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22/06/2009 – 10 Ways To Rock The Full Flight…and increase your travel karma
Full flights are great for airlines and often intolerable for passengers. As a human species we’re generally selfish, we like our personal space and while sitting in a cramped airline seat we prize ever last millimeter of our personal space.
So yesterday while reading a back and forth chat between the popular airline blog Flight Wisdom and Southwest Airlines regarding how to “Rock The Full Flight” I quickly wrote out my 10 suggestions for making full-flights more tolerable for everyone on board.
I’ll admit there are days when if Mother Teresa (if she were alive) approached me and asked me for my upgraded seat I’d possibly decline and I’ve been known to sit in my seat and think “why do all screaming babies sit directly behind me?” but on the whole when I fly I approach my packed to the gills flights in a simple manner. My view is that all the passengers are jammed into the same small metal tube for as long as the flight is. From there on travelling becomes a team effort and making travel easier for even one person on your packed flight is good travel karma and it can also have a trickle down impact for the overall good of the flight.
#10) On a full-flight give up your window seat to a curious kid so they can look outside!
#09) If you see a family boarding late & they can’t be seated together, give up your seat for them if you can assist them in being seated together. Encourage your seatmates to sacrifice for the greater good of everyone on board as well.
#08) If someone next to you tells you they have a peanut allergy pass on the baggy of peanuts being handed out. Having your seatmate go into anaphylactic shock will only delay your travel (I am severely allergic to peanuts…and have had mostly respectful seatmates)
#07) Pack triangle-crayons, even if you aren’t travelling with kids, to hand out to a parent with a restless kid. Your crayons can save multiple people on the plane from enduring an irritated and restless child. I suggest triangle crayons, as they do not roll off the tray table making everyone’s life easier on the flight.
#06) Got a seat upgrade? Pass along your upgrade to a Solider/Sailor/Airman/Marine/Coastie on their way home from overseas. I have done this many times, including once for a non-US soldier headed back home to the Scotland. It’s just a nice way to say Thank You.
#05) Full-flight during peak busy season? Bring a box of nice chocolates for the flight attendants! Remember that happy flight attendants make for a happy flight…and they work really hard with some really cranky flyers.
#04) Know you’re on a packed flight? Bring a bag of Jelly Beans to share with your seatmates. (It really works in making your row of seatmates smile!)
#03) If you snag a seat with extra legroom and see an extremely tall passenger boarding the plane, offer to pass along your seat. (I am 6ft 3in (190.5cm) and I have passed along my seat to few times to passengers around 7ft (213cm) who really needed the leg room)
#02) Have drink vouchers? Share them with your seatmates. (I don’t drink but I have always handed out drink vouchers when I have them, often to really grumpy passengers, those in the Military…and one Catholic Priest headed to a funeral)
#01) See a Mom/Dad with a baby in a full-row & you have an empty seat next to you? Offer to swap seats with them! It will make EVERYONE’S life easier!
So…there you go my 10 Ways To Rock The Full Flight.
As a traveller I can tell you this…good travel karma goes a long way. Happier fellow passengers make for a more pleasant flight for everyone.