December 11, 2017

THE GREAT AFFAIR IS TO MOVE

WORDS ANINDA SARDAR

THE INDIAN TRAVELLER HAS COME OF AGE AND IS TRULY ON HIS WAY TO BECOMING A GLOBETROTTER. SO AS YOU HEAD OUT FOR THE AIRPORT, HERE ARE A FEW TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A GENTLEMAN FLYER

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Words of wisdom from the great author Robert Louis Stevenson. After decades of restricting themselves to domestic tourism, Indians are finally flying around the world like never before. But for all our travels, we still seem to be catching up on essential airline etiquette. Here are a few pointers.

Be punctual

A last minute dash to the airport causes a whole lot of inconvenience to other users. More so, if you have to shove your way to the front of queues.

Chivalry ain’t dead, yet

It’s cool to be chivalrous. See an old lady standing? She needs that seat more than you do. And as for perks, you’ll get the attention of the young lasses in the crowd.

Make some noise, elsewhere!

Nobody likes a din on a journey. So even if you’re travelling with your buddies make sure you keep it down. It’s not cool to wake up sleeping people.

Be polite to the staff

Sure you’ve paid for that ticket and sure as hell, the airline staff should provide the best possible service. But that’s what they do – provide a service. They do not exist to serve.

Leave the loo clean

It sucks when you walk into a toilet to find a basin full of water and drops on the toilet ring. All it takes is a good wipe with a couple of tissues in each case.

Stay seated

There’s a reason why they tell you to remain seated with the seat belt fastened until the pilot switches the sign off. You could hurt yourself, or worse, hurt someone else if you fall on top of them.

Park your bags right

No space in the overhead cabin above you? Keep your bags towards the front if you can. Most airports, use aerobridges where you de-plane from the front. So you can pick up your bag on the way out instead of going towards the back when everyone else is facing forward and wants to get out.

Stay in your seat

Gruesome though it may sound, in the event of a crash the airline staff will identify who is who by matching names to seat numbers. Also, if you have pre-ordered a special meal, it’s marked to your seat number.

Read instructions

Everything in an aircraft has instructions, including the flush in the toilet. If you’re unsure, read what they say before you decide to play trial and error.

Carry earphones

You want to watch a movie? Go ahead. It’s all cool as long as I don’t get to hear the dialogues. Stick in your ear phones and we’ll all travel happily ever after.

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