Airline Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’t of Flying
Airline Etiquette is a Combination of Common Sense and Good Manners
Your flight and the flight of the people around you will be a better experience altogether if you practice a little airline etiquette. Hopefully, others will follow your example. Here are some do’s and don’ts of airplane behavior.
- Board the plane without lingering or holding up the line.
- Ask other passengers before moving their bags around in the overhead compartments.
- If you need to remove your shoes during the flight, make sure you have something to control any foot odor, such as odor-absorbing inserts.
- Be polite if your seatmate is talkative. You can graciously tell him or her that you are tired and do not really want to talk, but if they are compulsive or annoying about talking, just smile and be polite.
- Be careful when opening the overhead luggage compartment. Make sure nothing falls out onto your fellow passengers.
- Keep your elbows and feet to yourself. No one needs to have his or her space invaded.
- Discuss the flight ahead of time with your children so they will know how to behave. Small babies and toddlers whose schedules are often upset by flying are harder to deal with, but older children can be instructed on airplane behavior.
- If you have a window seat, check with your seatmate before fiddling with the window shade. See what he or she would prefer and try to reach a compromise. Then leave the shade alone.
- Don’t put your carry-on bag in an empty seat until you know everyone has boarded the plane. If the seat is still empty, then use it.
- Refrain from enormous carry-ons. You’ll regret it, and so will the people around you.
- Switching seats is fine once everyone in on board, but don’t switch until you are sure everyone is seated.
- Don’t “over talk” to your seatmate if he or she does not seem interested in a conversation. Be sensitive and aware of other’s nuances and body language.
- Do not try to read over anyone’s shoulder, whether it’s a computer, book or magazine.
- Don’t kick the seat in front of you or bump it incessantly.
- Don’t try to be the first one off the plane. Wait your turn, and let others go ahead, even if your luggage is in the overhead compartment toward the front.
Generally speaking, airline etiquette is a combination of common sense and good manners. Try to be a pleasant passenger and hopefully others will do the same.
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