You can’t check your responsibility for proper travel etiquette at the gate.
From the laws of the armrest to the unofficial dress code, here are a few things every guy should know before stepping onto a plane.
Sure, plenty of people imbibe in the airport and on the plane, but this is not a night on the town. You’re travelling — there’s absolutely no reason to overdo it.
Plus, flying dehydrates you. Have a glass of water in between cocktails.
Unless you have some kind of medical issue, a flight under four hours shouldn’t require a trip to the lavatory. (Yet another reason to drink lightly.) Leave it open for those who really need it, like the elderly or parents with small children.
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The fact that your seat can recline doesn’t mean that it should recline. Reclining only makes your seat slightly more comfortable while making the seats of those beside and behind so much more uncomfortable. Not only that, the people affected by your seat recline often end up reclining their own seats, starting a pointless chain of chair reclining.
Those in the back row have it the worst, as their seats don’t recline. Never recline your seat if you’re in the second-to-last row.
There’s an unofficial code governing armrest ownership on aeroplanes — and it’s not always first-come, first-serve. In a row of three seats, the middle seat gets ownership of both adjacent rests. Those in aisle and window seats can lean to the left or right.
In rows of two or five, all bets are off. These armrests are usually for whoever is faster, larger, or more tenacious.
There’s a lot to be said for packing light, but it’s never wise to over-stuff a piece of luggage that’s too small just to fit the minimum carry-on requirements.
Spend the extra $25 and make your life way easier by checking a suitcase that actually fits all of your stuff. You won’t be taking up a ton of space in the overhead compartment, and the entire plane will appreciate it.
Resist the urge to wear sweatpants for your 7 a.m. flight. You’ll look better and feel more refreshed if you dress up for your excursion. No one is asking you to wear a full suit (this isn’t the 1950s), but a pair of nice pants or a blazer can go a long way.
When moving through the airport, boarding your plane, grabbing your luggage, and deplaning, always make haste. Little things like carrying your suitcase in the aisle instead of rolling it, putting it in the overhead with the handle facing out, keeping to the right on moving footpaths, and moving through security as quickly as possible can all add up to potential relief for your fellow travellers.
Though you might not be rushing to a tight connection, you can bet someone behind you is. Be polite and don’t dawdle.
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