THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT DO AT THE AIRPORT OR IN THE AIRCRAFT
Air travel is serious business. Every single process in the business of air travel is guided by rules and regulations. These regulations must be followed strictly, to ensure the safety of air travellers. These rules are the reason that air traffic accidents are so few and far between.
Some of these regulations are an issue of ethics, others are legal rules while yet some are unwritten rules. Many have been thrown off from their flights, delayed from boarding, arrested at the airport, due to bad behaviour at the airports. Here are a couple of written and unwritten rules that must be followed while in the airport or an aircraft.
Don’t Loiter Around the Gate
The best way to wait for your flight is to sit down until it is announced. A lot of people tend to hover around the gates, especially when their flights are a little late. However, loitering would not change your waiting time; rather it would make the boarding process even more chaotic and disorganized. If you are simply worried about missing your flight, then find a seat that gives you a good view of the gate where you’ll be boarding and pay attention to the announcements made.
Don’t Jump the Queue
Sometimes when you feel you’re running late for your flight, you may be tempted to walk right to the front of the line. However, this would not work if everyone on that line is boarding the same flight as you. Once you confirm that a queue is the one for your flight, find your spot at the back and line up like everyone else. When your flight is called, don’t try to play smart by sneaking past people who are ahead of you on the line. Imagine if everyone did that, this would be too much disorganization for anyone to control.
Don’t Be Late
It’s never fun to be late for an international flight. You would have to rush through everything and would often be tempted to jump queues, in spite of this; you may still miss the flight. For international flights, plan to get to the airport 2-3 hours before the flight else you may end up having to pay to join the next flight.
Don’t Hide your Travel Documents
As important as it is to keep your travel documents safe while travelling, you must also make them easily accessible while still at the airport. You would be asked for it at several points before your trip, so don’t delay everyone by digging for it at the bottom of your bag every single time. Have your passport and boarding pass, ready to be shown at all times while at the airport.
Take Airport Security Very Seriously
The security personnel at the airport do a very serious job. They screen an average of 2 million passengers daily. And during this screening, they look out for terrorists, drug peddlers and all sorts of criminals. This certainly does not seem like a job to be taken lightly. So be straightforward when answering their questions and do not try to crack jokes. Also do not try to smuggle any contraband past them. Some of these contraband could get you arrested if caught. There is usually a list of prohibited items displayed around the screening area. Go through that list and ensure you have none of those items in your carry-on before you present yourself for screening. Any contraband items found on you would be thrown in the trash unless you can call a friend or family member to come and take the item back to your home.
Move to the side of the Line to repack your Bag
There are times when security personnel would search your bag so thoroughly that every single item in it would be out by the time they are done. In such cases, some people sometimes decide to re-arrange the bag while taking up space on the line. If you are ever in such a situation, move to the end of the conveyor belt before you begin rearranging. One way to avoid getting your bag unpacked is by making sure all electronics, such as your tablets, laptops and phones are out of your bags and emptied in a tray before you pass your bags through screening. Also do not forget to pick up your gadgets when you get to the other side of the line. You’ll be shocked by how many people forget!
Don’t Get Distraught
You could face a lot of disappointments at the airport. Your flight could get delayed, or worse, cancelled. Some people tend to get frustrated in these kinds of situations and take their anger out on airport staff and flight attendants. Most of the time, these staff have nothing to do with the delays and cancellations, and flight attendants can get you thrown out of the aircraft before take-off if you do not contain your anger.
Only Drink Bottled Water
This means you should not drink coffee or tea or anything that could have been made from the water in an aircraft. The quality of water in an aircraft is really bad, and you are better off requesting bottled water, beverages and fruit juices.
Don’t Get Drunk
If you get drunk while aboard an aircraft, you may risk doing something that might get you arrested on arrival, even if you escape an arrest, remember you still have to go through immigrations, and luggage retrieval, you do not need to be drunk during this process.
Don’t eat off your Seatback Tray
Those trays serve millions of people regularly. They cannot possibly be clean. If food falls on your tray, treat it as you’ll treat food that fell on the ground. Throw it in the trash.
Walk Around a Bit
A lot of people make the mistake of sitting at a place for the entire duration of their flight. This is a bad idea for long-haul flights. Once the pilot turns off the seat belt sign, get up and walk around a little, if not, you run the risk of getting a blood clot after sitting for so many hours in one spot. When the aisles are free, get up and take a little stroll, also ensure you dress up in loose clothing for your flight, this would prevent blood clotting.