Tip Tuesday: Flying Etiquette
As a former flight attendant I can tell you I have seen it all while flying… Oversized carry ons, babies crying, rude passengers and delays just to mention a few. Let’s face it, flying is not easy any more. The overcrowding and armrest jostling alone are enough to make the most polite traveler seem like an endangered species. So as we move into summer time and (hopefully) head out on a much needed vacation, I thought we could use a code of conduct for the friendly skies. Here are some of my top tips for making your vacation air travel seamless.
Pack lightly, many airlines charge to check bags and it is free to carry on your bag. Be sure to check your airline’s fee policy. If you are carrying on a bag, it must fit in the overhead bin with the wheels facing to the aisle. Your purse and small items should go under your feet and/or seat if there is room.
Be mindful of how you choose to sleep while flying. Invest in a neck pillow to avoid the awkwardness of falling asleep on your neighbor’s shoulder. If you are in the middle seat, don’t snooze on the tray table—others won’t be able to get past you if they have to get up.
Keep your children in check. Many parents are exhausted after a long day of traveling, but be mindful of your children and their noise level and actions as they are your responsibility. Additionally, do not scold a child for their behavior but rather speak with their parents for an easier resolution.
When you are getting on the plane, please try to step out of the aisle as soon as possible to let the other passengers get by. Over and over, I have seen people stop and hold up the rest of the passengers. This is just rude and frustrates everyone behind you!
Pay attention to the flight attendants and their directions. The excitement of flying and airplanes in general seem to make people distracted and inattentive.
If you get the “coveted middle seat,” you get to use BOTH arm rests! If you are on the window or aisle, don’t take over. It’s bad enough to have to sit in the middle
Show respect to your flight attendant. Don’t ring your call button unless you have a real emergency. They did not make the rules about no cell phones or tray tables down at takeoff, so don’t give them a hard time about items like this. Don’t be that obnoxious passenger. Keep in mind they have many other duties.
If you are in the window seat , you could be considerate and let the others on your row have sight out the window. Some people lean forward and block the view from anyone else.
Air travel now is not easy, so please be considerate of your fellow passengers!
Make it a great day and have a great vacation!