A few days ago I was flying back from Vancouver and I noticed many behaviors on the plane that prompted me to write this. If you have ever flown you may have experienced some, if not all, of the following. Being courteous on a plane is not difficult, but it is getting more and more rare to see passengers think about the other people around them. The following list is 5 things not to do on a plane and are my personal pet peeves.
1. Lean on the seat next to you while waiting for the bathroom
I see this all the time and I really feel sorry for the people sitting in the aisle next to the restroom. If you are waiting to use the facilities, try not to lean on the seats closest to the bathroom. Just imagine you were sitting there and how annoying that would be.
2. Leave your window shade wide open if the person next to you is sleeping
I normally try and get a window seat as I really enjoy looking out of the window and seeing all of the scenery beneeth me. However, when someone next to me is sleeping, I either only raise the shade halfway and lookout then close it back when I'm done, or leave it closed. It's not my responsibility to help them sleep, but it's a nice thing to do and does not cost me a thing.
3. Blow up the bathroom
Have you ever gone into an airplane bathroom after someone and thought you were going to pass out from the fumes they left? Everyone has to defecate, it's normal. But remember, you are not at home and there is no one on the plane that wants to smell your arse. One way to alleviate the smell is to flush as you go. Do not let your essence sit there until you're done, flush as you go which will mask some of the smell. The person coming after you will thank you.
4. Sit in a window seat if you have a bladder the size of a pea
No one should have to be inconvenienced because you have a very tiny bladder. I am one of those that has a small bladder and I love a window seat. I always make sure that I use the restroom before I sit in my seat and I do not drink tons of water / coffee while I'm on a flight. Hydration is important but I'm not going to die if I do not have multiple ounces of water for the duration of my flight. And if I see someone in my row get up, I also get up even if I do not have to go. Occasionally I will have to use the restroom since my bladder is tiny.
5. Pull on the seat in front of you when you get up
This is one of my biggest pet peeves on an airplane. There is no reason to use the seat in front of you to get up. I fly all the time and I never pull on the seat in front of me. One time I actually stood up in my seat and stepped over the girl sleeping in the middle seat next to me (the nice man on the end of my row held my hands so I could do this carefully). She was not woken up and the person in front of me was not disturbed. But even without doing that it is easy to get up and this way you do not disturb the person sitting in that seat. And just remember, how would you feel if you were sound sleep and someone woke you up by pulling hard on your seat?
I am sure there are many more things that should not be done while flying, but these are the 5 that stand out to me. Being considerate of others is slowly becoming more and more rare these days but it is really simple to be nice to other passengers while you are flying.