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Some passengers can make one have a nightmarish experience on flights. Follow the steps below to know how to behave properly when you travel by air

  • Anticipate security checks

This is all about thinking a few steps ahead, so you get through the screening process as quickly as possible. Before you get to the X-ray machine, take everything out of your pockets. Put it all in your bag, or the pocket of a coat that you’ll put through the machine. When your belongings come out, collect them quickly and move to a spot where you’re not blocking anyone. Then, you can put your shoes and belt back on.

  • Don’t monopolise overhead compartment

If you have two carry-on bags, keep the smaller one at your feet. And, as the flight attendants will likely remind you, don’t take up someone else’s space by putting your bag horizontally in the overhead compartment.

  • Don’t fight air hostesses

The ban on the use of electronic devices during take-off and landing may be absurd but that doesn’t mean it’s not a rule. Furthermore, the flight attendants didn’t create it. Giving them a hard time is obnoxious, and just delays the plane getting to cruising altitude.

It is important to make sure to look behind you before you recline your seat. You would also do well to warn the fellow traveler whose space you are about to invade, so that they can hang onto their drink or adjust their laptop.

Both flights and misbehaving children can induce headaches. Together, they are almost certain to. For parents, it is necessary to make an extra effort to keep your kids in check. You may be exhausted, but they are your responsibility.

For passengers with complaints: talk to the parents, don’t scold the kid. It’s not your place to correct the behaviour of a stranger’s child, and you’re likely to annoy the only people who can stop the kicking of your seat.

Having a few drinks is a fine way to pass time, but keep yourself in check. You could become very annoying to everyone around you if you’re reeking of booze, and need to get up to use the lavatory every 20 minutes.

  • Middle seat gets the armrest

Unlike the passengers in the aisle or window seats, whoever is in the middle seat has no room to stretch their feet or rest their head. It’s only fair to yield them both of the armrests.

Obviously, body odour is a terrible thing to inflict on your fellow passengers. Take a shower before heading to the airport if possible, and use deodorant. But keep in mind that overly strong cologne or perfume can be as unpleasant as awful body odour in close quarters.

  • Conversation is not by force

If you feel like striking up a conversation, go ahead. You can meet new and interesting people, and maybe make the experience of air travel a bit more pleasant. But if the other person is clearly not interested, let it drop. Many people just want to endure the flight in silence, but will likely be too polite to just ignore you. On the other hand, if someone starts talking to you and you don’t feel like chatting, be polite, but make it clear you have other things to do. You can open a book, or slowly put your headphones on.

  • Plan your bathroom breaks

Think ahead when planning your bathroom breaks. If you see a flight attendant with a cart in the aisle, stay put. You could easily end up with the cart between you and your seat. Depending on the flight attendant, you’ll be stuck in the aisle until the service is complete, or delay service so the cart can back up and you can sit back down. It goes without saying that getting up before the dinner trays have been collected is a taboo.

Don’t take a lot of time, and don’t make a mess. There are probably people waiting to get in there, and they deserve a clean lavatory as much as you do.

Remember that everyone is as eager to get off the plane as you are. Don’t crowd into the aisle if there isn’t room, and let everyone ahead of you get out before making a move. You’ll have plenty of time to prepare before it’s your turn to exit, so make sure you have everything, and that you don’t take any more time than you need to.

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