10 Commandments Of Jetiquette, (Or How To Behave On A Flight!)


There are times on every flight that you just wish there were a set of rules that every passenger should be forced to obey. Not the laws or regulations that are in place now, but rules of basic common decency, respect and manners. Well now your prayers have been answered!

We’ve all been there, stuck on a long haul flight for what seems like an eternity with what seems to be every sociopath and nutjob the powers that be could fit onto the plane with you, having to endure their selfish behaviour in silent fury lest our own actions are called into question and we are hauled off the plane in handcuffs on landing. Or even worse, you yourself might be displaying some of the behaviours and traits that causes every other passenger around you to dream happily of a thousand ways you could be removed from your seat permanently.

These same ill mannered grievances, behaviours and annoyances emerge on almost every flight to annoy the average passenger, the same inconsiderate people that cause all of our journeys to be almost intolerable descents into some airline hell.

So to solve all that, like some all knowing deity imparting wisdom via stone tablets, these rules should be displayed on every plane and recited by every steward and stewardess right after the safety announcements, aimed solely at those people who make long – and short – flights miserable for everyone. You know who you are!

How every passenger should behave on every flight

So what about you? Are you a travel saint or sinner? Did you enjoy this article? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below or on my Facebook or Twitter pages and please feel free to share it with any or all of the social media buttons. If you want to get more great backpacking tips, advice and inspiration, please subscribe to updates via email in the box to your right.

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Michael Huxley is a published author, professional adventurer and founder of the travel website, Bemused Backpacker. He has spent the last twenty years travelling to over 100 countries on almost every continent, slowly building Bemused Backpacker into a successful business after leaving a former career in emergency nursing and travel medicine, and continues to travel the world on numerous adventures every year.

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7 comments on “10 Commandments Of Jetiquette, (Or How To Behave On A Flight!)
  1. Neil Barnes says:

    Had a small child spit in my girlfriends face on a flight the other day … sounds horrible, but after incident that I might pay to sit in an adults only section of a plane. The mum did make the child apologies admittedly, the dad seemed to find it all very amusing however.

    Good read mate!

    • Thanks mate, glad you enjoyed it! Sorry to hear about your girlfriends experience though that must have been horrible! Personally I say make the parents pay for the privelige of a child only section, they are the ones inconveniencing everyone else why should we be out of pocket?

  2. Shell says:

    Amen to that! I agree with all of the above. I find it utterly bizarre that economy seats recline, even when the seat in front is up, my knees are usually against the front seat and i’m not even very tall, there is nothing worse.

    Parents with kids have a right to holidays too of course, but I agree, control them, keep them entertained and don’t expect passengers to find them endearing.

    • Thanks! Glad you agree. 🙂 I think it is about time minimum standards for seating were brought in. I agree too that parents and children have a right to travel, that goes without saying. It is just those who don’t control – or at the least make zero effort to control – their unruly little brats that I think are unacceptable.

  3. Number 5, yes, especially number 5!

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