Five Things To Never Do On A Plane

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

According to a recent story in Canada’s Globe and Mail, there are five things one should never do on an airplane. We could probably list a few more – and so could you – but the story by Domini Clark will likely set your head nodding in agreement. Here’s an abridged version. You can see the full article here.

Hog the overhead bin

Thanks to checked-baggage fees, space for carry-on luggage is at a premium. Which means that, sorry, no, your jacket doesn't get its own little area up there. Neither does your tiny purse. Nor your baseball cap.

Create noise pollution

Do not make people listen to whatever it is you're doing on your electronic device. It doesn't matter how low you have the volume: No one wants to spend three hours listening to random movie dialogue or the dings of a video game.

Be gross

This covers a range of acts, including but not limited to: going barefoot (and, even worse, going barefoot to the bathroom), stuffing used banana peels and apple cores in the seatback pocket, cleaning out your ear wax while sitting next to stranger, chewing with your mouth open and clipping your nails. Yuck.

Disrespect the book

Listen, I get it: You're a nervous flyer and need some reassurance. Or you're a mom longing to talk to a sane adult after a week on a Disney cruise with your family. You still need to take the hint: If the desired target of your banter is reading a book – or, more blatantly, has headphones on – he or she doesn't want to chit-chat. With anyone. It's not personal, really.

Sing out loud

You would think some things wouldn't need to be said. Yet on a recent flight to New York the lady across the aisle from me spent much of the flight performing in her own one-woman karaoke bar, singing along to the music playing in her headphones. Unless people regularly pay big bucks to hear you perform, keep that urge to belt it out bottled up.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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