Flight Etiquette from a Flight Attendant’s Point of View

August 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We really love flight crews at Travelpro. Not only are they some of our best customers, but they’ve got some great stories about things they’ve seen, heard, and even smelled over the years. There are certain points of etiquette that we as travelers should respect, especially since they have the power to make our flight very comfortable, or less so.

Germanwings Flight AttendantSmarterTravel.com once asked a group of flight attendants about some of the etiquette points they would like passengers to observe when flying. Here are a few of their answers.

  1. The galley is not passenger personal space to use as you see fit for stretching or putting your child in time out. Think of it like the kitchen in the restaurant: it’s off-limits to the general public.
  2. Self upgrading is not a thing. Although people try to get away with it all the time, the seat you’re assigned is your seat, unless you’ve received an upgrade before you board the plane.
  3. Touching them is big no-no. Even if they are within reach, invading their personal space by tugging on their uniform or touching them on the arm or leg in order to get their attention is not polite. The worst infraction of this type? Tapping them with trash. That can be insulting to some.
  4. If you carry it on, be sure you can lift it. Flight attendants risk injury daily assisting passengers who cannot heft their bag into the overhead bin. If it’s too heavy for you, you can either ask one of your fellow passengers to lift it for you, or better yet maybe just check it when you arrive.
  5. Earbuds are for your entertainment and using them is a courtesy to your fellow passengers. Not removing them, however, while your flight attendant is going over the emergency briefing or sharing food and beverage choices is rude.
  6. Young children flying with their parents can’t put on their own oxygen masks in the event of an emergency, so it’s not a good idea to seat your kids together so you can sit with your spouse across the aisle or in another row.
  7. Be courteous. Saying “please” and “thank you” and “hello” is a simple show of respect, and it will go a long way in helping your flight crew feel appreciated. If you think you’re tired of traveling at the end of the day, imagine how they feel. A few kind words can help them feel better.

Did we miss anything? Any flight attendants who want to add to our list? Let us hear from you in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.

Photo credit: Oxfordian Kissuth (Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0)

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Matt Sill is the Marketing Product Manager for Travelpro Products, creators of the original Rollaboard luggage, carry-on luggage, and suitcases.

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