Contrary to popular belief, flying involves more than just getting on a plane, sitting down, and getting off. There are rules to follow in the aircraft cabin for both comfort and safety. These rules include both official regulations and unwritten etiquette. We list common flying mistakes made by passengers during flights, as revealed by flight attendants.
Using the Toilet During Takeoff and Landing
According to flight attendants, using the restroom during takeoff and landing is a common pet peeve among flight attendants. It hinders their ability to ensure everyone’s safety and seat arrangements. To make the flight smoother for everyone, try to restrict bathroom breaks to cruising altitudes and keep your seat buckled if flight attendants are in their jump seats.
Rudeness to Flight Attendants
In flight, flight attendants are in control and always ready to assist passengers in case of any issues. However, some passengers forget this and behave rudely towards the crew. It’s crucial to remember that the flight crew works hard to ensure the flight is safe and comfortable for everyone. Treating them with kindness and respect will create a more pleasant experience for everyone on board.
Early Bag Removal from Overhead Compartments
Avoid getting your belongings before the plane has stopped at the gate. Wait until the plane is completely stopped and follow the safety procedures demonstrated by the flight crew. Taking out bags from the overhead compartments too soon can be dangerous.
Avoiding Food Trolley Obstacles in the Aisle
“Don’t try to get past food trolleys during service,” warns a former flight attendant. This action is not only a nuisance for the flight crew who are trying to navigate the limited space of the aisle with heavy trolleys, but it can also slow down the entire service process. Wait until the trolley has passed before getting up from your seat.
Not Buckling Up When Instructed by Flight Crew
Ignoring the illuminated seat belt sign puts yourself and others in danger. Unexpected turbulence can occur, and not wearing a seat belt during such instances could result in being thrown from your seat and potentially seriously injured. It’s important to follow the seat belt sign for your safety.
Not Cleaning Up After Using the Plane’s Restroom
After using the airplane lavatory, make sure to leave it in a clean state. Neglecting to do so results in unpleasant bathroom conditions. You should wipe down the toilet seat and basin, and throw used paper towels in the trash. It’s also important to wear shoes in the lavatory, as you never know what liquids might be on the floor.
Avoid Placing Shoes in the Aisle
Avoid Placing Shoes in the Aisle for Safety. According to former flight attendant Jo Jo Harder, it’s a hazard for passengers to place their shoes in the aisle, as someone could trip over them. Instead, store your shoes under the seat in front of you. Additionally, going barefoot on a plane, especially in the lavatory, is not recommended due to the unsanitary conditions.
Do Not Drink Plane Tap Water
Avoid drinking tap water on a plane, according to TikTok influencer and flight attendant Kat Kamalani. She advises only consuming liquids that come in cans or bottles, as the water tanks on an airplane are rarely cleaned and can be unsanitary. This means not only should you avoid drinking tap water, but also coffee or hot tea made with water from these tanks.