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Avoid ordering this drink if you want faster service on an airplane

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This flying tip will have you thinking twice before you make your refreshments order on your next flight. 

When it comes to racking up our dossier of travel hacks, we’ll take all the tips for flying we can get. Sure, airplanes allow us to get from A to B, but they’re a bit of a pain in the arse, aren’t they?

From the dreaded flight delay notification (although, here’s a way you can avoid that) to the spectacularly uncomfy seats in economy (but you never know, you might be able to wangle yourself a free upgrade), flying is mostly a necessity to ensure that when the summer burnout creeps up on us, we can escape to a beautiful beach or fabulous city break

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Tips for flying

So why not make your time on the plane as nice as possible, eh? And part of this means not delaying that annoying refreshments trolley any longer than possible (god forbid you get stuck behind it when you need the toilet), and keeping the flight attendants on your side. 

According to These Gold Wings, the blog of an anonymous flight attendant known as Jet, there’s something you can do to help with this. You see, apparently there’s one drink that when ordered really slows things down, and it’s because of the way cabin pressure reacts with fizz. 

Jet says: “As you may know, the aircraft cabin is not pressurized to sea level, but rather to the equivalent of about 7 or 8 thousand feet. This means some passengers might feel a little light headed or that alcohol effects them almost twice as much as it would on the ground. 

“It also means soft drinks foam up a lot more when poured out of a can. The worst culprit for this is Diet Coke. I literally have to sit and wait for the bubbles to fall before I can continue pouring. If all 3 passengers ask for diet coke I’ll often get them started, take another three drink orders, serve those, and then finish the diet cokes.”

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Jet is also keen to point out that he doesn’t care what you drink and wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on their Diet Coke fix for him, but be aware it will probably take a good ol’ while if you do fancy one. 

Looking for more tips for flying? Check out our travel hacks for everything you need to do know when planning a break away.

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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