Over the last year, I have found myself spending a lot of time in airports and on planes. These opportunities for travel have not only been fun, but also taught me an awful lot about travel etiquette. With all I have learned, I decided to write a “travel mini-series” to share my experience!
- Be prepared for the security line. We know it is coming… The moment you have to go through the metal detector/body scanner, so why not be ready for it? Often times, the security lines can be long leaving us to stand there with nothing to do. Rather than using our phones to distract us and strolling along until we reach the scanner, let’s use this time to start preparing for the security check.
- Throw away your beverage/empty your water bottle.
- Remove your coat, sweater, scarf, etc. and hold it while you walk.
- Take off your heavy jewelry, watch, and belt.
- Personally, I leave a small jewelry bag in my purse or carry-on when I travel so when I get to security I can put all my things in that little bag and secure it in my own carry-on instead of using the small tray security provides. Also, this allows me to go straight from security to my gate without having to stop to put everything back on, I can do it at my gate instead. Travel Tip: A small Ziploc bag works just as well!
- Have your ID and boarding pass out to hand it to the TSA Agent right away.
- If you are traveling with a laptop/tablet, put it in an easily accessible place so you can take it out quickly for the security scan.
- When you get to the scanner, do not rush the people in front of you. Be patient and wait to place your things on the scanner belt.
- Once you have cleared the scanner, pick up your things and step aside. In most airports, they have benches very close to security so you can put all your belongings away and accessories back on you.
- The Walk (sometimes run) to your gate… When walking in the terminal, follow the same rules as the road. Stay to the far right if you are casually walking to your gate so you can leave the inside “lanes” open for those in a rush to get to their gate or moving at a faster pace.
- Do Not Hog the Plug! You know which one I mean… The incredibly coveted electrical plug to charge your phone, iPad/tablet, laptop, etc.
- First and foremost, be sure to charge your electronics before leaving home. This will prevent you from having to search the terminal for an electrical outlet or charging station.
- If you need to charge your phone/electronics before your flight, use any free plug you can find or wait patiently for one to become available. If you have to wait, stand near the charging station and wait your turn. Do not stare down all the people currently using the charging station hoping someone will give up.
- When using the plug/charging station, make your best effort to not use the electronic device you are charging unless it is an emergency or absolutely necessary. If other people are waiting, using your device while it charges only makes the process take longer. Be considerate of the others in line.
- Use one plug and one plug only! If there are people waiting, do not plug-in your personal phone, work phone, iPad/tablet, and laptop all at the same time. NOTE: If you have a plug that turns into an extension and has 4 plug-ins then this is OK.
- Travel Tip: If you have a plug that works as an extender and you are not using all of the extra outlets, offer it to other people! Kudos to these people for being friendly travelers and genuinely kind!
- If people are waiting, you do not need to charge your phone to 100%. Get your battery to a decent level then let the next person use the plug.
- Waiting In Line to Board Your Flight
- Whether you are on a flight with an already designated seat or getting in line based on boarding groups to pick your own seat, we all have to wait in line to get on the plane. When you get in line, be sure not to crowd the people ahead of you, try to squeeze your way to the front, or complain if you end up towards the end of the line.
- When traveling in a group you would like to sit with but you do not have boarding numbers close to one another, true travel etiquette dictates you get in line with the individual who has the later boarding number.
What travel etiquette do’s and don’ts have you witnessed? Are there travel situations you do not know how to navigate? Let me know!
With these new tips, I hope you will be an even more polite and considerate traveler!
Safe travels y’all!