Airplane Travel Tips and Air Travel Etiquette

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Airplane Travel Etiquette

A Few Airplane Travel Tips and Etiquette To Follow

I thought I would share a few Airplane Travel Tips and Simple Rules of Etiquette that are good to know the next time you take a flight somewhere.  Are there really airplane travel etiquette rules one should follow you ask?  Well, the answer is … Yes there is!

I’m quite sure many things mentioned in this post will surprise most of you!

Not too long ago, I ran across an interesting article about simple rules of courtesy when flying and that plane travel does have some rules of etiquette in place that one should try to follow on every flight. Below is a sample of what I discovered and what you should follow the next time you fly the friendly skies!

It really just involves a little consideration of others and simple common courtesy.

First, take a look at this excellent video on 5 important rules of airplane etiquette. View on …

Five Airplane Travel Tips You Should Follow

Below, I have made a list of these common courtesies to follow on airplanes, beginning with what I feel is most important.

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Certainly everyone has different ideas in regards to how they feel about certain rules and manners to follow, but here are a few of my personal thoughts on this subject after years and years of flying all over the world.  Hopefully some helpful guidelines for you to think about and perhaps use the next time you take a flight.

If we all would exercise a little etiquette while flying, I am sure it would make plane travel much more enjoyable for everyone. 😀

Airplane Travel Tips # 1 … Common Courtesy Goes a Long Way

Flight Attendant

Common Courtesy

I feel this is perhaps the most important tip I can make regarding airplane etiquette, and that is being polite and respectful of others, especially in confined places.  Showing respect and gratitude for your flight crew especially, goes a long way.

These people work hard and put up with a great deal of disrespect during many flights.  Displaying some common courtesy and respect is always greatly appreciated!  It just might get you a little more attention and pampering, especially on those long haul flights as well. 🙂

All of us, I am quite sure, want to travel safely and comfortably.  Having a person on board that is demanding, obnoxious and rude can certainly cause a great deal of stress for most everyone on the plane.

So, mind your manners and try to be polite with everyone around you!

Airplane Travel Tips # 2 … Don’t Forget About Personal Hygiene

Air Travel Hygiene

Second on my list plane etiquette considerations deals with …


As we all know, traveling in an aluminum tube at 35,000 feet has us all confined in a small air restricted space.  On long haul flights, this has us sitting right next to others for many hours at a time.  Try to make every effort to smell clean and be as odor free as you possibly can before boarding the plane.

Travel HygieneHint

“If you can smell yourself, then those around you are taking in twice what you smell!”

I cannot think of anything more disgusting and inconsiderate than having to sit next to someone with horrific body odor and / or bad breath!  You know that Garlic Breath odor that just lingers on and on!! 😥

A terrific way to begin your flight is having to be seated next to someone that smells really bad!

Air travel Etiquette

Gag me with a spoon!!  I have certainly had to deal with this on more than one occasion and I am sure you have too.  Also, be aware of your feet and those smelly socks, especially if you have been in transit for quite some time. Escaping from bad odors on airplanes is next to impossible!

Airplane Travel Tips # 3 … Be Respectful of Thy Neighbor

Airplane Travel Manners

Next on my list of manners is try to …

Respect Your Neighbors

Sitting next to a stranger, for most of us, can be awkward at times. I have always found it difficult to start a conversation with most at any time.  I do try to be polite and say a quick hello and how are you.  In most cases, you can catch on quite quickly by the response you receive from that person when saying hello.

It is important to recognize that if the person does not wish to carry on or continue a conversation with you, is to then leave them alone.

It really doesn’t take rocket science to tell if someone wants to be left alone.  For example, that person immediately stops any conversation with you or they start reading a book. They may have music headphones in their ears or may be working on their laptop computer.  These are obvious and pretty clear signs of …

“Leave me alone, thank you!”

Airplane Etiquette

Be respectful of your neighbors during the flight unless they say something or show a sign saying otherwise. This brings me to the topic of … Personal space.  On airplanes, the tiny bit of space you paid for is yours. The same goes for the person next to you. Try not to invade their territory.  If you move a leg into my space or an arm, I will give you an elbow when you are just about to nod off into dreamland!

