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Traveling by plane can be an incredibly painful experience. The security measures alone are enough to drive someone to insanity. But what can make the process even more arduous is the fact that you are not alone on this trip. You will need to get along with at least 100 other people all trying to get to their destinations. Unfortunately, human beings are imperfect, and we can unknowingly make the airplane experience fairly bad, especially if you’ve never flown before. I’ve decided to create a list of things you should and shouldn’t do while traveling on a plane.

 

Plan for Security

I’ve mentioned on previous blogs just how much security has changed in the past 15 years. It has been updated to include several new restrictions and, as a result, has become a much longer process. However, you can be prepared for security screening. Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, have the items that you carry in your pocket already in your hands, and once you pass through the metal detector, step to the side while you gather your belongings in order to allow traffic to flow.

 

Watch Your Children

One of the most common tropes of flying is the annoying child. Nothing is more frustrating than being confined to a small space for several hours; children who are loud and obnoxious only make matters worse. For all of the parents out there who will be flying soon, please make sure that your child is behaving properly and not running around or kicking people’s seats. It’s rude and makes almost everyone on the plane even more anxious and upset. You can offer your smartphone or tablet to your child in order to distract them during the flight. Or you could talk to them or read them a story.

 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

For those of you lucky enough to be able to fall asleep during a flight, make sure to be cognisant of what you are doing. Do not place your feet in the aisle, do not lean over and fall asleep on a stranger’s shoulder and (this is a longshot) try not to snore. If you know that you snore, then you probably shouldn’t be falling asleep. All of these things can be incredibly frustrating for the other passengers around you, especially if you are doing them all at once.

 

This is only a very small list of tips and tricks that you should be using to be as polite and respectful to your fellow passengers as possible. There are many other rules of flying that I can explain in another entry. But for now, please be kind and travel thoughtfully.