Improper airplane etiquette can make a plane ride go from bearable to downright unpleasant. Use these basic tips to ensure that you and your family are flying both mindfully and comfortably.
Be aware of the amount time you spend in the lavatory.
Often, there are only two bathrooms for hundreds of passengers.
Try your best to manage your children by packing distracting toys.
While taking children on a plane is unavoidable, making sure that you pack enough toys to keep them occupied throughout the duration of the flight will be beneficial for everyone.
Avoid dousing yourself in strong perfume or cologne before the flight.
The air is stagnant on flights, making smells linger, and potentially causing unwanted headaches.
Ensure that your personal items don’t obstruct your seatmates’ leg room.
Personal space is limited on a plane. If your items are overflowing into your seatmates’ space, consider storing them in your carry-on luggage.
Hand over the armrest to the passenger in the middle seat.
Nobody wants the middle seat! Make it more bearable by willfully giving them both armrests.
Try not to force conversations with unwilling seatmates.
It’s easy to tell if someone doesn’t want to speak to you. If your seatmate puts their headphones in or looks like they’re trying to nap, find another talking companion.
Avoid getting out of your seat when the flight attendant is pushing the drink cart.
The aisle is only so big. Not getting up will allow the flight attendant do their job in peace.
Be aware of your carry-on and the amount of overhead space it requires.
There is a limited amount of overhead space for everyone. Although it will cost extra, it’s often easier to pay to check your carry-on luggage.
Alert the traveler behind you before you recline your seat.
Again, personal space is limited! If you need to recline your seat, it’s best to notify the traveler behind you before you take over their leg room.
Be polite and respectful to the flight crew.
They’re doing the best that they can to ensure that everyone gets to where they need to be.