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Whose armrest and other rules of conduct on the plane


Source: The Washington Post

Unless you're flying first class, sleeping on an airplane is as intimate as snoring loudly during a trial when you're on a jury. Everyone on the plane will cover their ears and pay attention to your socks. The Washington Post.

Correspondents of the publication collected the opinions of passengers from the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy on the rules of conduct on board, and asked Lizzy Post, an American expert on etiquette, to comment on this information.

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  • 67% of respondents said that passengers should use the armrest on one side, leaving the other for a neighbor. More than 40% of British and American middle-range passengers said they monopolize both armrests. Travelers from Italy, France and Germany were more polite: almost half said that valuable property should go to the first person to ask.

Opinion Lizzy: Do not try to single-handedly apply for an armrest, share it with your neighbor as much as possible: for example, occupy the front part, and give your neighbor the back, or use them one by one.

  • 59% said that taking off their shoes on an airplane is normal, and 87% think that it’s impossible to take off their socks. It is no wonder that three quarters of Italians who came from the Land of the Lofers Gucci and boating Savior too sensitive to passengers taking off their shoes.

Opinion Lizzy: Out of respect for other passengers, if possible, we advise you to stay in the shoes during the flight.

  • If the person sitting at the aisle is sleeping sweetly and you need to go to the toilet, will you wake him up? 80% of respondents answered positively, 40% added - but only once per flight. A third said they would try to squeeze next to him, but they weren't sure. More than half agreed to a face-to-face solution.

Opinion Lizzy: Absolutely exactly worth it to wake up. If possible, those sitting at the aisle should respect others and not create difficulties for them.

  • Bedtime stories should be brief, consider 80% of travelers. The roommates should exchange a greeting and a smile, and then shut up. 42% of Americans do not approve of chatter, and even take off the headphones to interrupt someone else's conversation. 80% of Italians consider a brief conversation normal, and half of the French respondents are sure that you can make friends on an airplane.

Opinion Lizzy: A short exchange of replicas is possible, but not necessary. To make things easier, Lizzy suggests telling her neighbor that you are going to listen to music or read a book.

  • 66% said they would not push the snoring neighbor, but would increase the volume in their headphones. But 20% of Britons will disturb a sleeping comrade, and then depict innocence.

Opinion Lizzy: Ignore snoring and turn up the volume, you can also use wax earplugs.

  • Most travelers say that swapping is acceptable, but only after being checked by a flight attendant. The British are more likely to choose new seats - as soon as the pilot turns off the seat belt sign.

Opinion Lizzy: It is a good idea to ask for a flight attendant. This is respect and you keep the ticket that says you must sit in a different seat, so they should be aware of any changes. The expert also reminds that you first need to examine the empty seats, and then invite passengers to change.

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