There are all kinds of air travelers in the world. Some spend a good portion of their lives in airports and on planes while others only fly once every couple of years. Some are considerate of their fellow fliers while others don’t have a clue. From my perspective, many fliers – regardless of their experience – could use a little refresher on airplane etiquette. Here are some do’s and don’ts on flying based on my experiences, observations, and traveling pet peeves.
DO have your boarding pass (and ID if needed) out and ready for the gate agent.
DO remove your computer, reader, headphones and anything else you plan to use right away on the flight out of your carry-on prior to boarding. Waiting to remove them until you get to your row holds up all the passengers behind you.
DO use the restroom prior to boarding, especially if you’re sitting in a window or middle seat.
DO keep all your carry-on luggage directly in front of or behind you so that you don’t smack all the aisle passengers with it as you make your way to your seat.
DO NOT crowd the boarding area before your row or boarding zone has been called.
DO NOT sit in a seat that is not assigned to you.
DO NOT move others’ luggage to another bin to make room for yours.
DO NOT use the lavatory while people are still boarding and then push your way against traffic back to your seat.
While in the Air
DO be conscious of your designated space and avoid letting your knees, arms, jacket, etc. spill over onto others.
DO keep your conversation down during the safety instructions. Some people actually pay attention and need to be able to hear.
DO be considerate of the passengers next to you and refrain from excessive chat if they are trying to sleep or read.
DO NOT spray perfume or use any strongly scented personal care items.
DO NOT listen to music, play video games or watch movies without headphones.
DO NOT use the headrest of the person seated in front of you as a handhold while taking your seat.
DO allow all the passengers in front of you to exit their rows before you do.
DO stay seated until it is time for your row to exit unless you are in an aisle seat.
DO take care while removing your luggage from the overhead so that you do not hit someone with your bag.
DO NOT put on your backpack until you are off the plane.
DO NOT go against traffic to get your bag if it is behind you. Wait until everyone has exited.
Although some of these may seem like insignificant behaviors, when you have 150 people crammed shoulder-to-shoulder onto a plane, it doesn’t take much to infringe on someone else’s comfort or space. Pay attention the next time you fly and be a considerate traveler.