First and business class seats are almost always better, but there is no reason to resign yourself to misery if you're booked in coach. We asked Christopher Elliott, author of How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler, and Peter Greenberg, the travel editor of CBS News, how they stay comfortable at the back of the plane. Their advice: If you go in with low expectations and a plan, you'll never be tempted to splurge on a first class seat again.
Greenberg recommends bringing your own snacks, including nuts, fruit, vegetables, crackers, and cheeses, but nothing that's cooked or involves a messy dressing or sauce. Some airlines have started selling snacks along these lines, so if you do forget to bring your own, purchase something that's difficult to mess up. "Nothing smells worse at 35,000 feet than a half-eaten bag of McDonald's," he says.
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