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10 Etiquette Rules for Flying Economy Class from Expedia

10 Etiquette Rules for Flying Economy Class from Expedia

Our air planes are filling up and our tempers are rising; air travel in the 21st century is no picnic, particularly when you fly economy. Economy flight operators are providing us with a bargain trip in trade off for a little discomfort and very few luxuries. But while our bums are getting bigger, and flights are getting busier, over three-quarters of us prefer to keep ourselves to ourselves while flying: at 30,000ft, tempers can soar if our behaviour is not conscientious and appropriate.

In fact, the collective mood of a flight can be cumulative – each step of the trip potentially encouraging further irritation – so it is important to note that etiquette begins at the check-in. Security scans have become ever more invasive over the years, but to keep the process smooth and the queue progressing swiftly, empty your pockets into your bag while you’re still waiting your turn, and move quickly from the exit – where human traffic tends to bottleneck. Once on the plane, you really can’t be too selfless: use the bathroom quickly and leave it clean, treat stewards as human beings, and if you are likely to doze off, avoid drinking to avoid snoring.

Acknowledging each other’s presence with eye contact and greetings will lighten the mood, but conversation needs to be played by ear – not everyone wants it. If you get trapped next to a bore, don’t reach for your parachute – there are more discreet ways to back out of the abyss of small talk.

But before you feel too guilty about your contribution to rising temperatures in the sky, you can take some reassurance from recent reports suggesting airplane aggravation can be connected to the presence of those privileged jet-setters in First Class. Just one more reason to be mindful of your behaviour among your immediate neighbours – we are in it together, after all. Check out this list of ways to be the perfect Economy Class passenger – and make it a ‘bon voyage’ all round.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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