Let me start off by saying that I am no expert on this subject; these are simply my opinions and observations. I fly for work quite a bit, so I have experienced many different encounters on airplanes and in airports.
So take this bit of advice as you wish...
That being said, I'm sure most of us have had some type of unpleasant experience while traveling. It sort of comes with the territory, unfortunately. Traveling can be very stressful, and it doesn't always bring out the best in people. Hopefully, these tips will be helpful reminders or will at least provide a good laugh because you have experienced them personally.
- Be sure to use the bathroom before you board your flight - you'll thank yourself later!
-Try not to use the bathroom on your flight, especially if you're in the window or middle seat. You really shouldn't have to go if your flight is 3 hours or less. Hold it.
-Don't recline your seat if you don't have to. Legroom on flights is tight as is; if you recline your seat, the persona behind you will probably recline theirs, and so on. It sort of creates a chain reaction that is unnecessary.
-If you're listening to music in your headphones, make sure no one else around you can hear it.
-If you're traveling with children, do not let them kick the back of the seat in front of them.
-If the gate agent suggests that you check your bag to your final destination and you're part of a later boarding group, just do it! It's free, and you may even be able to claim your bag as you exit the plane!
-Don't touch other people's items; leave this job to the flight attendants. And certainly don't squish other people's items into the bin; you don't know what they may have in their bags.
-Be very conscious of your space. Space on airplanes is tight as is, so be sure to only take what you are given. Everyone else is suffering just as much as you are.
-If you are unfortunate enough to have the middle seat, I do think it's appropriate for you to assert control over both armrests. The window seat has the window, and the aisle seat has the aisle. That being said, don't be rude about it or take more than your fair share.
-While waiting in the airport, don't give you're luggage it's own seat especially if it's very crowded. It's luggage...it's probably been in worse places than the airport floor. Also, keep your belonging close to you not only for safety reasons but also for the courtesy of other passengers trying to navigate the aisles.
- Remember where you are; it is an airport and people are generally in a hurry. Just like a highway, if you're strolling along MOVE OVER TO THE SIDE. It's fine if you aren't in a hurry, good for you (insert thumbs-up emoji here), but many other people are and trying to dodge the strollers in the middle of the aisle only heightens frustrations.
-If you're riding the moving side walks, be sure to walk on the left and stand on the right. (but if you want my real opinion, if you aren't going to walk don't even get on - the purpose is to move people along more quickly.)
- Once you are boarded, stow your belongings as quickly as possible and get situated in your seat. The less you fidget and move around, the more your fellow passengers will thank you.
- When retrieving your luggage, you do not need to stand directly in front of the chute right up against the belt. Everyone take a breath, step back 10 steps, and relax. I find it best to watch from behind, often down the belt a little bit; and when you spot your luggage, step forward to grab it.
- If you choose to only use a carry on, make sure you can actually lift your items. Often times a nice gentlemen will offer to help anyways.
- After landing and the plane is parked, you do not need to jump up into the aisle as if you're dying, especially if you have checked luggage. What's the rush? Also, it is common courtesy to let each row fully exit in front of you. Do not run from the back of the plane to the front cutting everyone else off. Wait your turn.
Hopefully these tips and tricks help make your next traveling experience just a little more pleasant, and feel free to share this post with your neighbor on the plane ;)
Thanks for reading!