Airplane Etiquette ~ What You Need To Know Before You Fly

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Spend enough time on planes and you will be horrified at the way some other travelers behave. Most people however are unaware their behavior is offensive and would be embarrassed if they knew. Sitting next to someone doing any of the following things can ruin your flight, but not only do you not want to sit next to this person, you don’t want to be them!

With that in mind let’s look at some airplane etiquette items, to help you become the ideal traveler.

1. Take A Shower!

I don’t know why this even needs to be said, but for the love of God take a shower the morning you are flying! You may think you smell fine, but that musty smell people get when they haven’t showered is gross. Especially when you are trapped next to it on a long flight. Or any flight.

2. Use Deodorant

Again, really?? I had a lady argue with me about this on a travel forum recently. She said why bother when you will jut be sitting there next to strangers anyway? Here is why – B.O is gross. No one should have to smell your B.O on a flight.

3. Wear Clean Clothes

Even if you have been backpacking for 6 months you can find a basin, some water and some soap and at least wash a t-shirt and some undies a couple of days before you fly. Being stuck on a plane next to someone who is smelly is just plain awful, and unfair.

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4. Dress Appropriately

The first thing to think about is being comfortable and warm when you fly, but you also need to be appropriately dressed. Don’t have your boobs half hanging out, your belly out, short shorts etc. Do all of that at home by all means, but on a flight you need to think of others too.

I was stuck next to a girl in a crop top recently, and her belly rolls were all over the place, with her bare skin not only squishing into our shared armrest, but also flopping over into my seat space.

Some airlines won’t let you on if you are inappropriately dressed, others don’t care.

5. Don’t Pick Your Nose, Ears or Any Other Body Part.

This is just basic decent manners. If you need to get something out of your nose/ear/bandaid/other body part, go to the bathroom and do it there. It is so unbelievably gross to be stuck next to a picker.

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6. No Manspreading.

Dudes, I get it – you want to spread your legs, claim someone else’s space, and draw attention to your crotch. But for God’s sake, cool it. Your space is what falls between the arm rests, nothing beyond that. So keep your leg out of the aisle and out of the person next to you’s space. It doesn’t make you look like an alpha male, it makes you look somewhere between insecure and rapey, especially if you are sitting next to a female.

manspreading.

I have exactly zero problem telling any dude to get his leg out of my space, but plenty of women get intimidated (which is probably why you do it) and won’t say anything. It’s not cool, so stop it.

7. Stay In Your Own Lane

Keep your body inside your seat. Your thighs don’t belong in my seat, your arms don’t belong there either. We all have paid for the space that lies between the armrests, so you need to keep all of you inside that space.

If you have a window or aisle seat you can lean to the side or adjust yourself to get comfortable. The person in the middle seat has nowhere to go so they get both armrests – it’s only fair.

Also, keep your hair out of other people’s business.

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8. Keep Your Feet On The Floor

bare feet on airplane
oh come onnnn!

You may be all up on your comfort game, but feet need to stay on the floor. Whether bare feet or in socks, it is never ok to put your feet up on the seats or on the armrests of the seat in front of you.

bare feet on airplane
this is rude, inconsiderate and plain gross.

9. Don’t Bring Smelly Food On Board

I’m a huge advocate of bringing healthy snacks when you fly. Sometimes you wind up bringing something more substantial on the plane with you, but just make sure its not smelly.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Be considerate of others when bringing food on board. Tuna sandwiches, fast foods, Chinese food – smelly foods don’t only bother the people sitting immediately around you, but also stink out that entire section of the plane. The smell of McDonalds remnants is even more gross 3 hours into a flight than when you board with it.

While we are on food, also don’t bring messy foods that you can spill on someone. I have had starbucks tipped on me, and pho splashed on me. It’s not fair, don’t bring them on board.

10. Take Out Your Trash

trash left on airplane
On what planet is this considered acceptable??

Before landing the flight attendants always come by with trash bags to collect any refuse you have. Rather than dropping trash on the floor, put it in the bag. If you have been sticking dirty tissues etc in the seat back pocket, now is the time to trash them. Don’t leave a mess behind.

