Top 25 Airplane Etiquette Rules- Don’t Ever Fly Again Without Them!

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I’m begging you, please read this. Read all 25 of these etiquette rules before ever stepping foot on an airplane again.

I spend many hours in the air on long international flights.

It seems many people have not gotten the memo in regard to airplane etiquette. I am usually very cordial in my delivery of a message, but this time I’m not holding back. Everyone has a limit. I’ve been compiling a list, and it’s not pretty.

Women air passengers

Now, I’m sure it’s not you making these grievous etiquette blunders, but feel free to share this list, so the offenders can be put on notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. This is not your father’s Lazy Boy! Do not put your seat back the entire flight unless you are sleeping, or so tall that you are eating your knees. I’m 5’10″, you’re killing me here! Meal time- seats up! Check out the person behind you. Do they have a child? Tall? Have a heart, take the sacrifice. By all means, when you do put your seat back, do it gently.
  2. It is not ok to rest your head on or touch the stranger next to you without their permission. Yes, I know, this is a cultural thing in some countries. Just don’t do it.
  3. Get it together in security! If you can not get your stuff on the security belt in a timely manner, practice at home! Read the rules, pretend you are taking a test and the frustrated people behind you in line will be giving you a grade. Pressure’s on! If you can’t handle the pressure, move off to the side and come back in when you are ready.
  4. On that note, don’t wear your super studded rock-star bling, leave that awesome cowboy belt buckle at home, pre-check your bags for liquids, and the laptop comes out and goes in a tray all by itself. Thank you.
  5. Your carry on luggage is getting out of control. Your excruciating attempt to stuff it in the overhead, taking up all the space and making things fall on my head, not cool.
  6. Let’s not have a power struggle over the arm rest. One takes the front, one takes the back. You got this. In the end, middle seat gets both arm rests, it’s only fair.
  7. Hey ipod person, I can hear your music and your video games through your headphones. Turn it down. If you are auditioning for American Idol, practice elsewhere please.
  8. Don’t get hammered on the plane, really, don’t get hammered on the plane. Not kidding.
  9. Don’t stink! This includes body odor, bad breath, cologne and perfume, feet, stinky food, and the residuals from your bean dinner last night.
  10. Take care of your personal hygiene in the bathroom. This includes, but is not limited to, flossing your teeth, brushing your hair, itching your nether-regions. This is all gross stuff to do right next to me, don’t.
  11. If it’s an over night flight, don’t be a loud-mouthed frog. Let us sleep without having to listen to you. If all the lights are off and 90% of the plane is asleep, it’s a good clue to zip it up.
  12. Chatty Cathy, you know who you are. Please don’t force me to talk to you. If I have to pull out my headphones to answer you, I want to be left alone. I respect you, sincerely, but please don’t talk incessantly without my reciprocal engagement.
  13. Snoring. What can I say?  You probably can’t help it, but if I give you a nudge- know why.
  14. Don’t fight with the flight attendants. You will slow us down, and ultimately, you will lose.
  15. Don’t be a Diva. We all have needs. Suck it up for the duration of the flight. You may reenter your pampered life at home or your swanky hotel. Actually, if you are really so accustomed to being pampered, you can probably afford first class. If you’re such a big fish, don’t sit with the sardines.
  16. If you are having an escalating issue with another passenger, call the flight attendant. We don’t need to be inches from your hostility. Do not bring us into your ring.
  17. Why do I even need to say this? The bathrooms. It’s bad enough that hundreds of us have to do our business in that tiny space. Be a grown-up and clean up after yourself.
  18. The aisle is not your living room. Don’t stand there loudly hamming it up while people are trying to sleep around you.
  19. I rarely have issues with kids on planes, honestly. Kids are kids, be understanding. They are going to cry during take off and landing. You would too if it felt like someone was driving nails in your ears. Give mom or dad a smile and let them know it’s ok.
  20. With that said, be aware of your kids at all times. Pack a bag of new fun stuff. There are all sorts of great things you can do with kids on planes. Consider yourself the party clown for the duration of the flight. You can do it. I have three kids, I feel your pain.
  21. Window seat person- Open or shut. Be at peace with your decision and leave it that way.
  22. Don’t grab my seat and pull on it when you are walking by and don’t pull the one in front of you when you are standing up, use your arm rests.
  23. Dress appropriately, I really don’t want to touch your flesh or see things I shouldn’t see. Make your parents proud.
  24. Customs, fill out your card on the plane, not when you arrive at the customs agent. Ask the flight attendant if you need any help.
  25. We are all waiting to get off and race to our connecting flights. Don’t push your way through, and please allow the rows in front of you to get out if they are ready

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Now, shape up or- go on a ship!

Do you have any that I missed? Do us all a service, share yours in the comments below and pass this post around.

 Did you like this post? Try this one- How to be a Traveler… Not a Tourist

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135 Responses to Top 25 Airplane Etiquette Rules- Don’t Ever Fly Again Without Them!

  1. Travel with Bender (Erin) April 2, 2013 at 3:26 AM #

    Loved it! And the pictures :D

  2. Shawna April 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM #

    Fabulous! I am a flight attendant and couldn’t agree more with every item. People always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them to give the middle person both armrests!

  3. sandi April 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

    Brilliant list!

  4. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family April 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM #

    Totally agree with every point. I don’t know why some people behave so badly on planes. It’s like they think “no one knows me up here, I’m going to do whatever I want”…. it’s a public place!!! I’ve seen people do some disgusting things on planes but the worst was a passenger chewing on the ends of her very long ponytail. So gross!!!

    • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM #

      Oh, Bethaney! So gross! I think you’re right about the anonymity, it’s like a free pass to be rude.

  5. Virginia April 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM #

    Amen Sistah! Number 5 makes my head spin. I watched a couple at CDG take on 4 HUGE tote bags plus 2 carryon bags plus her gigantic purse and coats!. It’s insane.
    V

    • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM #

      Ugh! Why do people think that’s ok? I’m surprised the airline even let them in!

