My job leads me to travel often. I am accustomed to security lines, airplane food and minimal leg room.
But during my last flight to Cancun, I could not help but notice how many airplane passengers have no concept of airplane courtesy. There is something about sharing a small space that makes everyone forget their manners.
Here are some tips on airplane etiquette that will help prevent your seat mate from pouring that screwdriver on your lap:
Common Blunders When Boarding the Plane
Not Saying Hi to Your Neighbor:
When sitting down next to someone, you should give a small greeting. You are spending the next few hours sitting next to them; you don’t have to have a conversation with them or become fast friends, but not saying a simple hi is plain rude.
Holding Up the Airplane with Your Luggage:
If you have a big carry on, board the air plane early when possible. While you are putting luggage in the overhead bin, watch for people trying to pass. Step into the seat if possible to keep the flow of traffic. Pay attention because you may be causing a bottle neck. It’s not all about you.
Faux Pas During Your Flight
Stealing the Arm Rest:
The arm rests belong to the middle seat. If you are in the window or isle seat you have one arm rest the other is not yours. If you are in the middle seat and the two people next to you make claim to the arm rest, it will be a long flight to Cancun.
Pestering Your Neighbor:
Keep in mind that sometimes it’s not appropriate to have a conversation. A lot of business people use their time to work. I always bring my lap top to write blogs or design new facebook promotion. And it’s the worst when my seat neighbor doesn’t get the hint I am busy. Pick up social cues and make sure that your neighbor is wanting to talk before you tell them your whole life story.
Not Apologizing When You Hit Someone
You should always say sorry or pardon me if you bump into the person sitting in the aisle seat. My daughter and husband both love aisle seat, however they both are constantly bumped by other passengers. My daughter once had someone drop their luggage on her TWICE and not say sorry!
Bringing on Smelly Food:
Flights to Cancun can be long and most airlines don’t serve food. Be aware of what the food you bring smells like. On my flight to Cancun, my seat neighbor brought on food the smelled like curry and the whole cabin had to smell it.
Talking about Inappropriate Topics:
Flights to Cancun can be a great way to meet new people and start your Mexican vacation early. Just remember people can hear you. During one of my many flights to Cancun, I had to listen to all the details of this woman’s vacation one night stands. Why do people think their inappropriate conversation is not being listened to? They are only a foot in front of me!
Mistakes While Flying to Cancun with Children
Forgetting to Pack Things to Keep your Kids Happy:
I never get upset if a baby or small child is crying during one of my flights to Cancun as long as the parent is making an effort to keep them happy. You should bring food, toys or books to keep them occupied.
Shoving Dirty Baby Diapers in the Seat Back Pocket:
That is just disgusting – for the people near you and the next people who sit there. And not to mention the poor flight attendant who has to pick it up. Please dispose of baby diapers properly by putting it in an airsick bag and throwing it in the bathroom garbage.
Being Rude to Passengers with Children:
Have patience with children during your Cancun flight because that was you or could be you someday.
At the end of the flight, I asked the “stewardesses” of Continental Airlines if they had any other flight Faux Pas they would like to share. Unanimously they told me, “We are flight attendants not stewardesses.” Even a seasoned air traveler can learn a few new airplane tips.
Can you add any airplane blunders to my list?