There is no doubt about it, traveling on airlines
is stressful and tries the patience of many,
otherwise, good-natured people. The crowds, delays,
inadequate meals, and confined spaces often combine
to make people more than a little grumpy and impatient. Unfortunately, in times of stress, we often forget to be respectful and considerate of others – something that can improve our own mood, if even just a little. On your next flight, try following these basic air travel etiquette tips and see how they can make the trip more pleasant for you, the airline staff, and your fellow passengers.
- Avoid bumping or hitting people with your luggage.
- Allow those with advanced boarding privileges, especially elderly people, those with disabilities, and young children, to board the plane unimpeded; wait in the seating area and don’t approach the gate until you are called to board the plane.
- Board the plane quickly and refrain from blocking the entryway or aisles. If necessary, step aside to allow people to pass before loading your carry-on luggage into the overhead compartment.
- Use care when placing your items into the overhead compartment. Other people may have delicate items in the carry-on bags already stowed in the compartment.
- If you notice someone struggling with items in the overhead compartment, be kind and assist them.
- Avoid bumping the seat in front of you during your flight, as people can get annoyed with this.
- Remember to use general pleasantries: “Please,” “Thank you,” “Excuse me,” “You’re welcome.” Sometimes when rushing from one gate to another we forget these simple courtesies.