  6. wandering educators April 3, 2013 at 2:13 AM #

    Yep. don’t forget kindness – that goes a LONG way.

    • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM #

      So true! Kindness and rudeness are both viral- I’d like to spread the former :)

  7. Jodi - Family Travel Magazine April 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM #

    Just awesome!!

  8. Katie April 3, 2013 at 2:31 AM #

    I’ve seen adults behave way worse than my 6-year-old ever has. Granted, she’s grown up on long haul flights.

    My beef is with parents who do not control their children (outside of normal whining) onboard or board with an sympathetic attitude of poor me, I have to fly to the west coast with my 2 kids and no help so y’all have to deal. When you fly with kids, you do externalize cost on other passengers. My husband got into a scrap at a dinner party recently with a friend who was complaining about how someone complained about her kid entering his personal space on the airplane (from the sounds of it, I would have complained, too). It is not ok, to send your kid down the aisle and let him or her climb onto someone else’s seat.

    Just because you “have” to fly with your kids, doesn’t mean you relax parenting.

    Oh and the carry-on luggage thing makes me batty. Watched a guy shove his hard-sided luggage on top of an expensive bag of mine. Grrr…CHECK YOUR BAGS! It’s not that bad, really.

    I’ve had wine. I’ll stop now.

    • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

      I like wine induced comments, they are more honest :) Yes, the kids running in the isle, I had that for the first time last month. I was surprised that the parent wasn’t even watching and the baby wasn’t even two. Not good of that parent at all, but I have to admit, the kid was really cute :)

  9. Diana April 3, 2013 at 4:50 AM #

    Wonderful, every one!!! I travel a lot and have definitely wanted to share some of these rules with quite a few people I’ve encountered.

    We are getting ready to fly for the first time with our three month old, and I admit I’m a little nervous. So yes, give mom and dad a smile!

    • class factotum April 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

      I think people are far more willing to give an infant a pass than an older child. It’s the misbehaving kids (and their parents) who really tick people off because their behavior can be controlled. But there’s not much you can do with a baby.

      • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM #

        That’s so true. An infant is a different story than a kid kicking your seat. Diana, you will do just fine. Give him/her a bottle or the breast during takeoff and landing, hopefully that will help with the ears. All the best!

  10. Barb April 3, 2013 at 5:23 AM #

    Thank you! Well written and comprehensive. #22, though, some of us really can’t get up using only the armrests–I do apologize though, if the sitter is awake. And #19? Kids don’t have to cry if Mom or Dad brings a bottle or juicebox for the kid to suck on during takeoff and landing. Worked for us. Was a big treat for the kids to choose any drink they wanted (this was rare) but the deal was they couldn’t drink it till I said. And I waited till the moment the wheels left the ground.
    And especially thank you for #17 and #12.

    • Trisha April 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

      Great article! Thank you. I did not know that the person on the middle gets both armrests. Regarding traveling with children: I have a 3-yo child. He is a very good traveller both long and short hauls. I always prepared his milk bottles for landing and take off so no problem 99% of the case. However, there were two occasions where the weather was not great, he had an earache, refused to drink his milk and of course that did not solve the problem. My point is please understand that eventhough parents have tried their best, children sometimes get frustated during flights, just like all of us, adults.

      • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

        Yes, it certainly helps to give the kids something to drink during take-off and landing. However, it ‘s not full proof. I remember the flight attendants giving me cups with steam cloths in them to put over my ears. The pain was unbearable for me until I was late in my teens. Not sure why it is worse on some and less on others. A little understanding goes a long way.

  11. AW1 Tim April 3, 2013 at 5:32 AM #

    I’m a former Navy Aircrewman. 5K hours of combat aircrew time. I love flying, or at least I did.

    Now, I agree with everything you listed EXCEPT for the TSA security stuff. I absolutely refuse to cooperate with those goons. I have zero respect for anyone who would work for them. They remind me of the types of kids who wanted to be hall monitors in school, and who tortured small animals for fun. Because of the TSA, I haven’t flown commercially since 2007. I’ve been happy with Amtrack and Buses to get around the country. Fortunately, I have the time to do that.

    However, I also blame the airlines for a LOT of the boorish behaviour I used to see. When you allow folks to wear tank tops, short shorts and flip flops, you’re sending a signal that you don’t care about passengers except to treat them as a cash cow. Flying has become the commuter bus service of travel, with cramped quarters, less-than-stellar service, and cost cutting, nickle & dime “add on costs” that really make me wish for the “Friendly Skies” of years ago.

    Same with letting fat people on the plane. The airlines have a special “size” gauge they use to make sure your carry-on bag will fit. They need one for people, too. Put a standard airline seat at the gate. Weld the arms into the down position, and place a standard seatbelt on it. Make everyone sit down before boarding. If you can’t fit and/or put the seatbelt around you, then you don’t get to fly. here’s your refund, and have a nice day.

    Anyway, I understand your “rules” and applaud you for listing them. Good stuff, and my thanks for saying what needed to be said. :)

    • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM #

      “I’m a former Navy Aircrewman. 5K hours of combat aircrew time. I love flying, or at least I did.”

      Love this line!

      I think you have so many great points. When people are put in a pen like pigs, they are going to start to act like pigs. I understand trying to fit as many seats in as they can, but it has gotten out of hand. They are far more concerned with cramming on as many people in, as quickly as they can. More people + more flights = $$

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Tim.

  12. Elisa April 3, 2013 at 7:02 AM #

    These should all go without saying, but you said it, and you said it well. Hear, hear!

  13. Peter Wasserman April 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM #

    A couple more:

    Kids or adults who kick your seat in the back constantly.

    Roll ons stuffed in the overhead bins sideways instead of wheels first. And oversized items like guitars which can be given to the attendants to store in the closets up front.

    • Laurel April 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

      I can’t believe I forgot the seat kicking! Arg! How could I forget that one?

      Yes, oversized items up front!

