When you board your next flight, you might not be aware that you have a job to do.
You see, depending on which seat you chose, there’s a host of “unofficial rules” placed upon you.
Whether you’re sitting in the aisle, middle, or window seat, near the exit, or towards the front of the plane – here’s a quick breakdown on your expected role.
Ah, the perk of getting to use the restroom whenever you want and not having to climb over other people.
The aisle seat is a popular pick for many travelers – especially those who enjoy the ability to stretch their legs out into the aisle and have a bit of extra room.
But don’t stretch your legs so far out in the aisle that people trip as they walk by.
And yes – you’ll be expected to pass the snacks and drinks to your seatmates…
And most importantly – don’t be THAT GUY who holds up the entire row because he refuses to be ready when it’s time to deboard.
Not likely your first pick – or even your second – but sometimes we get stuck in the dreaded middle seat.
While you may have coveted having the window seat – don’t be rude and gawk over the shoulder of the guy who actually got it.
And if your traveling companion is sitting across the aisle from you – try to avoid shouting over each other’s seatmates – it’s rude.
Same goes with spreading your body and belongings all over the row.
We get it – the middle seat is the worst – but do your best to contain your possessions (and body parts) to your own narrow area.
And it should go without saying – but if you’re traveling with a friend or partner, just book your seats next to each other.
Don’t try to be “strategic” and think that if you book an aisle and window seat that “magically” the middle seat will stay empty – you’ll only be forcing some poor, unexpecting soul to be stuck literally in the middle of your conversation.
Most travelers are either prone to choose the window or aisle seat.
Personally, I’m a window seat kind of gal.
I love getting an unobstructed view of the ground as we depart – and feeling the excitement as we land and get a tease of the city landscape.
But sometimes your seatmates might want the shade lowered to take a nap or block out the light.
While you do control the shade in the window seat – use your power in a good way. If it doesn’t bother you to lower it a bit – just do it (as long as you’re not missing out on the view when you want to see it).
Yes – flight attendants will ask you to verbally confirm that you’re able and willing to assist in case of an evacuation.
But there are actually a few things that would disqualify you from an exit row seat – even if you want the extra leg room.
If you’re pregnant – sorry – by law you’re required to be reseated.
Likewise, if you’re caring for small children in the row behind you and your attention is split, you’ll likely have to find a different seat.
And it may sound harsh – but overweight passengers may be asked to move if they need a seatbelt extension.
In the case of a crash, authorities fear the extra belt could become entangled – potentially trapping other passengers.
Bottom line – if you’re in an exit row – you’re expected to be dexterous and strong and ready to act in a moment’s notice.
Front Of The Plane
When the flight lands – people are ready to stretch their legs and get off!
But it often seems those who sit in the front of the plane take their good ole time… gathering all their belongings…
…getting down their overhead bin items…
…packing up their half-eaten sandwich… etc.
All while the rest of the passengers steam with frustration because they haven’t used the restroom in hours or need to catch a connecting flight.
If you’re going to take your good old time – let the other passengers exit first.
Airplane etiquette isn’t required… it’s just what travelers with good sense do.
But be warned – if you insist on ignoring the unspoken rules of travel – you just might find yourself in our next edition of passengers behaving badly on planes!
What is your favorite seat on the plane?
Which seat do you hate the most?
You can post your response and stay current on the latest Proud American Traveler stories on Facebook!
And if you think your friends or family would be interested in receiving our newsletter directly to their inbox, please forward this email and encourage them to subscribe to our newsletter here.