We love traveling. I am sure you do too. And part of having an enjoyable journey is having a pleasant plane ride. Unknown to some, there are airline etiquettes that serve as guidelines to all travelers on how to behave when riding a plane with hundreds of people on board. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or this is your first time on a plane, and whether that is a short or long haul flight that you are taking, it would serve you well to know and be aware of these airline etiquettes to ensure an easy flight for all.
- Make sure your carry-on bags conform to the size prescribed by the airline. This way you avoid inconveniencing other passengers as you try to fit your oversized bags into the overhead bins. These sizes have been determined based on the dimensions and capacity of the plane’s overhead bins.
- When putting bags in the overhead bins act quickly. Remember there may still be passengers who are passing at the aisle to get their seats and you may be blocking their way. Thus, to minimize the inconvenience to other passengers, place your bags in the overhead bin as quickly as you can. Then take your seat to allow other passengers to pass through.
- Be very careful when retrieving bags from the overhead bins. You don’t want bags falling on other passengers and even causing injuries to them. If necessary, ask the help of the flight attendants.
- When walking down the aisle with your carry-on bags, be careful so as not to hit seated passengers that you pass by. You can do this by holding your bags in front of you or close to the ground and not on your sides.
- If you bring your own electronic gadgets be sure that you also bring headsets or earphones with you to use with these gadgets to avoid annoying other passengers with sounds and noise coming from your gadgets.
- If you have to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Remember you are not alone and there are a lot of other passengers that you may bother when you have one too many to drink.
- If you have to recline your seat make sure you do this slowly and check the passenger behind you so as not to disturb him or her. This is specially true if you are flying economy where very little space is allotted per seat. Also make sure that at meal times your return your set at the upright position so as not to inconvenience the passenger taking his/her meal behind you.
- When resting your elbows on the arm rests, make sure you do not go beyond your allotted space. When you are three passengers in a row, the middle seat gets two armrests. Since the window seat gets a window and an armrest and an aisle seat gets extra leg room, it is just but reasonable to allow the middle seat to have both middle arm rests.
- It’s a good thing to be friendly. However, try to gauge the person beside you. If you get very little or even no response at all to your attempts at conversation, then stop. Not all passengers would like to engage in chit-chat and they may just want keep to themselves. Other passengers may have work to do on board or just want to immerse themselves in a good book and have a quiet journey.
- In case you encounter a passenger is unruly or breaches etiquette and continues to do so despite your polite request not to , the right thing to do is to report him/her to the flight attendant who should take charge of the situation and manage the unruly passenger.
- If you have children with you make sure that you watch over them at all times. Plan ahead and bring toys, books or gadgets that can occupy your kids throughout the flight to prevent them from getting bored. Once children get bored, they could go into tantrums and cry which could really disturb and annoy other passengers.
- As much as possible plan your lavatory visits. There are times when a visit to the rest room may prove to be inconvenient to other passengers like during meal times. If you can still hold it, go to the toilet after mealtimes or if you can go before meals are served so much the better.
- When disembarking from the plane, let the passengers nearest the exit to alight first. Never push your way out. And move swiftly when it is your turn to disembark so as not to inconvenience the passengers behind you.