Flying should be simple. But for some air travel etiquette is forgotten the second they enter the terminal. The team at CT uncovered the most common reasons people are kicked from their flights. So next time you’re thinking of packing that wheel of cheese or joining the mile high club, think again.
By Annabel Fuller
When it comes to flying, all passengers should travel with etiquette. Good behaviour is often rewarded with friendlier service and happier seat neighbours in the same way that bad behaviour can result in you being removed from your flight.
So, you can take off with ease here is your guide to a turbulent-free flight.
Rules for Packing
Ensuring you are well prepared before arriving at the airport is the first step to a smooth journey. We’ve all seen stressed over packers reshuffling their belongings minutes before bag drop closes (I’ve been there) and disagreements with security over carry-on items liquid content. No item big or small is worth that much hassle. Here is a step by step guide of the rules you need to know when packing:
100ml rule: Less of an issue in Australia, compared to America; but on all international flights liquid carry-on items must be 100ml or less and placed in a 1L bag. Frozen liquids are exempt.
No sharps: While this sounds obvious, make sure you don’t accidentally forget to remove your scissors and razors to avoid trouble.
Be careful with foods: Spreads such as Vegemite, Nutella and Peanut Butter are considered liquids and fall under the 100ml rule. Most other foods are fine but if you’re unsure check out Conde-Nast primer on travelling with food.
Getting Through Security
The last thing you want to face when arriving at the airport is the long and tedious security lines, which require you to remove belts, hats, eyewear (really you name it, they’ll scan it) and putting your prized belongings through the x-ray. But remember security is only there to protect us and keep you safe on your travels; so while in line make sure you are prepared for security by having your passport ready, electronics and aerosols removed and liquids prepared. That way when you reach the front of the line all you have to do is put your things in the bin and blissfully step closer to your destination.
Boarding the Flight
Once you’ve strolled through security, you’re still not entirely on the home stretch. Airlines have the right to deny boarding to any passenger they deem unfit to fly. Here are some of the most common reasons:
You’re under the influence: Any passenger who is/ appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied boarding. This is because they pose a risk to onboard safety.
You’re disruptive: Passengers acting in a threating or arduous manner can have their boarding pass privileges revoked. Similar to being under the influence disorderly passengers can be a danger to onboard safety. It is essential to remember gate agents are not responsible for delays, cancellations or being bumped from your flight, but they do have the authority to ensure you don’t fly if you cause them trouble.
You are dressed inappropriately/ offensively: This is very uncommon but does happen. In March 2017, two young girls made headlines after they were denied boarding for wearing leggings. While standard fare-paying passengers are welcome to wear sportswear onboard, the two girls were flying on the United Airlines “buddy pass” program which has different dress rules. Make sure to read up on your airline’s policy, but most likely the only reason you would be refused would be if you weren’t wearing shoes, (please wear footwear it makes for faster evacuation in the event of an emergency).
During the Flight
If you thought, you were in the clear once the plane took-off you’d be wrong. Aviation laws allow for flights to disembark a passenger at the nearest airport if under the crew’s discretion the individual was disrupting the service of the flight. Such reasons include being drunk and disorderly, threating or assaulting a crew member/another passenger, here are some other reasons your flight may leave you behind:
Ignoring your flight crew: If the crew asks you to do something, it is probably for a good cause. Refusing to lift your window shade, buckle your seatbelt, lift your tray table or anything the crew asks may land you in hot water.
The mile-high club: While membership is free to this exclusive club, the cost of a mid-flight landing to escort you and your new-found friend off your fight will cost you more than the excitement was worth. Put simply, please don’t, Kind Regards, everybody else on-board x
Violence: While violence can be understood as threatening or attacking another person onboard it extends well beyond this. An Indian man who sexually violated a young woman who was sleeping on a spirit airlines flight in 2018 has now been jailed for nine years as a result of his mid-air offence. Likewise, making jokes about terrorism will have you on the no-fly list before you know it and you may end up with a criminal record.
Once you’ve landed
If you’ve managed to behave all flight but suddenly have the urge to act out, think again. Attempting to open an emergency door will result in a police escort and stealing somebody’s luggage is an offence.
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