We all know that when we board that plane, there are bound to be problems, from crying children to reclined chairs getting into your space, rude passengers and armrest hoggers; we also often end up feeling extremely annoyed with the situation. Kayak.co.uk, an online search engine that finds travel deals, did a survey on 1,000 UK passengers and found that too many of us engage in behaviours that would be bothersome for fellow travellers on the plane. British etiquette expert William Hanson has shared a list of proper manners to use on board, in order to ensure the flight is pleasant and positively memorable for all. Check out his ‘jet-iquette’ guide.
1. Response to Chair Recliner
You should recline your own seat as well but only if the passenger behind you doesn’t have the tray down and meal service has been completed.
2. Response to Chatterbox
Respond with “I’m sorry to be so antisocial, but I’m just going to get some sleep for a while.”
3. Response to Troublemakers
Ignore their antics if they are annoying the cabin crew. Those working on the plane know how to deal with such type of passengers.
4. Response to Crying Children
Ask the cabin crew to move you to a different seat away from the noisy child(ren).
5. Response to Children with Kicking Feet
You really would like to rest in peace but your chair’s constantly being kicked. Just turn around, smile and kindly ask them to stop.
6. Response to Armrest Hoggers
Just place your own elbow on it as well and slowly inch your way in until you are both comfortable.
7. Response to drunken flyers
Don’t try to intervene yourself but instead call for the cabin crew to deal with it the way they are trained to.
8. Response to Snugglers
It’s not comfortable to have a total stranger asleep on your shoulder so you should cough repeatedly until they jolt out of their slumber.
9. Response to the Snorers
Noisy sleepers are a dime a dozen so it’s best to have ear plugs or noise cancelling earphones to help you through.
10. Response to Bathroom Hoppers
Politely ask to swap seats with the guy who constantly needs to head to the bathroom. Probably better for him/her to be in the aisle anyway.