Rules of Airline Etiquette
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Rules of Airline Etiquette

It seems that courtesy is dying in every aspect of life. Men do not open doors for women, people do not say thank you to the cashiers after buying something, neighbors do not say hello to each other anymore either. The same seems to go for air travel. It seems that less and less people realize that there are generally known and accepted rules that all people need to know and follow in order to make the trip comfortable for everyone who is on the plane trying to get somewhere.
If you want to help and save this generation from this lack of courtesy and make things enjoyable for everyone again, you need to follow some rules. These rules and guides are things that should be staples of our civilization, but have definitely fallen by the wayside in the last decade or two.
Check out these tips in general etiquette and courtesy that you need to follow if you want to be a good airplane passenger and a caring traveler.
First, the most basic and obvious rules. Even though we think that they are obvious, you would be surprised at how many people not only do not follow them, but do not even know that they should be following them. Also, these are the rules which are very clear. You cannot argue around them or argue against their use and practicality. They are simply rules that need to be adhered to when you are flying somewhere.
Let’s talk about how you are dressing. Yes, you are going on vacation, you will be at the beach, but you are not there yet, sir. Even if you aregoing to the beach and you plan on spending ten days in the sun, please, wait until you get there to dress like a beach bum. If you are wearing a sleeveless muscle shirt, swimming trunks and flip-flops, you are not dressed appropriately for the plane, and it’s not about comfort, it is about respect. You are not the only person on the flight, and believe it or not, not everyone is interested at looking at your feet and your tribal tattoos on your shoulder.
Another thing, just because you are sitting next to the window, that does not mean that the window is your exclusive property and that other people sitting next to you need to ask your permission in order to look through it. You had some luck and you got a ticket that gave you a seat next to the window, but that does not mean that you own it. If the person next to you is trying to sleep and there is sun going in his or her eye, do the right thing and close the blinds. If they are working or watching television and the sun is getting in their way, be a nice guy and help them out. We know that everyone likes to see the sky, but it really isn’t all that interesting and once you are in the clouds it looks about the same until land.
Hanging out in the isle and talking with your friend who is seated 5 rows away is not the right thing to do. It is alright to get up and stretch, go to the bathroom, maybe get a drink, but hanging out in the isle, walking around just to walk around, and standing next to your buddy during the whole flight will make everyone hate you. You are supposed to be seated when traveling by plane. If you want to walk around, take a boat and you’ll have plenty of time and room for that. If you want to get somewhere fast and through the air, sit tight and be respectful.
Do you see those things next to your chair that people use to commonly rest their arms on? Those are called armrests. And when you are getting up from your seat, you should use them, because that is what they are there for. The worst and most disrespectful thing that you can probably do on an airplane is use the back of another person’s seat as leverage when getting up. Especially if they are sleeping or eating, but doing it at any time is a wretched offense against airplane etiquette. The armrests are yours, the chair in front of you is not. You did not pay for that chair, that means that you do not get to use it for helping to prop yourself up to go to the bathroom.
Now that you know how to behave, here are some tips that will help you to make your trip a more comfortable one, especially if you have already learned to be a respectful passenger.
It you can do it, get an aisle seat when you are going on a short trip. If you are going on a long trip, then the window seat is your best option. The aisle seat is a problem on long trips because you can be woken up or bothered by the person in the window seat while you are sleeping because they might have to go to the bathroom. When you are taking a short trip, you really do not need to sleep, and the isle seat will do just fun. Also, you get to cheat and stick your legs out into the isle a little, so you get some more legroom when you are not next to the window.
Of course, you should know that you need to be at the airport two hours before your flight is scheduled to take off. Yes, most of the time you end up waiting for 45 minutes to board, but you should continue to show up early, because one time there will be problems, delays or tons of traffic on the road, and then you will be glad that you left early. You should not risk missing your flight for getting an hour more of sleep, it just isn’t worth it. It’s not worth your time or your money.
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US travel place on Thursday, December 20, 2012 5:23 AM
Important suggestion these are! Your blog contains useful information while traveling Air. People should be aware of this behave. Thanks!
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