Whether it’s kicking the seat in front or listening to music in headphones that’s audible from several rows back, poorly behaved passengers are an all-too-common occurrence in the air.
But US airline JetBlue is looking to change that by teaching travellers better manners though a series of humorous video clips centred on the Twitter hashtag #FlightEtiquette.
“Every airline tries to glamorise flying, but not many provide a more realistic and truthful perspective of the air travel experience,” said As Chan Tran, Brand Analyst at JetBlue Airways.
“We understand that on a plane, you’re sometimes forced to rub elbows – literally – with people you don’t know, and a little etiquette goes a long way. We’ve all been there.”
The first video in the series depicts a traveller that would rather use your shoulder, lap, or the entire row of seats as a pillow than stay in their own seat:
That’s followed by the window seat flyer who insists on consuming every available beverage and then disrupting their surrounding passengers in a less-than-subtle way to make a quick bathroom escape:
Episode three spotlights the chatterbox – and not just any old passenger that won't stop talking, but one who shares their entire life story with a complete stranger:
Next up, passengers who bring their own food on-board. While that's not a 'breach of etiquette' in itself, if passengers in the surrounding rows know what you're having for lunch without looking at the plate, pack something else.
Rounding out the series is a clip on how not to board a flight: such as everybody fighting for their place at the front of the boarding queue before their ticket is eligible for boarding:
What have other travellers done in the air that gets under your skin, and do you pipe up or bite your tongue when somebody should clearly know better?
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