Rules unsaid: 12 Things you Should Never do on a Flight

Taking off with Virgin Atlantic

Maybe I’ve just been that unlucky person who always gets seated near a screaming child, trips over ever stray foot in the aisle, and can’t sleep through people lulling their head onto my shoulder like I’m a human-sized pillow. Maybe.

Or maybe there are unwritten rules – aka plane etiquette – that just aren’t followed nowadays.

So, what are they?

12 Things you should never do on a flight

1. Take both armrests.
2. Push your way through people once the plane has landed but not started offloading.
3. Put your bare feet on the seat in front of you – It’s just kinda (really) gross for the both of us.
4. Recline your seat at meal times – I hope you spill your dinner on yourself for that.
5. Take up more than your allowance in the overhead luggage – just plain rude.
6. Farting – needs no explanation.
7. Let your kids run wild and free throughout the aircraft like a stampede of elephants.
8. Missing a shower before the flight – I don’t even know what to say to this.
9. Persisting with a conversation when you know your neighbour doesn’t want to continue chatting – One headphone in = talk to me. Two = don’t you dare.
10. Letting your limbs slop over into the aisle – it’s annoying for everyone, not just the air hostess’.
11. Having a loud and obnoxious conversation – generally only terrible when it involves the ‘night before’ or ‘what (or who) you did in the summer’.
12. Needing to go to the toilet every half hour when you’ve picked a window seat.

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    August 14, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Great post! Alas, I have a feeling that the people it relates to the most will not read it 😉

    Torina Steelsmith
    August 7, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I was on an exciting flight to Disneyland with my husband and friends, and we were scattered all over the plane – I was lucky enough to get seated next to a tall man who felt the need to keep one of his legs under the seat in front of ME. When I politely asked him to move his leg, so that I could have room he told me (rudely) he couldn’t because his [oversized] carry-on took up his space – I told him to put it up above, but he couldn’t because it didn’t fit. He refused to move his leg, and I got over being polite when he started fighting with me about how much space he needed…long story short…my husband got involved, neighboring passengers got involved and one went to get the flight attendant who apologized to me and hinted at what an a-hole this guy was. haha – eventually she moved his seat to the one right next to the bathroom. 😉

    Daniella Castelucci de Medeiros
    August 6, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I loved these tips – they should be printed and given to you when you drop your luggage at the airport! 🙂 mandatory read

    July 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Rule number 1 I can totally relate to. There has been so many flights where I have been in the middle seat and both people on either side of me are using 2 armrests! So rude yet I am too British and polite to ask them to share haha