Air Travel Etiquette Tips

Air travel can be tiring and stressful.  A perfect recipe for incivility to brew.

Yes, I know that airlines should be enrolling some of their employees in a customer relations course.  In fairness to their stressful job let’s look at how passengers can help with lowering the level of travel tension for a smoother flight.

Here are a few tips to make everyone’s flight more pleasant. All are based on recent travel observations.

  • Arrive at the airport in plenty of time.  Why create more stress for yourself?
  • Know and obey the regulations for packing and carry-on baggage.  Why create more stress for yourself?
  • Between long hauls, remember that others are sharing your departure lounge.  Sprawling over four seats or leaving shoes in the path of others is inconsiderate.
  • Seat number 32A joining the boarding line for seats 50 – 80 does not make it go faster.
  • There is only so much room in the overhead bins.  If you have more than one piece of carry-on then expect it to be stowed under the seat ahead of your feet.
  • The middle seat gets the armrest. At least one of the armrests.
  • When taking your own food on a flight, be considerate of odours. Nix the raw onion sandwich.
  • Recline seats with care. Preventing the seat ahead from reclining is just boorish.
  • Don’t even think about changing baby diapers on the seat.
  • If your seat partner appears engrossed in a book (even if it is upside down), it means they don’t want to chat.
  • Kicking the back of the seat in front.  Don’t.  Don’t let your child do it either. Please.
  • The instructions of the flight attendants trump all.  If they say it isn’t safe to be out of your seat – sit down.

Fly Happy!

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About etiquetteottawa

Founder and Owner of the Protocol School Of Ottawa
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2 Responses to Air Travel Etiquette Tips

  1. karenhickman says:

    Suzanne, these are such good tips. They are common sense, but we know that common sense is not very common these days, don’t we?

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