I travel a lot and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. I travel by plane, train, and automobile to get from one destination to another quickly and with the most savings. I have witnessed and experienced many things in my time traveling but one thing I make an important point to address is travel etiquette. Whenever you are in a public setting such as an airplane, it is vital to travel with respect towards other passengers because you are a sensible human and you’re also locked in a metal tube 35,000 feet above the ground. It’s probably best to get along with everyone and enjoy the flight. Below you will find some of the most important rules of etiquette while flying. Enjoy!
I know there are a lot of steps when it comes to air travel security but the fine men and women of this country’s TSA are there to protect and defend our airports, airplanes, and the people using them. Try and make the process a little easier by preparing to go through security beforehand. Make sure your belt is off (if you decided to wear one), empty your pockets, your shoes are off, and you don’t have any big liquids in your bag. The faster you get through security the quicker you can get to the airport lounge and wait for your flight in a more luxurious setting.
No one wants to pay the extra baggage fees that airlines charge passengers, so sometimes people take it upon themselves to get the biggest carryon bags allowable. This “technique” can cause a few problems for other passengers. Everyone needs room to properly store their belongings and there is a limited space available. Be courteous and share the communal space and don’t hog the overhead bin.
Do yourself a huge favor and listen to the flight attendants. There is no use fighting with the attendants so you can finish texting your best friends or posting another Instagram photo from the window. The more you listen to the attendants the quicker you’ll be up in the air and maybe enjoying a free cocktail if you play your cards right.
When it comes to sudden pain and irritation there are few things that trump a chair reclining into your knees with lighting speed and the power of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Personally I take a casual look behind me to see if there is anyone there, and if not I can recline to my heart’s desire. The absolute last thing you want to do is jolt backwards, spilling some poor travelers Fresca all over their lap. Always recline gently and don’t be THAT guy.
If you are a traveler or family with children, please please please keep them in control to the best of your ability. I understand a baby may be hard to keep quiet as it cries, but when it comes to children crawling under seats and playing knights and cowboys in the aisle, there needs to be order. Other passengers most likely want to relax or sleep but with the constant fake laser sounds and giggling it is most likely impossible. On the other hand, a message to all passengers, a wise man once said “patience is a virtue,” so do your best to exercise it.