I often talk about etiquette while flying but today I want to discuss my top etiquette tips for the airport, before you ever get on a plane. The airport is a frantic place full of people knowingly and unknowingly making bad decisions. I see it every time I fly. Even though airport etiquette tips are easy to follow, the infractions still happen on a regular basis. So without further ado here are my top airport etiquette tips.
Standing on moving walkway. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with standing on the moving walkway. It’s not my favorite thing, but if you really need the rest it’s totally fine. What’s not totally fine is someone standing there who sets their bag down and effectively blocks everyone else from moving past. If you are going to stand or walk slowly, move over to the right (just like while driving) and try to minimize the space you take up so people can easily pass you.
Airport Pickup. When you are picking someone up from the airport please follow the rules (and, you know, the law) and either circle the airport until your pickup arrives, or wait in a cell phone lot if your airport has one. It’s so frustrating when I see drivers struggling to get to the people they are picking up because of cars illegally waiting extended periods of time. I get that it’s not as convenient to circle the airport or wait in a cell phone lot, but that doesn’t mean you should get special treatment over everyone else.
Hogging the outlets. If you have more than one device you need to charge at airport then do your fellow travelers a favor and use a Mini Travel Surge Protector. Otherwise don’t use more than one plug at a time. We all need to charge stuff, so sacrifice one of your devices charge so that someone else can plug in.
Wait your turn to board. There is a chronic issue that plagues airports. It’s not delayed flights (although it feels like that’s a constant issue too!). It is people airport getting in the boarding line before it’s their turn. It happens all the time and is super annoying to other passengers. The best thing to do is to wait until your group is called, and stand as close to your assigned space as possible. If someone around you messes up, it’s not that big of a big deal–but try to be correct yourself. The more people boarding at the correct time, the smoother the whole process will go!
Get out of the way once through security. After you go through the security line, pick up your bins and suitcase and get out of the way. If everyone got their stuff and moved out of the way, security lines would move much faster!
Watch out for top heavy luggage. Don’t let go of your top heavy luggage unless it’s flat on the ground. Try and pack heavier items at the bottom of your suitcase, and before you leave the house stand up your luggage to see if it will tip over. If it does adjust your items accordingly. Many suitcases have a front pocket for a laptop (like my Victorinox), but definitely test it out before leaving to make sure it doesn’t fall. I still recommend you keep your hands on your luggage or lay it down even if it doesn’t seem to be off balance. Better to be safe than sorry!
Readers, what etiquette breaches do you see most often at airports?
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