Whether you’re taking a weekend trip or flying out of the country, proper etiquette can ensure an enjoyable vacation for you and your fellow travelers. Our etiquette expert Diane Gottsman lets us in on her dos and don’ts of airplane travel. Keep these tips in mind for a smooth flight, and check out her travel checklist before your next trip!
Do keep your travel documents and identification secure yet easily accessible to avoid holding up the lines. Don’t tuck them into the bottom of your bag so that you have to dig for them, which could delay the check-in process.
Do turn off your phone while waiting in line. The security checkpoint or boarding ramp to the airplane is not the place to type a lengthy e-mail. Awareness of your surroundings, and practicing restraint, keeps the process quick and efficient.
Don’t overindulge. The effect of alcohol is stronger in high altitudes, so be mindful of how much you are drinking.
Do be sensitive to scents and smells. Strong perfume can be just as offensive as a smelly sandwich.
Do be patient. The airline personnel, flight attendants, and TSA are all working to ensure your journey is safe and timely. If you experience travel hiccups, a smile and a positive attitude can get you to your destination much more easily than a rude outburst.
Don’t forget to bring something to entertain your kids. A travel game, books, and a snack can keep a young passenger calm and quiet.
Do be aware of passengers around you. Hogging the armrest, talking loudly, or blasting music can disturb others.
Do express gratitude to the flight attendants and pilots after your have made it to your destination. A smile and a sincere thank-you are much appreciated.
Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette and modern manners expert, television personality, accomplished speaker, author, and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and etiquette training. Diane’s timely advice has been featured on several national television shows such as The Today Show, HLN Headline News, and CBS Sunday Morning. She is a Huffington Post blogger, and her own popular blog, dianegottsman.com, was recently named by Forbes as one of “The 100 Best Websites for Women, 2013.”