Modern Manners: keeping the peace with fellow passengers while flying

We all watch the flight attendants after boarding the aircraft, when they go over how to buckle a seat belt and get useful safety tips.   – But unfortunately there’s no in flight guide on modern manners while you are flying for business or pleasure.  So here’s a few things to remember:


  • If you need to leave your seat to go to the bathroom, but your neighbor is catching a few zzzzzzzzzz and is sleeping so calmly.  Go ahead and tap her on the shoulder and gently say, “Excuse me.”  That way you don’t risk the chance of her waking up while your awkwardly straddling the seats and her.
  • The armrest is always a hot button on a long flight.  My good friend @etiquetteexpert has always said that the middle guy gets both armrests.  The aisle guy gets legroom/bathroom access; window guy gets the best view.
  • If the child behind you is kicking your seat, simply appeal to the parents with a sense of empathy.  If the child doesn’t stop , ask the adult if she would be willing to switch seats with the child.
  • If you want to enjoy a little peace and quiet and neighbor wants to chat endlessly and swap real life stories, just get a little bit stronger and grab your book.  Another strong signal would be to grab your Headphones

About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teacher; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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