Essential Travel Etiquette

Daniel Post Senning, great-grandson of Emily Post and host of the Awesome Etiquette pod-cast, talks with US News Report about essential travel etiquette. While some of these are common sense, the stress of travel can make even the most polite travel companions forget to mind their manners.

The middle seat gets the armrest – in the cramped, shared space of airplane seating it is most polite for the window and aisle seats to allow the person in the middle the courtesy of the armrests since the other two passengers have other options for getting comfortable.

Come prepared; in the midst of frustration with other travelers it is best to remember to manager yourself. Temper your expectations. Be willing to help others. The real test of your patience won’t be when others are being polite, but when they are rude.

Mostly people aren’t kicking the back of your seat on purpose. However, it is OK to politely engage another passenger (or their parent) if the kicking gets excessive.

Mobile devices and in-flight WiFi have created a social space to navigate. We should all be conscious of the volume of our videos, music, movies and other streaming media. Again, it is OK to politely engage a passenger about the volume of their device. Noise canceling headphones can be a life saver for frequent fliers.

Additionally, consider the Golden Rule. Treat people as you would want to be treated.