Don’t take up too much space
Airports are a shared, public space. Don’t sprawl and keep the walkways clear. If your bag is blocking people from getting through, find a better way to stash it!
Share the outlets
Want to make friends in an airport? Bring a small power strip with you. Outlets are often all in use, but you can extend that one plug into several just with a cheap gadget. Not only can you charge your phone, laptop, or anything else, but I’ve never had another traveler complain if I needed to unplug their device for a moment and plug them into the power strip.
As /u/gandalf_alpha said, “I started just traveling with a small power strip. Then I make 1 outlet into 5. Makes you feel like a superhero when people literally run up to you in joy.”
Follow the rules of the road
Okay, so you’re not on a road. Still, let the faster-moving people pass; people making connecting flights may be in a hurry. If you want to give your feet a rest between terminals or let the moving walkways do the walking for you, keep to the side (and definitely don’t block the whole walkway).
On the Plane
Wait your turn
As soon as a group is called for boarding, it seems like everyone swarms the lines at once. I get it: overhead space is at a premium, so those who board last may have to have their carry-on checked. That tangle of people just makes things slower for everyone. Listen to the announcements, wait for your boarding group, and be ready to go when it’s your turn.
A few ways to make this better:
- Board in an earlier group. Passengers with higher-priced fares, those seated in exit rows, or those who need a little more time to get situated (families, elderly, and so on).
- Use an airline credit card that allows you to check bags for free. This doesn’t bypass having your carry-on potentially checked, but you may be more likely to voluntarily check your bag (for free) and not need that overhead space.
- Pack well and try to avoid the overhead space when possible. You’ve got room under your seat to use too!
Be courteous when switching plane seats
Ideally, everyone would plan ahead and groups that needed to sit together could find neighboring seats. But, planes fill up, last-minute flights need to be booked, and so on. But, if you need to ask someone to switch seats, be fair! If you’re asking someone to switch classes (like the above, from Economy Plus to Economy) or to an inconvenient seat (from an aisle or window to the middle), you’ll probably meet some resistance.
In this example, if being seated together was more important to the mom than having an upgraded seat, she should have offered the extended-legroom seat to the child’s seat neighbor.
Keep the kimchi at home
When possible, do your stinky snacking before you board. Nobody wants to smell tuna after a few hours in a flying box. Smells can linger and fragrant foods can make others feel hungrier, too.
Learn about other pet peeves
For more tips, funny stories, and rants, read the reddit thread.