(Closed) Airplane/Travel Etiquette

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m NOTORIOUS for setting off the security. Oh my God, I set that damn alarm off with everything. It’s like I’m incapable of dressing appropriately for a flight.

I’m “that girl” who holds everyone up. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Miss Smurf:  I think taking your shoes off is ok as long as your feet don’t swell.

I fly a lot of long haul flights and people taking their shoes off really doesn’t bother me. 

What really annoys me is when the person behind me puts their feet up on my seat (therefore jostling it around a lot). 

It also really annoys me when people are really loud on red eye flights. If you want to sit and chat with your friends that’s fine, but don’t yell across rows, run up and down the aisles giggling, and take photos with FLASH while the cabin is dark and people are trying to sleep.

I have a hard enough time sleeping on red eyes as it is, I don’t need to be woken up by yelling, raucous laughing, and camera flashes when I only have 5 hours before we land. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Omg, I would die wiyhout my in flight soft slipper socks.  They sell them at airports for cryin out loud.

My feet are always really cold due to issues with my spine, so I gotta have my airplane socks.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yeah, agreed that taking off shoes is not a no-no, as long as your feet and socks are clean. (And if it were, why would airlines give out slippers in international business and first class?)

But the feet up thing, whether it’s on the seat, the armrest of the person in front of you, or the bulkhead, is nasty. And the not being respectful of other people’s need to sleep on red-eyes is bad too.

Not being able to handle your own luggage and expecting other people to help you with it is a pet peeve of mine (I am more than willing to help someone who is elderly, or just too short to reach the overhead bin, but I dislike people who *expect* everyone else to help them out and then give lectures on manners…. maybe if you’re too pregnant to lift your suitcase you should have paid the money to check it?).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I ALWAYS take my shoes off on long haul flights, regardless of who I’m sitting next to; I never take them off for domestic flights though. It’s also rare the occasion when I see someone on my long haul flights who doesn’t take their shoes off! I find it a bit weird to go barefoot but clean socks I have no problem with.

My biggest pet peeves when travelling are rude people and people who don’t exhibit common sense in the security line. I don’t mind waiting in queues but when it’s because someone is being a complete knob, I do get a bit exasperated…but only in my head, definitely not worth it to say something or get grumpy. Rude people on the other hand – no problem making my disgust with their rudeness known (looking at you Mr I Yell at Elderly People Who Struggle to get Their Luggage Down From the Overhead; and you too Mr I’m Going to Complain Loudly About the Tiny Baby on our Flight Who Cried for Maybe Ten Minutes Total. Both of these gems were on my last two flights).

Really, it’s just rude people who irritate me whilst traveling, everything else is no big deal.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I can’t stand when people kick my seat.  And usually it’s not little kids, but adults.  FI has problems with people reclining back – he’s really tall and doesn’t fit very well in seats on planes, so when people recline, they slam into his knees.  Then they get mad that his knees are in their back.  No one wins, ever!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Frog E.:  I get really annoyed with people who have luggage which is obviously too big for overhead bins and try to shove it in anyway.

I *know* baggage fees are expensive, but come on! If you can’t pack in carry on size, don’t carry your bag on!

I have packed for a 3 week trip to India in a carry on as well as a 2 week trip to Africa in a carry on (both of which fit easily in the overhead), if I can do that, you can pack for your weekend trip in a bag that fits in the overhead… and if you can’t, then check that sh*t!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yeah, I always take my sneakers off in flight, on anything over two hours, and have clean socks on underneath.  I hate shoes, and sneakers are so constrictive to me.  But I always take a shower right before going to the airport, so it’s not like I have gym feet or anything.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Uh oh, I’m guilty of that too…I take my boots off when flying but because my feet swell (during int’l flights) they are nearly impossible to get back on.  

DH always has issues flying b/c he’s soooo tall and the people sitting in front of him can’t put their seats back…sometimes the flight attendent will move us.  He has a friend that’s 7′ tall and travels a lot so he pisses off anyone sitting in front of him.  I feel sorry for them because it’s not comfortable for them either.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I always take my shoes off and I always sit cross-legged (therefore feet up on the seat), in the airplane, at work, pretty much anywhere  :(. I have a developmental hip disorder that makes it painful to sit with my legs in front of me for longer than a few minutes. I know it’s unprofessional and rude, but I have to do it. I have never had anyone question it, although I still feel badly!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@indiblue:  As long as your legs aren’t encroaching onto my seat (when you sit cross legged) by all means go ahead!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yeah, I always take my sneakers off in flight, on anything over two hours, and have clean socks on underneath.  I hate shoes, and sneakers are so constrictive to me.  But I always take a shower right before going to the airport, so it’s not like I have gym feet or anything.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Early / Late Flights:

Loud Newspaper (the size of a table) readers… Get a kindle or something!

When the flight attendant doesnt turn off the lights (!!!) Yes this has happened to me, on 5am flights type of thing!!!!

Other thhan this bees pretty much nailed it for me 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Many airlines used to give out slipper socks in first class.  It’s totally fine to take shoes off on board…as long as you have socks on.

 

I’m a business traveler and my only real pet peeve is the people who get to TSA checkpoints and are shocked that they have to take off shoes, can’t carry on liquids over 3 oz., or have to take their laptops out of their bags. These aren’t brand new rules.  They’ve been around for YEARS. 

I love that some airports have started security line triage…business travelers in one line, casual travelers in another, and families in yet another.

 

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