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Basic Etiquette For Sitting In Flying Machines

How to be considerate when taking part in the miracle of flight.

1. Anticipate your tendencies when buying your tickets.

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*SLEEP and/or NEVER GET UP BECAUSE TRANSFIXED BY THE INCREDIBLE EARTH BENEATH US.

2. Remember the boarding process sets the tone for the entire flight.

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3. Think of the armrest as a buffer between passengers rather than “part of your seat.”

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4. Be considerate to someone trying to rest. Be kind to the nervous.

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5. Upon exiting, remember everyone is in a hurry.

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6. Don’t blame flight attendants or fellow passengers for systemic problems.

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NOTE: I don’t recline my seat but I also don’t fault those who do. I know there simply isn’t enough room for all to recline comfortably. That is a reality of modern flight (in coach).

7. Maintain a healthy perspective on the magic of flight.

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Maybe it’s because I grew up where the Wright Brothers built their airplanes, but I can’t get over how amazing flying machines are.

8. Don’t disrupt a flight for the sake of your ego.

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