We love the end destination of air travel, but sometimes the flight is long and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make you and your fellow passengers comfortable throughout your shared journey.
1. Let your neighbor sleep
This seems self explanatory, but it can be so hard to execute! You maybe travelling alone and what someone to talk to, or, the flight attendant is coming around with the snacks and surely your seatmate won’t want to miss out on their cran-apple juice! Trust me, if your neighbor is sleeping they don’t want idle chitchat or juice; they want to rest. Leave them alone, they can always call for a flight attendant later if they are thirsty. When the shoe is on the other foot you’ll be glad your neighbor let you rest.
2. Avoid hitting the seat in front of you.
A few months ago, I was on a trip abroad and the person behind me kept pressing the screen in the seat behind me so hard that every few minutes I would nod involuntarily. The screens with movies, music, news and games are great, but remember, someone is sitting in that seat and they can feel your movements. Press the screen firmly enough to view your program but gentle enough to avoid knocking out your neighbor.
We all know the security at airports is a beast. Get there early to ensure you’ll make your flight. Once there, grin and bear it.
4. Recliner Wars
We Travel Lushes are pro-recliners, but there is a growing community of anti-recliners. We understand their position, but hey, when you’re sleepy, you’re sleepy. If you notice you’re sitting in front of an especially tall person, be kind of enough to avoid a full recline so they can maintain some sense of leg room.
Please make a bathroom stop before boarding the plane. If you find that you’ve got to go during the flight, leave the bathroom as clean as you can. This is a shared space and everyone should be able to enjoy a (somewhat) clean bathroom.