Airplane Etiquette

Man rudely sleeping on another passenger. This is a common example of airplane etiquette being violated.

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Man rudely sleeping on another passenger. This is a common example of airplane etiquette being violated.

Air travel has become an integral part of modern life, but with the increasing number of people traveling by air, it is important to maintain proper airplane etiquette to ensure a comfortable and pleasant flight.

     There are a number of essential rules that should be followed when traveling. One of the most important rules to keep in mind is to be punctual. Don’t be the person who makes a big scene after missing their when you were the one to arrive late. On the other hand, if you happen to arrive at the airport on time, or maybe even early, check-in, and board the plane without any hold up. Don’t get mad if the airline delays your flight, they are probably doing it for your safety. This will not only make the flight smoother but also reduce stress for you and those around you.

     “For me personally its annoying when people yell or get mad at the flight crew if the plane gets delayed as if its the pilots fault,” said Monte Vista junior Vincent Schlegel.

     It is also important to respect the personal space of your fellow passengers. Avoid invading their personal space by keeping your arms, legs, and belongings within your area. Man spreading and forcing yourself into another passenger’s space is an incredibly rude act that you should avoid because it disrupts peoples personal space. If you need to use the restroom or leave your seat, do so carefully without disturbing fellow passengers.

     When listening to music or watching a movie make sure to wear headphones. This will prevent the sound from disturbing your fellow passengers. Assuming that you are playing something too loud it may entice people to jump out of the plane. 

     Avoid wearing strong perfumes or colognes that may cause discomfort to others. Nobody wants to be suffocated in a plane with a strong smell of Dior Sauvage. Additionally, refrain from eating food with strong odors that may linger on the plane. Not everyone wants to know what you had for lunch.

     Even though you may be exhausted, when reclining your seat, do so slowly and be mindful of the person behind you. If they are eating or working on a laptop, it may be best to wait until they are finished before lying down your seat. 

     “I remember sitting in a 3 hour flight from San Diego to Chicago with my legs crushed by a guy pushing his seat all the way back,” Schlegel said.

     Additionally, if you are someone that kicks or moves the seat of the person in front of you, please never do that again.

     Following airplane etiquette is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable flight experience. By following these simple rules, you can ensure a stress-free and comfortable flight for yourself and those around you. Here’s to happy travels hopefully with people that are capable of simple decency.