    • C A Neil April 4, 2013 at 2:45 AM #

      One of the first things to go when the airlines add seats to stuff, was closet space. As a flight attendant, I can assure you 90 percent of airplanes do NOT have a place up front for your oversized carry on stuff. Package it properly and check it if it doesn’t fit in an overhead bin.

      • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:20 AM #

        Good advice. I never have anything that big, so I never needed to be concerned about it. I can see where people would be leery about checking larger, fragile musical instruments, but I guess the cabin just can’t accommodate it.

    • Becca May 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM #

      Actually, as a flight attendant, I know that on mos airlines (including mine), we are not allowed to put big items in the front closet, as there is safety equipment that must be accessible at all times. People often come on and ask to put their stuff in there and automatically feel entitled that space (and even if we could put it there, we couldn’t accommodate everyone who thinks their stuff deserves to go there). So it’s ok to ask, but don’t get all mad if you’re told you’re not allowed to put it there :) .
      Also, another thing I would add, when you travel, bring your own pen! We don’t carry a stash for everyone who needs one, either to fill out their custom card, to give their kid to draw, or to do your crosswords. People never give it back to the flight attendants, and we don’t want to buy pens for every flight! :) come prepared!

  14. Jill Smith April 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    *Do not* make a stink about putting something under the seat in front of you. I once witnessed a man board a completely full shuttle (a shuttle! a one hour flight from New York to DC!) last and try to wedge his briefcase into an already overloaded overhead bin. When the flight attendant directed him to put it under the seat, he jibbed and tried to get her to find space for it elsewhere (hey buddy, you boarded last. You’re holding everyone up in addition to the rest of your bratty behavior). The flight attendant got her way, but right after we took off and got the all clear to move around, he tried to stash it somewhere else again!

    Also, stashing your stuff under the seat in front of another person is grounds for justifiable homicide.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:21 AM #

      It’s crazy how indignant people can be on a plane! Stashing under someone else’s seat? NOT cool, or even acceptable!

  15. Nancy B April 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

    This is soooo good ….. I think your list should be on boarding passes :-)

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:22 AM #

      I’ve gotten some requests to print them out. What about in a card in front of your seat? I can see Southwest getting in on this one :)

  16. cecilia sharp April 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

    Great list! Here’s another tip: If your seat is in the tail-end of the plane and your section is boarding ahead of everyone else, please do not put your carry-on into the overhead bins of the front-section. Use your own overhead bin, not someone else’s. If that is full, then ask assistance from the airline folks. And please, so spitting in public. Use the restroom!!!

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:24 AM #

      Spitting?! That is disgusting! These responses are shocking me more than I thought they would.

      Totally agree on the overhead bin point.

  17. Roma April 3, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

    A brilliant well written article I couldn’t have said it better myself. It sounds like a rant, but anyone that flies regularly knows that its all true.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:24 AM #

      I’m not one to rant, but sometimes you just have to get it out. Thanks for the comment, Roma.

  18. Susie Q April 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM #

    While I agree with most of these I think your attitude about going through security is rather harsh. Yes- don’t wear all the bling or tie shoes but for those that rarely fly the whole process is rather overwhelming. Maybe there should be a frequent flier line and a rarely flies line. The rarely flies line would have more empathetic TSA agents who don’t say the rules to your back, so quickly you don’t understand them or with a frustrated attitude. And if you have a problem with the way the window person controls the shade – then YOU sit there.

    All of these rules are from someone who flies so often it’s second nature to them. There are many people who still fly for the first time, or rarely or are scared to death to fly. Maybe YOU should offer to make the process less painless for them. As a DC metro rider, I share your frustration about people who don’t “know” the rules – walk left, stand right on the escalators, etc but as a local it’s our job to politely inform them – not rant or be pissy.

    And as for # 22 – some people cannot get up only using arm rest – stop making assumptions.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:37 AM #

      Susie, I really hear you about the harshness with the security point. My last flight I spend at least 5 minutes helping an older woman through security. She was so overwhelmed by it all, and so confused. It was my pleasure to help her and I would do it again. I’m really talking about the people who should know better. I have seen so many people forget about liquids in their bags or have to go through the metal detector over and over removing yet another thing from their pockets. If someone is carrying a laptop, odds are they can read the signs before they get to the belt.

      I would LOVE an experienced traveler line!

      Believe me, I am a window seat person. Unfortunately, I don’t always get my wish. I’m still not sure what the person who is constantly moving it up and down is checking for.

      I really do appreciate your comments so much. I am always there to help someone in need or calm the person feeling anxiety. I would never approach anyone with my frustrations or annoyances, I just try to get around whatever the issue is. If they really want the armrest that bad, they can have it. The slamming the seat back, on the other hand- I will politely let it be known I would like to eat with the seat up.

      The post is really geared to the people that should know better, not the ones that honestly need assistance. Thank you again for taking the time to comment.

    • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy April 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

      Most of these are right on! I’m also confused about #21 though… what difference does it make to you if the window seat person wants to keep taking peeks outside?

      • Laurel April 5, 2013 at 3:42 AM #

        HI Scott, thanks for reading. Love the name. The window issue is when all is low lit on the plane, you are trying to rest or watch a movie, and the person at the window is blasting you with that bright light every few minutes. It’s really meant for the people who are constantly moving the shade up and down. Not sure what the purpose of that is.

        The worst is when everything is dark on the plane and the person sitting in your row wants to leave the window open while you, and everyone else, is trying to sleep. Applies to the long international flights more.

        Thanks again!

        • Grace January 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM #

          Or when they slam it shut. Over and over. Stop it!

  19. Kurtis April 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    Totally. 22ers drive me bananas. Also, when boarding – those people who have to change their clothes, re-pack their bags and do the hokey-pokey in the aisle before they slip into their seat while the aisle line-up to take seats behind them is log-jammed.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:40 AM #

      I can just see the hokey-pokey now! Thanks for the comment, Kurtis. I will forever have that tune in my head while watching the boarding chaos dance before me!

      • Jennifer April 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM #

        As a Flight Attendant I will forever be singing the Hokey Pokey song now that it has a name! Laurel, thank you for posting this!

        • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

          Thank you, Jennifer. Too funny!

  20. SLG April 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM #

    Great list. One that wasn’t listed, though, has to do with the deplaning process, and people who insist on rolling their suitcases down the aisle, regardless of how often they get caught on the seats during the walk. This is the ultimate laziness. If you are an able-bodied adult, PLEASE, take your bag out of the overhead compartment and carry it off the plane using the handle. Then, when you are off the plane and out of the way, you can set it down and start rolling it.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:41 AM #

      Oh, good point! I never thought of that one. Thanks for adding to the conversation, SLG.

  21. gabi klaf April 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    you are hysterical. i love this post. the commentary. the attitude, the photos. loooooove it.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:41 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by, Gabi! Always love a comment from you <3

  22. Jules April 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

    Wonderful list.

    I will, however, give people a pass on #22 if, and ONLY IF, the people in the row in front engage in #1.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:43 AM #

      I can see that, Jules. Pretty difficult for some people to squeeze out of inches of space without holding the seat. Maybe a polite, “Excuse me” would do the trick.

  23. Glen Jerrard April 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

    Comments on #19 and #22: Babies will not scream during landing if they are given a bottle. Toddlers could be given a small snack so that they are swallowing. For #22, older people often cannot get up with just the armrest and in fact need to touch the tops of people’s seats as they walk to or from the bathroom — balancing is often an issue on land, much less in an airplane. My husband is 89 and still flies occasionally. We fly during the day, so it’s unfortunate if he wakes someone by holding on to their seat, but it shouldn’t be the end of the world.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:54 AM #

      Thank you for your comments, Glen. Yes, often times offering a drink or a snack is helpful with the pressurization. Unfortunately, it is not always effective. I had horrible issues with it up to my late teens. The more I flew, the more it seemed to pass.

      I think that most people, myself included, are understanding about a person that is older, or with a disability that needs to hold on to the chair or needs extra assistance. I’m really trying to address those that don’t necessarily need to pull the chair, or do it with such aggression and no apology.

      I sincerely appreciate your comments and do hope that your husband never encounters someone that is not patient with his needs. I feel like I should have added another point that spoke of being understanding and patient with those that clearly need it.

  24. R.Romo April 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

    26.- We know now a days airlines don’t give any food (peantus & crackers if you’re lucky). So if you’re going to be hungry, eat in the airport. Don’t buy food to bring up on the plane. Especially highly aromatic food (curries, etc).

    27.- If you’re too sick to fly, DON’T!….you may have to pay extra expenses, but at least you will prevent a massive epidemic. Once sat next to a guy sick as a dog (coughing up a storm, runny nose, red eyes, the whole nine yards) as we are waiting on the plane he’s on the phone and tells the person he’s talking too “I’m too sick, I probably shouldn’t be flying, I went to the hospital last night”…. 0.0 (I swear I’m not making this up)

    28.- At baggage claim, if you see a bag and you “think” it may be yours, pull it out of the carrousel, check the tag, and if it’s not yours, put it back, simple. Don’t try to read the name on the tag as you fumble with the suitcase walking along at carrousel speed bumping onto other people waiting for their bags….

    29.- If you’re in a window seat be aware that getting up to the bathroom, stretch your legs, get something from the overhead, go to the bar, etc is a major pain in the … to your fellow travelers in the middle and aisle seat (unless you’re traveling with them) so be considerate and limit your in & out trips to the bare minimum (kill several birds with one stone, ie: if you’re going to the bathroom take advantage of the trip and get whatever you need from the overhead, go visit the flight attendants and get that extra drink and stretch your legs, all in one trip). This is especially important in overnight flights! If you have a small bladder, choose an aisle seat.

    Addendum to #17.- Bathroom: make it quick…..you’re not at home, there’s people waiting to use the facilities…

    I think that’s it…..
    for now……
    I’m sure I’ll think of something else on my next trip…..
    :o )

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:01 AM #

      Yes! Leave your stinky cheese at home!

      If I was sitting next to someone that said that to me about being sick, I would be livid! I hope you were able to find another seat! Incredible that he even said that too you!

      Bags- It’s pretty easy to tie something on there so you know it’s yours. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do this.

      I can hardly even stand to be in there for a minute. How do people stay in there so long?

      Thanks for your great comments, R.Romo!

  25. susan April 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM #

    How about ‘make sure that checked bag is really yours’. Someone took my ski bag and left theirs – looked just like mine. We got her name off the tag and started going around the baggage claim area yelling her name. Finally, someone spotted my bag and they told the person they had the wrong bag. When we asked her if she heard us yelling her name she said ‘Yes, I did but I didn’t know you people so I didn’t answer’. ????????? WTF?

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:09 AM #

      Are you kidding me? People are so funny! I’m glad they didn’t end up taking off with it, what a mess that would have been.

      Thanks for sharing with us, Susan.

  26. Brenda April 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM #

    Great list! I especially like the one about leaning your seat back in my face! I would add a couple more suggestions.

    * Some men insist on spreading their legs so wide that they take up their neighbor’s space if a woman is sitting next to them or put their knees against her legs. They don’t do it to other men.

    ** On a flight without seat assignments, please be willing to move to let families sit together.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:14 AM #

      Not cool for a man to do that. My legs are so long and I really have to go out of my way to not touch someone. It’s just curtesy.

      Seat assignments with families. I was so pissed to see that airlines are now charging fees to sit next to the people you book with. I think the courtesy to move seats for a family should go without saying, seat assignments or not!

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts, Brenda

  27. Jenna April 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM #

    Great list, Laurel. I agree, too, that having a positive attitude and being kind to those around you goes a long way. I like your idea of giving those parents flying with kids a smile so they know not eveyrone on the flight hates them :-)

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

      Indeed, Jenna. Kindness is always the best way to go. Hopefully the nasty person will feel the kindness and settle down a bit.

      I have always remembered every single person that complimented me on the behavior of my children after a flight. It really is such a nice gesture that means so much.

