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The Etiquette of Flying Long Haul

16 April

I’ve had enough of bad flying etiquette!Plane Luggage

Having just flown for 24 hours from Europe home to Australia the shortest flight yet I might add, I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer.

The Unspoken Rules.

There are some unspoken rules of common-bloody-sense that must be adhered to when flying from one side of this magnificent rock to the other!

First, so we are all aware. When one purchases an airline ticket, the whole seat is purchased; yes you inconsiderate people sitting behind me, the back as well as the front.

So don’t let your kids kick it, don’t rest your knees on it, don’t slam your tray table shut and don’t for the love of decency grab hold of it when I am sleeping and wrench it around to get out of your seat! Arm rests people arm rests.

But let’s start at the very beginning.

Hand LuggageHand luggage, is it so impossible to place your stuff neatly and well considerately so that the entire space is used effectively. Think before you pack and I mean about what type of vessel you are placing your valuables and necessaries in.

Also, NO you cannot have your handbag/laptop bag on your lap for take-off and landing. ‘All items’ actually means all items must be place in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you.

Not sure why you think you are special, but in the unlikely event of an emergency if I am killed by your flying laptop I will make sure you are sued within an inch of your life and I’ll come back to haunt you!

Under the seat in front of you means your seat, not mine. It is also quite self-evident that under means under not in the space between your seat and the seat in front of you.

Seriously, the school systems have failed if this preposition is not understood.

The Safety Information.

I don’t care if you have flown before. I’ve been flying since I was 13 years old. Do not speak during the Safety information, especially if it is a person and not a video.

It’s just plain rude, whether you think you know it all or not.

My Last Peeve.

And finally put your seat in the upright most uncomfortable position when food is being served, there isn’t much space as there is, so some…you guested it…consideration is so appreciated.

Well that’s my rant! I feel so much better now that I got that off my chest!

Feel very free to comment on your pet hates when flying. I can assure you all that I am travel hacking towards First/Business class all the way!

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2 Responses to “The Etiquette of Flying Long Haul”

  1. Natalie Sisson April 17, 2013 at 10:58 #

    Ah you made me laugh. I tend to watch with amusement how people handle plane journeys and what they take on board with them. It sometimes blows my mind that’s for sure. The old pulling and pushing and kicking the chair though is something I have zero tolerance for and am not afraid to deal with it politely and swiftly

    • Kylie May 1, 2013 at 05:48 #

      Thanks Nat. It’s funny how some articles just flow out of you!! This one did after a particularly annoying long haul flight!! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m about to head back to Europe next week, so here’s hoping the person behind me has read this!!

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