Do your best and be mindful of keeping elbows, legs and other body parts in your zone and away from the person sitting next to you!

Airplane Travel Tips # 4 … Keep the Noise Level Low

Annoying Air Travelers

In consideration of others around you, do try to …

Keep Noise to A Minimum

Try not to forget the tight space you are in and that there are many others very close by. Do try to be considerate of those people seated next to or close by.

For people traveling with young kids, please do your best to keep them under control during the flight. There is nothing more aggravating then an out of control screaming child whose parents just let them carry on without being considerate of the other passengers on the plane.

Kids screaming on plane

A great photo depicting what some people would like to do with a misbehaved child in an airplane! 😀

Or even better, with a parent who chooses to ignore their child’s outbursts! 🙂

My wife and I always packed snacks and games to keep our kids busy and entertained during the flight. Today, with great in – flight entertainment, it’s so much easier to keep your children busy and happy unlike years ago. One other magic potion we often used when our kids were very young was children’s Gravol or similar anti-nausea non – prescription product.  It’s a safe product that can definitely help relax both kids and adults and assists in sleep, especially when needed during longer flights.

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Be sure to check out this excellent and very popular website that I have listed below.  The site has some great suggestions and tips on this topic that you may also enjoy reading.

An excellent website and has some great suggestions and tips on this topic that you may also enjoy reading.

Airplane Travel Tips # 5 … There Is Someone Sitting in That Seat In Front of You

This has to be one of my worst pet peeves of all!

rude passenger on airplane

You know, those people seated behind you that grab the top of your seat to get up and down!

Think About That Person Seated In Front of You

Yes, chances are someone is occupying that seat in front of you and may be …



    Have a beverage in their hand;

    Working on their laptop.

I am sure you get the idea! 🙂

Airplane Travel Tips On Etiquette

Grabbing or pushing on the seat in front of you definitely falls under the category of simply being … Inconsiderate of others!  I am sure most people would agree with me on this one!  While we are talking about airline seats, how about those people that kick your seat (small kids) or adults that push on your seat with their knees?

Bad etiquette!!

Try Not to Kick That Seat In Front Of You

In finishing up with Seating, how about those arm- rests?  Have you ever been the victim of an armrest hog?  You know those people that use both armrests and also have their elbows invading your personal space.

Believe it or not, there are specific armrest etiquette rules, but that’s a whole new subject!

Air Travel Seat Etiquette

These are just a few simple procedures to think about the next time you travel in an airplane. It really just boils down to a little common sense and courtesy. Be sure to check out my recent article on the Reclining Economy Airplane Seats controversy. How do you feel about having that seat in front of you recline all the way down onto your lap? 🙁

As you can see in a survey completed below, reclining economy seats are a hot debate and ranked very high in passenger annoyance.

Airplane Travel Tips Update:

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A few facts regarding a recent survey conducted with over fifteen thousand responding:

Of the 15,000 people surveyed;


48% stated they had experienced some form of air anger during one or more of their flights;

The greatest annoyance to passengers was fidgety and noisy children;

The second highest agitator was those annoying reclining seats;

Also scoring high on the list were … sitting next to irritating people, unfriendly cabin crew, broken in-flight entertainment devices and flight delays.

Surprisingly, meal availability and air turbulence ranked very low in the air travel pet peeve response. 🙂


What are your specific air travel annoyances?  I would love to hear your comments and or suggestions.

Safe Travels!

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6 thoughts on “Airplane Travel Tips and Air Travel Etiquette”

  1. Handy tips! I honestly don’t understand the whole barefeet thing! As someone who travels south a lot. I have seen more barefeet on the seats, arm rests and head rests than i ever imagined. One lady was even giving herself a pedicure.

  2. On the last flight I was on, there was a man with bad body odor across the aisle from me, so now and then the odor would waft my way. I hate to think what it was like for the person sitting next to him! And one time there was a women who stood in the aisle talking over me (in the aisle seat) to the guy next to me. She was a large woman and her boobs kept invading my space. She’d back off when I asked her, but kept doing it again!

  3. For anyone who has ever flown, I am sure they had a good laugh remembering past flights and rude, egocentric passengers. Some people just don’t know common sense or common courtesy!! Great post!!

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