They say there's no such thing as a stupid question, and this rings especially true on flights, which feature a variety of free items passengers can snag, as long as they know to ask.
A Reddit thread recently asked flight attendants about secret perks passengers should be taking advantage of on flights. We consulted that thread and did some of our own research to create the following list.
From free alcoholic drinks to ibuprofen, here are eight things you should ask for on your next flight.
1. The whole can of soda
Flight attendants are stingy with soda, generally only doling out half of a can, which, combined with the quantity of ice they dispense, simply isn't enough to quench our thirst. So next time, order a whole can. Flight attendants are happy to oblige, or, if they've run out of cans, happy to return to refill your cup.
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2. Basic medication and bandages
While it depends on the airline's regulations, most flights are equipped with basic medications like painkillers and antacids, as well as Band-Aids. These are free if you ask.
3. Hot chocolate
As an alternative to coffee or tea, most airlines also offer hot chocolate. Etihad Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Southwest Airlines are just some of the airlines that offer hot chocolate in Economy. Qantas even has hot chocolate made with Cadbury chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth.
4. Free alcohol
Since airlines are basically charging passengers for everything these days, most assume this applies to alcoholic beverages as well. However, many airlines do still offer free booze.
Alaska Airlines for example serves free beers on some of its routes; US Airways gives out free wine with dinner on international flights; Delta offers complimentary wine, beer, and spirits on international flights; and Lufthansa has a whole menu of complimentary alcoholic beverages on all of its flights. Typically, this tends to be the case with long-haul and international flights.
5. Grooming kits
On longer flights, some airlines tend to stock items like earplugs, pens, combs, and playing cards that they're happy to give away. Emirates even has free grooming kits that include shaving items, toothbrushes, socks, and playing cards.
6. Extra snacks
The complimentary snacks offered on flights are tiny and often leave you hungry. Simply ask for seconds — if there are leftovers after all customers have been served, flight attendants will happily give you an extra snack.
7. A tour of the cockpit
Security measures regulating tours of the cockpit have become stricter, but many airlines will still do it. The best time to ask is usually after a flight has landed, since that's when pilots aren't in a rush.
8. Sanitizing wipes
Airplanes are dirty and carry a lot of germs, which is why you want to wipe down surfaces like the tray table in order to avoid getting a cold. If you forget to pack your own sanitizing wipes, ask a flight attendant since they usually have them on hand.