Traveller etiquette

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Ian_from_HKG

CX

Member since 05 Jun 2012

Total posts 61

I have variously tried pointedly asking someone if they would like to borrow some headphones (which they never have, but each time they have turned it down or, in the case of someone playing games, turn the sound off) or simply asking very politely if they would wear headphones. So far no bad reaction - but politeness seems to be the key.

CHJ67

Member since 17 Apr 2017

Total posts 4

Originally Posted by Joe

Lots of corporate demi gods out there too who act like nothing nothing short of obnoxious pigs when it comes to etiquette at hotels or in-flight.

Yes, agree. Like sticking bags, usually massive, in Business Class overhead lockers when they’re flying Economy. Saw an eagle-eyed member of Qantas cabin crew call this out the other day on a SYD to BNE flight. It was a moment of beauty as the “demi god” has to retrieve his massive bag and take it with him to Economy, tail between legs!


Pegasus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 26 Jun 2012

Total posts 11

I once listened to a person have a loud and detailed telephone conversation about his marketing scheme and how they were going to "win this business". After an annoying 30 minutes I quietly asked him, "do you know who I am?". No. "I'm your competition and I've heard every word you've said."

Progressive Traveller

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2021

Total posts 3

Last week on a flight from Cairns to Brisbane, I sat next to a middle-aged guy watching a movie without earphones. When the flight attendant asked him to put on earphones, he said he didn't have any on him and continued to watch his movie. I noticed he had his phone plugged into a powerbank hence why he wasn't using earphones! Not only did he not use earphones, but he put his smelly feet on the spare seat between us. Obviously living his best life without filters!

Progressive Traveller

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2021

Total posts 3

Last week on a flight from Cairns to Brisbane, I sat next to a middle-aged guy watching a movie without earphones. When the flight attendant asked him to put on earphones, he said he didn't have any on him and continued to watch his movie. I noticed he had his phone plugged into a powerbank hence why he wasn't using earphones! Not only did he not use earphones, but he put his smelly feet on the spare seat between us. Obviously living his best life without filters!

Joe

Member since 03 May 2013

Total posts 135

The other annoying thing is when you're in Y and the person next you on boarding reaches their seat and torpedo's their gear crashing onto their seat eg glasses, tablet, book etc(most of which they sometimes hardly ever use) onto the seat beside you then just crash down into their seat seemingly forgetting there is another person sitting beside them. Equally annoying is the person sitting behind you who uses your backrest as their support to sit and get up again oblivious to the fact of how disturbing it actually is ( That said I have no problem when it's a very elderly person who may need the support)

Last editedby Joe at Mar 31, 2021, 11:18 AM.

XWu

Member since 09 May 2020

Total posts 140

Granted “I didn’t have a headphone” may be used in some other airlines but surely it doesn’t work on QF flights unless using the latest phone/tablets with no headphone jack (QF headsets can be used on single headphone jack slots)?

Boeing-Tragic

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Jan 2018

Total posts 22

I'd have asked the flight attendant if they could offer that person a complimentary set of buds, or failing that, can I buy him/her a set. I think most flight attendants would have taken the hint and sorted the situation out quite promptly.

Boeing-Tragic

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Jan 2018

Total posts 22

Originally Posted by Pegasus

I once listened to a person have a loud and detailed telephone conversation about his marketing scheme and how they were going to "win this business". After an annoying 30 minutes I quietly asked him, "do you know who I am?". No. "I'm your competition and I've heard every word you've said."


NNnnnnnn-asty, but 'nasty-good'. Well done.

Dundas

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Nov 2012

Total posts 8

I was wearing headphones on a JAL flight from Hawaii to Tokyo when I was asked by a cabin attendant to turn the volume down, which I did. I hadn't even realised the sound could be heard by anyone else. But at least in my case the crew were doing their job.

Ted Douglas

Member since 23 Jul 2020

Total posts 23

Sadly cheap air travel has seen bogans able to enter wearing thongs, board shorts and carrying on neanderthals.

Last editedby Ted Douglas at Apr 14, 2021, 10:58 AM.

Journeyman

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 11 Sep 2015

Total posts 30

Bring back the old BA system of the 90's in Europe. If passengers were considered to be behaving badly the cabin attendant could show them a yellow card. If it continued it went to red and they would be met at the door of the aircraft on arrival.

I saw it happen on a flight from LHR to Vienna in about '98 two blokes a couple of rows behind me in business class gave the attendant a very hard time. They got the yellow and then the red. Everyone had to remain seated while the two exited first. They were being robustly interviewed by two paras with automatic weapons when the rest of us filed past smiling.

Overkill? Perhaps but they were unlikely to behave boorishly again.

aeromedic

Member since 06 Jun 2017

Total posts 8

Originally Posted by rob01

Back in the travelling times (they haven't resumed for me yet) I'd see this all the time in lounges. Also people having extrememly loud phone conversations, often on speakerphone. And a number of times I've overhears calls with what really is commercially sensitive information. It's unbelievable. But also annoyed that lounge staff don't do anything when someone is clearly disrupting everyone around them.

Qantas Club lounge used to have mobile free zone, where you could escape the loud conversations people were having. Problem was, these tossers moved to the mobile free zone because it was quieter. Several times I had to tell a user to move back to the common area and observe the sign put up by the staff. Sadly, no longer in use. 😩

Ian_from_HKG

CX

Member since 05 Jun 2012

Total posts 61

Originally Posted by Pegasus

I once listened to a person have a loud and detailed telephone conversation about his marketing scheme and how they were going to "win this business". After an annoying 30 minutes I quietly asked him, "do you know who I am?". No. "I'm your competition and I've heard every word you've said."

I remember doing something very similar many years ago. I took out a pen and a notepad (I don't always carry one, but fortuitously on this trip I had one in my briefcase), twisted my chair slightly so I was facing the culprit, periodically looking directly at him, listening, and then ostentatiously making notes. After a couple of minutes he started looking quite rattled, and a minute or two later barked "do you mind? This is a private conversation!". To which I smiled and said "not at that volume right next to my seat, it isn't". He looked rather startled, and scurried off immediately.

Hahahaha.... Being passive-aggressive can be wonderfully satisfying, sometimes...


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