Now that we are in the holiday season, traveling is beginning to get hectic. Whether you only travel for the holidays or you travel year-round for work, I have some travel etiquette tips that will help you and others’ travel go smoothly.
Travel Etiquette Do’s:
- Be prepared when you reach the front of TSA. Don’t slow down the line by fumbling for your boarding pass and ID, have it handy.
- Grab your bags quickly when you get in the aisle. Don’t meander about, get up, grab your bag, and start walking. Everyone wants off the plane.
- Stick to your space. You paid for a seat, and so did the person next to you, so stay in yours and out of theirs.
- Let people with connecting flights off before you if you are at your final destination.
- Use headphones. No one wants to hear your game of Candy Crush on a three hour flight.
Travel Etiquette Don’ts:
- Don’t stand in the aisle near the bathroom. People need to be able to pass through.
- Don’t bring more than the allotted amount of baggage.
- Don’t kick someone’s seat repeatedly.
- Don’t take your shoes and socks off and put them near people. That is disgusting.
- Don’t talk over someone between you and your friends/family. Ask them to switch, that way they can enjoy their flight as well.
- Don’t cut off others who are exiting the plane. We all want to get out of the airport. Mowing people down doesn’t help.
- Don’t bring stinky food on a plane. The smell permeates through the air, and can affect people with sensitive stomachs or smells.
- Don’t wear heavy perfume. Be sensitive to allergies that others may have.
We’re all in this together when it comes to a plane flight, so be considerate, and others will do the same for you. Unless you have a private plane that just you fly on, you will have to be around others, and a little bit of etiquette goes a long way in making friends.