Seven Airplane Etiquette Rules to Follow

Traveling to new destinations is something that most people enjoy doing. However, many would agree that the entire process of airline travel can be overwhelming. From boarding, to exiting the plane, some passengers fail to realize when their behavior goes against common courtesy and airplane etiquette. 

The stars of Very British Problems discuss their biggest fears and annoyances when it comes to traveling on planes.

Many would agree with the Brits, that flying economy is one of the most unpleasant travel experiences. However, not everyone can afford a first class ticket for an A+ travel experience. Fortunately, there are several airplane etiquette rules we can all agree on, which would make everyone’s flight experience better.

Carry-On Bins Filled with Personal Items

Many airlines are adding more baggage check fees, which in turn encourages passengers to travel with smaller carry-on luggage and personal items. Overhead space can be limited since it’s hard to determine how many people will bring carry-on items onto the plane.

It is best to place coats, smalls bags, and purses under your seat to ensure everyone has a chance to place their luggage in a bin.  Having your personal bags by your side also gives you instant access to whatever small essentials you may need so you aren’t constantly opening the overhead bins during the flight.

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Using Your Own Overhead Bins 

Again, overhead space is limited. It’s highly recommended to use the bin that is closest to your seat to avoid congestion when boarding and exiting the plane. However, it’s okay to use a different bin if the bins in your section are full.

Reclining Seats

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Every seat on the plane has the ability to recline which means you have the right to take advantage of doing so. However, you should always be mindful of the person sitting behind you. That person may be using the tray on your seat for their food or laptop, or they could be taller than the average person which further limits their leg room. The best thing to do in this situation is to warn them and hopefully establish a comfort level that the both of you will be satisfied with. 

Talking to Your Neighbors 

It’s okay to engage in small talk with your neighbors, but it’s also important to remember not everyone wants to be bothered. Some passengers prefer to sleep, work, or enjoy the provided entertainment of music, movies, or a book. Always respect the personal space of the person next to you because there’s very little of it to begin with. 

Being Rude to the Flight Attendants 

We tend to take service workers for granted, even when we aren’t aware of it. It’s always best to practice common courtesy when being served. Flight attendants adhere to the needs of hundreds of people at a time. Your needs are just as important as everyone else. Being rude to the flight attendants will not make them move any swifter for you.

Drinking too Much Alcohol 

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It’s okay to have a drink or two while on a flight, but it’s not okay to get sloppy drunk. Your behavior could become a nuisance to your fellow passengers with a constant need to go to the restroom and the reeking smell of alcohol that’ll seep through your pores. 

Due to the high altitude and lower oxygen levels, you could feel intoxicated faster than usual. Flight attendants could forbid you from boarding your connection flight if you’re heavily intoxicated. Car rental companies could also stop you from picking up the car that you’ve rented.  Worse case scenario, you could be arrested by Air Marshals for belligerent behavior. 

Impatient Behavior After the Plane Lands 

Everyone is eager to exit the plane when it lands. It’s best to follow the instructions of the flight attendant. Stay put until the fasten seat belt sign is no longer lit. Trying to exit first from the back of the plane will only slow up the process. The more patient you are during this process, the easier exiting the plane can be for everyone.