Altitude Adjustment: 5 Things You Do At The Airport That Makes You A Hole


Traveling can be stressful. When most people find themselves at an airport, they are either late or outright exhausted and ready to arrive at their final destination. But that doesn’t mean none of us should ignore proper airport etiquette.

Being a thoughtful traveler is in everyone’s best interest, right? With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of things not do while flying. (No, we’re not bitter. What makes you say that?)

When traveling, follow these simple rules of airport etiquette:

1. Don’t be a drag

While everyone is thrilled that you have joined the rest of us in the 21st century by acquiring a trolley bag, let’s make sure you know how to walk with it. Please do not drag your luggage two feet behind you; keep it close. In fact, think of it as a part of you – you should always be aware of where your bag is and how it could be.

2. What is that smell?

Hey you all in line [insert overpriced airport restaurant here], don’t even think about packing that hot meal and bringing it on the plane! While you surely deserve a hearty dinner, your fellow travelers don’t deserve to smell roast beef au jus or linguini in clam sauce until JFK.

3. Checkpoint yourself

Here is one that only applies to those who have traveled, say, more than once in his life: How not to know how airport security works ?! Take those shoes off before you get to the big radioactive machine and put this laptop in its own trash can!

4. Wait your GD turn!

I’m pretty sure it says on your ticket which group you will be boarding the plane with. Haven’t heard if Group C is ready to board? Ask another traveler. Everyone goes to the same place, so there’s no need to rush out the door and hamper those who are supposed to get on. Also unacceptable: congestion of the baggage carousel on landing.

5. Move your ass

Moving walks (you know, those flat escalators) have been a standard offering at airports for quite some time, although unfortunately some people still don’t know the protocol: if you have all the time in the world and you don’t rush. not to a flight, which means you are going to stand on the catwalk instead of trotting, move to the right. Let your traveling companions in a hurry walk past you to the left, and the airport will be a much friendlier and less stressful place.

Are there other rules of airport etiquette that we’ve left out?

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