Following Kate Moss’s disruptive behaviour on a flight from Turkey to Luton earlier this summer, airline travel and how to behave during a flight have been hot topics. It can be a tough nut to crack, especially with check-in queues, security and potential delays to deal with. But don’t panic, we’re touching down to share some basic rules to make flying as stress free as possible for everyone!
Airline travel tip 1: Ready for security?
Take your liquids (anything under 100ml must be placed in a plastic bag – anything bigger will be confiscated) and electronics out of your hand-luggage before the security screening process. Stopping in the middle of the walkway to scramble for belongings will slow other holidaymakers down. Put your belongings in the tray quickly and efficiently, collect them on the other side of the scanner, and move to a less busy spot to put them back into your luggage.
Airline travel tip 2: Please take your seats
Does this sound familiar: queue patiently to get on the plane only to find that the person in front has stopped mid-aisle, blocking everyone else’s path? Placing your luggage in the overhead locker should only take a moment, and standing in the aisle for longer than a minute leads to everybody having to awkwardly squeeze past. Try to find your seat, put your luggage away quickly, and then move out of the way of other passengers.
Airline travel tip 3: Leave enough baggage space for everybody else
With limited space for baggage, as well as passengers, it’s important to be considerate of other people’s luggage. If you’re travelling with two bags, make sure you put the smaller one under the seat in front of you so that other passengers can use the overhead compartment. If possible, place the bag lengthways instead of horizontally to create more room and if someone else’s luggage needs to be moved, treat their belongings with respect.
Airline travel tip 4: Try to respect noise levels
If you’re travelling with a group of friends or children, try to keep the noise levels to a minimum. If your children get restless, try and keep them entertained with games and sugar-free snacks. For those enjoying a drink on the flight, just make sure you don’t cross the line into loud and brazen. No doubt you’ve experienced a good flight that has become unbearable because of too much noise.
Airline travel tip 5: Be mindful of other people’s personal space
This might be quite difficult on a busy flight, but there are steps you can take to make sure other people have their own space. Be careful how you sleep if you decide to take a nap, especially if people need to be able to get past you to reach the aisle. Likewise, if you need to leave your seat, try to get up at convenient times so that you don’t disturb those around you. Be careful of hogging arm rests and if you need to recline your seat, try to be considerate of the person behind you. Might sound extreme, but what if the shoe was on the other foot?
Airline travel tip 6: Don’t argue with staff
Tensions can run high on flights, but the cabin crew are there to help. Arguing with them over small things such as the use of electronic devices or remaining in your seat during turbulence is unnecessary and will only lead to disturbances for other passengers. If you have a problem, seek help calmly and effectively.
Airline travel tip 7: play nice at the baggage carousel
Once the plane lands, everyone is keen to grab their luggage from the carousel and head to the nearest suntrap, but don’t be the person who pushes to the front to claim their suitcase. Find a free space to watch out for your bag and then politely move to the front when you spot it. Make sure the suitcase you pick up is definitely your own before finally strolling out of the airport and enjoying the holiday you’ve been waiting for!
So, what do you reckon? Are you already top boss of airline travel or will you be using our tips to become the passenger of everyone’s dreams? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!.
*Featured image courtesy of mirror.co.uk