When traveling on a plane, one must remember that the decisions you make can impact everyone else around you (my seatmate last week who picked up Taco Bell and then could not properly digest his food – did not do this). Aligned with this collective thinking, Yahoo Travel has shared their 30 Worst Decisions You Can Make on a Plane, find 5 of my favorites below and check out the full list here. As always, thanks to Mark for sharing.
Bring a carryon that you cannot personally lift into the overhead bin: There is no amount of charm that makes this the right thing to do. Unless someone in your party can lift your carryon overhead, check it.
Put your coat in the overhead bin before everyone has boarded: Let’s be clear. You are certainly entitled to bring your coat along with you as you return to Minnesota from your cruise to the Bahamas. You are not entitled to take up valuable bin space with it until everyone with an actual piece of luggage has boarded the flight.
Bring anything on board with garlic, onions, or fish: Taking stinky food on a plane is unconscionable. Not only will your seatmates be stuck smelling it while you eat, there are aftereffects to be considered.
Have a hygiene failure: Flight time is the wrong time to try a new antiperspirant, rush to the airport without a shower, or skimp on laundry. The stinkiest travelers are usually the ones coming home from long tropical vacations. All the clothes they took with them are now soaked in sweat, rum, and sunscreen. The plane soon smells like coconut-scented sneaker inserts. Do us all a favor and at least and wear a fresh souvenir T-shirt home on the plane. Go against us and we may hashtag you #PassengerShaming.
Think you have any rights at 30,000 feet: Your goal is to get from point A to point B. The crew’s job is to get you there safely. Sit down. Shut up. And let them do their jobs. Your rights basically end at wheels up.