There are probably few things worse than being stuck in a 13-hour flight with a raging migraine, no thanks to inconsiderate travellers who possess neither travel etiquette nor basic common sense. Here’s how not to be THAT guy (or girl)!
Have you ever been rudely awoken from a much needed shut-eye by an ungodly shriek from the back of your skull? Or incessant, horribly annoying kicks to the back of your seat? Been there, done that, right? We can all benefit from having good travel etiquette; these simple actions can make your journey as well as others you’re travelling with, be it strangers or otherwise, a pleasing one, instead of sticking out in your memory vault as the most horrific long-haul flight in the history of mankind.
How often have you seen the already-limited seats being occupied by carry-on bags, sweaters, throw blankets, or newspaper? Be kind, and let others sit and rest. And no, your precious Prada “baby” isn’t going to mysteriously grow a pair of feet and make a run for it.
Patience Is A Virtue
Some kiasu travellers seem to throw all sense of civility out the window as soon as the airline ground staff starts the boarding process. What’s up with that? Take it easy, folks – your numbered seats are not going to bail on you, so stop stampeding to the front of the line before your group is called, cheesing off the well-mannered folk around you. Wait patiently in your seat (you can do it!) until it’s your turn.
A Lil Heads-Up
You’ve just loaded your carry-on in the overhead compartment and plopped into your seat. Before you could settle down for a comfortable ride, making sure you’ve got everything you need within reach, the guy in front of you decides to recline his seat. Although he has every right to do so, reclining the seat eats into your already-restricted personal space. All we’re saying is, a heads-up would have been nice.
Ensure Your Kids Behave
If you have kids in tow, make sure they’re well-behaved so they don’t drive other passengers up the wall. Shush them when they’re way too loud, don’t let them get fidgety in the seat or fool around with the seat in front by kicking or pulling it. Remember – not everyone thinks your children are “cute”. YOU are solely responsible for the actions of your untamed offspring.
Personal Hygiene Is Your Best Friend
Imagine being trapped in an elevator with someone who’s just casually unloaded a mean concoction of gas. Yes, being stuck in a plane with bad BO (body odour) is sort of like that.
Please ensure that you maintain good standards of personal hygiene – take a shower and apply deodorant before travelling – and put on some clean clothes. And if you know you have foot odour issues, DO NOT remove your shoes – at any cost!
Be Kind, Give Up The Armrests
Most of us usually opt for the window or aisle seats (we call it the ‘bookend’ syndrome. Go figure). Let’s face it – middle seats are unpopular and hardly anyone cares to be sandwiched in between two strangers, so how about showing some kindness and letting those seated in the middle get both the armrests?
So you and your best buds just can’t stand being seated away from each other – you’ve got a ton of stories to catch up on, and you simply must do it right away – on-board the aircraft. And so giggles, guffaws and boisterous accounts of the night before’s misadventures are exchanged across the row of seats, as the volume increases. Er, excuse me, you’re not travelling on a chartered plane here, so just put a cork in it already. Respect other passengers’ personal space – and please, enough with the selfies.
Take The Hint
Meeting interesting people is a definite perk when travelling. But not everyone is a chatterbox, and not everyone thinks you’re dazzlingly fascinating. So read between the lines – if they’re interested in talking to you, you’ll get a two-way conversation; otherwise, he/she will be slowly reaching for the headphones. Take the hint and read the in-flight mag instead!
Kiasu-ism hits again as soon as you’ve reached your destination (getting on and off the aircraft seem to unleash the disgraceful, overdramatic beast). Why do you insist on being the first one off although you’re smack in the middle? If you’re already standing in the aisle, ready to trample ahead, DON’T. Make sure the people in the row in front of you have a chance to exit before you start walking forward.
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