Conde Nast Traveler 20 Best Airlines In The World

I found this article, written by Tim Winship, on Smarter Travel.

I travel all the time and do multiple international flights per year, so when I saw the headline about the 20 best airlines in the world I had to check it out and see who made the top spots. Most international carriers do a completely average to below average job. Service is meh. Food is worse than meh. Comfort level in economy class is negligible. So when you board a flight on a really great international carrier you are aware of it on so many levels. And it is fantastic!

I was really excited to see my country’s airline making the top spot. If you ever get the opportunity you should take a flight on Air New Zealand. As far as flying experiences go, this airline just cannot be beaten. Of course I’m madly patriotic and super proud of Air New Zealand! They win so many awards every year, and its not hard to see why. But there are 19 more airlines on the list, so lets check them out:

The 20 Best Airlines In The World

Every year, Conde Nast Traveler gets a lot of mileage out of its Readers’ Choice Awards, slicing and dicing feedback from 300,000 travelers into a dizzying array of categories, sub-categories, and sub-sub-categories. Not only is there a ranking of the best cities in the world, there’s also a list of the best small cities in the U.S. The world’s best hotels are named, sure. But also the top 10 hotels in Europe, and in Northern Asia, and in Eastern Mexico, and in Florence.

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Let’s go right to the top of the taxonomic pyramid and see what the publication’s readers had to say about airlines, and not just regional airlines based east of the Mississippi with name begins with ‘S.’ We’re interested in the best of the best, no qualifiers: The World’s Best Airlines.

According to the travel-savvy group that comprises Conde Nast’s survey base, the world’s 20 best are as follows:

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Come fly the friendly skies

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Emirates
  5. Swiss
  6. Virgin Australia
  7. Virgin Atlantic
  8. Asiana
  9. Aegean
  10. Cathay Pacific
  11. Korean Air
  12. Qantas
  13. All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  14. Finnair
  15. Turkish Airlines
  16. Etihad
  17. Japan Airlines
  18. EVA Air
  19. Lufthansa
  20. KLM

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And in the Best U.S. Airline category, readers voted as follows:

  1. Virgin America
  2. JetBlue
  3. Alaska Airlines
  4. Hawaiian Airlines
  5. Sun Country

There are no great surprises in the results of either ranking, although Singapore’s fall from its longtime perch atop the list is a reminder that airlines can’t rest on their laurels. The dominance of Asian and Middle Eastern carriers is the continuation of two established trends, the former of long standing, the latter more recent. If anything stood out from the results, it was the appearance on the World’s Best list of Aegean, the smallish Greek carrier. Among the domestic airlines, the only significant change was Southwest’s replacement in the fifth spot by Sun Country, the Minneapolis-based leisure carrier.

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Airline Pilot Explains 11 Code Words That Passengers Don’t Understand

It’s summer, we are all flying places on vacation, wouldn’t it be nice to understand the coded language that flight crews use?

I found this article on MSN.com

Airline pilot reveals the meanings of 11 code words passengers don’t understand

Benjamin Zhang
Slide 1 of 11: <p>For most of us, flying is still an inherently mysterious activity. </p><p> To shed some light on the world of commercial air travel, Business Insider turned to Patrick Smith, an author and airline pilot, for some answers. </p><p> Smith, who is the author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cockpit-Confidential-Everything-Questions-Reflections/dp/1402280912">Cockpit Confidential</a>, created a glossary of commonly misunderstood airline jargon that can be found on website, <a href="http://www.askthepilot.com/">Ask the Pilot</a>.</p><p> According to Smith, some of the terminology is highly technology with others are quite humorous and even a bit absurd.</p><p> Here are a selection of these entries.</p>

For most of us, flying is still an inherently mysterious activity.

To shed some light on the world of commercial air travel, Business Insider turned to Patrick Smith, an author and airline pilot, for some answers.

Smith, who is the author of Cockpit Confidential, created a glossary of commonly misunderstood airline jargon that can be found on website, Ask the Pilot.

According to Smith, some of the terminology is highly technology with others are quite humorous and even a bit absurd.

Here are a selection of these entries.

Etihad Airways

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Delta 747 at gate

Delta flight crew

 

Etihad airplaneSLIDE © Etihad

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