Nothing gets the blood boiling like a disrespectful and/or ignorant fellow passenger. Some of these things may seem small and trivial, but I guarantee after reading this you’ll notice them and their effects more on your next flight. Airline travel is by no means comfortable in economy class, and it’s up to us to do our part to stop the bleeding. Here are a few ways for you to help make someone else’s flight more enjoyable—and to avoid being “that guy” at the centre of happy hour horror stories.
Don’t use the seats for balance as you walk down the aisle. Instead, use the overhead compartments. If you reach up and slide your hand along it, you’ll be able to catch yourself if there’s a sudden bout of turbulence. Every time you grab the corner of a seat, you create a small earthquake, and if you’ve ever had someone do it to you while you’re nodding off, you know how annoying it is.
Along those same lines, don’t use the seat in front of you to pull yourself up when going to the restroom. Use the arm rests to push yourself up, as grabbing and pulling on the back of the seat is just the same as kicking it.