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6 Things You Should Know About Airplane Travel

There are some
unwritten rules of airplane travel that are very important for flyers to adhere
to. Jumia Travel shares 6 unwritten rules of airplane travel.

1. The Middle Seat Gets The Arm Rest 
There is no question about this, the person sitting in the middle
seat has sole ownership of the arm rest. This is because, the middle seat can
already be quite uncomfortable and restricting, so it’s quite unfair to make it
worse for the person by the depriving him/her of the comfort of resting his/her
hands on the arm rest.

2. The Person on the Window Seat Gets Control
of the Window 

This is just the way it is, whether you like it or not.
The person seated next to the window is the one who gets to decide if the window
remains open or closed during the flight, because he/she is the person that
feels the effect of sitting beside the window more than those on the other
seats. If the person seated beside the window is willing to accommodate the
‘window requests’ or ‘window needs’ of those on the other seats, then that’s
nice, if not, they’re just going to have to deal with it or they can politely
ask an air hostess for a change of seat.

3. Give Everyone Their
Personal Space 

It’s not uncommon for flyers to watch movies, series or
TV shows on their mobile devices, or maybe even read a book, novel or magazine.
However, no matter how tempting it might be, avoid looking over their shoulder
or encroaching their personal space to watch with them or read with them. If you
want to watch with them or read with them, you should first ask
politely.

4. Invest in a Headphone or Earphone 
When using your
electronic devices, especially when watching videos or listening to music, be
sure to use your headphone or earphones, to avoid disturbing those who are
seated next to you, especially those who are trying to sleep. Additionally,
aside from using a headphone or earphone, be sure to go a step further and
ensure the volume isn’t so loud it defeats the purpose of using a headphone or
earphone altogether. Try to listen at appropriate volume levels when using your
headphone or earphone, it might not be very convenient for you but the flight
won’t last forever, and when it’s over you can do whatever you want and increase
the volume to whatever level you want.

5. Be Aware of Your
Surroundings 

Before engaging your neighbour in a conversation
mid-flight, be sure to check for signs of interest. If your neighbour is reading
a book or using headphones, try to refrain from engaging in a conversation. If
you must, then you can briefly interrupt the person, and watch to see how the
person responds. If the person is quick to plug their earphones back in or is
quick to return to reading his/her book, the person is probably not interested
in a conversation.

6. Please Do Not Fart on Your Seat 
There is
a toilet on the plane, so please make use of it if you want to fart. It’s just
that simple.

Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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