5 Airplane Etiquette Tips to Save your Life
With my recent travel, I have noticed people don’t neccessarily know simple airplane etiquette that can save their lives! We already have to be in this cram spaced, with hundreds of people we don’t know for hours on end.
With that being said, there’s just standard airplane etiquette that I assumed people just knew. Well, you know what they say about assumptions…
#1 Sanitation Etiquette: If you’re sick,keep it to yourself!
Honestly, truly, (in my fur) you sneezing, coughing and carrying on right next to me may lend you an evil eye or extra elbow nudge. The reality is, you knew you were sick before you got your narrow tail on the plane.
Granted, no one can foresee when they will be sick but you didn’t just realize you were sick while boarding this plane. So, then why wouldn’t you plan accordingly?
- Bring tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze.
- Bring hand sanitizer to use after said sneeze or cough.
- Bring cough drops to curb that death cough that seems to cause you to practically expel your lung. Take an immune system builder.
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#2 Seat Etiquette:
Window Seat Sitter: If you like sitting by the window, please get all your stuff before you sit down.
- Nothing is worst as an aisle sitter, than getting up to let the window sitter and middle sitter sit down just for the window sitter to want to get up tp get their iPad 15 minutes later.
- Now, you knew you wanted you iPad during the flight, why didn’t you get it out before you sat down? I’ll wait.
Middle Seat Sitter: You are the one to bring the row together or apart. Please stay in your lane aka your seat.
- No, don’t lean closer towards my side because we are not cool.
- No, don’t try to use the left armrest – that’s not yours. Everyone gets one armrest. Not 2 because you’re in the middle. One. You know the rules, don’t ever try to play me.
Aisle Seat Sitter: Let’s not forget about the forgotten aisle seater.
- You most likely chose that seat because you like having extra room. Well, guess what, that comes with other responsibilities.
- You are the person that’s going have to get up for every restroom break, overhead bin rummage and stretch needed.
- Don’t get mad and roll your eyes when people need to get up. You choose this life, it didn’t choose you. Get up, move to the left and let a playa go tinkle. Hey, I am not bias in this rant. 💁🏽
#3 Electronics Etiquette:
This is an iPhone not a wePhone. This is an iPad not a wePad. This is mine.
- I’m scrolling through my social media pages.
- I’m playing my games on my phone.
- I’m listening to my music.
- I’m writing my blog posts on my iPad.
- Mine. Mine. Mine.
I don’t need you sneaking with your peripherals looking at my phone. What did your teacher always say? Keep your eyes on your own paper 📝
#4 Sleep Etiquette:
We board the plane and exchange small conversation about our travels, why we are traveling, who we are visiting, how long we will be there. Cool. I love talking to people and find their stories to be quite interesting! Yet, I have a distinguished ability to read individuals verbal and nonverbal language.
How to know when to shut up:
- If you’re engaged in an interesting conversation as passenger’s board, there’s signs to indicate if that conversation will continue or not.
- If the flight attendant gains everyone’s attention for the safety presentation and you see the other party put on their headphones, the conversation is over.
- If the other party speaks about being tired and ready to take off (so they can sleep), the conversation is over.
- If the other party begins to wrap up in their sweater, travel blanket or coat, the conversation is over.
- If they lay their heads back on the seat or on the window, the conversation is over.
- Do not, I repeat, do not tap on the other party to ask a question while their eyes are closed. Unless you’re telling me the plane is on fire, don’t wake me up. Even if I’m fake sleep because I just want to relax, don’t try to wake me up.
I legit had someone wake me up to ask me if I wanted gum for takeoff 👀
Just let me sleep, so I can be great. When I’m rested, I will kick the bobos with you the whole flight but if not, I will want to kick you from keeping me from getting my sleep 😩 Read the signs – they’re quite clear.
#5 Conversation Etiquette:
It’s a 10pm flight, the lights are dim but yet and still you feel your conversation with your friend, who is sitting right next to you, should sound like their in a different state?!?
With the lack of light and conversation taking place on the flight, do you think anyone wants to hear your loud bantering? Absolutely not!
Be easy: you’re doing what they call, the most! Understand your surroundings and be mindful of those who are trying to take a nap, keep their baby sleep (because who wants to hear a crying baby on a flight) or simply not trying to hear your cacklin’!
If you follow this simple advice, you are bound to avoid getting elbowed, side eyed or even worse, cursed out. Save your life, take my advice.
What is your advice on airplane etiquette?