Our 9th book in our app series, Luca Lashes andhis First Airplane Ride, recently got released on iTunes and on the Amazon App Store, and it got me thinking about a few protocols for all people on airplanes. Not just for children. Today I read a story about a plane that had to land because two passengers got into a fight over reclining, and there have been many opinions both ways. So here are some simple guidelines that I have learned since I started flying at 6 months and have been on at least two airplanes a year for most of my life.
1. Bring toys/tablets/fun stuff for your kids
If you are traveling with children, do yourself and everyone else a favor and please find some way to keep your children entertained. It is very difficult to sleep on airplanes, so it is important for a parent to think ahead to make everyone’s travel experience better. We have all been on those flights where the parent has obviously not prepared for the flight, so the kids are rambunctious, kicking seats and running in the aisles. Your kids are not to blame for this, the parents are.
2. Follow the plane rules
Look, no one likes to be told what to do by some power-tripping flight attendant, but there are typically at least 150 humans trapped like sardines in steel tubes. There should probably only be 80 people per flight, but the airline companies like to stuff everything past capacity. Staying in your seat, staying buckled, following the lit signs…these are not difficult and make everyone’s life easier. Don’t be that passenger that thinks they are better than everyone else.
3. Never recline your seat
People who recline their seats are the worst people who fly. It is not your right to be in the lap of the person behind you. I wish airlines would take this option away from people’s seats. You have the right to your chair and the “leg-room” in front of you, it is not your right to take the legroom of the person behind you as well. I have seen arguments on airplanes, and every time, the person who is leaning back unnecessarily says, “If you wanted more room, you should have bought a first class ticket.” First of all, this argument applies to the person leaning back as well, so it makes no sense to bring it up. Secondly, if you lean your seat back, the person behind you cannot put their tray table down, so technically speaking, the person leaning back is to blame for lack of room, not the person behind them.
These are short, simple rules to follow, and people who don’t are to blame. I don’t like to consider myself an expert, but in this case, I have borne witness to so many different airplane behaviors since birth, and I have to say that I am an expert. For a non-business traveler, I have traveled a lot, and it is not acceptable to not be prepared for your flights. It is not the airlines or other passengers’ responsibility to make your flight better.