Airline etiquette don’t leave home without it. Sunday evening a Ghana bound flight was escorted back to Dulles International Airport escorted by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets after an argument broke out. Apparently, a passenger reclined his seat and was a little too close for comfort to the passenger behind him. Instead of asking the reclining passenger to move his seat forward, he decided to take matters into his own hands by striking the reclining passenger.
Hitting someone is NEVER the answer especially when you are thousands of miles in the air. Here are a few airline etiquette tips to keep in mind before, during and after your flight:
- Do not linger in the aisle. Find your seat and take it.
- If you are putting a coat in the overhead bin, put it on top of your suitcase. By doing this, you are leaving room for other people.
- Store your items in the overhead closest to your seat. If you use one near the front, then people behind you will have to wait to exit until you retrieve your belongings.
- Do not force your conversation on the person sitting next to you.
- Do not grab the seat in front of you when you are getting up.
- Do not kick the seat in front of you. Parents should watch their children to make sure they do not do this.
- If you are wearing headphones, make sure you are the only one who can hear.
- Donâ€™t hog up the arm rests. Choose one.
- When reclining your seat — yes, you do have the right to recline your seat however, if you see the person behind you is tall, you may not want to recline all the way back to leave them some space. As I mentioned, it is your right, but I am sure the person behind you would appreciate it.
- When using the bathrooms remember they are not a dressing room or a makeup station.
Leaving the Flight:
- Wait your turn. Do not be the first to get out of your seat unless you are in the first few rows.
- If someone is facing a tight connection, let them off first.
- If someone needs help collecting their items from the overhead, help them.
Practicing a little civility will ensure that we all fly the friendly skies.