Since a plane trip can be a real adventure sometimes because of all those people who behave as if they are sitting at home in their comfortable chairs, here are few very helpful ways to be a lady on a plane that you should consider. In a plane, there is a very limited space and because of that, often people’s manners tend to plummet to unbelievable depths. There are a few basic in-flight etiquette rules that you should follow to make sure that you will travel in a more comfortable way. Here are 7 ways to be a lady when you are traveling by plane that you should consider:
1. Use the Bin Space Properly
One of the simplest ways to be a lady when you are traveling by plane is to make sure that you use the bin space properly. A lot of people try to carry as much as they can on board and problems often arise when the overhead bin is full of luggage. Make sure that you store your bag vertically and not horizontally and if you carry two bags, try to put the smaller one under your seat.
2. Reclining Seats
Reclining seats are a huge headache for everyone, especially for the airlines. Ryanair even decided to block all the seats so that the reclining issue will no longer be a problem for them. Actually a lot of surveys showed that 90% of travellers want the seats to be blocked. If you want to recline your seat, make sure you warn the passengers behind you that you intend to do that but keep your seat upright during meal times because this would be the nice and polite thing to do.
3. The Armrest
Who do you think gets the armrest when sitting in the middle seat? The journalists from the Wall Street Journal conducted a survey on this matter and they talked to six experts about the correct etiquette in this quite delicate situation. The majority of them said that the passenger in the middle should have access to both armrests since they don’t have too much space to stretch their legs or rest their head.
4. Program Toilet Breaks on a Long Flight
If you sit in the window or middle seat and the aisle passenger is asleep but you need a bathroom break, wake them gently and ask them if they can move a bit to allow you to go to the bathroom. If you sit in the aisle sit, you should politely tell your row passengers that you want to sleep and you should ask them if they would like to get out before you settle down.
5. Don’t Pick on the Flight Attendants
If you want to behave like a lady on a plane, try not to blame the flight attendants for everything. They don’t decide the menu, the rules about electronics or the distance between seats. Be nice to them and respect their job. Don’t talk loudly while they have to go through the safety drill and don’t vent your frustration or your anger at them.
6. Use Your Body Sensors
When you are traveling by plane, try to be aware of the size of your body and also, the way you swing your luggage, because this way, you will avoid a lot of unpleasant accidents. Also, try to leave the plane in a courteous manner. You don’t have to rush, even if the flight was not that comfortable. You could even let the seniors pass in front of you because nobody enjoys that edging and nudging when they have to get off the plane.
7. Silence is Golden
Even if you’re on a plane and the space is tight, don’t assume everyone wants to chat. There are a lot of people who just want to sleep, watch the movie or listen to their favorite music. Also, if you do the latter, use the headphones and a reasonable volume.
Do you know any funny stories about some passengers’ bad manners during your plane trips? Do you know any other ways to act like a lady on a plane? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!