The ultimate guide to plane etiquette

The ultimate guide to plane etiquette

After a passenger was forced to hand a note to a flight attendant asking for an announcement to check the health of the person breaking wind in “rows 10 to 12” it’s worth considering what else is deemed unacceptable at 30,000 feet.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the traits, actions and characteristics of fellow travellers that are just not on when it comes to flying.

1. Going bare foot

Taking your shoes off on a plane is one thing, but your socks too? What’s wrong with you? You’re not Ghandi.

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A photo posted by Passenger Shaming (@passengershaming) on Dec 30, 2015 at 3:18pm PST

2. Asking your neighbour for their leftover food

“Are you going to finish that?” Really?!

3. Changing nappies on a seat

The only reason you think that’s acceptable is because that baby is your blood. Everyone else thinks that’s disgusting.

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4. Using ineffective headphones

There is no point to headphones that are as loud to your neighbours as they are to you. We don’t want to hear your tinny trance compilation.

The ultimate guide to plane etiquetteYou’re happy but you’re making everyone else miserable  Photo: Fotolia/AP

5. Sniffing

Just blow your nose.

6. Putting your feet up through the gap in the seats

There are few things worse than when you feel a little prod at your elbow and realise it’s the person behind’s big toe.

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7. Hogging the armrest

Why would you think we don’t want to use it too? Did you pay extra for exclusive use? Oh, sorry, we didn’t realise.

8. Standing up as soon as the seatbelt sign is turned off after landing

Where are you going? The doors are still very much closed. Great, now you’re just standing there with your backside in our face.

The ultimate guide to plane etiquetteYou’re going nowhere  Photo: Alamy

9. Making small talk with your fellow passengers when they’re clearly reading/sleeping/listening to music

Well, you should have brought your own entertainment, shouldn’t you?

10. Spending half the flight stood in the aisle chatting with your friend sat elsewhere

You’re in everyone’s way and, once again, your bum is at face level. If it’s night flight, it’s doubly bad.

11. Getting lairy

Airplanes and pubs are in fact very different. Have a drink or two, sure, but don’t start chanting.

12. Constantly getting up and down

Just sit down before we strap you down.

The ultimate guide to plane etiquetteSeats are there for a reason  Photo: Alamy

13. Using the seat in front to pull yourself up

Or ease yourself down. It’s not like anyone in that seat was asleep or drinking a scalding cup of tea, you idiot.

14. Complaining about lack of space on a budget airline

If you cared that much about your personal space you wouldn’t have spent just £15.99 on your flight.

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15. Reclining your seat

You’re a parody of a rude person.

16. Peeing on the carpet

Yeh, Gerard Depardieu.

17. Running past people to get to passport control…

…only to join the same queue everyone else is in.

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