Boarded your flight? Looking forward to a meal and a snooze? And then found the classic “C” shaped economy seat, which you would fit in comfortably – if you were eleven years old.

Sure, they were cheap! But you suddenly realise that these seats are getting many people crammed into the plane as possible! Your seat leans back into the next row passenger’s lap and your elbows are in your co-passenger’s lap! These seats are terrible for your comfort. Due to its shape, the airline economy seat lacks adequate support for the human body.

So what is the most effective solution to this?

Reclining your seats back. By doing so you can moderate the problems of your seat’s shape, at least a little. So, while many passengers behind you may hate it and curse you for it, you probably would. And everyone understands.

Try to either get an exit row or an aisle seat during the flight. Aisle seats will give you more wiggle room and more freedom, and exit row seats will give you more leg room.

If you feel your back tightening up while on a long flight, walk up and down the aisle a few times. Stretch and move around every 20 to 30 minutes, or at least every hour or two.

You can also carry a back roll or pillow to put behind your back to keep your spine straight and prevent slouching. This will alleviate pain and pressure from your back.

Carrying gel packs that are either heated or frozen are great for treating swelling, sore muscles, back pain, and even headaches.

So, next time you’re about to travel, use these tips and tricks.
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