When you’re about to travel by air to the destination of your choice, there are some etiquette rules you need to keep in mind if you want to enjoy the whole journey. For example, nobody wants to start their trip on the wrong foot by dealing with smelly feet or fighting with an attendant.
So if you want to guarantee an enjoyable journey, there are a few etiquette rules you must remember while flying. Here are some of those unwritten rules.
1. Be well prepared for security screening
Your trip starts way before you get on the plane. Once you check in your luggage, you’ll need to deal with security screening before you board. Even though security screening is boring, try not to provoke the security personnel or be the one holding up the line.
Have your documents ready beforehand, clear your pockets of all your belongings and place them in the security screening bin and avoid carrying your water bottles. Then, when you’re done with screening, collect your things as fast as possible.
2. Armrest wars
If you’re the person that gets the middle seat, one of the most common unwritten etiquette rules states that you can use both armrests. For a good reason seeing as the middle seats aren’t usually the greatest.
The person seated next to the aisle has the privilege of having easy access to the loo, while the one by the window gets the view, so it’s only fair you get both armrests.
3. Use headphones
You’re free to listen to anything you want on the plane, but you need to be mindful of other passengers. Imagine if everyone was blasting their music on the plane at the same time. It wouldn’t be a pleasant experience for anyone. So use headphones if you want to watch or listen to anything.
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4. Switch your phone to silent
Sometimes, sleep is the only way you can survive a long flight. However, it’s not always that easy with the chatter from nearby couples, the humming of the plane’s engine, and so on. Now, imagine you have finally managed to bypass all those issues, but a phone starts ringing and ruins your sleep. Don’t be the passenger who’s hated by the sleepers on the plane. Set your phone to silent.
5. Avoid carrying smelly food
Food served on the plane isn’t known to be some of the best, so it’s understandable if you want to carry your own healthy snack. However, try not to carry something that has a really strong odour. The plane has limited air supply, so try to consider the 200 other passengers you’re flying with.
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6. Don’t remove your shoes or socks
Keep your socks and shoes on when on the plane. Body odours and smelly feet make stuffy planes absolutely unbearable. Even if you’ve got the perfect pedicure or your feet are swollen, try to keep your bare feet to yourself because no one wants to look at them. Furthermore, think about when you want to go to the loo. Plane lavatories aren’t the cleanest and you probably don’t want to have to trudge through the filth.
7. Don’t Block the Aisle
Once you have greeted the attendants and boarded your plane, try to avoid blocking the aisle. Don’t be that person on the aisle keeping everyone waiting as you store your bag. Instead, try to prepare for what you’ll need on the flight beforehand.
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