Advertising
Advertising

11 Air Travel Etiquette Rules That Every Passenger Should Know (But Are Never Spelled Out)

11 Air Travel Etiquette Rules That Every Passenger Should Know (But Are Never Spelled Out)

Any avid traveler has had a series of experiences on numerous planes which included the breaking of some of the more pertinent rules. When we have these experiences, we are all, undoubtedly, disappointed.

What is worse is that the physical demands of flying would have been exhausting enough but they bleed into our emotional and mental states, and our trip ends up being just a little less awesome.

However, being the conscientious and considerate passengers that we are, we are unlikely to upset our fellow tourists in such fashion because we will know better. Below, is outlined a series of little acknowledged guidelines for air-travel.

Advertising

airplane travel etiquette infographic

    Consider bathroom privileges.

    Try to be speedy about your business, but more importantly, don’t make a mess.

    Have awesome kids.

    Only parents can really understand how hard it is to follow this rule. We all love our kids, we are amazed at their beauty and intelligence, and we want to give them absolutely everything in our ability to give.

    Advertising

    However, when in public, we have the responsibility to teach our children how to behave. Flying is hard enough with all the x-ray machines, pat downs, delays, and complications without little Timmy kicking the back of anyone’s seat or screaming the whole flight.

    Keep your own hygiene in check.

    Specifically, we’re talking about all the remarkable smells the human body can produce. There will be a handful of people who cannot get more than a meter away from you, for as long as it takes to get to your destination.

    Brush your teeth, bring a toothbrush and travel toothpaste in your carry on, do not skip on the deodorant but go ahead and skip the intense colognes and perfumes!

    Advertising

    Position the back of your seat.

    If you can bare not being fully reclined, then don’t (unless your intention is to sleep, of course).  Also, think about peaking back and giving your fellow passenger a little warning, even in the form of momentary apologetic eye contact.

    Maybe, don’t take full advantage of the bar.

    Really, don’t be that guy! That’s right, from the guy who tries to open the exit hatch thinking it’s the restroom, to the crazy lady who attacked staff members with a prosthetic leg, more and more passengers are making fools of themselves on planes and forcing everyone else in their vicinity to be victims of their insane behavior.

    Reeking of alcohol and leaning too close into your neighbor for a discussion is still bad.

    Advertising

    Featured photo credit: A plane right over your head/ Dave Heuts via flickr.com

    More by this author

    11 Air Travel Etiquette Rules That Every Passenger Should Know (But Are Never Spelled Out) 10 Benefits to Daydreaming! Do We Do the Diva Cup?!?

    Trending in Leisure

    1 5 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily 2 World’s 30 Coolest And Most Unusual Hostels You Definitely Need To Visit 3 Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips for Women 4 25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are 5 30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

    Read Next

    Advertising
    Advertising
    Advertising

    Last Updated on November 5, 2019

    How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

    How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

    Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

    “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

    But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

    Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

    1. Always Have a Book

    It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

    Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

    2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

    We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

    Advertising

    Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

    3. Get More Intellectual Friends

    Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

    Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

    4. Guided Thinking

    Albert Einstein once said,

    “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

    Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

    5. Put it Into Practice

    Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

    Advertising

    If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

    In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

    6. Teach Others

    You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

    Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

    7. Clean Your Input

    Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

    I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

    Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

    Advertising

    8. Learn in Groups

    Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

    Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

    9. Unlearn Assumptions

    You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

    Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

    Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

    10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

    Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

    Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

    Advertising

    11. Start a Project

    Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

    If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

    12. Follow Your Intuition

    Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

    Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

    13. The Morning Fifteen

    Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

    If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

    14. Reap the Rewards

    Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

    15. Make Learning a Priority

    Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

    More About Continuous Learning

    Featured photo credit: Paul Schafer via unsplash.com

    Read Next