Top 7 Flying Turn-Offs Revealed So You Don’t Have to Wing It

Flying can be a stressful experience, and sometimes it’s our fellow passengers who make it even more challenging. From seat swapping to inconsiderate reclining, here are some flying etiquette tips from Jo Bryant, a leading etiquette expert, to help improve the overall flying experience.

Seat Swapping

Passengers often request seat swaps before takeoff. Jo suggests that simply disliking your seat isn’t a good reason enough to ask for a change.

Seat Swapping

Validating your request, such as due to being tall and needing extra legroom, is more acceptable. If swapping isn’t possible, accept it gracefully with a smile.

Shoes on or Off?

Shoes off can be a contentious issue. While keeping your shoes on is considered better manners, for longer flights, taking them off may be acceptable.

However, ensure your feet are presentable and odor-free, and never rest them on the seat or armrest in front. Also, don’t walk to the bathroom with your shoes off!

Smooth Passage Through Security

Disorganization at security checkpoints can frustrate fellow travelers. Jo advises being well-prepared to get through smoothly and quickly.

Know where your electronics are, have liquids bagged, and clear your pockets in advance. Avoid rummaging through your bag or setting off detectors due to overlooked items.

Boarding Etiquette

The rush to board is a matter of personal preference. Whether you prefer to queue promptly or board later, respect personal space and be orderly.

Boarding late disrupts the flight and isn’t considered polite, but it’s not very nice to push your way in front of people to get where you want to go, either.