My favorite flight is from Honolulu to Maui. 10 minutes up, 10 minutes down; barely enough time to open the in-flight magazine or drink the guava juice. Sid Lipsey created a list of flying tips from flight attendants. Some are obvious, others not so much.
Being late to the airport, getting stuck in a long security line, being told your bag’s too heavy to carry on — these are all preventable mistakes that can lead to great stress, which, as we all know, is a recipe for inconsiderate behavior. So step one for being a courteous flier is to not make any unforced flying errors: Prepare for your flight.
- Don’t pack what you can’t lift
- Help others with their bags
- Check behind before recline
- Know the armrest rules (aisle and window seats get one, middle seat gets two)
- Be respectful of others (no loud music or stinky food)
- Be polite to noisy, talkative seatmate
- Those in front should get off first
- Hold your tongue (no sense in having two people be rude)
- Be a good parent (or, just never travel with kids)