Similar to an earlier article we penned, here are 5 ways which you can be a better guest the next time you’re on an airplane.
1.Those ‘annoying’ warnings and safety announcements? Listen to them as they are for your own safety:
An aircraft, much like a car is a vehicle used to transport people. The main priority is to ensure that passengers get from point A to point B safely. As such, having a bunch of various rules are designed to keep passengers safe. For example, if there is turbulence while flying asking people to sit down and fasten your seatbelt is done in order to ensure that passengers don’t injure themselves.
TIP: Pay attention to the inflight safety video at the start of each flight. Whether you’ve flown a lot or its your first flight, just make sure you learn something, or at the least refresh your memory in case something were to happen.
2. Boarding? Help each other out:
Boarding and disembarking from a flight are probably the most annoying experiences of them all. This is because passengers usually bring as many bags as possible and don’t store them in a way which makes it easier for someone else to store their luggage. If passengers could simply assist someone who is having a difficulty in storing luggage, and even leave a little space to store another persons bag, that would speed up the boarding process and allow the flight to leave (and arrive) on time.
Speaking of leaving on time…
3. Delayed flights are annoying for everyone, so please keep calm:
If you’ve ever had the unfortunate misfortune of being in a delayed flight, then you know the feeling; being anxious, missing your family & friends, wondering if you can catch a connecting flight, the hopelessness of the situation and being tired. Nevertheless, don’t be a pain onto other passengers or flight attendants. Try to stay calm by reading, taking a nap or listening to some music/watching a movie if possible.
4. Go easy on the alcohol:
It’s pretty tempting to have a little fun by ordering some alcoholic beverages you wouldn’t normally try. However, please don’t go overboard. This is because alcohol is a lot stronger at a higher altitude. So if you can usually handle say 2-3 drinks, make it 1 or 2 at most because the effects of alcohol are a lot stronger, and the last thing everyone wants is to have an annoying, drunken passenger on board.
5. Say ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’:
You’d be surprised as to how often these words aren’t mentioned as adults. Most flight attendants are trained to greet passengers when they enter and depart the aircraft. However, passengers don’t usually return the favor. Little things such as making eye contact when you talk to them and responding using words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ go a long way. Besides, the flight attendants assist by serving meals-sometimes being nice to them can get you a small perk- an extra pillow, an extra dessert item or even an upgrade to business class.
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