Travel Tips August 05, 2018
How To Not Be The Least Popular Passenger On Your Next Flight
Air travel is stressful. Between traffic, getting through security, and spending long hours packing into a plane with strangers, it’s understandable if nerves get frayed. However, that’s no excuse for unpleasant behavior. Here’s how to avoid becoming the least popular person on your flight.
Don’t hang out in the aisles.
Blocking the aisles is a safety issue, but it’s also really annoying. When people need to use the restrooms, they shouldn’t have to maneuver around you. Keep standing time to a minimum and for heaven’s sake, keep out of the way of the snack trolley.
Place you carry-on baggage in the overhead locker above your assigned seat.
Or as near to your assigned seat possible. There’s no quicker way to earn the loathing of staff and fellow passengers than to shove your bag in the closest locker to the exit. This unbalances the entire baggage-storage system and means that basically everyone else needs to go
backwards through the plane to get their stuff before disembarking. If you’ve ever lined up to get off a plane before, you know how terrible that scenario is.
Put your seat up for meal times.
This is the very least you can do for the person sitting behind you. While it’s understandable to want to create as much room as possible on a long flight, forcing the poor soul seated behind you to dine with his table jammed up against his ribs is just rude.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
It’s crucial to pay attention to any instructions and information from flight staff. Constantly needing to be reminded to turn your electronics off for landing and loudly talking through announcements won’t earn you any points amongst fellow passengers.
If a member of the crew asks you to switch seats for any reason, try to be accommodating unless there is a real reason why you can’t. A real reason is something like having a medical condition that requires you to be near the restroom, not that you just like the aisle seat better.
Sit in your assigned seat.
Don’t try to score a better seat by banking on the fact that the person whose seat you snagged will simply make their way to another empty seat. If you truly need to change seats for some reason, talk to a member of the airplane staff.
Don’t bring smelly food.
While you might think that fish curry is the perfect mid-flight snack, your seatmates will probably beg to differ. Avoid bringing any food on board that will announce itself to everyone seated around you.
The absolute minimum you can do to not annoy fellow passengers is have a shower before your flight. Proper hygiene is a definite pre-trip requirement.
What tips do you have for avoiding offending your fellow passengers? Share and let us know in the comments.