How to Feel Great After a Red-Eye Flight - United Hub

How to feel great after a red-eye flight

By The Hub team

Red-eye flights offer a number of benefits, including quieter cabins and shorter lines at the airport. Best of all, you arrive in the morning so you can spend more time enjoying your actual vacation. The trouble is that overnight flights can sometimes disrupt our natural sleep patterns, resulting in jet lag. But that doesn't have to be the case. With a little bit of preparation, those jet lag effects can be easily reduced or eliminated. To help make your next red-eye a relaxing experience, here are some useful tips to try before, during and after your flight.

Prior to boarding

Since getting a decent night's sleep on the plane can make a huge difference in how you feel once you land, try selecting a window seat if at all possible. That way, you'll be able to get some uninterrupted rest without the person next to you climbing over you on their way to the restroom.

When packing, don't forget to keep a plush neck pillow handy to help make you as comfortable as possible. If you plan on staying at a hotel when you land, consider calling ahead and splurging on a relaxing in-room massage. After flying all night, your sore muscles will thank you.

In the air

Relaxation is the name of the game, so be sure to dress in loose, comfortable clothing when you're on the plane. Regardless of whether you're traveling for work, leave the neckties, suit jackets and anything formal in your garment bag. You wouldn't sleep in them at home, so why wear them in the air? Although cabin lights are usually dimmed during red-eye flights, wear a soft eye mask to block out any distractions. It's a silent reminder to the flight crew and your fellow travelers that you're currently off-the-clock and looking for some rest.

For many travelers, the simple act of brushing their teeth helps them fall asleep faster. So before takeoff, visit the lavatory with your toothbrush and a bottle of water. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes. If your red-eye flight is not fully booked, check with your flight attendant about relocating to an available seat with no one directly behind it. That way, you'll be able to fully recline without disturbing anyone else.

When you've arrived

Stiffness can lead to soreness, so once you've gotten off of the plane, take a short walk — preferably outdoors — to help your tight muscles unwind naturally. A dose of fresh air will quickly bring oxygen to your body's cells, thus increasing your energy and alertness after a long red-eye flight. Plus, the warm sunlight will do wonders for your mood.

Have a fresh set of clean clothes ready to change into as soon as possible. Shedding your wrinkled flight attire doesn't just feel good; it provides a psychological pick-me-up as well.

Though it might seem like caffeine would help, avoid the temptation of consuming sugary energy drinks immediately upon landing. You're much more likely to overstress your body and crash hard. Likewise, abstain from alcohol for several hours; adding additional toxins to your system won't do you any favors. Instead, reach for a sugar-free beverage with electrolytes. These ionized minerals help support neurological function, muscle strength and general health, making them exactly what you need when you're trying to recharge.

Finally, take things a bit easier than usual on the day you arrive. Though normally you might be able to handle a round of golf, a trip to a museum and a family reunion, red-eye flights can take their toll on even the most seasoned travelers. So spread out your activities for after you're able to get a full night's sleep again. By the next morning, you'll feel refreshed, energized and ready to enjoy your vacation.

United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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