CiCi is a flight attendant who shares packing mistakes and tips and secrets on TikTok.
She shared the biggest mistakes she sees passengers make when packing carry-on luggage with Insider
From overpacking to forgetting about a reusable water bottle, here are common mistakes travelers make.
After being a flight attendant for four years, CiCi told Insider she has a newfound love for both the air and packing.
For the past four years, CiCi has worked as a flight attendant and her job has completely changed the way she packs, she told Insider. On her TikTok account, @cici_inthesky, she shares some of the tips she learned about flying.
CiCi, a nickname, asked Insider to omit her full name and the airline she works for for privacy reasons. She said that before becoming a flight attendant, she owned several businesses and worked in real estate. Insider was able to verify CiCi’s employment as a flight attendant with a major US airline.
“I loved it,” CiCi told Insider, referring to her career switch as a flight attendant. “It’s a very different lifestyle from what I’ve been living for the past twenty years.”
She shared with Insider seven mistakes she sees passengers make when packing their bags. Check out the common — and avoidable — mistakes CiCi sees.
CiCi said the biggest mistake she’s seen is that travelers pack their bags so full that they can’t lift them into the overhead bins.
CiCi said she constantly sees passengers who cannot collect their hand luggage and have to ask for help from other passengers or a flight attendant. But she stressed that lifting suitcases is not part of her job.
CiCi said she doesn’t want to risk hurting herself by lifting someone else’s bag. As the Matador Network reported, airlines can lift passengers’ suitcases against their policy, so if a flight attendant is injured while helping with bags, they may not receive employee compensation.
Before boarding a flight, CiCi said passengers should be confident and comfortable lifting their luggage.
While some airlines don’t have carry-on weight limits, others, such as Frontier Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, have rules about how much your suitcase can weigh, according to US News and World Report. So if your bag is too full and weighs too much, depending on the airline, you may need to have it checked at the gate. This can add unwanted time to your travel plans, CiCi said.
She said passengers should stop taking more than two bags on the plane.
CiCi said she constantly sees people flying with a roller suitcase, a backpack and a wallet. That’s too much carry-on baggage under airline rules, leading gate agents to often ask passengers to bundle their belongings in two bags.
According to USA Today, most airlines allow passengers to have one item in the overhead luggage compartment and one personal item that fits under the seat in front of them.
CiCi said passengers should ensure they can fit their belongings into your airline’s assigned amount of bags, noting that some airlines charge extra for carry-on baggage, which can range from $10 to $75, Insider previously reported.
Another mistake is when passengers’ essentials are not easily accessible, which can cause boarding delays.
CiCi said passengers who need access to their carry-on bags can sometimes cause boarding delays. She tells passengers to pack everything they need for a flight in their personal items.
“People put things they need on the plane — like their book and their earplugs or whatever they need — in their suitcases,” she said. “And it’s not easy to access.”
If a passenger has to crawl into their suitcase and search their belongings while boarding, it could block other passengers from their seats and cause delays, CiCi said.
If they wait halfway through the sky to unload their belongings, turbulence could have caused the bags to slide in the trunk, causing them to fall and injure someone.
CiCi said her advice is to make sure all of your in-flight essentials are in your personal item, which is within easy reach during the flight.
Many passengers do not pack their liquids correctly.
When you fly, the changing altitudes an airplane experiences cause gas and air to expand during a flight. This, in turn, can cause leaks in your carry-on, from everything from toiletries to water bottles, according to The Points Guy.
CiCi told Insider that in her experience observing TSA-approved passenger fluids, “people’s stuff is leaking everywhere,” she said. To help, CiCi said she has a few tips.
First, squeeze as much air out of the bottle as possible. This will help prevent expansion, she said.
Perhaps most importantly, she said, choose travel-sized containers wisely. CiCi said she’s tried dozens of different travel-sized containers specifically designed not to leak, but the ones she’s had the most success with have screw caps instead of snap-on caps.
She said she thinks these create a tighter seal, which helps prevent leaks.
Passengers make the mistake of not packing a reusable water bottle.
CiCi said one of the most important things is to stay hydrated during a flight.
Indeed, the Aerospace Medical Association recommends that travelers drink 8 ounces of water every hour they are on a plane to stay hydrated.
And while you can’t take more than 3 ounces of liquid on the plane, you can bring a frozen water bottle or an empty water bottle that you can refill once you get to the airport terminal, CiCi said. According to the Transportation Security Administration, frozen liquids are allowed through security as long as they are completely frozen.
She said some travelers forget to bring their own snacks.
CiCi said turbulence can get intense during the summer season. According to Plane and Pilot Magazine, the summer months bring high temperatures, causing more convective turbulence in the air. CiCi said that when there is a lot of turbulence, flight attendants sometimes have to sit for an entire flight.
If flight attendants cannot get up, passengers will not be given snacks or drinks. Some airlines, such as Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air, have ditched the free snack service altogether, offering only drinks and snacks for sale, according to The Points Guy.
CiCi suggests preparing passengers with their own snacks. She said that in addition to fruits such as apples and oranges, she always carries a few bags of nuts in her luggage.
Finally, CiCi said she sometimes sees passengers packing heavy items instead of carrying them on the plane.
If you’re flying with carry-on only, a mistake is packing your heavy gear instead of carrying it on board the plane, CiCi said.
CiCi said she is sometimes shocked to speak to passengers who travel long distances with only carry-on luggage and wearing light aircraft clothing.
That’s not what CiCi does. For example, on a recent flight to Italy, CiCi said she made sure to wear her thick wellies, a sweater and a jacket — even though she was flying out of hot, humid Florida. She added that this saved her a significant amount of space in her carry-on and allowed her to pack more outfits for her trip.
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