The actress has teamed up with frequent-flyer pals Seth Friedman and Donna Hay and “a range of fashion photographers, designers and other friends in various industries who travel a ton to pitch in their tips” in the hope of helping holiday makers enjoy their flights this summer (12).
She writes, “I fly all the time. Like, all the time. And I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I was having a conversation with my good friend (and a manager in the music business) Seth Friedman who flies even more than I do, and is better at it than I am. He had some great tips.
“So I thought, during this season of holiday trips, I would compile some other good tips in the hopes that they may positively affect your next one. And may all your flights be safe.”
She adds, “Sometimes it makes the flight fun to get surprised with music along the way. On my last long flight from London to LA, while reading a book on my iPad, I put my iTunes on shuffle and kept track of all the songs that played. Note: I had to fast-forward through four or five totally random tracks.”
But the tunes she lists do not include one from her husband Chris Martin’s band Coldplay. Instead Paltrow checks off tracks by artists like Nas and Jay-Z, The XX, LCD Sound System, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Hole, Flaming Lips and Simple Minds.
Paltrow and her friends also offer up tips on the best cosmetics products to use on long-haul flights to keep the skin moist and fresh, how to pick the best plane seats and the best flights, and how to avoid long lines at airport check-in desks.