  28. Freya April 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM #

    Great post, loved it. I recognize most of the points and totally agree so annoying. I also agree kids will be kids and that’s perfectly fine but when a child is sitting behind you and is continuously kicking your seat, it would be really nice when the parent tries to stop this iso just saying oh well he/she is still a child. Especially if this goes on for hours.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:18 AM #

      I still can’t believe I forgot to add the kicking of the seats! That’s one of the worst ones, for kids and adults.

      Thanks for the comment and for taking the time, Freya!

  29. Colleen Lanin April 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM #

    LOVE THIS! One more to add…during the movie portion of the flight close your shade, window-seat person. I mean, come on!

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:19 AM #

      Thank you, Colleen. Not sure why people don’t get this one. Common sense does not always prevail, I guess.

      • Hippie4ever April 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM #

        Perhaps the reason is akin to positional vertigo:

        “In straight and level flight the fluid in the semicircular canals is resting and the little hair detectors alert and ready for action. Any directional change of your airplane will cause a reaction in the proper canal and signal to the brain which direction the aircraft has moved.

        As you enter a constant-rate turn (such as a standard rate 3?/second turn), the system goes to work; the hairs bend over and the proper signal travels to the brain indicating the direction of turning. Continuing the same turn for about 30 to 45 seconds will allow the fluid in the canal to catch up with the pilot and aircraft and the hairs will be pushed back to their upright position.

        Here’s where trouble begins! Inside the airplane, if you are unable to see the ground and establish a visual reference you are just seconds away from the famous graveyard spiral. You’re in a turn but your inner ear machinery tells you that you’re straight and level. Now, as the airspeed builds up in the turn you may think you are in a level dive and pull back on the control column. Increased back pressure on the controls will only tighten the turn and cause structural failure or a curving flight path into the ground. But suppose, by either a glimpse of the horizon or a recall of some “needle-ball-airspeed” technique. you are able to get the airplane squared away again to straight and level flight.

        The fluid, which continues to turn while you are returning to level flight, begins to creep back to neutral after you level the airplane. Because of its momentum, the fluid continues to flow after the canal has come to rest-bending the hairs along with it. You really are straight now, but you have the sensation of turning in the OPPOSITE direction from which you have just recovered. You instinctively bank away from the imaginary turn-and the cycle starts all over again.”

        Excerpted from: http://www.studentpilot.com/articles/medical_articles/article.php?medical_id=25

        For those individuals with heightened positional awareness they may NEED to see ground or even clouds to prevent disorientation. They may need to check when the plane is banking or turbulent and may be pulling the shade down in courtesy after they are relieved. We have fly several times a yr yet my husband still has an acute sense of the plane turning. To avoid nausea, disorientation, etc. he keeps the shade up. Most of the time we fly as a family and the shade issue would not be an annoyance to others. Maybe understanding will lead to compassion? :)

  30. Andrea, Passports And Pushchairs April 4, 2013 at 12:53 AM #

    So good, and oh so true! Somehow, even traveling with two kids and enough stuff to entertain them so they don’t cause an issue on the plane I usually still have less stuff than some people. Either bring less stuff or suck it up and pay to check a bag!

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:21 AM #

      What do people even put in all of those bags? It stinks that baggage fees are so much, but there is no use in making everyone suffer. It is what it is.

      Thanks for the comment, Andrea

  31. Cheryl Keit - Sing Travel Live April 4, 2013 at 1:16 AM #

    So true! Love this list – thankfully I haven’t taken that many long-haul flights for these little annoyances to irk me enough. Seriously though, are there really people who use the airplane toilet and don’t flush afterwards?!

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:23 AM #

      Thank you, Cheryl. Oh, I have seen unmentionable things more gross than that. Incredible and utterly disgusting.

  32. Paul Harrison April 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM #

    1. Point taken, however with airlines squeezing every centimeter, time to put some ergonomic regulations in place, like regular seat should not be designed using a 6 year old as the measurement for standards. When the standard airline seat with someone in front of you makes it impossible to open up a netbook, your seat measurements are wrong.

    2. No complaints there, but see #1
    3. True dat, since potential passengers have extrordinary long times in line to prepare, fair enough they have time to get down to skivvies put everything in bag to be scanned, on other point, TSA needs to hire competant people ( like ones that don’t steal or have criminal backgrounds, pick out cute women to frisk, and seriously if someone can take over an airplane with nail cutters, they deserve the plane)

    4. Laptop has to come out on tray? Why? It will be Xrayed anyway, see # 3 about incompetant TSA
    5, Carry on luggage out of control? That is a DIRECT result of airlines charging extra, cause and effect. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, sorry no sympathy here.
    6. Armrests? For a row of three seats there are 4 armrests, Three people have 6 arms, what part of simple math do you not understand?
    7. Right on, turn that crap down.
    8. Again, right on, no one likes a drunk.
    9. Three’s the charm, know peole got to be at airport early, take a bath, put on deoderant, but no cologne or perfume.
    10. You are on a roll, other than biting nails at takeoff and landing, rest should be done in the loo.
    11. Two words “free ambien” with caveat, only if they haven’t been drinking, no need for a kennedy moment
    12. Agreed, we understand after standing in line under intense scrutiny by minimum wage TSA agents, and having to follow a list of rules made up by govt committe, people are nervous, happy to oblige with 5 minutes of ” Hey! We are sitting next to each other and Hey! We are going to same place, buy a book.
    13. One suggestion , same thing used to keep cats off couch, spray bottle, fair play.
    14. No argument here, however, use union to make rules common sense not bullshit ones govt forces you to enforce.
    15. That is what first class is for, if you are in coach, it is pretty much like Titanic stowage, unfortunately the airline execs treat the flight attendants lower than the passengers, the caveat is they have to smile and serve to keep their jobs, remember there are 100 of you and 3 or 4 of them. Throw them a bone, it is not their fault.

