Last holiday season I shared nine tips to follow so you won’t annoy your fellow passengers. To refresh your memory, go ahead and read “Don’t Be That Annoying Passenger: Nine Tips to Follow While Traveling Via Airplane” – as all of those tips still apply.
Well, after just coming back off a few holiday season flights, I’d like to update my list for the 2015 holiday travel season. And I should point out that while I wrote this list for the non-frequent holiday travelers, these tips should be followed year-round. So whether you’re going on a package holiday from https://www.turtlefiji.com/rates-and-special-offers/, or popping over to another state, take these tips into account.
1. Practice Facetime (or Phone) Etiquette
I know you’re excited to speak to your kids, but guess what, as your seatmate before this four hour flight takes off, I want to relax a bit and not hear your wife talk about the kid’s meltdown, then the kid melting down, then you trying to calm the kid, and you’re speaking louder and louder because your kid is crying, and you’re not wearing headphones… and you get the idea.
To remedy this: One, wear headphones. Two, stop screaming into the phone. If you’re not sure which headphones to buy, take a look on a website like https://www.headphonesaholic.com/. Noise-canceling headphones would probably be best for a long haul flight!
And one more thing, please don’t show your kid the plane and your seatmate. Your seatmate doesn’t want to wave to your kids or your wife.
2. Don’t Kick/Bump/Push the Seat In Front of You
3. Respect Your Fellow Passenger’s Personal Space
4. Recline Your Seat Slowly
5. Don’t Be Too Chatty
6. Practice Proper Personal Hygiene
7. Sit In Your Assigned Seat
8. Don’t Talk About Terrorists, Bombs, ISIS, Plane Crashes, Etc.
For real. This just happened to me. My seatmate that doesn’t fly very often and thought he was hilarious started asking me about my feelings on Iraq, Obama, ISIS, and started joking about how many people on the flight would freak out if he went on Gogo wifi and started reading Al Jazeera in Arabic (which, don’t even get me started on how racist he was being, too), and would he as a white man get reported, etc. Then he went on rants about war crimes, and how the Republicans will fix the US, and how Obama is a Muslim, etc.
Oh my goodness, just don’t do this. Whatever your beliefs are, fine, but there is a time and place for your crazy talk and it’s not on the plane. Don’t drag your seatmate who just wants a quick nap and to work on reports for work into your crazy attention-seeking, how far can I push this before someone notices me, rant.
And this also goes for plane crash talk. Yes, the likelihood that we’ll have an emergency is low but you telling me about your past emergencies is not something I want to hear. And don’t say, “I may be the last person you ever see.”
9. Remember the Golden Rule
My elementary school principal, Mr. Lanigan, was famous for starting and ending every assembly with these wise words: Treat others they way you want to be treated. If we all just remember that, maybe flying this holiday season will be a little bit smoother for us all.