I travel on airplanes often. When I write about my in-flight experiences it’s usually a shameless plea for Otis Spunklemeyer Cookies to be served to economy class travelers. Warm cookies are gratis in business class and first class on American. I look forward to using my upgrades for this reason. No joke. I hit the upgrade button and think, “Ah yeah…warm cookie, boss!”
Maybe cookies should be a reward for being a considerate traveler. I’ve witnessed some seriously poor travel etiquette so today I’m compelled to post:
Travel Tips for People Who Would Like to Act Like Decent People While Flying on Airplanes with Other People:
So…you wanna take your shoes off. I get it. If you must unleash your dogs please keep in mind that you’re in public. Not everyone thinks your socks rock. Slip your shoes off when you’re seated if you must and put them back on when you traipse down the aisle. Please have unsmelly foot zones.
Putting your foot on the armrest in front of you is downright rude, gross and intrusive to the person whose arm is supposed to rest on the armrest which is, by the way, their armrest. Arm. Dig?
When you put your feet or knees on the back of the seat in front of you…the person seated in said seat can totally feel that. It sucks. Try not to suck.
When you get up from your seat try not to haul your weight up by using the seat in front of you. That is not how I like my world rocked. This tip also applies to hanging onto every seat as you mosey down the aisle. Sometimes you gotta steady yourself. Cool. Use this method sparingly.
When you stand in the aisle facing into your row and you bend over at the waist…your butt is face level with the person seated in the aisle seat opposite your row. Awkward.
Don’t crowd the gate. You have an assigned seat. You will get to sit in it.
Headphones are not optional. On a flight to Lisbon I got to listen to Alvin and The Chipmunks because a toddler didn’t want to wear his headphones.
If someone asks you to have your kid wear headphones don’t get riled and then read stories to your child in a loud, animated voice for the rest of the flight. Being passive aggressive to your fellow travelers is not good parenting.
Use your inside voice. You’re inside.
Keep in mind that people may be traveling for many reasons…some joyful, some not so joyful. Being considerate doesn’t cost you more.
Being a jerk to the flight attendants makes you look like a jerk.
Be thoughtful, considerate, self-aware. Maybe they’ll give the nice people cookies.
This has been a public service announcement. And another shameless plea for warm cookies!
Please feel free to add a travel tip, vent about rude travelers or join me in my pursuit of warm cookies for all classes in the comment section.