• How to be a considerate airline traveler

    2015-10-12

    Every traveler who has ever boarded an airplane knows that there are several annoying habits that can really drive fellow passengers crazy. Whether it's the passenger in front of you with his seat all the way back the whole trip, or the one sitting next to you blasting her music as if no one else can hear, there's always someone that aggravates surrounding passengers. Don't be that traveler. Be self-aware and follow these travel tips to be a more considerate airline passenger.

    When boarding
    When the airline attendant makes the announcement that it's time to board the plane, there's no need to jump up and run to the door. As long as you're in your departure gate's general area and you have your ticket, you won't be left behind. A lot of travelers like to gather around the gate before the boarding process has even begun. Fox News noted that it's important you don't block the gate when you're in one of the last sections to be called. Although you may be eager to get to your destination, try to relax and wait until the proper time to get in line. This will make the process much easier, not only for you, but for the flight attendants and all of your fellow flyers.

    According to the news source, when it comes to particularly crowded planes, try to keep in mind that overhead storage is usually packed by the time the last passengers board. If you have a small suitcase and a backpack, leave the backpack on hand and store it under your seat to open up that space for someone who hasn't stored their luggage yet.

    While in the air
    Although all travelers seem to have their own opinions on the matter, it can really inconvenience the passenger behind you if you put your seat back too far. They no longer have proper leg room or space to put down their tray table. Of course, during overnight flights when most passengers are sleeping, this is more acceptable.

    According to Fox News, germs are a major issue on planes, as they can spread easily. Be aware of the fact that you're seated extremely close to other passengers, especially if you're in a middle seat. If you're sick and know you're going to be sneezing a lot, keep a pack of tissues on you so you're not getting everyone around you sick. The online travel source even recommended postponing a trip if you're not feeling well. It can be an inconvenience, but traveling is for the healthy- if you embark on a journey with a bad cough, you'll most likely fall more ill and get everyone around you sick in the process.

    When arriving
    Landing after a long flight can be a nightmare if you're impatient and aggressive. Try to stay as relaxed as possible and wait for those in front of you to file out. According to Conde Nast Traveler, this can be difficult, especially when everyone around you is racing to exit the plane, but being as courteous as possible will end up making your experience more pleasant as well.

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