Eight mistakes of tourists when traveling by air: flight attendant told what many people do wrong
Airline rules and regulations are designed to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone on board. However, tourists on an airplane also have certain responsibilities. These are unspoken rules that should be followed in order not to cause inconvenience to other passengers and crew members.
However, not all tourists follow these "laws" while in the sky. Flight attendants told LifeSavvy about the mistakes of passengers they most often encounter at work.
Going to the restroom while boarding an airplane
Using the toilet on an airplane during boarding is one of the main reasons for slowing down the boarding procedure, according to Krista Thatch, who has been a flight attendant for 15 years. If you go to the restroom while passengers are just getting on the plane, everyone has to wait for you to return to your seat, moving in the opposite direction. At the same time, flight attendants are not allowed to close the door to the plane while someone is in the restroom, so if you take your time, you can delay the flight. Krista recommends going to the restroom at the airport in advance.
Take off your shoes
One of the most common travel mistakes that flight attendant Katie, who has eight years of experience, encounters is taking off your shoes on the plane. First of all, if you don't have clean socks on, you're inconveniencing your neighbors. Someone may be sensitive to the unpleasant odors of your feet. Secondly, it is unhygienic. The risk of picking up fungal infections, especially if you go to the toilet without shoes, is very high.
Don't bring essentials with you
Flight attendants do their best to help you feel comfortable, but there are only so many resources at their disposal. Krista shared that travelers sometimes ask her for things like milk, lunches, and some items that are simply not provided on certain flights or on the plane in general. The stewardess recommends packing everything you might need during the flight and not expecting your material needs to be met on board.
Don't overload your carry-on luggage
Krista shared that she sees people trying to take as many things as possible on a flight all the time. She understands the desire to save money on baggage fees, but at the same time, she believes that travelers are making their lives more difficult. If you want to avoid checking a suitcase, make sure you know your airline's baggage policy. Most allow only carry-on luggage and personal items on board, and will not allow you on the plane if you have more than two bags. Some airlines also set weight and size limits for carry-on bags.
Flight attendants share that sometimes inexperienced travelers ask them why movies on their phones don't play during the flight. In most cases, the reason is that they haven't downloaded the media files to their devices and can't play them without a high speed internet connection. To avoid this problem, make sure that the music or video files on your gadget will play without internet access before the flight. Also, check that your phone or tablet has enough power, as not all airplanes have chargers.
Drinking too much
Some airlines offer passengers free alcoholic beverages on board. However, sometimes tourists manage to get sober on their own before boarding or on board the plane. Many people do not understand or know that at high altitudes/lack of oxygen, you can get intoxicated very quickly - one drink on the ground turns into two or even three in the air. Try to control yourself. The consequences can be different. This includes conflict with neighbors, feeling unwell, and much more.
Buying seats separately from each other
It is not always possible for members of the same family or group of friends to buy seats together, but you can always ask the flight attendant before boarding if you and your group can be seated closer together. However, if you're trying to save money by not paying for your seats or buying tickets that don't allow you to choose your seat, accept that you may not be able to sit together and don't make a fuss on board.
Run for the exit immediately after landing
It seems like on every single flight there is always a person who jumps up as soon as the plane lands, grabs their belongings and runs for the exit. First of all, cutting off everyone in front of you is just plain rude. "Having good manners is very important. In addition, the boarding process is much faster if everyone waits for their turn," the flight attendants say. If you're in a hurry, for example, to connect to the next flight, let the flight attendants know in advance. They are usually happy to make an announcement, asking other passengers to let you through first.
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