Why economy class is good for you

Economy class may as well be your proving ground for being a better person.

Why economy class is good for you

While there’s no denying that first and business class have all the glitz and glamour – and not to mention the real food – there’s just something to be said for the great qualities you’ll develop should you chose to fly economy class. If you feel you need to work on any of these three traits, then economy class may as well be your proving ground.


Your patience will be tested from the get go – from waiting at the boarding gate, boarding the plane, getting to your seat, waiting for your meal (if you’re getting one), going to the toilet and getting off the plane. Not to mention the cramped seating, or, if you’re unlucky, a crying baby.

But in this chaos comes the opportunity to display a sense of calm and serenity that will strengthen your resolve. And when you realise that you are the master of your attitude, you let nothing phase you.

Good manners

You’ll have to share your armrest (or give it up entirely), excuse yourself to go to the bathroom as you clamber over the person next to you (or try not to get mad at your neighbour doing that to you if you have an aisle seat), politely ask the person in front of you to prop their seat upright so you can eat your meal … and the list goes on.

Put simply, your social graces will be tested, without which, can lead to unnecessary tension, which no one wants when confined to a small, confined space 4 kilometres in the air.


Perhaps not spending money on a seat at the pointy end of the plane means you’ll have more money to spend on experiences that lead to better memories once you reach your holiday destination.Just the fact that you are able to fly, to go on a holiday and to even have the opportunity to have such experiences should be enough to inspire gratitude. So think of that the next time you’re at the back of a plane in an uncomfortable seat.It’ll put things into perspective – and a smile on your face.

Whereas, many flying in business and first are likely to complain at every little mishap just to feel that they are getting their money’s worth – and may be less likely to feel grateful by the end of the flight.

Any other ways economy class makes you a better person? Or do you disagree?


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    4th Nov 2015
    First class is all about luxury and self indulgence. Cattle class may not be too flash but it gets you to the same place. After that who cares?
    We all have to be able to 'endure' a bit of discomfort and I find the whole debate a bit silly.
    11th Aug 2018
    It's great to hear that you are a healthy person with no crippling disability - if you were, you wouldn't find it so silly. It's hard for people who are fit and well to understand how hard getting about can be for those not so lucky.
    4th Nov 2015
    The worry is that airlines are getting greedy and pushing more seats in economy with smaller and smaller seats with less legroom whilst people are getiing bigger.
    Funny face
    4th Nov 2015
    I don't mind the r are of the plane! Close to bathrooms ( needed when older) and only 2 seats. So you have to wait to get off the plane, who cares! Easier to get your hand luggage ( air crew have time to help those with walking sticks!) and likely that luggage is ready on carousel. Lucky enough to travel! Don't sweat the small stuff!
    4th Nov 2015
    Patience, good manners and gratitude????. What the hell has happened to good old fashioned courtesy? Trouble is that passengers are now nothing more than self-loading cargo. Live with it.
    4th Nov 2015
    I realise that securing first class is viewed as an indulgence. However when I travel by rail on my own I feel much safer in first class. I used to travel economy but was frightened of the people who were drunk & drug affected. Also I am a lady "of large build" & there is more room in first class. It makes for a more enjoyable trip all round.
    4th Nov 2015
    Never been in first class but would love to try the luxury & self indulgence as Mick puts it just once .
    5th Nov 2015
    Don't do it bandy..... you will never want to go back.
    4th Nov 2015
    I am a short person with a bad back/hip and I find flying economy an absolute endurance, particularly on long haul flights (22hrs to the UK) so nowadays, if I do need to fly anymore than an hour or two, I'm afraid that flying Business class is the only way to get a modicum of comfort, otherwise I would probably spend my entire holiday in traction. For some of us it's not a luxury, but a necessity.

    4th Nov 2015
    What trait does one need to cultivate and develop when the person sitting next to them has spread legs with "invading" knees, B.O., halitosis, and/or flatulence?
    4th Nov 2015
    Forebearance lol.
    5th Nov 2015
    I remember one year flying down to Melbourne, in cattle class, when I got to my seat, it was supposed to be the window seat, there was a young hippy type girl sitting in my seat eating a Pizza and her feet on the middle seat. I didn't want to cause a scene, although I certainly had a right to, I just sat in the aisle seat and said nothing. After take-off she curled up and went to sleep, feet still on the middle seat, no shoes on either.. I was just hoping someone would come along to claim the middle seat. The crew said nothing to her.
    11th Aug 2018
    I ask people like that if they have paid for two seats and then when they have had a good few hours, I suggest we share our good fortune. I have found it works quite well.
    6th Nov 2015
    Why would you fly anyway?Only if you have to with so many crazy people about
    Chris B T
    7th Nov 2015
    If it is so Good why don't politicans and there hanger ons fly Economy.
    Just for the character building and gratitude for there Flight being paid for from the public purse.
    They must be a better person already. ;-)

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