Top Tips for Flying with Tourettes
Select your Seating
You may find that it's more preferable to sit at the front where there's extra room and ease of access to toilets and flight attendants, should you need any assistance. Or you can request a window seat to keep you entertained or a seat at the end of an aisle. You can also often request to have extra seats on flights that are not full. Book your seat by following our guide on 'how to book seats'.
Ask for Assistance
Most airports these days have special services teams to help all sorts of passengers, as well as disabled passengers boarding their plane. You can ask for this when you book, or alternatively, you can call the airport or airline in advance to your arrival. The special assistance teams can assist you to get through the airport security, get to your gate, and board your plane quicker than passengers without a disability. While these teams will assist you with your disability they're best set up for helping people with mobility or sensory impairments. You'll also find they've introduced fast track lanyards for different types of disabilities such as autism for example.
Explain to the airline
If you feel that it's necessary for the airline you're flying with to know about your condition, then you should inform them in advance of your flight. Once you know that the airport security staff know of your condition, you'll more likely feel much calmer and the tendency to speak inappropriately may be reduced. It would be good to speak to them 48 hours before you fly, even if you've spoken to them previously, just give them a reminder. Before you board the plane if you wish you can notify the flight team of your condition and this could be gently announced by the captain or a flight attendant.
You may already know this but in order to reduce your tics can keep yourself entertained on the flight by reading a book, a magazine, play games or solve a puzzle and even reduce the over-stimulating environments by wearing ear defenders that help block out certain types of noise which may increase stress and therefore increase the tics.