airplane etiquette.

Ok, I know this is a random post, but I’m always amazed at how rude and thoughtless people are on airplanes. I’m not going to rant or rave, but I am going to provide a few in-flight tips. I realize that this is common knowledge for 99.9% of you (because any person with half a brain or an iota of self-awareness wouldn’t have to be told), but I thought I’d post just in case someone in that 0.1% stumbles upon my blog.

  • If your feet stink, do not take your shoes off. You stinky feet people know who you are. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that nobody else can smell them – everyone can. It’s disguising. Repulsive actually.
  • If you are watching a movie or playing a video game, use headphones. Not everyone wants to hear Mario Kart for DS (although I don’t deny that it’s a fantastic game).
  • Use your 12-inch voice when talking to the person next to you. No need to announce your vacation woes to the entire plane. I know you think the world revolves around you – but it actually doesn’t and most people don’t care.
  • Cover your mouth/nose when you cough/sneeze. I AM sorry that you don’t feel well, but passing your germs along to me isn’t going to help the situation. Gross, gross, gross.
  • If there is an older lady/gentleman or a new mom carrying a baby, help them put their bag in the overhead compartment. If this was your mother or grandmother, wouldn’t you want someone to help them?
  • When it is time to exit the plane, wait your turn. Unless you are sprinting to a connecting flight, you can wait your turn. I know it’s hard to believe, but everyone actually wants to get off the plane – not just you.
  • If the flight attendant is hitting on the person next to you, don’t keep interrupting the conversation. Just let them chat!

I think that’s it. Did I miss anything?

4 Responses to “airplane etiquette.”

  1. 1 KS
    January 27, 2009 at 7:18 am

    If you happen to be fortunate enough to be seated in a row in which the middle seat is vacant but both the aisle and window seats are occupied, realize the middle seat does not belong to you. you did not pay for it so you should not lay across it with your head nearly in my lap, in a feeble attempt to molest me. INAPPROPRIATE!!

    also, you will look like a complete wierdo if you proceed to put up photos around you of your dog dressed in clown costumes. you might think you can’t fly without these “trinkets”, but you’ll be fine.

  2. 2 AMS
    January 27, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I would like to edit the “If your feet stink, do not take your shoes off. ” rule to don’t take your shoes off period, particularly if you don’t have sox on…and especially don’t put your gross unpedicured bare feet up against the seat in front of you, right at the level of everyone elses tray tables…you wouldn’t put your bare feet up against someone’s kitchen table, would you?

    Also..do not by any means paint or clip your toenails on the airplane…i don’t want to see your toe nail clippings flying everywhere, and i do not want to smell nail polish for the entire flight….

  3. 3 Kara
    January 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    If you are in a middle or aisle seat please do refrain from using the plane’s “facilities” every 20 minutes. It’s incredibly exasperating for the people who have to get uncomfortable (it’s uncomfortable enough on a plane without having to deal with our aisle-mates restlessness), unbuckle and manuver to allow you access- yet again- to the bathroom.

    Do not, under any circumstances use the seatback in front of you as leverage to pull yourself out your own seat. If you have ever been the victim of such an airline crime, you know what I’m talking about.

    Do not argue with flight attendants, fellow passengers, your in-flight buddies, ect about anything (lack of desired snacks, cost of alcoholic beverages, delays) It’s like being in a movie theatre… silence is golden. Being stuck in a confined space for hours on end is bad enough without having to deal with your complaining.

    That was fun 😉

  4. 4 big mama
    January 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I thought I was the only one who hates people using the seat backs for leverage when getting up- and how about people who grab every seat back as they walk up the isle! Unless your older and really do need the support, DON’T do that! (and that includes flight attendants-yes,that really happened!)

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