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How Does Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger Fly?

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | October 20, 2016

How Does Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger Fly?

PHOTO:  Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Photo courtesy  Mario Tama/Getty Images) 

In a New York Times interview, heroic Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, shares some of his best travel advice and now that he is doing a lot of business travel, the retired captain isn’t always flying himself.

“I travel on whoever has a flight going where I want to go, when I want to go, nonstop, with the largest airplane I can get on. That’s my strategy. Bigger airplanes, with two aisles instead of one, provide a better experience overall, and I think it’s more comfortable.”

He has some tips for travelers like not taking more than you need. 

“That makes it easier for everyone. As an airline family we’ve been through Europe with one roll-aboard apiece for a week. You just have to pack intelligently and mix and match.” 

He also says that flying earlier in the day is better. 

“Especially in the summer time before the thunderstorms develop and the weather becomes more of a factor. If you take one of the first flights out in the morning, typically the airplane and the crew have arrived the night before. When you’re not waiting on an inbound flight, there are fewer delays.”

READ MORE: Sully Talks Safety, Sudden Fame, at ASTA Global Convention  

And when it comes to what to pack, there are a few things he doesn’t leave home without — such as shoes, music and a paper map. 

“If I’m going to have time for exploring, I’ll find a good map of the destination city to take with me. I love that. It helps to really map where I’m going to go and to see the big picture before I start out.”

What else does Sully pack? Read on for more here.

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