Holiday Reminder: Air Travel Etiquette

Air travel today is stressful, there’s no way to avoid that fact. Travelers must have flexibility, have a sense of humor and most of all have patience. A courteous travel is well prepared

Air travel today is stressful — there’s no way to avoid that fact.

In order to handle the stress, here are some pointers to help you.

Travelers must have flexibility, have a sense of humor and most of all have patience. A courteous travel is well prepared. Pre-print your boarding pass if you can, have your ID card ready, be aware of your carry on and where you are going to put it (Can you lift it? Is it really the size of a carry on?) When going thru the security line, think about your outfit for travel and what you may have to take off: belts, jewelry, shoes, socks, laptops and other items. 

In the plane is where civility and common courtesy take over. 

Aisle seat passengers: try to keep elbow or feet from protruding into the aisle. Be aware that people may ask you to get up several times during the flight. Don’t make them feel bad for having to use the restroom.

Window seat: the window is in your control. This passenger should really think ahead about using the restroom before sitting down and what papers or personal items they may want from overhead bins.

Middle and aisle seats should be aware that other can and will look at their laptop screens. The eyes will wander. The airplane is an open office — be cautious.

Basic common courtesy: Don’t kick the seat in front of you.

Be aware of using your hand on the seat in front of you.

Have a family conversation with your children before leaving your home; talk about what is expected, what they will see and about their behavior.  

Asking to switch seats: If the seat you want to switch to is within view, you should ask nicely: Would you mind.... or Excuse me, may I please switch with you because... Most fellow passengers are accommodating but if they say no, accept it with a smile. 

When talking to or asking the flight attendant for something, be kind, not demanding. 

To chat or not: Beware of the chatter. Ear plugs is a perfect way to say, I am not interested in having a conversation. Or say something such as, "I am going to use this time to read or sleep."

The biggest pet peeves on the plane today is people who have their pets with them at the seat or passengers who bring food to their seat that has a strong odor. 

As a fellow passenger, there is nothing you can do. So if you must eat on the plane, think about your food choice.

Disembarking: Take your time, be considerate of people getting their overhead luggage down, the elderly, the children. Try to take your trash with you.

You have landed. Enjoy your vacation!

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david Scott November 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I fly a lot and there have two major peeves - First, if your bag doesn't fit in the overhead - check it and only place one bag in the overhead. Second, if you are going to recline then warn the person behind you. I can't tell you how many times my computer screen has gotten crunched by a reclining seat. I don't use the recline because I don't feel that I should make myself more comfortable at the expense of another just because I can.


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