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The best ways to pass time on a flight

By Matt Chernov, December 15, 2017

We all love traveling to beautiful and exciting destinations, but for some, finding things to do to pass the time may seem daunting. If that sounds like you, here are a few simple suggestions that will help make your next flight a breeze.

Traveling with young children

  • When flying with young children, reading to them about airplanes before the trip will help get them excited, and it will also give your family something fun to talk about while you're in the air. Filled with colorful pictures and charming text, "The Airport Book" by Lisa Brown offers a wonderful introduction to first-time flyers, ages 5 through 7.
  • For longer trips, parents can buy a few small toys or treats from a local dollar store and wrap them individually to unveil throughout the flight.

Traveling with teens

  • Reading is a great way to pass the time, so surprise your teenager with the latest young adult bestseller, bring along some educational magazines or introduce them to our award-winning inflight magazines, Hemispheres and Rhapsody, which you can always find onboard.
  • It's hard to stay in your seat the whole time and even harder on your muscles. When allowed to move about the cabin, encourage your teen (and yourself) to take quick walking breaks every couple of hours on longer flights. You'll be amazed at how a little physical movement and some simple stretching can turn longer trips into manageable blocks of time.

For the business travelers

  • For the business traveler who wants a break from a digital screen, relax your eyes with an audiobook on your next flight.
  • If staying connected to the office helps you pass the time, then United Wi-Fi is exactly what you need. This high-speed wireless service is available for purchase on nearly all of United's mainline aircraft and two-cabin United Express aircraft, so you can check your emails while flying to your next meeting or trade show.

Traveling solo

  • Long flights are perfect for binge watching, so download a new series to your personal laptop or tablet before your trip, or save the storage space and enjoy our DIRECTV programming, available for purchase on select Boeing 737 and 757-300 aircraft. With access to more than 100 of your favorite TV channels, plus the latest Hollywood blockbusters, passing the time on an airplane has never been easier.
  • For additional inflight entertainment, try Personal device entertainment, one of our free United Private ScreeningSM options. From new Hollywood releases to popular TV channels, there is something for everyone. United Private Screening is available on select aircraft and can be viewed using your personal laptop, Apple IOS device or Android device.

Now that you're prepared for your next flight, visit united.com, or use the United app to plan your next trip.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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