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noun jet·i·quette \ ˈjet -i-kət \
The standard code of practice held by those who take part in air travel—primarily, but not limited to, airplane travel.
Jetiquette holds a key role in ensuring a smooth experience is had for all those who wish to travel.
Here, we look to help those who are traveling by providing insight and tips to make flying an enjoyable process for all involved. As one individual can have a great impact on the experience of all flight, it’s important everyone brings their Jetiquette along for the journey.
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The Jetiquette Guide
1. Always wear your face covering while you’re traveling. The only exception is to remove masks briefly while consuming meals and beverages during the flight.
2. Wash your hands as often as possible, as you’ll likely touch many dirty surfaces while traveling.
3. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
4. Practice social distancing—stay 6 feet apart from others.
Furthermore, if you feel as though you have COVID-19 symptoms, refrain from traveling! Or, if you have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19-like symptoms, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, put your travel plans on hold.
Check the latest federal mask requirements and mandates at the CDC website.
Personal Electronic Devices
Headphones, headphones, headphones. Need we say more?
As a passenger, you should always use headphones when you use any personal electronic device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. If you’re traveling with a partner, friend, or family member, and you want to watch something together, share headphones, or bring a headphone splitter with you.
Whenever your flight preparing to take off, follow the directions of the flight crew by placing all your electronic devices on Airplane Mode and putting your large electronic devices away during takeoff and landing.
While you’re going through security, customs, or sitting in the gate waiting for boarding, keep your conversations at a normal volume out of consideration for other travelers in the area.
Additionally, if you’re on a long phone call, you may choose to move to a less crowded area of the terminal and use headphones for your call. Please, do not walk around the boarding with your cell phone on speaker!
On the plane, keep your conversation volume low and never use the speaker function for phone calls. Do you really think everyone wants to hear your phone call? They don’t.
Middle Seat Consideration
Nobody wants to be in the middle seat. In the aisle seat, it’s easy to get up and go to the bathroom or to stretch your legs on long flights. Whoever sits in the window seat is awarded the best views! Thus, the individual in the middle seat is cramped between two others and gets no benefits.
The passenger seated in the middle seat is entitled to both armrests, as the window seat has the window to lean against, and the aisle seat has more space.
When it comes to carry-on, whether it’s a purse, suitcase, or backpack, there is a standard to follow in placing your luggage in the overhead bin.
If the bag is small, or you only have a jacket, place it under the seat in front of you. If you’re seated in the emergency exit row, all your belongings must be placed overhead.
With the suitcase, wheels go first to the back of the overhead compartment.
Small backpacks or purses shouldn’t take up room space needed for rollaboards in the overhead bins. This items should go in under-seat stowage unless there is space after all passengers have boarded.
Place all jackets and coats on top of your luggage in the bin.
If you cannot find any space in an overhead bin around you, seek help from a flight attendant. They will help you move bags around to make space.
Never move somebody’s bag out of an overhead bin above you to make space for your bag. If moving someone’s luggage will free up additional space, politely seek permission from the owner of any baggage you wish to move.
Before flying was as common as it is now, travelers used to dress well for their adventure. Now, people tend to dress more for comfort. However, that’s not to say that travelers should wear their pajamas on their flight. Rather, travelers should dress in the smart-casual style.
Wear a casual, comfortable free of any obscenities.
Bring a jacket in case it’s cold on the flight—it usually is.
Closed-toe shoes are the best for comfort and health precautions.
Always wear socks
It’s “acceptable” to remove your shoes on longer flights, but put them back on anytime you want to get up from your seat and walk around. Airplane carpets and bathroom floors are filthy
Consider bringing a scarf as they’re comfortable to wear and can serve as a pillow or blanket.
Beachwear isn’t appropriate for travel.
The thing to keep in mind when dressing for flights is to dress comfortably but tastefully. Chic is nice too.
Best Practices While Seated
There are many personalities sharing limited space at 40,000 feet. To keep the experience as civilized as possible, everyone needs to be considerate of fellow travelers.
First and foremost, follow the directions of your flight attendant! Do not make them repeatedly ask for your compliance with regulations.
Keep your seat upright for taking off, landing, and during meals. If you put your seat back before takeoff, you are blocking access to the person behind you should there be an emergency.
Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest. Do not place feet on walls, armrests, tray tables or any other inappropriate areas of the aircraft cabin.
Do not push the chair in front of you, and if you have children, make sure they don’t kick or hit the chair, too.
Don’t wake up your neighbor unless you must get up for the restroom.
If someone asks to change seats with you for a good reason (a significant other or a family member is next to you) consider doing it. Good karma is especially useful when traveling.
If you’re next to the window, follow the crowd by either keeping the shade closed or open depending on what most of the flight is doing.
Other Tips for Making Your Travel Easier
Always have your boarding pass and identification ready.
Weigh your bags before check-in
Check bags that are large and heavy.
Check security measures to ensure you’re not traveling with any banned items.
Get to the airport at the recommended time.
Pack light to make finding space for your carry-on bags easier
Don’t drink alcohol in excess before or during a flight.
Walk cautiously down the aisles, especially if there’s any turbulence.
Don’t rush to get off the plane in front of everyone else.