19 little things you’re thankful for when flying

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Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude and thanks for all the good things you have going on. And, as a traveler, you’ve got a lot to be thankful for all year round. So here are 19 times you’ve expressed gratitude for the small but meaningful wins you experience while flying.

1. When your almost-too-big carry-on shockingly fits in the bag sizer at check-in.

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You totally expected to have to pay an absurd fee to check it.

2. When you get in line for security just before a big wave of people hits.

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Lines are almost enjoyable when you’re at the front of them.

3. When you remember to put your liquids bag and electronics at the top of your bag.

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And you’re wearing shoes that are easy to slide on and off so getting through security is a breeze.

4. When your gate is a close walk from security and conveniently located next to the bar, the bathroom and a newsstand.

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Easy access to a pre-flight beer and last-minute souvenirs without the hurried commuting? Yes.

5. When there’s unlimited free Wi-Fi.

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Why this isn’t just a universal thing by now, we do not know.

6. When you get the only available outlet at your gate.

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Stream Netflix and send Snapchat selfies while you wait, all without draining your battery.

7. When the flight attendant checking your passport tells you that you have a nice photo.

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This very rarely happens so be sure to give some thanks.

8. When there’s room for your carry-on right over your seat.

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Easy access mid-flight, if necessary.

9. When there’s only one guy in your row and he moves to go sit with his wife.

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And now all three seats are yours. Curl up on two of them. Spread out across all of them. Check the view out the window. The row is your oyster.

10. When the movie you’ve been wanting to watch for the longest time is available as in-flight entertainment.

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And with a whole row to yourself, it’s almost as comfortable as a movie theater.

11. When the in-flight meal is something you might have cooked for yourself at home.

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But it’s better because you didn’t have to cook it because you’re on vacation.

12. When the in-flight beverage is complimentary.

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Who needs First Class with this kind of service?

13. When you’re waiting in line for the bathroom and someone lets you go ahead of them.

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The quicker you can get in, the quicker you can get out.

14. When the in-flight Wi-Fi actually works.

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You knew this airline offered it but you didn’t think it would be reliable enough to be of any use.

15. When you get through an entire flight without any turbulence.

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Because no one loves being bounced around at 35,000 feet.

16. When they hand out warm towels before landing.

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You don’t have to be a prince or princess to like a little unexpected pampering.

17. When you’re leaving and the flight crew wishes you a good trip.

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18. Another perk of having a carry-on? No need to wait around at baggage claim. How lucky are you?

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Straight out of the airport and on to the fun part, then.

19. When you find yourself finally on vacation.

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Traveling is a lucky feature of a great life, and we should all take some time to be grateful for our vacations.

What else are you thankful for while traveling? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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19 little things you’re thankful for when flying was last modified: November 20th, 2017 by Jess Hopper
Author: Jess Hopper (34 posts)

Jess is a traveller and writer currently putting down roots in Boston as the Content and Social Media Executive for Cheapflights Canada. Originally from New England, she has also called France and New Zealand home. She has visited 22 countries including Portugal, Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa.