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Old 03-15-2004, 12:38 AM   #1
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Soh, Tuesday morning I leave for...(drumroll please)...Grande Prairie!!! Whoohoo! Little nothing town. Well thats not fair I've never been there. Me and one of my buds are going to visit our old friend, and I'm stoked. We're taking a PLANE! The last time I was on a plane I was 10 and it was for a funeral . I had a cold and my ears hurt real bad the whole time...so now I'm all nervous and jittery. Don't know why, just am.

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well, you can always take a dramamine pill about 1/2 hr before you board. They help chill you out, but that's probably because they make you sleepy! It helps a ton if you feel slightly queasy. I'm not afraid of flying and I don't really get motion sickness per se, but for some reason I'm very sensitive to the cabin pressure and dramamine or bonine motion sickness tablets really help with that.

And where the heck is Grand Prairie?? Have fun!!
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You also might look into acupuncture. There are some EXTREMELY effective remedies for motion sickness.
I'm also really sensitive to altitude changes, and whenever I fly or go to the mountains, I have a treatment first.
I'd much rather use something non-chemical before I leap into those pharmaceuticals, you know?
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^yeah, good idea... but if nothing else is readily available, gimme the drugs.
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you'll be just fine, you're older now, just try to be there on time so you're not stressing, wear comfy clothes and shoes, don't eat salty/greasy stuff before/during your flight, and be really hydrated (try mixing emergen-C in water or juice), and just take deep breaths! you'll have fun, you'll see!
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Thanks guys, I'm not so freaked now that I have less time to think about it. I've never been afraid of crashing or that nasty stuff, I'm just weak when it comes to pressure and motion sickness..

Never heard of that dramamine stuff. Only motion sickness pill I've heard of is Gravol. But I'll ask my mother-dearest about it. Sounds like a good idea, only my flight is 2 hours with a stopover.

Accupuncture sounds like a great idea, and I'll keep it in mind when I fly to PEI or Ireland. Kinda late now though...I leave in.......9 hours! eep!

SV and Voyd, I don't know if there is a Grande Prairie in Texas, but I'm going to the Grande Prairie in N.Alberta. It's pretty tiny.
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THEY THOUGHT WE WERE TERRORISTS!!! Or something...
"Traces of Explosives" indeed.
Me and the guy I was travelling with go through customs, simple enough. We leave, then realize we forgot our electronics. He goes back and is taking forever, so I go see what's up. We end up being sat down and interviewed by this mean horrible lady with very accusing eyes. She wouldn't tell us what was going on and that made it worse. A couple nights before we left the guy coming with me was telling me how we should smuggle some BC bud through the airports (kidding, of course, but he had a method). I start thinking "If they find ANY drugs, and you go to jail, I don't care". They hand check all our carry-ons and put us in a room with another security lady where we wait for 10 mins. There they check our checked bags..nothing, of course. ARRRG!
On the way back we had turbulence...big whoop
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I think I can beat that one, Columbia.

In the pre-911 days, a coworker and I used some free passes I'd won at our Christmas party to fly on El Al Israeli airlines to Jordan. The security folks who talk to you before you check in split us apart, then grilled us. As a standby passenger, I always have backup passes on other carriers (that I return for refund if I don't need). Well, I made the mistake of handing them my ticket with all those other tickets inside.

Oh my god, they thought they'd struck paydirt. They come back and start grilling me some more. Why do you have all these tickets? Your friend said you won the passes at the Summer Picnic -- not Christmas party -- which is it? And so on.

They eventually took us to the counter for us to check in, t-h-o-r-o-u-g-h-l-y searched every item in our bags, then took us to a locked Holding Room. Just before the flight was scheduled to depart, they came and got us and escorted us onto the plane.

The worst part was coming home, we had to go through this routine twice, both on Amman-Tel Aviv and Tel Aviv-NYC. When I got home and talked to another coworker, they said they did the same thing to her and spent so long she actually missed her flight. Her name was Schenkelburg and I laughed and told her it was a little WW II vengeance. After that, I called her Herr Schenkelburg.

Anyway, more power to El Al, they HAVE to be careful...no one has bigger bullseyes painted on their chest than them.

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For not feeling queasy on the flight I ALWAYS bring as big a waterbottle onboard as I can find. I've been known to bring a 2L bottle! But I've found that everything feels so much worse when you are dehydrated. Doesn't matter how short the flight is, I would go crazy without my water.
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