, you can take the smaller planes that are at the airport.
These planes are not turbojets or turbofans, but rather, they are
turboprops or regular piston plane with engines mounted on both wings
or on the nose. These planes are used for regional flights. A perfect
example of this is the Bombardier Q400 Turboprop.
Follow the same steps for airline check in, security, and finding a
gate. Here is where it gets different. Instead of going directly to
your plane from the jet bridge, you may have to leave the jet bridge
and go out onto the tarmac. Find the plane and get in by climbing the
portable air stairs. You will find yourself in an aisle with seats or
two long and low benches on each side. Instead of three seats, there
may be two, and instead of twenty-five
rows, there would probably be about ten, and some extra space in the
back. Follow the instructions the flight crew gives you and you will
be safe.
When a turboprop plane is turned on, you might hear a sound that is
like a regular jet, hence why it’s called a turbine. A piston plane
simply makes a sound like a motorbike. The propellers will make an
audible sound as they slice through the air, in conjunction with the
sound of the engine. In general, they start more quickly than a
turbofan jet. They will start to taxi to the
runway. The pilots will make sure seats are upright and locked if
applicable, seatbelts securely fastened, and so on by announcing it
through the PA system.
When the pilots are ready to take off, the engine will increase in
pitch, and you will start to move forward. You may or may not go as
quickly when you go down the runway, but it may feel rougher coming
back. There might not be lavatories on board, so make sure you have
gone to the restroom prior to flying.
All planes can still glide even if they lose power. In fact, if you
were landing, it's possible the pilots throttled the engine all the
way down towards the idling position and let gravity take over for a
The landing might feel a lot bumpier, which can make a lot of people
nervous. You might think to yourself, Oh, I hope this doesn’t break
apart! You will feel the downward slant when you land, just like on
the jet. Wait for the
pilot to stop at the tarmac, and they will roll the ladder onto the
door (if there are no air stairs) so you can get out and go back to
the airport. The only time you would not experience a landing is if
you were going to sky-dive. That topic will not be covered here.
Once again, do what you need to do, change planes, or
go to your baggage claim.

We would like to warn you that for the first time, you may be left
feeling dizzy for sitting so long and moving up and down. This term is
referred to as Mal de Debarkment Syndrome. You will know you will be
dizzy because you will feel as if the floor were sinking beneath your
feet. You may feel the floor tilt and sway, just as you might hear in
stories. This sensation can be triggered any time. Some can be
triggered because you could be simulating a movement, or because of
very loud noise. These symptoms can last for a year. Do not worry
about this; they should not interfere with your everyday activities.
One thing to note is that as natural medicine advocates, we discourage
any form of pharmaceuticals. If you get motion sickness on the plane,
use a barf bag. Electrolytes such as coconut milk can help relieve
nausea and lightheadedness.
Other information that was not included in this article can be
obtained by making enquiries of fellow passengers. Stereophonic
recordings were taken onboard. Please keep in mind that some of the
sounds were extremely loud that they were not recorded properly.
We hope this will give you an inkling of what you can expect. However,
things change over time, so the procedures may vary. Have a safe

Acknowledgements and Credits.
I would like to thank my friends, relatives and my parents for all the
preliminary details. I pondered over these to come up with the best
analogies to use when writing this manuscript. I then travelled cross
country as part of a youth programme.
I would like to give you a few tips. No matter how detailed someone
can be to describe a sensory experience, they may not include
everything. How do you describe colours to someone who has never seen
them before? Likewise, how do you explain what going up in a spaceship
feels like if you have nothing to compare it to? Hopefully this
article will do just that.
Another useful tip that I will include here is that it is better for
you to have the whole experience and understanding of it than to read
about it and rely on simulations. Some people might understand it,
others might not, so it is up to you to decide.
After having written this, I was inspired, along with other things, to
start the Sensation Experience attitude. Please feel free to stop by
and look around. The link is
Thanks to everyone who helped me out!

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