I mentioned in my report on flying Etihad first class Dallas Fort Worth – Abu Dhabi that the cabin was hot and I woke up mid-sleep sweating.
European and especially Asian carriers tend to keep the temperature on their planes hot. JAL can be like a sauna. US airline flights tend to be at a cooler temperature. I haven’t personally had problems with the temperature of cabins on Gulf carrier flights, though others certainly report that they have.
A couple of people asked me why I didn’t ask a flight attendant to turn down the temperature in the cabin. This usually works, at least a little (they’ll adjust the temperature and it might cool down a couple of degrees).
Here’s the thing: Sometimes when you wake up in the middle of sleep you’re not thinking super clearly.
- Can I just fall back to sleep?
- How hard is it groggy and half asleep to discuss things with a crew member?
- Will it even help, and is it worth the effort then? (It seems so hard)
- Is it just me having this issue, am I inconveniencing other passengers?
Similarly it might take 30 seconds to get something out of my bag that might make me more comfortable, maybe I need a throat lozenge or some tylenol. But little things seem so much harder when you wake up groggy on a plane. I’ll think about it for several minutes instead of just getting up.
And in this case I had already slept several hours, after the meal service. I’ve come too far in the flight for it to really matter.
In hindsight it always makes sense to ask to reduce the temperature. Even if they don’t, the effort and time just isn’t that much. However in the moment, not thinking clearly, it seems so hard.
Have you found that carriers outside the U.S. keep their cabins too hot during flight? Have you had luck getting them to cool things down for you?