Whether you are taking a short-haul flight or an overnighter, knowing these unspoken rules of air travel will make you the perfect plane passenger.
Carry no more than two items
This means sticking to the limit - really sticking to it. Two items means your handbag and a carry-on bag. It does not mean your handbag, a carry-on bag, your coat, pashmina scarf, shopping bags, extra magazines, food and a pillow. If it doesn't fit into one of your two bags, you either need to leave it behind or pack it in your checked luggage, for the sanity of those you are likely to whack with your extra shopping bag on your way down the aisle.
The middle seat gets both arm rests
The window seat gets a little extra room between the seat and the wall, and a great view. The aisle seat has the entire aisle in which to spread out. The middle seat does not have either of these luxuries. Even if the middle person does not use the arm rests, they act as a bit of a buffer to the poor sod stuck in that middle seat.
Exit the aisle as quickly as possible
When the plane is boarding there is always one person, usually seated in the front half of the plane, who needs to pack everything away in the top locker 'just so'. This is usually the same person who brought on more than two carry-on items. When you reach your seat, dump everything you are keeping with you onto your seat, stow your larger carry-on bag in the overhead locker (or ask for help in a timely fashion if you are, like me, on the shorter side) and organise yourself once you have moved out of the aisle.
Don't grab seats as you walk down the plane
There are exceptions to this rule, which we will cover below. But, when you grab someone's seat and push off while walking past you cause their seat to bump around, possibly catching and pulling their hair with your fingers as you go. Once you are in the air and cruising it's really not necessary, so take a moment, walk slowly, and if you feel you need some stability try resting your hand on the top corner of the seat, rather than grabbing it.
Exceptions to this rule include:
- Those less steady on their feet
Avoid sleeping on fellow passengers
This one is a no-brainer, right?
What behaviours irritate you while travelling with others? Do you have any rules to add to this list?
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