OTR reader Chris posted a comment to my "Planeguage" post last week that I thought was so good I would post it here (and if you hate it, feel free to harass him, not me). He’s compiled some thoughts on etiquette while flying that were particularly apropos during this busy traveling season. Thanks, Chris…
I’m a frequent business traveller & have seen a lot over the
years. Here’s a travel etiquette document that I’ve written and updated
over the years with input from friends.
In the Airport
1. Wait for people to get off the train/bus before attempting to board.
2. Do not stand directly in front of the train/bus door when waiting for people to get off.
3. When waiting to board the plane, do not go near the gate until
your row is called. There is no excuse to have to wade through a herd
of people to get to the gate.
4. Look where you are walking.
5. If you are not walking on the moving sidewalks & escalators,
stand on the right and allow room for people to get by you. This
includes keeping your baggage out of the way.
6. There would be room for more people at the baggage claim conveyor
if everyone would stand back a few steps and only stand directly next
to the conveyor when picking up their luggage. There’s really no need
to pack two rows of people directly beside the conveyor.
7. Be ready at the security check point. Do not make people wait
behind you while you search for your boarding pass or ID. Be quick when
removing your coat, shoes, pocket contents, laptop, film, etc. You can
put a lot of items from your pockets in your carry-on or coat pockets
before arriving at the inspection point.
8. Don’t cut in front of someone in the security screening line then
set off the alarm because you didn’t empty out your pockets. Don’t cut
in front of anyone period.
On the Plane
1. If wearing a backpack, remove it when boarding to avoid hitting
someone in the head. Be careful with any carry on to avoid hitting
those already seated. Watch your rear end also. No one wants it in
2. Do not take up an entire overhead. If you carry on two items, put
one under the seat in front of you. If your “carry-on” takes up the
entire overhead, check it.
3. If you can’t carry it, it’s not a carry-on. Check it.
4. Remove any items that you might want during the flight from your
carry-on before placing it in the overhead to avoid getting up and
blocking traffic later.
5. Be quick about placing your carry-on in the overhead. Do not block traffic.
6. There is no need to stand up when departing the plane until the
rows in front of you are clear. The person sitting next to you does not
want your rear end in his/her face. Do you really deplane faster if you
stand hunched-over waiting for the rows in front of you to clear?
7. Be careful about leaning your seat back in coach. The person
sitting behind you probably does not want your seat in his/her lap.
There’s not a lot of room on planes these days.
8. Ringing the flight attendant call button during takeoff and landing will not get you anywhere.
9. Do not kick, push, or bump the seat in front of you. Don’t rest your feet on the seat in front of you.
10. Do not bounce the tray table whether it is attached to the seat in front of you or to your own seat.
11. Do not stuff all your belongings into the seat pocket in front
of you. The person in the seat in front of you can feel this in his/her
12. Control your children.
13. Wear headphones when using your computer, MP3 player, DVD player, game…
14. Most people want to sleep on red-eyes. Try to be a little quieter than normal if you’re not sleeping.