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Being a regular flyer, I have often been perturbed with simple questions like, how am I to leave the food tray once I am done, is it ok to recline my chair all the way or are their norms around that, when am I intruding into someone else’s space and so on. As time went by I realized that in our country there is absolutely ‘NO’ sensitivity around these issues. After the emergence of low fare airlines, the attitude towards flying is akin to how we treat our journeys by rail or road. The idea is to reach the destination and not how you reach your destination.
I genuinely miss the attitude that was there in the earlier years, which, not so surprisingly, is missing today. Low fares have made air travel accessible to a lot of newbie travellers. As happy as I am about that, there are some rules that everyone must know of.
To begin with, it is ‘mandatory’ for everyone to queue up at all times: Check-in, Security check, boarding et al. Unless there is a pregnant lady or lady with a child or senior citizen or travellers with special needs, you are not to be excused. You will still make it to the flight on time if you uphold your patience and not create chaos. More often than not ignorance to this rule infuriates the mannered lot. Respect. Respect everyone’s right.
What most of us seldom forget it that even though we might be on a leisure trip, there is people at the airport who consider the terminals to be their second home. And yes, they cannot be expected to wait there all the time around waiting for you to justify why the sensors went. For the sake of fellow travellers your own time, Travel Smart, cause minimal disturbance. Make it a point to not carry items that are meant for check in luggage. Not only do you lose out on your precious things, you have a whole lot of people stuck in queue. And then you wonder where you accumulated all the bad karma?
I hear that an airport terminal gets extremely cosmopolitan at any given time of the day. So here was an attempt to distinguish one from another. And guess where the cues were: The stench of the local food items that fogged my senses. And that too right in the middle of the waiting lounge. Please remember the food courts are just as friendly to people who carry their own food as people who buy a bite there. Another point to be noted here is, if you are considering getting something packed, either from home or the food courts for in flight consumption; make sure it has a neutral fragrance, nothing worse than the flight stinking like a school canteen.
Moving on to boarding the bus, believe me when I say this: “The staff there will make sure you get on board”. So do not hassle your way in. Be patient. Again, when you are getting off the bus, there is no absolute hurry. The airlines has accommodated for the extra two minutes that you might take to board the flight!
Now for some soul searching!
How many of you have told yourself, I would have never this, when someone sitting in front of you reclines the chair all the way or reports his/her life incidences to not just a fellow passenger but you too or finds his/her friend sitting next to you and takes liberty to stand over your head and have a rather meaningful conversation. The point here is we all do these things regardless of having faced the music, at some point or the other. What is the real deal? Are we better off complaining and not really doing something about it?
Just to make our task easier here, I have taken the liberty to put together a list of Do’s and Don’ts.
Wait Before Reclining: Reclined seats are the only thing in an Airline where one can get a few inches of extra leg room, but wait! Do your backseat neighbour a little favour by waiting just a few minutes before reclining.
Arm Rest : Arm rest space is very limited in Airplanes and is split 50/50. If you think your neighbours is stealing your share then gently nudge the elbow and claim your stake.
Stay Calm and Polite: While you are relaxing in your seat, you feel a piercing jolt in the middle of your back. And before you could know the reason, it happens again. Kindly stand up and politely ask the adult to control the kicking child. And if that doesn’t work, an evil eye between the seats will do the work.
Packing Travel Essentials: Pack all your essentials in clear plastic cases. This will help the Security to see what you’ve got without having to open a case and touch your stuff.
Carry necessary travel documents: Make sure that you have all of your travel documents before leaving home. This will include airline tickets or boarding passes, passports (if required), and a valid government issued Photo I.D.
- Grumping: Delays are quite inevitable with Airlines. Yelling at staff members and being rude to fellow passengers would not serve any purpose. Therefore stay calm and co-operate and things will definitely fall in place.
- Boozing: Some people are greatly fascinated with mini wine bottles, so much so that they carry it along with them even in the flights. What people forget is that as you move up, the supply of oxygen falls and booze hits hard and fast.
- DJ in flight:. We understand that travels can be boring when you don’t have much option of keeping yourself entertained. Also, we love listening to music while travelling. But it can be possible even without holding a karaoke contest inside the flight.
- Blabber mouth: Don’t be an incessant talker inside the flight. An introduction is just fine but talking endlessly is a no-no.
- Questionable Items: Avoid packing questionable items in your luggage and save yourself the trouble. If you aren’t sure of a particular item, better play it safe.
- Luggage Unlimited: Do not stuff your bags into overhead compartments crush the items into other bags. There’s a reason why carry-on luggage is limited.
Just because one is 40000 feet in air, does not give them reason enough to be difficult after having boarded a flight. We have all paid equally if not more for our space on that flight. Do not infringe!