Flying etiquette should be common sense, but it is unfortunate that there is nothing common about it these days. If you are looking for ways to be polite on a plane, be considered a good passenger or you just need a safe place to rant about others who are not, then this is the post for you.
- Do not get drunk on a plane: Getting drunk on a plane is one one of the trashiest things you can do EVER and it is also a huge violation of flying etiquette. It is such an annoying thing to be stuck in a plane hurtling through the sky at 500mph with a drunk person.
- Packing with the plane in mind: Put all the things you need in a small bag that will go under the seat in front of you. If your hand luggage is a rolling suitcase, get the things you think you’ll want from your bag out and place them in the seat back pocket. Don’t be that person who needs to get into the overhead storage bin 50 times during a two-hour flight and has so much stuff.
- To recline your seat or not: I’m of two minds on whether or not reclining your seat on an aeroplane is rude but I think you should only recline your aeroplane seat when you are 100% going to take a nap and always sit it up during the meal service.
- Monitoring your volume: You should be considerate of the other passengers even if you are listening with your head or earphones. There’s this amazing trick you can do where you take your earphones out, see if you can hear what you’re listening to when you hold them at your shoulders, and then adjust your volume accordingly. Monitoring your volume also goes for how loudly you speak. It is advisable that you use your inside voice on aeroplanes seeing as they are very small.
- Be considerate on your row: People want different things on planes. Some prefer to just get to where they are going and not learn their neighbour’s life story while others are looking for a talking buddy. However, no matter which camp you fall into, it’s an important part of flying etiquette to be considerate.
- Bathroom breaks: Some people are considerate and hold in pee as long as they can because they don’t want to bother you, but sometimes people have to really pee. If you sit on the aisle, proper flying etiquette says that you don’t have the right to be irritated if one of your row mates wakes you up because they need to use the restroom. People need to pee.
- Take a good bath on the day of your flight: Some people seem to think it’s cool not to take their bath when they are about to embark on an hours-long journey in an airplane. Please don’t be like them.