A FLIGHT expert has revealed why passengers should never shower before an early morning flight.
The idea of a flight first thing in the morning can put some people off, but if you prepare for it properly, it can be the best way to travel.
Flying early in the morning can help you avoid flight delays.
Research produced by customer feedback company Happy or Not has revealed that passengers flying around 4am tend to be the happiest.
Meanwhile, those flying late at night tend to be grumpier.
The company, who make the ‘smiley face’ customer feedback terminals found in airports, released their numbers based on responses from seven million customers, surveyed across 30 countries.
Of those passengers, 85.2 per cent of people claimed that they were happy when flying early in the morning.
This could be for a number of reasons, including fewer passengers making it a less stressful environment.
However there are those who struggle to get up early and need some preparation before facing the day at such an hour.
One way they could do that is to avoid having a shower.
Nicky Kelvin, editor at travel site The Points Guy, claimed that by skipping the shower first thing, passengers can spend more time in bed snoozing before their early flight.
He told Yahoo Life: “Shower the night before, as this will shave 20 minutes off the time taken to get ready, meaning you can have longer in bed.”
Flying early in the morning can also increase your chances of avoiding a delay or a cancellation.
Scott Keyes, the founder of Going.com revealed the flights people should book to increase their chances of taking off on time.
He told Travel + Leisure: “While there’s no way to control thunderstorms or predict meltdowns, that doesn’t mean travelers are completely helpless.
“There are two types of flights that have the best on-time performance: early morning flights and/or nonstop flights.”
Booking early morning flights increases the chances of a plane taking off on time by 20 per cent, according to Keyes.
Data published by Going claims that 86 percent of 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. flights arrived on time.
Meanwhile, only 66 percent of 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. flights landed as scheduled.
As well as not having a shower, another travel expert Hayley Smith recommended avoiding a pre-flight pint, even if it is a holiday tradition for you and your friends.
They added: “It’s tempting to have a drink before your flight, but this will make you feel tired and groggy, especially on long-haul flights.
“Wait until you arrive at your destination, or enjoy one part-way into your flight. But remember, to also keep hydrated.”