Can you believe it? The boss asked you to fly on the corporate business jet to help out on an out-of-town project. You’re beyond thrilled because you’ve never been on a private jet before. You’re also more than a little anxious because you don’t want to look like a complete novice in front of the management team.

What can you do to help make this travel experience smooth? To help you enjoy your luxury air travel experience, and to focus on whatever business tasks lay ahead, here are some helpful tips for first-time private jet travelers.

Bring Your Photo ID

Business Jet_Passport There’s nothing more embarrassing than showing up at the FBO (Fixed-Base Operator) and realizing you need to present valid photo identification in order to board the plane. Whether you forgot your wallet at home or you just didn’t know it was a requirement, your chances of being invited on the next business jet excursion will dwindle fast.

Commonly used types of photo ID include:

  • Driver’s license
  • State ID
  • Passport
  • U.S. Citizen ID card

Know Where to Go

If you aren’t familiar with the airport you’re departing from, call them. It should be listed on your itinerary and ask the FBO—the place where you meet the plane—for directions.

While you’re at it, ask them about parking:

  • Where can you park?
  • What are the rates?
  • How long can your vehicle stay?

Know What You Can Bring on a Business Jet

The size of business jet you’re flying on and the number of passengers you’re travelling with will have a bearing on how much luggage you can bring. Before you pack your golf clubs, it might be a good idea to check with the person coordinating your flight to find out your baggage allowance.

And don’t try to break any rules for what you can bring on a flight. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has a list of prohibited items that apply to both commercial airlines and private jet charters (see image for some examples).

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And before you think about brining your hoverboard along for the ride, read our post: Can You Carry Hoverboards on Private Jets? (Chances are your boss wouldn’t be overly impressed anyway).

Alcohol and Altitude Don’t Mix

Or rather, they mix a little too well. There is a theory that suggests the low air pressure when flying effectively thins your blood, making the effects of alcohol feel stronger. Another theory states that you feel drunk when flying because oxygen levels are lower than normal.

Either way, you may want to limit your intake (or refrain altogether) to avoid any shenanigans in front of your bosses at 35,000 feet.

Use the Bathroom Before You Board

It’s always awkward to maneuver to the back of the plane to use the toilet, so be sure to relieve yourself before boarding.

If you need a business jet to transport you and your team safely and comfortably to a meeting or other corporate mission, call Stratos Jet Charters—(888) 593-9066 (toll free) or request a quote online.