Now that you’ve read about all my travel essentials, I would love to talk about the things we actually do on a plane. I travel so much that it’s easy to pick up on the (sometimes really annoying) things people do in public spaces. What baffles me sometimes is that there are still so many people who still get annoyed when I use my wipes around and like—yeah of course I’m going to still use them!
Whether it’s your first flight in a while or your 100th flight, everyone can use a reminder how to better respect those around you. Do you have any flight Do’s and Don’ts? Please share them below!
Do Be Nice to Your Flight Attendants
All flight attendants want is for them to be nice to you. They’re not your waitress, they’re not your concierge, they’re not your turn down service, people can treat them like such shit, it pisses me off! Just remember that we’re all human here and a little please and thank you can go such a long way, you know? These poor people get treated like absolute garbage and are so nasty for no reason, it’s heartbreaking to see. When gossip/tabloid magazines used to be more of I think I would always give them to the flight attendants afterward and learned they really loved that too.
Don’t Go on a Plane If You’re Feeling Sick
If you have a cough or are sneezing—please don’t get on a plane. Someone on my plane the other day had such a loud, wet cough that made me so paranoid. No one wants to hear or be worried about that, so please don’t get on the plane if you’re feeling sick. We should all know better by now.
Do Use Your Indoor Voices
I know, I know, we’re all excited to be able to travel again, but don’t let the excitement get to you all too much. A friend of mine recently saw a group on a girls trip and what probably went from mimosas at the airport bar turned into drinks on the plane, which led to cheering and screaming and—just no. That’s not necessary here and can create such a disturbance for everyone else on the plane.
Don’t Facetime or Talk on the Phone
We don’t want to hear your loud conversation before a flight. You can’t believe the amount of times I’ve heard people have full-fledged conversations on the phone or even Facetime while boarding a flight—you don’t need to do that here! Put your headphones in and maybe shoot a short text. The rest of us on the plane don’t need to hear about your life. Another thing is the people that still have the clicking on their phone turned on—just put everything on mute so the rest of us can fly in peace!
Do Stand Up To Let Someone Use the Bathroom
I’m really good on flights. If I don’t have to pee during a whole football game, you know I can make it cross-country without peeing. However I hate it when the rare times I do need to use the bathroom and someone in my row will just sit up straight—like, do you expect me to just squeeze past and graze my ass across your knees?? Stand up and let me out! I don’t need to climb over you. People who choose the aisle seats should be aware that they will be letting the window and sometimes middle seats out as well. It’s a window seat—it’s not labeled prisoner! This happens when I’m running late for a flight and board late as well, just stand up and let me comfortably pass. It’s less awkward for everyone.
Don’t Take Up More Overhead Space Than You Have To
I don’t board right away, mostly because I don’t want to wait and listen to the same announcements over and over. Half of the time I’m running late anyway, hoping to god I make the flight before the next game. When I’m rushing to get to my seat, the worst thing to find is someone taking up overhead space with their laptop bag or coat—those things can go under your seat! Also, try and put your carryon bag as close to the overhead bin by your seat as you can. I get it, things fill up, but you shouldn’t throw your bag in a spot 10 rows down before you even get to your seat, you know?
What are some of your biggest pet peeves while traveling?
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Agree with all of this. The disrespect to the flight attendants has gotten worse. It really makes me dislike people. I understand new travelers who do things I think are strange or what I wouldn’t do but when you see someone who is clearly a seasoned t…