Cabin crew have revealed five things passengers should avoid doing on their next flight abroad.
A flight attendant with over 15 years experience has offered some tips and tricks on what Brits should and shouldn’t be doing onboard a plane.
From simple etiquette to avoiding a major faux pas and making a fool of yourself, the tips cover a range of in- flight behaviour.
Whilst others cover hygiene and the gross things you didn’t realise you were doing.
Deanna Castro is a flight attendant with 16 years experience under her belt, speaking to InsideHook she offered the inside track on flying.
They revealed five things they recommended passengers should avoid doing, from the obvious, to the less obvious.
STEP INTO YOUR ROW
When boarding and trying to get your bag into the overhead, Deanna said you should always step into your row to let passengers pass.
She said it was fine to spend more time getting ready, but to try to never block the walkways and cause congestion.
She said: “When boarding, it’s polite to step into your row and allow other passengers to pass behind you.
“It’s okay to take a few extra minutes to get ready, but please step into the aisle and wait for a lull in traffic.”
On top of this, she said it was also imperative for safety.
She continued: “When you are dangling body parts into the aisle, flight attendants can trip and get hurt.
“Not only that, but you could get hurt — especially from a cart.”
KEEP YOUR SICK TO YOURSELF
The flight attendant highlighted one obvious, but necessary point, to never hand your sick bags to the crew.
“Place it under your seat”, she said.
“We can give you an extra bag to wrap it up in, but please don’t push that hot steaming bag of vomit into a flight attendant’s hands.”
Whilst this one maybe obvious, troubled fliers may be in a rush to get the sick away from themselves, but she asked fliers spare a thought to who they were giving it too.
BEWARE UNHYGIENIC WINDOWS
Cabin crew member Tommy Cimato said that some parts of the plane were dirtier than others.
And because of this, some should definitely be avoided.
“Do not fall asleep or lean your head on the window,” Tommy said.
He warned that you never knew how many people had done the same and whether the window had been cleaned or not.
He said: “You are not the only one that has done that and you don’t know how many people or children have wiped their hands or other things all over the window.”
Similarly, the crew member cautioned people against wearing shorts for the same reason.
As fliers never knew how clean the plane was and which bits would be, or would not be, cleaned, he recommended sticking to trousers at 12,000 feet.
“Don’t or try not to wear shorts when you’re on an airplane,” he said.
“It’s the same thing as the window – you never know how clean it’s going to be, so if you have pants, you’re going to have less germs.”
YES FLUSH BUT NOT LIKE THAT
The final recommendation was a simple one. Never touch the flush button.
Always flush they insisted, but never, under any circumstances, press the button.
Tommy was blunt in his description of it, calling it “pretty gross”.
He said: “Do not ever touch the flush button with your bare hands. It’s honestly just super unsanitary and pretty gross, so when you flush, use a napkin or tissue that’s in the lavatory.”