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Things You Can Still Get Gratis On Your Flight

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | June 19, 2016

Things You Can Still Get Gratis On Your Flight

Water. Still one of the things you can get for free on your flight. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Despite conventional thinking of the era we live in, where everything, seemingly, is for sale, there are still a few things you can get for free.

Even on an airline.

Wait, don’t go.

It’s true.

It might not be an automatic upgrade, but here are a few things that are still free of charge on a flight.

(In no particular order)

1) NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – The flight attendant will gently let you know if the flight is running low on cans of soda or bottles of water, but until then don’t be afraid to ask for the rest of the can after that first pour – heck, don’t be afraid to ask for a second can after the first is done. All they can do is say no, right.

2) ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – Shocked at this one? Well it’s true, depending on where you fly and who you fly with. Air France offers a free glass (maybe two) of champagne on its long-haul flights, for instance.

3) SNACKS – Unless your name is Kate Moss and you don’t mind splitting an M&M with your seatmate to satisfy your hunger pangs, go ahead and ask for that second bag of peanuts or pretzels.

4) SANITIZING WIPES – Hate to tell you this, but the least sanitary place in the entire plane is the tray table. You’d be surprised at how often people put things on that drop-down tray – diaper, anyone? – and you’d be even more surprised at how little those tray tables are wiped down in between flights. Do yourself a favor and ask for a sanitizing wipe and clean off that tray table.

5) TOUR OF THE COCKPIT – Technically, airlines, airline crew, the FAA, security and many others frown on this practice. But it’s not officially prohibited so if you’re traveling with children and you wait until after the flight is over when the crew is less harried, and you ask nicely, you might just get a sneak peek.

6) GET YOUR WINGS – Speaking of children, many airlines still hand out their junior wings pins to children if asked. It’s a nice touch and hearkens back to older days of flying.

7) FIRST-AID BASICS – Need a Band-Aid? All flights are equipped with basic first-aid just in case, and some airlines are able to dispense over-the-counter aspirin.

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