Air travel can be hectic these days. Even for frequent flyers. Which is why we went to someone who spends a good portion of his life on a plane for advice, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines CEO Pieter Elbers.
Founded in 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. Elbers has been at the helm of the Dutch airline since 2014.
According to Elbers, who’s on a flight to somewhere in the world a few times every month, having an organizational plan is key.
When asked if he uses any apps or high tech organizational aids, the KLM CEO jokingly replied, “No, by the time I need an app to remember what I need to pack, I should be out of a job, right?”
Instead, he’s worked out a system whereby everything he needs is always placed in the same spot in his suitcase.
“Everything is in a fixed place. Everything is packed in the same way. I’m boarding an aircraft about every other week, so I want to make sure I don’t forget anything,” he told us in a recent interview. “I need everything to be done in the very same way. I know where everything is packed, I know the sequence of packing it. So yes, I do it in the same very structured way.”
How to beat jetlag?
Since the human body’s internal clock can adjust no more than an hour and half a day, jetlag is almost inevitable on long trips. Since KLM’s route network crisscrosses the globe, that means a lot of long trips for Elbers.
So how does he deal with jetlag? An early morning run.
“Well, beating jet lag for me is an early morning run. So, wherever I go, I wake up early, I do my run, and that’s, for me, the way to beat the jet lag,” he said. “Well, being in New York now it’s — there’s no better place to run in the morning than in Central Park. So that’s what I do.”
According to the University of Sydney’s Professor Steve Simpson, activity and exposure to sunlight are two good ways of combating the effects of jetlag. So Elbers’ advice is actually backed by science…
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