Get What You Need Before You Board
Really want that laptop? Those headphones? That supportive lower-back pillow? Get them out of your bag before the bag goes into the overhead bin. It may not seem like a long time between boarding and the moment when the seatbelt sign pings off, but it will feel like hours if you’re bored or, worse, having back spasms. Better to slightly hold up the line when people are getting into their seats than sit there miserable and squirming.