Travelling is at the top our lists during the summer. Who doesn’t want to board a plane, fly to Hawaii, laze on the beach and sip on cocktails/mocktails? Now, in an ideal world, we’d all have a private jet so we could take off any time.
Too bad we live in a world where we have to share resources [Read that line any way you like]. For most of us, if you wish to go to some place in this tiny world of ours, you have two options: either travel with an airline, or be a seat warmer for your couch at home.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll be able to relate to everything in this article. We suggest that social etiquette should be followed sternly on a flight. Considering the fact that you are stuck 40,000 feet above ground with complete strangers (doing weird things) in a confined space, you better watch yourself!
It’s not just one breed, if you’re unlucky, you’ll be on a flight with several of these people. So, we’ve put together a list to keep you from being one of those people we might want to kick – Travel Etiquette 101 [Just kidding, we would never kick you]. Here’s what not to do while travelling:
The Complete Recliner Guy:
Every possible flight you take, whether it’s an hour long flight or a day long flight, you just have to encounter this person. Airplane seats recline, we get that and it’s very comfortable, but the planes we have today have limited room and even lesser room for negotiation.
Reclining a little does not bother me, but reclining it all the way down to my lap when I’m having a meal, without so much as a glance backward.
The ‘let’s pack the whole house’:
The personal space invaders:
There are these people in every flight who have the habit of invading everyone’s personal space. From the armrest of your seat to the area between the seats, they invade everything. There are also accounts of people stretching their legs between two seats in front of them. Apart from being absolutely annoying, it is rude and disrespectful.
The really loud, hyper fam-jam:
It’s usual for a toddler to cry during take-off and landing – that cannot be helped and we understand. Intentionally or unintentionally, these children become the bane of your existence on long flights. Dear parents, during the flight, can you at least try and get your kid to sit back quietly in his/her seat?
You had a fun time at your vacation, you faced inconvenience at the airport, you are excited about your holiday plans – I can swear on my unborn children that I am NOT interested. Headphones, neck pillows and bankets aren’t enough for them to take a hint. If you politely ask them to stay quiet, then they shall find someone else who would be at hand to talk to them. Either way, your runaway to your dream holiday is spoilt.
The weak bladder-window seat combo:
Generally, not many window seats come with direct access to the toilet. If you have to use the toilet every half an hour, then I would suggest you chose an aisle seat. Self-explanatory – everyone hates to get up every now and then, be jumped over or worse.
The ‘let’s watch a comedy and LOL’ guy:
We’re talking about those fellas who tend to believe that when they have their headphones on, so does everybody else. Just so that you know, it’s really annoying when you laugh so hard that you wake the whole cabin up from their sweet ‘in-flight’ sleep.
I would like to see the captain, NOW!
Every flight, long or short, has a professional complain box that is definitely good at his job and of course, is a frequent flyer. He rants endlessly about the limited space, food, old movies, low temperature and so on. The absurd part? He wants the captain to come over to iron out his complain. Yes, ‘cause Cappy ain’t got nothin’ else to do, son.
Don’t be one of these people, we beseech you. Have a lovely summer and if you get caught with any of these people on a flight, feel free to tell us in the comments below:
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