Traveling by plane is the easiest and fastest way to reach other cities. However, this usually entails all forms of inconveniences from long waits, aviophobia, and uncomfortable seating.
Everyone just wants to get to their destination without fuss, and wouldn’t it be nice if the people around were respectful and considerate? Here are some things to keep in mind to be a good fellow passenger to everyone:
Don’t lump together food, liquids and electronics with the rest of your stuff.
As you pack before your flight, make sure to segregate carry-on liquids, food items, toiletries and large electronics from the rest of your things beforehand so that you can easily put them on a separate bin once you reach the scanners. The rules vary per airport, but it saves you and the security staff a lot of time and effort.
Don’t bring more than the carry-on limit.
Especially during peak traveling seasons like Christmas or Holy Week, when flights are probably going to be full. It’s usually just 7KG, so do your best to pack only what’s needed in your carry-on. This makes it easier for you, and so that the passengers boarding after have enough space for their carry-on. Again, fellas, let’s be considerate.
Don’t cause traffic at the boarding gate.
Airlines usually board per group. Wait for your group number or letter to be called before standing near the gate. If you really do want to stand near the gate so you can be the first one to board in your group, just make sure to be aware of your surroundings and let people pass if they have to board before you.
Don’t disrupt the line in the jet bridge.
When you’re lining up to enter the aircraft, there may be airport/airline staff needing to pass through the opposite lane. So it makes sense not to block the way. Stay in a single file line, and stay on the side. Additionally, the entrance of a plane all the way through the aisles can accommodate only one person, so lining up this way can help make everyone get to their seats much more efficiently.
Don’t stow your luggage haphazardly.
Take the time to secure your things on the overhead bin, and make sure you don’t have any loose item that may fall out of your bag. Think of Murphy’s Law. If something can go wrong, it most probably will. And in this case, it could be a heavy item falling on an unknowing passenger’s head resulting in a mild concussion.
Don’t ignore the airplane rules. They’re designed for your safety.
On the outset, putting your seat upright and keeping the window shades open during landing and takeoff seem completely unnecessary. But emergencies often occur during these times. And if they do, God forbid, these small details play a huge role in helping the flight crew plan the best course of action to evacuate passengers in less than 90 seconds, a small window that equates a higher chance of survival.
Don’t take the middle seat armrest.
We’ve shown you the pros and cons of a window or aisle seat. Middle seat people have all the cons. Just let them have both armrests.
Don’t fight your way through the crowd.
As soon as it’s time for disembarking, there is no reason for you to stand up and attempt to get your luggage if the passengers ten rows in front of you haven’t even left yet. It puts unnecessary pressure on everyone with no space to move. Just wait for your turn, when the seats directly ahead of you are finally clear.
Don’t forget to show appreciation for the flight crew.
They are responsible for ensuring the comfort and safety of hundreds of passengers, including you. Even to the end, they will thank you for choosing their airline. But they don’t get the last say. You are a beacon of morality and all that is good and holy. You thank them back. Everyone stops in awe. The little kid standing behind you felt inspired and grew up to become a world leader. And in his speech at a UN conference, he recalls that one guy who thanked the flight crew. And that guy was you.
Follow these simple reminders, and you’ll be happily leaving on a jetplane like the gentleman that you are. You don’t know when you’ll be back again, but your seatmates and flight attendants can only hope that it is very soon. Have you ever had an encounter with another passenger that restored your faith in humanity? What’s one thing you wish people were mindful of when traveling by plane? Let us know in the comments!
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