The holidays are a time of cheer, stories by the fireplace, and reuniting with families and old friends. But it is also a busy time for travel.
Have you ever been on an airplane by yourself or with a travel companion, when one of the following happened to you?
1. Someone from another row put all their baggage in your overhead compartment
2. Parents that let children run across the aisles once your reach the proper altitude
3. Sat next to belligerent college students
4. The family that’s a little too attached to the buddy system
5. The neighbors who leave the light on
We have all been inflicted by at least one of these air travel faux pas. As you’re counting off, think of how many times you may been guilty of being a little less than accommodating. Travelers shouldn’t have to dread their next flight. MissTravel.com wanted to spread holiday cheer past the gate. Here are airplane etiquette tips sure to make any 2 or 16 hour flight pleasant for you, your travel companion, and your row neighbors.
1.Pay attention to prompts and instruction
Nothing is more annoying than the person who talks through the safety instructions or tries to run to the lavatory during take off. Be respectful and wait until after the flight attendant has finished or the seatbelt light goes off.
2. Respect “sleeping time”
If you are on a long flight, it’s understandable if your internal clock is a bit off. However your neighbor may be on his or her 3rd transfer and needing rest. If you must watch a movie on your laptop or tablet, dim the light and wear your headphones. Perhaps your movie is a comedy, be mindful of your laughter when a side-splitting joke is said.
3. Don’t be a stranger
Introduce yourself and your travel buddy to your neighbor(s) and get to know them as you would a mutual friend. Breaking the of ice will make excusing yourself to lavatory or any other requests a lot less awkward.
4. Be considerate of space constraints
Unless you and your travel companion happen to be in business or first class, be mindful of how much space you’re taking. Try not to request or bring so many pillows that the poor person next to you is forced to scrunch themselves.
5. Don’t groom in the bathroom
The lavatory should be limited for bodily needs. Using it for grooming can cause unnecessary stress for those waiting after you.
6. Watch your alcohol consumption
Some people need alcohol to ease their nerves during flight, or just to take the edge off a long journey. Whichever you are, try to limit your cocktails to one every hour. Nothing is worse than flying next to someone 10 shades past tipsy.
7. Hold off on arguments until you land
Whether it’s with children or something you and your travel buddy butt heads on. It creates an awkward environment for those around you. Plus being stuck on an 8 hour flight tends to escalate sore feelings rather than appease them.
8. Be weary of items that haven’t been included in the TSA guidelines
A common complaint is when a traveler brings an item through the security checkpoints that hasn’t officially been deemed a threat. For example, electric cigarettes are a new way for smokers to ween themselves off of tobacco. But some are bringing them onto planes. If you are unsure about an item leave it at home and save your neighbor the awkward moment of being next to a walking faux pas.
9. Keep requests to a minimum
Try not to call the flight attendant every 10 minutes for trivial matters. It is best to try and sort it out on your own and only request help when you have exhausted all other options.
10. Stay out of the aisles
Keep limbs and personal belongings out of the aisles. Fifteen minutes after the seat belt light goes off people tend to stretch out, but try to keep the aisles clear. Blocking the walkway can irritate other travelers and, in some cases, cause harm.
What travel faux pas have you been guilty of?
What are your biggest pet peeves when flying?