The nine rules of flying like a decent human – from middle seat etiquette to putting on your socks

Airlines are largely responsible for why flying is so uncomfortable; They’re the ones who overbook flights and stuff passengers into seats with inches of legroom.

But it’s also about us – the passengers.

We’ve gone from viewing flying as a glamorous affair worth dressing up in favor of as a stressful and awkward experience, but that shouldn’t be a pass for leaving our manners at home.

For aviators who need a refresher on in-flight etiquette, this guide is for you.

1. Don’t be part of the boarding mob

You sit at the gate and do your best to survive the airport in peace.

But for some people, it doesn’t matter when boarding begins; You will fall down onto the boarding zone like a pack of hyenas meddling with a fresh carcass.

Don’t be part of The Mob. Be a civilized member of society and wait for your boarding group to be called.

It’s great to be early for your flight and ready to take off – and it’s fair to worry about the overhead bin space getting full – but if you can’t get on the plane just yet anyway, cool your jets and Are you waiting.

2. Know the rules of your place

Etiquette when sitting in your seat depends on your seat assignment. What applies to the window or aisle seat does not apply to the poor soul in the middle seat.

So we’re going to break it down for you.

When you’re in the aisle, your job is to be a gracious porter, letting the other passengers in and out of line.

If you’re at the window, you have the final say on whether the blinds stay up or down — barring instructions from flight attendants, but beware of sun rays burning your fellow passengers’ corneas.

And if you’re in the middle, sorry. This task is like picking the shortest straw.

As a reward, however, you get both armrests.

What you don’t get is permission to spread. Keep your legs on track and don’t slouch over your neighbor’s shoulder.

3. Keep your shoes on – or at least your socks

We all know that flying is uncomfortable and makes your feet swollen. It’s nice to take a load off and get your little feet out. But being on a plane is being in public, and public is dirty.

As Ebonie Vincent, podiatrist and star of TLC’s My Feet Are Killing Me, tells us, walking barefoot through public places like airport security and on airplane carpets can expose travelers to fungi, bacteria, and viruses that can cause infections or warts.

If you don’t feel grossed out by sitting barefoot on an airplane, remember that it will probably make those around you grossed out. Do them a favor and at least put on socks for the occasion and keep your feet off their armrest.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t go to the bathroom barefoot.

4. Think before you sit back

Airplane seat recline is another heated debate leading travelers to violence. Literally.

It’s true that you paid for your seat and should be able to use it as you please, but there is etiquette. Before you fold your seat back to slim that extra two inches, take a look at who’s in the seat behind you.

is it a small child Go wild and kick back. Is it a person whose knees are already wedged into your seat? Is it a person working with a laptop on their tray table? Give them a solid one and don’t sit back.

5. Leave the egg salad at home

Be mindful of the groceries you pack for your flight.

The smell of food is subjective; You might love the smell of steamed Brussels sprouts, but the rest of the plane might have a different attitude. Avoid bringing strongly flavored foods on board.

Also consider what it will be like to eat the food in battle. Soup? Soup is a bad idea. Soup has the potential to slosh around everywhere.

Observe general manners when eating. Would you drop food on a friend’s floor and let them pick it up? Hopefully not.

Do your best to pass your trash to the flight attendants as they walk down the aisles. And especially in times of the coronavirus, avoid licking your fingers as you are touching common surfaces.

6. Find the best sleeping position

There is no best way to sleep on a plane. However, there are many options. Remember: nobody wants to wake up to a mouth-breathing stranger sleeping on their shoulder.

7. Let others mask in peace

Masking – on planes and elsewhere – is a divisive issue that can stir up intense emotions on both sides of the debate.

If you don’t want to mask yourself on the plane and there’s no rule obliging you to do so, then so be it. But don’t be a jerk to people who are still wearing masks. They’re worried about catching or spreading the coronavirus, so leave them alone.

If they ask you to wear a mask for any reason – maybe they have an immunocompromised family member at home – treat their request with empathy.

8. Nursing is at home, not at your place

You have plenty of free time on the plane, but you don’t have to fill it with the care you forgot at home. Trimming your nails and flossing can wait ’til you land.

If you’re really desperate, take care of your grooming needs in the restroom. But as with food, skip anything with strong scents.

9. Wait your turn to exit the plane

Congratulations, your plane has landed successfully. Clap if that’s your thing. But be aware that it is an unspoken aircraft law to wait your turn before stepping down the aisle. It’s just smoother.

You’re probably feeling cramped and in pain, so it’s natural to want to jump up and stretch your legs. You can do that – as long as you’re not trying to pressure those around you into getting off the plane as fast as possible.

If someone is sitting in front of you, be careful not to manipulate their chair to push you out of yours. You don’t need whiplash.

Freaking out because you missed a connecting flight? Keep that stress in mind the next time you book your trip; Book a seat closer to the front of the aircraft.

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