However, there are also things we can control. For example, we can avoid doing things that may add to the stress of travelling, like unintentionally annoying our fellow travellers or suffer from food poisoning. So, if you want to have a safe and smooth travel experience, here’s a list of things you should avoid doing on a plane.
Don’t ignore the safety briefing.
Maybe you’re a frequent flyer and already heard flight attendants talk about aeroplane safety procedures a hundred times. While it might seem like a waste of time, the information they share can help when you find yourself in a tight spot. So, it wouldn’t hurt if you spare a couple of minutes to pay attention to these valuable safety tips.
Don’t be an intruder.
When people are stuck in a confined space for a long time, it’s easy to get on each other’s nerves. You may not be aware of the things you are doing unintentionally that are infringing on your fellow passenger’s personal space. For example, you might recline your seat too much and forget about the person sitting behind you who is getting crowded. So, always be mindful of other people’s needs and respect their space.
Don’t walk barefoot.
Maybe you’re used to walking barefoot at home because it just feels comfortable, and that’s fine. However, if you do that while on a plane, you are exposing yourself to all kinds of contaminants, like vomit, blood, spilt food and drinks, and other germs you can think of. So, please wear shoes to be safe.
Don’t joke about weapons or explosives.
The moment you walk into an airport or set one foot on a plane, never crack any jokes about things that could be perceived as a threat to security. Keep in mind that aeroplane staff has the authority to kick you off the plane and that’s about the last thing you want to happen.
Don’t drink too much alcohol.
Some passengers tend to think that the aeroplane is a bar with wings, and they have a bit too much to drink. Alcohol can easily dehydrate one’s body. Now, if you factor in the low humidity and thin-air inside an aeroplane, you can get intoxicated quicker and feel its effects harder than usual. Boozing too much can also weaken your immune system, according to research, and get sick while travelling is the last thing you need.
Don’t remain seated for the whole flight.
If you’re flying for more than four hours, resist the temptation of staying glued to your seat for the entire duration of your trip. If you do, you’re putting yourself at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
To avoid this, stand up and walk around. You need to promote good circulation and blood flow and prevent the risk of thrombosis from happening.
Don’t be mean to the aeroplane staff.
No matter how rough your trip is turning out to be, always remember to be nice to the aeroplane crew and flight attendants. Remember that they are doing their best to ensure all passengers have a pleasant and safe flight. You never know when you’ll need help and rely on the kindness of your fellow human beings.
One more thing…
Before you even set one foot out of the house, don’t forget to book an airport parking space, so you’ll have a convenient and safe place to store your car while you’re away. Remember to book early as these parking spots can sell out fast.