    16. Again agreed, there is a button above your seat, rather than tell the smelly gy next to you to put his shoes back on, press the button, when flight attendant comes by, say politely “May I have a word?, Explain situation, let them take care of it they are trained on this. they understand.
    17. Aim, nuff said.
    18. Understond airline execs modeled seats from kindergarten desks, so may have to stretch legs, my addition to this is group flyers, yes you are all going onto a trip, yes you are happy to be going somewhere to bond, the airplane aisles and during flight are not place to bond, Chill, read book, play angry birds.
    19. Agreed, however, I am not against if you have a kid that is a cryer, or known to be loud, and you know flying is an issue, benadryl, yes I said it, or do like one couple did, make up a few bags of snacks and offer note “Our kids are going to be disruptive, the bags had ear stoppers and some candy”
    20. YES! Don’t mind the kid popping over seat and saying Hi, but if your kid kicks the back of my seat for 20 minutes and you take no action, do not be upset if I make a really scary face at them and say words you do not want them to learn for several years. I will give polite warning which you should be looking for, so no sympathy if you ignore the polite warnings that your kid is out of control.
    21. It is clouds, that is all.
    22. That refers back to people not being drunk on planes.
    23. Unless a Victorias Secret model, then disregard.
    24. Customs, fill out card on plane, ask for help, lie anyway. Once you get off plane it is not our problem, but we wil help
    25 . Front people get off first, trying to jump in line buys you what 15 seconds jump on getting to the luggage unloading which you will waot for 20 minutes anyway? Relax.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 3:16 AM #

      I am laughing so hard over this! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it all. Seats designed for a 6 yr old? I’ll go with a 10 year old ;)

      I feel you on the TSA points. It leaves everything in such a mess so often.

      My fav point you made is that the carry ons are out of control due to the checked bags fees. Such a great point.

      However, even if you are a VS model, I don’t want to see you in your skivvies :)

      • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:25 AM #

        I have to add that I don’t think calling the flight attendant over stinky feet is the best. Not unless you feel like you’re going to punch the guy if someone doesn’t intervene!

  33. ASA April 4, 2013 at 2:46 AM #

    We did not serve u on the floor and dont want to crawle on the foor to pick up your tray. U have probably waited at the gate for a long time before bording, so why must so many passanger stand in line to go to the bathroom right away on the airplane. Its often a long line, and then fight there way back to there seat , in the opposit direction of othere people bording the airplane. Often leaving a stinking Lav. IIt never fails and its on every flight?

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:27 AM #

      I always wonder why so many people have to use the restroom before take off. A little preplanning on this one would be nice.

      Thanks for stopping by, ASA

  34. Katie April 4, 2013 at 3:37 AM #

    Love this! I’m a flight attendant for American.
    #10. DO NOT CLIP YOUR FINGER OR TOENAILS ON THE PLANE. This is revolting. Trust me, I have seen and heard it so many times…
    BUY YOUR BABY OR TODDLER A SEAT, AND BRING A CAR SEAT. Really. Babies are just as valuable as the rest of us, and deserve to have a seatbelt during taxi, takeoff, landing, and turbulance. The car seat will make them feel safe and secure. I have three kids of my own. I know this to be true…
    DO NOT TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AND WALK AROUND THE AIRPLANE, ESP INTO THE BATHROOM. You may step on the wine glass I just broke in First Class, and, do you know how dirty the bathroom floor is???
    REMEMBER TO THROW DIAPERS OUT IN THE LAV, or stow them in a plastic bag that you have brought along. Throw them out yourself. Please don’t give them to the F/A.
    DO YOUR DOG A FAVOR. DON’T FEED HIM DURING THE FLIGHT. I remember a poor pup who had to go in F/C after her owner shared her lunch. Lucky for us, the passenger scooped it up with an airline blanket and tried to hide it…
    ENJOY YOUR FLIGHT ;)

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 4:46 AM #

      Love getting comments from flight attendants!

      Clipping nails on the plane? That is vile!

      Really agree with you on the carseat. It always made it so much easier on me when they were securely strapped in, and better for them.

      People go barefoot into the bathroom? ACK!

      Alright, this one threw me for a loop. People actually hand you the dirty diapers? That is pretty bad.

      OMG! You actually knew she picked it up with the blanket? I am laughing so hard out of total disbelief.

      Oh, please share more!
      Reply

  35. Sassy Stew April 4, 2013 at 5:12 AM #

    Another flight attendant here…

    Nice job on the article, love it!!

    (P.S. Check out “Passenger Shaming” on Facebook. You will DIE.)

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

      OMG! That is DISGUSTING! Are you kidding me?? My heart is bleeding for you. Seriously, that is crazy. I am so sorry, on behalf of my fellow human beings.

  36. Sally@Toddlers on Tour April 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM #

    Wish this list could be put out with everyone who books a flight.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

      Me too, Sally. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  37. James Steiner April 4, 2013 at 7:12 AM #

    Rule # 26) Clean up after your self and your children: Far too often on red-eye transcons and even on flights of 3 hours or less, I have seen some of the dirtiest aircrafts. The parents allow their kids to leave their garbage all over the floor, and at times, have even left used diapers in seta back pockets and on the floor and under the seats. If this is a reflection of how they travel, I would hate to see how they keep their residence.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

      James, I am still in shock over what a flight attendant shared with me (“Passenger Shaming” on Facebook). I can not believe people actually do this kind of stuff! Diapers in the seat pocket? Wow.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • kim April 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

      I’m a flight attendant and honestly I don’t care nearly as much about the trash you leave on the floor as I do about you not wiping the toilet seat after you pee all over it! Men, you have no excuse, and ladies, there wouldn’t be anything on the seat to concern you if you would just sit on it!!! If you choose not to, please have some consideration for the next person!!!!

      • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

        No kidding! It takes two seconds and doesn’t hurt you at all. Wipe the seat people!

        Thanks, Kim!

  38. Nathan April 4, 2013 at 7:44 AM #

    Excellent list, as a frequent flyer I concur.
    However, item 5 could easily be solved if the airlines enforced their own hand luggage rules.
    If it doesn’t fit in the frame, it doesn’t go in the cabin.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM #

      Nathan, so many people have said that. I wonder why they don’t enforce it any more. Time? Hassle? Certainly not guilt over all the fees.

