Monday, June 21, 2010
Manners and Aircraft...the Ten Golden Don'ts
And after I gave a recent radio interview with the ABC about aircraft etiquette I thought I would again go through my Ten Golden Don’ts for travelling in an unnatural state through air and time...particularly in economy class.
1. Do not take over your neighbour’s personal space...the armrest is a necessary boundary.
2. Do not interrupt the in-flight movie...it’s bad enough that the pilot chats through it, yet alone
an unknown flight neighbour.
3. Do not take an overhead luggage compartment that is not above your own seat...and if you
cannot lift your own bag up, it’s too heavy anyway...don’t ask someone else to do it.
4. Do not hide your active Iphone from the flight staff...you will one day get caught and be in lots of trouble.
5. Do not get out of your seat during meal/drink service...check the line for the loos once you
can hear the trolley wobbling up the aisle and make a quick dash.
6. Do not abuse either the person behind you/flight staff when they ask you to put your seat
upright for meal service...it’s a nightmare using good inflight table manners with the tray 2cm from your stomach.
7. Do not forget your personal hygiene...putting dirty, bare feet on the seat in front, wearing strong
perfumes/aftershave, actually, don’t get me started!
8. Do not ever forget to say please and thank you...to the person next to you who moves so you
can make the loo dash as soon as the movie is finished, the flight attendant who gives you that
extra wine with a smile, not a querulous look.
9. Do not allow your children to kick the seat in front of them, or engage in any other “childish” behavior...and if a mother is trying to comfort an upset infant, don’t be “childish” about your reaction.
10. Do not laugh when the Customer Service Officer invites you to “sit back, relax and enjoy the flight”.
So to all my fellow travellers over the southern winter/northern summer escape period,please be kind, be courteous and be caring...it will make your journey far more enjoyable. Bon voyage!