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How to respond to “how was your flight”

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How to respond to “how was your flight”

For some of us, it is hard to stay in one place, and taking flights fulfils our desire to travel. Those around us such as friends and family will want to know how was your flight, just as a way of checking up.

Sometimes, it’s not even about the flight, sometimes it’s just a way to make small talk, especially if they are meeting you for the first time. Okay, you can agree that that’s fair enough.

So, what do you say to that when it was a good flight, a bad flight, or even an uneventful one? How about in light of a pandemic and all the precautions that are being taken?


How to decide what to say when asked “how was your flight”

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Well, what you say is how you feel, but we know it can be a bit tedious to put into words especially when you’re jetlagged. Therefore, we’ve combined a list of responses you can use for any of these scenarios.
You’ll also learn why they work, and decide if the response accurately describes how you feel. Now, let’s takeoff into these responses!

4 responses when the flight was uneventful

Simply put, an uneventful flight is one where nothing bad happens, or out of the ordinary.
It’s one of those flights where you get to where you’re headed without any delays or inconveniences, and there aren’t any of those pesky passengers which make the journey uncomfortable or unpleasant.
So, when someone asks how was your flight that was pretty uneventful, here’s what you can say:

01“Oh, it was fine! Thanks for asking!”
This is a pretty standard response for when you don’t have anything to report.
Saying thank you for asking is a good thing to say because it is polite and shows that you appreciate him/her asking.


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02“The usual, but I got here in one piece so I can’t complain.”
This is a good response when someone who travels frequently asks.’
He/she will know exactly what you mean based on his/her own experience.


03“As soon as we took off I was out like a light!”
This response is on the positive side and suggests there was little to no turbulence or disturbances.
It’s also a good response for when someone you don’t know asks like the airport driver or a fellow passenger.


04“It was pretty uneventful, but that’s a good thing am I right?”
This is a good response when you want to make light of a rather boring flight.


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6 responses when the flight was terrible

There are many things that can make a flight terrible from a wailing toddler to a snoring businessman.
You may not have enough legroom or perhaps had to hold your pee because someone decided to order a spicy chili bowl before a fight.
Whatever the case may be, here are six responses to use when someone asks how was your flight:

05“Man, it nearly gave me a heart attack! The turbulence was insane and I’m already so terrified of flying!”
This is a standard response for persons who are afraid of flying or of heights.
Turbulence can be unpleasant and sometimes even scary especially for a first-time flyer.


06“Apart from the twins going waa waa waa the whole five hours, it was alright. Next time I’ll be sure to bring earphones.”
This is a common complaint from travelers.
Babies are cute and cuddly but they can also give you a headache when they are fussy. The parents aren’t able to do much to silence them and they are too young to understand the flight rules.


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07“One of my worst experiences to date! If I showed up three hours late to my job I’d be fired on the spot. I guess it isn’t the same for pilots.”
This is a good response to use when the flight was delayed because of a pilot or important personnel being late.
This is very inconvenient especially for business travelers who have a meeting to catch or deadlines to make.


08“By the time I got on board, I was tired and sweaty from basically running across the airport because of a last-minute gate change, so no, I didn’t have a good flight.”
This is a reason many people are so grumpy on board because sometimes the airport is forced to make last-minute changes.
In a busy airport, this is your worst nightmare.



09“It was okay for the first part, but the layover passengers were a group of noisy teens who sat in my row and annoyed me the whole trip.”
This is a good response because you’ve explained in enough detail about what made your flight unpleasant.
This is as good a reason as any because teens can be quite annoying sometimes.


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10“Worst flight ever! I won’t be traveling with them ever again!”
This is a good response when you’ve washed your hands clean of this airline.
However many details you wish to give is up to you, but you can customize this response by expounding on what made the flight so horrible.


5 responses when the flight was pleasant

A pleasant flight is one where you noticed or experienced something extraordinary that made it more than “just another flight”. Perhaps you experienced wonderful customer service or sat next to a long lost friend.
Here are 5 different ways to respond to how was your flight when it was pleasant:

11“If I knew this airline had all these amenities I would have booked flights with them long ago!”
This is a good response when you book with a different airline and are pleased with the amenities provided to travelers.


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12“It was pretty great actually. I ran into my old college pal and we had a great time catching up!”
Flights are better with friends and having someone to talk to can make the journey pleasant.


13“The crew was excellent and made sure my family was together and comfortable. I really appreciated that since the kids are so young.”
This is a good response when the flight crew goes out of their way to accommodate you.
It can be as simple as heating a bottle of baby milk or allowing you to switch seats to be beside an elderly parent.



14“Aside from the bumpy landing, it was a smooth flight with no delays!”
This is a good response for when you are just in a good mood and nothing went wrong on the flight.


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15“It was awesome! I got bumped up to first-class because of a mixup with my ticket and got treated like royalty!”
It’s good to use this response when you’re one of the lucky ones to receive this.


4 responses during a pandemic

A pandemic can change a lot about our world, especially the movement of persons from place to place.
In an effort to keep its spread under control until a cure is found, governments have to put in place certain measures such as testing, mask-wearing, sanitizing, and social distancing
When someone asks you about the pandemic and how was your flight you can say this:

16“It took a bit longer than usual to get in and out but I wasn’t mad at that.”
It is good to respond in this way because it shows that you are aware of what’s happening and the need for certain precautions.


17“I don’t usually mind wearing masks but for a 6-hour flight, it felt like hell!”
This is a common complaint as masks are known to be uncomfortable, and can make long flights very unpleasant.


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18“It was way worse than I expected. Even though I had a report from my doctor I had to be tested or else I wouldn’t be allowed on the flight.”
Some countries require all passengers to be tested and from the videos you’ve seen online, it does look unpleasant so that will tell the person all he/she needs to know.


19“It was good actually. Social distancing on planes means I don’t have to be close to other passengers.”
This response is the perfect example of finding a silver lining in a storm.



The whole point is to get to your destination in one piece, but in spite of that, the flight can be uncomfortable.
These responses are perfect for any “how was your flight” question and can be tweaked to fit your circumstances perfectly.
So, how was your flight?

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