Traditional methods for clearing "flier's ear" include yawning, chewing gum, and using special earplugs for flying. However, there are other methods for preventing this painful condition, including this unusual, but effective, one:
- Pack two small heat packs (they grow warm when mashed).
- Use earphones to hold one over each ear.
- Keep the earphones' plug visible so flight attendants will see you're not using an electronic device.
You'll get a few weird looks, but it may help. (A pack may last a couple of flights if placed in an airtight bag after use.)