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Airplane Etiquette Ideas

Airplane Etiquette Ideas

unduhan-12Wouldn’t you just hate it if you were flying to another city and just wanted to relax for a couple of hours in your flight but your co-passenger, sitting next to you, has been constantly moving and elbowing you every time you are almost about to doze off? Or may be the screams of the kids playing in the aisle woke you up? Annoying… isn’t it? Some people absolutely have no idea of what airplane etiquette are. Flying with the best customer service for a memorable experience deserves some respect from you too. Don’t you think, it is wise to make the mid-air journey comfortable for the flight attendants and your fellow passengers? You may have been indulging in behavior that just cannot be classified as sophisticated. Testing everyone’s patience in the flight can absolutely be a deal-breaker and might get you into trouble if things get out of hand.

Etiquette On Airplanes

Reclining Seats

We all want to get comfy when the flight takes off. Avoid inconvenience to the passenger seated in front of you or behind you by reclining your seat a little too much. You will consume the leg space of the passenger behind you and you will intrude the space of the passenger seated in the front by spreading your legs under their seat, so much that your feet just bumped into theirs! It is advisable that you recline only half the capability of the seat to recline.

Elbow Room

I am sure all of us have at least once been seated next to someone who has rudely elbowed you for some arm space. Make sure you are not occupying theirs. There is one arm rest to be shared between two seats. You can do without it. But if you are using it, make sure your elbow does not touch the next passenger’s body. Ideally, your arm should occupy half the vertical length of the arm rest without crossing it.

Need a Shoulder?

Once I was traveling alone and this old gentleman seated next to me fell off to sleep. Halfway through the journey, his head slipped off onto my shoulder while he was sleeping. I was tortured for 15 minutes wondering if I should wake him up from his sleep or just push him away. When you are sleeping, have control over your body. You are not on your bed and you are traveling with a complete stranger.

Screaming Kids

Ugh. Why don’t parents just put a duct tape to shut up their children? Okay, I am not serious about that but it would be nice if they taught their children to behave well while at public places, especially when traveling in an already congested aircraft. Kids will play understandably. However, children keeping everyone awake throughout the journey is absolutely rude. You won’t be seen as a good parent. Let us all pledge to our children!

Angry Parents

Many parents try to cover up the embarrassment by shouting at their kids to keep quiet and sit down. This is even worse. First, you don’t teach your children how to behave on an airplane and then you pretend to be a good parent by publicly humiliating them. Such parents are often heard screaming and lecturing their kids about good manners. Please, do it at home. Airplanes are just not the place for you.


Yes, newspapers can be a hassle too. No, not to you but your co-passengers. Imagine, you come and sit with a newspaper stretched on both sides. I get it, you have to increase the gray matter. But, for God’s sake, save them to read while you wait to board your flights, not in the aircraft itself! While reading a newspaper, you tend to spread your arms to accommodate the newspaper’s width, thereby, occupying your next passengers’ seats.

Talk Too Much

Then there are those passengers who just do not stop talking. They may be traveling with someone or alone. If they are alone and seated next to you, they will make your ears their new friends. Such people talk about anything and everything under the sun and unflinchingly share their family life details with you even if you are not interested. Are you one of those people? Refrain from talking to another passenger unless they show interest and you don’t mind.

Frequent Trips to the Bathroom

If you drink a lot of fluids, especially on board to keep yourself hydrated on a long journey or generally make frequent trips to the bathroom, ask for an aisle seat instead of a window seat while taking your boarding pass. Else, you would be troubling those seated around you every time you get up to use the restrooms.

You Blast Music

This is a huge faux pas! If you like to listen to music, keep it on low else it will be audible to everyone on board in the quiet flight. Nothing is more frustrating than rock music, that does not even belong to your iPod, reaching your ears like a little mosquito humming it.

Looking Out

The sky is absolutely wonderful when you are thousands of feet above the ground. But, if you are one of those who absolutely cannot do without staring out of the window, please request for a window seat before boarding the plane. It is absolutely annoying to have someone leaning over you to watch the sun in the flight.

Eying Another’s Journal

This happens to me all the time. When I am reading an article about how to make your guy happy or save big this month, I generally catch another passenger eying my copy of the magazine and reading the article secretly over my shoulder. It is very embarrassing, for both the people. I don’t want you to know what’s going on in my life and I am sure you don’t want to be the person who cannot afford a magazine to read.
Being an ex-frequent flyer, I could literally go on and on about some really disturbing etiquette of people ranging from taking off your shoes for the entire flight to smell the bad odor emitting off your feet, knocking down everyone while carrying your luggage into the flight, throwing garbage around and of course the fussy people who travel in economy but act like they belong to the business class. I hate the tantrums. Well, okay sometimes I throw them too for bad service. You caught me. But let’s practice flying comfortable to survive a long haul flight without causing any problems of inconvenience to others around.

How to Choose the Right Private Jet Charter Company

How to Choose the Right Private Jet Charter Company

unduhan-13The Air Charter Guide is understood to be a definitive publication for private air charter operations. Its 900 pages are known to contain everything concerning private jets―from planning trips to carrying cargo.
Undeniably, private jets are expensive. Until recently, they’ve only been associated with the high-fliers of society, mainly corporate, politicians, and celebrities. However, with all the uncertainty involving commercial carriers, several businesses have opened their eyes to soliciting private jets. Not only are they convenient, but they also add definite savings to the deal, especially when the time factor is logged in.

