One of the hardest things for me to get a grasp on when I first started traveling often was the etiquette. I promise, it’s not that I’m a rude person–there are just scenarios that new travelers aren’t even aware of, and it can take a lot of travel to finally figure it all out. So if you are a new frequent flier, or maybe someone who doesn’t fly all that regularly but still wants to be polite, here are my top five etiquette tips for travel.
1. After you go through the security line, pick up your bins and suitcase and get out of the way. I mentioned this during my security post recently, but this is a biggie. If everyone got their stuff and moved out of the way, security lines would move much faster!
2. Put your suitcase in the overhead bin near your seat. It is very aggravating to people sitting in the front to open the bins all around their seat, only to find there is no space left because people sitting in the very back took it. Obviously if the bins near your seat are full that is a different scenario. But if you’re sitting in row 30 and you put your bags over row 8 just because, I think it’s rude.
3. When you’re getting up out of your seat, don’t grab the seat in front of you for balance. This is one of those things that I never thought about until I started flying often. It may feel like you’re barely touching the seat, but I promise you the person sitting there feels it jarringly. If you need help getting up, use your own seat.
4. Be mindful about reclining. I have done several posts about whether or not reclining your seat is rude, and the community definitely has strong, differing opinions about it! If you choose to recline your seat, do it slowly, and don’t do it during mealtimes. Some people prefer to ask the person behind them. If that works for you, great! It seems like it would be awkward to me.
5. Be patient when you’re deplaning. Don’t push and shove to get out. If someone near you has a tight connection, let them go first. If you have a tight connection, let the people around you know so they can let you pass.
In the end, I recommend that people take a deep breath and try not to let things bother them. At the same time, treat others the way you would like to be treated!
Readers, what do you think are the most important etiquette rules during travel?
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