      I whole heartedly agree with you.

  39. Cheryl April 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

    Amazing the crazy things people do on airplanes! On all kinds of public transportation you will find stories, however this post confirmed to us the reason that we ride buses and trains instead of planes, slow travel is the way for us to go.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

      I love slow travel too. It’s great to really get to know the place you are visiting. Traveling extensively in the US, I always chose to drive over flying. This is such a beautiful country with wonderful things to see along the way.

      Although, I’m not sure I would have time to take a ship on my international trips :)

  40. Sarah S April 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

    Another flight attendant endorsement. All good rules. Will be tweeting this! Thanks.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM #

      Thank you, Sarah! It means so much to get your endorsement!

  41. Sherry April 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM #

    I was a gate agent on the east coast.. This man came running for his flight at 0600 “shuttle” flight,with his oversized carry on bag. We told him he would have to check it and he stated, “I bring it every week and it fits”…… You know where this is going except that he decided to JAM the bag into the small overhead bin area and it stuck. When he tried to readjust it – yep he not only broke the bin but pulled it off the aircraft wall…which compromised the aircraft structure. Needless to say…. cancelled flight, commuters 3-4 hours late for their business, rebooked a full shuttle on other airlines, airplane was out of service for 4 days, thousands of dollars damage. The beauty of the whole thing is that he got on the phone and told the agent that someone did this and he wanted to be rebooked on another airline and have a refund…… The next Monday, he boarded without a bag and his head down…….

    **Also an explanation about the window shade up and down…. I asked a lady what she was looking for, (she was driving me nuts), and she told me that she had been on an aborted take off once and was afraid to be in the plane. However, if she looked out and saw the clouds, etc, it seemed to calm her down..she didn’t feel trapped–. just want to offer another point of view.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM #

      “The next Monday, he boarded without a bag and his head down…….”
      At least that! That is such a good example of the effect this kind of behavior can have. That really is a crazy story. I’m now going to be EXTRA careful in putting my bag up there. I travel with my camera equipment and it infuriates me to see people jamming their bags in with my camera bag up there. I wish it fit under the seat.

      With the window shade lady, I really understand. There are always exceptions. Thank you for your comments.

  42. Al April 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM #

    Agreed on all points. However, some people did get the memo. On a recent flight from Las Vegas to Washington Dulles, a mother seated two young children, about 6 and 8 years old, in the middle and window seat of my row. The mother said that they won’t bite and proceeded to her seat several rows back. During the 4 1/2 hour flight the kids got up once to go to the bathroom and occupied themselves quietly for the rest of the trip with games and with each other. I was so impressed with their behavior that at the end of the trip I complimented the mother on her parenting skills. Never thought I would say this but it was a pleasure to sit in a row with two young kids for several hours. Thanks for the article.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM #

      Beautiful, Al! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have also sat next to impeccably behaved children. As a mother, I am forever grateful when someone comments positively on the behavior of my kids.

      Thank you again for taking the time to share.

  43. MileageUpdate April 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

    Then again Ive seen people put their shoeless or sockless feet up on the bulkhead as well. Nasty stuff. But I did like the old pictures. Wow people sure did get dressed up to fly on planes way back when. Now all us Frequent Fliers just “slob” it up with our free flights :)

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

      Really?? Their feet on the bulkhead? Seriously gross.

      I remember having to dress up for flights as a kid. My dad worked for the airline and it was never an option for us to be sloppy or misbehave. It was always a very fancy occasion.

      Thanks for the comment!

  44. Matt from Saverocity April 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM #

    Very nice post, love the pics and feel ready to travel! Any advice on the acceptance of flatulence on a noisey aircraft?

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

      Thank you, Matt.

      Zero tolerance! Go to the bathroom! Oh, it’s horrible :P

  45. Geoffrey April 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Great list! 16 year FA here.
    May I add: please don’t touch the flight attendants. I can’t tell you how many times somebody has “poked” me on the buttocks or pulled my apron strings to get my attention. A simple “excuse me sir /ma’am” works just fine.
    if you are truly having trouble getting my attention, it’s because I’m interacting with another passenger or my ears are congested. Please wait till I get to your row. if I forgot something (gave you ice, but forgot to give you the can of diet coke)
    Then hit the call light. it’s annoying for non-emergencies, but it’s a hundred times better than touching me without buying me dinner and drinks first. Thanks

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM #

      Geoffrey, that is not acceptable. Do women FAs have the same issue? I’m guessing yes. It’s amazing what a simple “excuse me” will get you.

      Love the dinner comment ;)

  46. kim April 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

    My bag is MY footrest, NOT YOUR’S!!!

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM #

      Ouch. Another one under, “Totally, not cool”.

  47. MB April 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM #

    Don’t hit me in the head with your backpack, purse, briefcase, elbow, whatever.
    If you’re on an international flight and need to fill out a customs form keep a pen and your passport with you, not buried in the overhead bin.
    No No No stinky food, stinky bodies, nauseating perfume, nail polish & remover etc.
    Be considerate, you know? Familiar with the concept? Remember–you are not alone.

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM #

      Oh, I have seen the nail polish offender. Another one to add to the stinky list.

      Thanks for the great comment, MB!

  48. Bill April 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM #

    As a man, I was about to add the rule regarding men who are seemingly incapable of sitting with their legs together, but I saw someone else post that. It is not true that they don’t do this to other men. I feel as if I’m always twisted in a knot, trying to avoid being intimate w the guy next to me. No, it’s not that you’re so “gifted” that you can’t bring your legs closer together. They’re called adductor muscles, either use them or buy a thigh master and get them in shape!

    • Laurel April 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

      I got nothin’ on this one. I’ll wait for some other men to chime in here.

