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Af­ter re­tir­ing from the skies, Qan­tas stew­ard Owen Bed­dall has writ­ten a tell-all book about the fly­ing habits of celebri­ties and politi­cians. Some celebs come out of it well, like Os­car-win­ning Aus­tralian ac­tress Cate Blanchett, whose de­signer gowns for a film event had to be laid out flat so as not to be crushed. Dur­ing the night, her son Dashiell got up and started telling Bed­dall about Su­per­man. Cate joined him and he made her a cup of tea while their nanny slept through. Or Kylie Minogue, who was as sweet as pie, and signed an au­to­graph. Or Katy Perry and Rus­sell Brand, newly in love. Tony Ab­bott on the other hand won no such praise. He was on a flight with Bed­dall be­fore be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter and Bed­dall found him to be “loud, self-as­sured and smirky” and “rude and dis­mis­sive” when be­ing served. Bed­dall says the flight crew were awake to the irony of hav­ing to treat politi­cians with kid gloves when they were trav­el­ling at the tax­payer’s ex­pense.

His tips for a suc­cess­ful flight? Bring a light jumper, as planes get cold. Pack light and stow your bag un­der­neath if you can.

Bring ex­tra snacks Come on board with a plan about when to sleep and when to watch movies.

Don’t drink al­co­hol be­fore the flight, or drink to ex­cess on board.

Don’t get the flight at­ten­dant off side They are your best chance of be­ing looked af­ter on the long flight.

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