Which probably explains the number of jet charter companies that have mushroomed in recent years, creating a conundrum among potential customers about making the right choice. The points that follow offer useful tips to let you zero in on the right private jet charter company.

Check its Market Standing
Yes, we all know how expensive private jets can be, therefore, the first recommendation ought to be about the pricing. But no. With the plethora of companies in the market currently, you need to pick one that gives you great returns on the (rather massive) investment you’re making. Which is why it’s very important to pay heed to the company’s reputation.

To begin with, you should be checking out customer testimonials, or better, asking among your associates and acquaintances about the services they may have availed. A first-hand review goes a long way in selecting the right company, rather than focusing solely on the pricing.

Check its Safety and Comfort Levels
Believe me, one can never emphasize enough on the safety aspect of an aircraft, be it commercial or private. Which is why things get a little complicated than booking a seat on a commercial airline right here. While selecting a private jet charter, it is your responsibility to examine the company’s view on safety measures, insurance, and other precautionary features they offer. After all, you need to be able to trust them with your life. Again, it helps a lot to have someone who’s been their customer, rather than reading the fine print on the company’s website or contract agreement. Remember, safety and comfort should always be a priority above everything else.

Check its Credentials
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the authority to issue an Air Taxi Certification to an aircraft to make it eligible for hiring. This certification can only be issued to a carrier that fulfills the FAA’s stringent security and safety regulations. Insist to view the aircraft’s FAA certification to make sure that it has hiring clearance.

Check its Fleet
Each type of jet has a particular set of functions. Some maybe the last word on opulence, whereas others may simply be steadfastly functional. Examine the structure, size, and floor plan of the jets to be able to shortlist one that suits you. Pick a company whose aircraft you think will serve your needs. Remember that the distance also has a bearing upon the type of jet to be selected. Keep in mind the size of your troupe, and the purpose of your trip(s) in mind while making the selection.

Check the Competition
While making a financial transaction, it always makes sense to compare costs. It has never made sense to dish out a huge sum on a company when you could have easily nailed a competitive deal with just a little more research. Having said that, the pricing should never be placed above safety and comfort.

Check the Brokers Too
As with all businesses, this one too has its fair share of brokers. Air charter brokers have alliances with several operators, thus, providing you an expansive selection of aircraft. These companies also manage to squeeze you in on extremely short notice, and get you where you want to be, in time.
Thus, the very task of picking a jet charter company isn’t too tedious. All you need to do is ask around, and indulge in some online scrutiny. But before you sign them on, do ensure that you have been thorough with all the ‘checks’ mentioned above.

Tips to Use Frequent Flyer Miles More Efficiently

Tips to Use Frequent Flyer Miles More Efficiently

unduhan-14If you really thought that airline companies were trying to ‘do their bit’ for society by introducing frequent flyer programs, you were clearly born yesterday. These programs happen to be one among the many enterprising ideas that enable airlines to earn a quick buck on the side, while the unwitting customer goes on a diligent flying spree in order to nail that one free flight to Paris in the summer.

Several thousand frequent flyer miles and as many phone calls later, the customer resigns himself to the fact that a flight to Paris won’t come entirely for free, and that there’s got to be a way to make use of those wretched miles. Well, mentioned below are a few tips that will tell you how to use frequent flyer miles efficiently.

▶ Know your airline partner(s)
Airline partnerships are your best bet when it comes to redeeming frequent flyer miles for plane tickets. For instance, if you are in possession of United Airlines’ miles, book trips with Thai Airways, ANA, Swiss, South African, or Air New Zealand; in fact, you can earn and use your MileagePlus® miles on over 35 airlines worldwide, as a part of the Star Alliance. This obviously widens your choice when it comes to picking routes and destinations. This may not be an outstanding tip in a manner of speaking, but the fact remains that it is hardly ever advertized, and therefore, tends to skip our minds.

▶ Use it for class upgrades
Well, you may not always lay your hands on a low cost ticket, but you can always use your frequent flyer miles to nail a class upgrade. Affording a premium class ticket may not come easily to most of us reading this, so it is rather obvious to make use of an opportunity like this when it presents itself.

There are times when certain airlines offer flyer miles as a bonus with certain tickets, and it would be wise to snap these up, if you have already stacked a decent amount of miles yourself. You can add these miles to your existing account, and choose to go for an upgrade on your next overseas trip.

▶ Keep your miles from expiring
You may have painstakingly stacked up several thousand flyer miles through trips, airline malls, and the airline miles credit card, but you must ensure to read the fine print that comes along with it. Most flyer miles are valid for a period of 12 to 18 months, beyond which they do expire if your account has been inactive. This policy varies from airline to airline, so you need to keep a check, and avoid getting a rude shock when you wish to redeem them after a prolonged gap.

Shopping at the airline malls to keep your account from expiring is a reasonable idea. This way, you’re keeping your account active by spending a relatively small amount, and gaining miles from your purchases as well.

▶ Learn to spot a good deal
What amounts to a good deal, really? It is usually when you get a good return on every dollar you spend. Now, you may not be able to extract a profit with your frequent flyer miles, but you can at least avoid being taken for a complete ride. Now, it would seem idiotic to blow 25,000 miles on a domestic trip that costs you less than USD 400. So, how do you avoid settling for less?

It’s simple―always aim for gaining at least two cents per mile. If you manage to score three to four cents per mile, consider yourself quite lucky; but do keep this basic calculation in mind.

Making use of the frequent flyer program requires quite a bit of tenacity and endurance as well. But do your research well, and you stand to gain a lot from programs such as these.