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Flying should be a simple experience for everyone and not something to dread. You should endeavor to contribute to the welfare and comfort of other passengers by observing a set of simple, yet courteous etiquette guidelines. Observing these unwritten rules ensures that you avoid conflict with others and helps make the flight easier for all.

Stay organized at the security line

Flight etiquette begins right at the security check where you should do your best to stay organized and avoid holding up people in line. As you approach the security check station, you should have your boarding pass, ID card, and other necessary security documents within your reach. Removing your watch, belt, and other metallic objects ahead of time ensures a smooth flow of passengers behind you.

Use the overhead bin courteously

If you have a bag that needs to be stored in the overhead bin, put it in wheels out, allowing space for other passengers who need to store their bags as well.

Obey the onboard regulations

Once you board the plane, there are certain regulations as defined by the cabin crew, which you should adhere to. Complying with any regulations as stipulated ensures that you avoid unnecessary conflicts with other people and the cabin crew. Standing up in the aisle during taxi can cause the pilot to stop the plane on the tarmac, and potentially lose their position in the take off cue.

Recline your seat with courtesy

Many airlines have seats that allow you to recline. If you must recline your seat, do so with great courtesy (don’t slam the seat back into a passengers knees). Being polite enough to ask the passenger behind you whether you can recline the seat slightly is refreshing and commendable etiquette.

If you have children, take charge

If you have small children traveling with you, take charge and try to minimize disruption to other passengers. For example, make sure their seat belts are securely fastened and that they don’t repeatedly kick the seat back in front of them. To prevent, or limit the inconvenience that comes with younger children crying on a plane, you may want to carry some snacks and toys to keep them entertained.  Rapid changes in altitude can cause pressure on the ears that young children don’t yet know how to alleviate. Giving them something safe to chew on can often reduce the pain that comes from this increased pressure.