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Aero-Dynamics: In flight Etiquette

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Taking a trip can be very exciting, but taking a flight with others can often knock the wind out of our sales.

From packing to dealing with other passengers, the art of flying can leave us flying by the seat of our pants, at least when it comes to etiquette. Here are a few common “problems” and how to solve them.

1. Kiddy Conundrums: From screaming kids to squeamish kids, you could be left kicking yourself for not flying first class, especially if they wind up fidgeting and kicking your seat. Experts suggest taking a stand, at least if you want to be left “sitting pretty”, by asking the child’s parents politely to ask their little one to “stop”. And, if your pleas leave you less than pleased, consider plea-bargaining by asking the parents to switch seats.

2. Chatty Cathy’s: While it’s often welcoming to have a flight buddy that keeps you company, there are times when you simply want to catch up on your work or your sleep. So, having a neighborly neighbor may just get on your last nerve. Experts suggest being subtle at first by grabbing a book of closing your eyes and leaning your head back. If that doesn’t work, apologize for potentially seeming “rude”, but cut off your chatty c() or put on a pair of headphones.

3. Bathroom Blockage: Having a neighbor that’s sound asleep when you have “to go” can be an “uncomfortable situation on so many levels. Simply nudge your neighbor and ask him or her to move so that you can scoot by. And, don’t forget to apologize for disrupting his or her sleep.

4. Arm Wrestling Match: In tight quarters, it’s likely to happen. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find that you and your neighbor are “fighting” over the armrest between you. According to experts, both passengers should be prepared to share. And, if you feel your neighbor is being “unfair”, wait until he or she leaves his or her seat to make a not-so-hostile takeover.


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