It is easy to complain about those around us when we are traveling, especially when we are in stressful situations such as traveling in a crowded aircraft. As children, we are taught etiquette regarding life in general. Things like not putting your elbows on the table when we eat, not pushing in lines and always saying please and thank you, however, many seem to forget these and other rules once they step on a plane. Plane etiquette is not that difficult, in fact, it is generally just common sense. Make sure you do your part to avoid becoming that one annoying traveler and complaints by knowing the rules for etiquette on a plane.
Seats – Our seats are already packed in tightly and for the long legged traveler or the traveler who is using their tray table, your leaning back could lead for an incredibly long flight. At most, remember that your seat must be upright during takeoffs and landings and during meals if nothing else as this is required. You do not like someones seat in front of you leaned back, why do it yourself?
Keep your voice down – A plane is generally a quiet place. We are usually tired or would like to just relax at least and a loud or obnoxious passenger is enough to bother anyone. Just keep your voice down.
Armrest battles – Yes we know there are not enough, and space is limited so if you are on the outside or inside, take only one and leave the poor center person a little consolation for their inconvenience.
Children – This is where the issues really tend to occur. There is rarely anything more annoying than the screaming wiggling child unhappy with the situation and proving just how much as they pound the back of your seat with their feet. If you are the parent of a child, please, take responsibility for their actions and let those around you relax and enjoy their flight.
It is up to you to be a responsible and respectful traveler. Whether traveling on a plane, in a train or just traveling aroudn town, remember, you are a guest. Represent yourself and your fellow travelers well by acting how you would like others to act. Respect yourself and those around you by being a responsible traveler.
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