Travel is a grind for everyone. Business travelers are unhappy that every seat on the plane is full. Infrequent travelers are unhappy with all the fees. We’re all unhappy with the service. Which brings us to some unwritten rules of airplane travel.
Point me to the Plane brought this list to my attention. I got a good chuckle at the list, nodding my head in places. But, I flat disagreed with 4 of these unwritten rules of travel. You can find the full list on the Thrillist website, but here are the 4 I disagree with:
Never ask if you can skip someone in the security line.
I don’t see a hard and fast rule here. Put simply, I always arrive at the airport with more than enough time to get through security. If someone rushes up, covered in sweat and begs to cut the line, I let them. Why? Because we’re all going to be in that spot at some point. Traffic, flat tire, overslept, it happens. Have pity on your fellow traveler when they need to cut the line, and only ask to cut when you’re truly in danger of missing your flight.
No hot food of any kind on a plane.
Airplane food generally sucks. Flights are full and long. I have no issue with someone bringing hot food on a plane. I understand it might smell, but it’ll go away. You won’t be permanently injured because your seat mate brought on a stinky dinner.
If you can’t lift your own bag, don’t carry it on.
This is just plain stupid. What if you have a broken arm but you’re in a rush? Elderly and can’t get that bag over your head. If the airlines got better about handling checked baggage, I might be tempted to tell you to check that bag. But, they’re not. Be a courteous fellow passenger and help them lift that bag into the overhead bin. You’ll appreciate the help someday when you need it.
Don’t recline in economy.
I get the whole “don’t recline in economy” movement. I really do. There’s this sentiment that we’re all in it together. And yet, the seat reclining in front of you isn’t going to kill you. In most cases, it doesn’t even recline that much. Taller folks have concerns here, and I get it. When asked by another passenger to not recline my seat, I’ve obliged. It’s only happened once or twice.
My Favorite Unwritten Rule
While I’d love to say it was number 8, my favorite is the obligation to switch seats. If you’re traveling on your own and two people are split up, try to figure out a way to make it work. I’m not saying you need to swap an exit room aisle seat for a cramped middle seat with no extra legroom. But, within reason, help out that mom separated from her child, or the husband and wife who want to sit together. You’re likely to be in that situation in the future. I don’t specifically believe in karma, but this is such an easy thing to help out with. Do the right thing.
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