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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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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