Check your Manners & your Luggage

Getting to the airport with time to spare and going through security is a hassle in itself. When passengers finally make it onto their flights, they’re looking for peace and quiet; and all it takes it one bad traveler to ruin a flight for everyone.

“It’s hard to believe, but more people are forgetting to pack their manners,” Tracy Edwards, AAA Managing Director of Travel Sales said. “Being aware of the people around you, despite the sometimes unpleasantness of air travel, can make for a better flight for you and your fellow passengers,” he added.

AAA East Central hopes to alleviate any on-flight drama before take-off, by offering these simple tips:

Remembering security checks. Think ahead, before you get to the x-ray machine, take everything out of your pockets

Don’t hog the overhead bin. If you have two carry-on bags, keep the smaller one at your feet

Hold your tongue. If you have an issue with a passenger, it’s best to take it up with the flight attendant first versus taking matters into your own hands

Be a good parent. Parents, make an extra effort to keep your kids in check, they’re your responsibility. For passengers with complaints; talk to the parents, don’t reprimand the child

Who gets the armrest? It’s only fair to give the passengers in the middle seat the armrest. Unlike the passengers in the aisle or window seats, they have limited stretching space

Choose appropriate times to get up. Think ahead when planning your bathroom breaks. If you see a flight attendant with a cart in the aisle, wait until he or she clears

Allow those in front of you to exit first. You’ve already endured a long flight, what’s a couple of extra minutes to let the person sitting in front of you leave the aircraft first

Leave Liquids Behind. 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less per container. These items are required to be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip top bag, one per passenger to be placed in a screening bin

Gifts. You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but they are subject to additional screening. While you can bring wrapped gifts through the checkpoint, TSA officers may have to unwrap a gift to take a closer look inside

ID Me. Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel. Some acceptable ID’s for traveling include, a U.S. passport, passport card, DHS trusted traveler cards, U.S. Military ID, Driver’s License, Permanent resident card, etc.

You’re now free to move about the cabin, following these rules can make for a better flying experience for everyone involved.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 83 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia servicing more than 2.7 million members.