      Thanks for the anatomy lesson though ;)

  49. Sam D April 5, 2013 at 1:01 AM #

    Love it!
    Its al soo true and if only everyone in the world would (1) read this and change or (2) have the world be like it was in the old days when people had respect for themselves and others property

    • Laurel April 5, 2013 at 3:43 AM #

      Good point, Sam! Thanks for your comment

  50. nels April 5, 2013 at 2:35 AM #

    Yeah, although the one thing on the list that I truly find impossible about flying – crying kids – is excused. All the other stuff they are condemning is not nearly as irritating. Granted, there is nothing one can do about the kids.

  51. nels April 5, 2013 at 2:43 AM #

    I think number 24 is getting just a bit too anal. People can fill out the cards after they get off. Sometimes you just can’t find a pen. Sorry.

    Number 8 is just puritanical and self-righteous. If you are an obnoxious drunk, you should never do it in public, but getting a buzz while on a plane should be allowed as long as you don’t break the other rules in the process of doing so.

    It was bad enough when they got rid of the smoking section on flights.

    • Laurel April 5, 2013 at 3:49 AM #

      The card issue is when you are in the customs line and the person in front of you with the customs agent is there with an empty card having no clue what to do. Flight attendants are always there to help with that. If they don’t know what to do, it should be taken care of before getting in line. That’s all.

      Hey, I’m all about having a drink on the plane. Hell, Lufthansa even offers free wine, beer, and liqueurs during the flight. Throw a Bailey’s in my coffee and I’m happy! I’m referring to getting wasted. People do it, far too often.

      Really have to disagree with the smoking thing. I can’t believe it was ever allowed.

  52. nels April 5, 2013 at 2:52 AM #

    Actually, the rules are all quite good but the voice of delivery is enough to remind you that you are crammed into a cattle car. To really be effective internationally, the tone would have to be made much more civilized.

    • Laurel April 5, 2013 at 3:50 AM #

      Maybe, but it’s all in good fun. Anyway, I think cattle get more space!

      Thanks for your comments. Always appreciated!

  53. Sylvia April 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM #

    Another flight attendant here. As someone said, feet up on the bulkhead is rude, but feet up on top of the seat in front over another persons head is rude and gross! Also, when passengers sitting in the isle seats sit sideways with their legs blocking the isle, and then role their eyes when you try to pass. And people seem to think that anything they find on the plane is free. I can not tell you how many time my lunch, candy bar, water bottle or magazine that I’ve brought to work have been taken out of my jumpseat or galley area.

    Your list is great and right on. I’m sure after reading some of these comments, you’ll have another top 25 list!

  54. Flashpackatforty - Craig April 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

    Really great post, all true and had me chuckling. They should hand this out at checkin.

  55. Sunil April 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM #

    Window-seat person- On long night flights that weave in and out of daylight, keep that shade closed. The cabin is shared space and the others are sleeping. You want to read, use the overhead light provided. You like to be a scenic observer of clouds, charter a flight or fly your own aircraft.

  56. Malin April 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM #

    Brilliant article!! One of the best I have read on the topic flying, will immediately share it to my Twitter followers

  57. Rebecca April 6, 2013 at 4:35 AM #

    I was sitting on a plane once watching a psgr. trying to stuff their HUGE carry-on into the overhead. Try after try after push after shove! Then as I was shaking my head thinking, no, it aint gonna fit, about 20 other psgrs yelled, “it’s not going to fit, go check it in!” I felt like I had tramnsmitted my thoughts and giggled as I shrunk into my seat! Look around you…your not the only one here! We got stuff too!

  58. Confused in NJ April 6, 2013 at 5:59 AM #

    On pt. 16, “If you are having an escalating issue with another passenger, call the flight attendant. We don’t need to be inches from your hostility. Do not bring us into your ring.”

    You should settle it yourself. It’s not the FA’s job to police people who don’t get along. If I had a personal problem with someone at work, I would solve it with that person. How is my boss going to help me? It’s one thing if the issue was work related, but on a personal level, the parties involved need to shut up. I mean, you’re never going to see that person again, so why even bother getting into a fight?

    • Becca May 6, 2013 at 5:37 AM #

      Totally agree!! As a flight attendant myself, if someone were to ask me to deal with an issue I didn’t even witness, ii probably wouldn’t. I mean come on. You’re old enough to deal with your own stuff, I’m not your babysitter, nor mediator. Deal with your own personal problems.

  59. Judith April 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

    Love, love, love this list. As a 14 year flight attendant, then a voracious business traveler I have seen both sides of the coin. Yes, it is appalling what people do now days on airplanes. Exiting after even a short flight it is truly awful to see what people do to their seating area. Would hate to enter their homes if this is any example of how they live.
    One of the worst offenses in my flying days was the crap (sometimes literally!) passengers used to hand me and expect me to take away. There were no plastic gloves then. There is a perfectly good little burp bag in the seat pocket for you to use in the disposal of your dirty diaper, used kleenex and trash from the lunch you brought onboard with you.
    If passengers could only realize there are others on the plane with them, and go out of their way to be considerate and polite (what a concept) many of these issues would be alleviated. One can only hope, right?

  60. Emily April 26, 2013 at 5:40 AM #

    Definitely agree with #7, but what’s worse is when people try to listen to something without headphones. I got into an argument with a couple who was trying to watch videos from a concert without using headphones! They couldn’t understand why I had a problem with it… Frustrating!

  61. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures May 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM #

    Amen sister!

  62. LiamH January 9, 2014 at 2:35 AM #

    Hey Laurel,

    Great article, but I’ve got one more thing to add to it: Never touch another persons window shade.

    Seriously I was in the window seat on a day time LHR to YYZ flight, and the guy next to quite literally reached across me and closed my window shade… I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that it was any of your business to decide whether or not I get to look out the window… Thanks for making the decision for me!

    Needless to say, I gave him a stern look and promptly opened my shade up again.

    I hated him for the remaining 6 hours.

    • Laurel Perry January 9, 2014 at 2:42 AM #

      Love that last line, Liam! If one is to make such a bold move, best to do it later on in the flight.

      I would have done the same thing, or inquired about a possible light sensitivity.

      Thanks for adding that one!

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