7 Important Airplane Etiquette Rules
Always on the lookout for cheap flight tickets and travel deals, people are nowadays getting really smart about air travel. On the other hand, saving money on travel often means choosing economy over business class, which also means having to deal with smaller legroom and shrunken seat space on the plane. Those aren’t even the worst. We are sure you’ve come across inconsiderate flyers and bothersome seatmates.
Come to think of it, the limited legroom and seat space isn’t so bad, especially if you’re only traveling for a few hours. That can be remedied, to some extent, by a comfy travel pillow or wearing stretch pants. Now, as for dealing with one another as fellow flyers, why don’t we all cooperate as compassionate human beings and help everyone make the most out of this money-saving economy class flight?
Always remind yourself of these very important rules of conduct when flying—or share them with someone who needs reminding!
Don’t monopolize the overhead compartment.
Don’t just throw in your bag there. There are at least two other people who would need space for their carry-on luggage in the overhead compartment. Place your bag vertically or in a way that doesn’t take up too much space. If you have two carry-on bags, place the other one under the seat in front of you.
Be conscious of personal space.
That means your own and your seatmate’s personal space. If you’re a natural chatter and want to kill boredom, a small talk with your seatmate wouldn’t hurt but beware of any sign that they might not be interested, and respect them. Meanwhile, when positioning yourself for a nap, make sure that you’re not leaning on the other person’s seat and that your head is firmly rested on your own headrest. And when you have to recline your seat…
Recline your seat sensitively.
You may recline your seat to help you sleep comfortably but do so with kindness. Check on the person behind your seat and see if you’re not bending their legs out of shape—if that’s possible at all.
If you’re traveling with children, educate and supervise them.
Before traveling with your kid, take a moment to share with them your travel plans and educate them about proper behavior while traveling. You may let your child play around, but unless other passengers engage first, don’t let your child interrupt the privacy of others. Remember that not everyone likes children.
Take a nice bath before your flight.
Who wants to deal with a stinky seatmate for at least two hours? Nobody! You may be a face with no name to your seatmate but that doesn’t mean you can escape the humiliation of seeing the disgust in other people’s faces when they smell you. It’s better to be admired for smelling nice and looking clean!
Use the lavatory responsibly.
If all of us aims the trickle well, wipe the seat, flush afterward, and throw waste properly, then nobody will find horror in the lavatory. Let us all use the lavatory and leave with a clean conscience.
Help maintain order when disembarking.
Don’t block the aisle while others are trying to get through to the exit. Don’t force yourself past other people in front of you either. Wait until people ahead of you have moved on before you step into the aisle to retrieve your luggage or fix your things.
Do you have other important rules of etiquette to share? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Rizelle “Rei” Leaño