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Old 10-22-2019, 12:06 PM   #1
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Airplane Etiquette Rules for a Happy Flight

I do not travel much so some of these "rules" were good to know. Perhaps some of you folks will find them interesting also.

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Just whose armrest is it, anyway? Well, if you're in the middle, more power to you if you want to seize sovereignty of armrest territory: the window and aisle already have one each of their very own, thus, the middle seat gets both the interior armrests. Feel free to enlighten an armrest-stealing seatmate regarding this rule.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:13 PM   #2
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I don't agree with that at all... as an aisle seat person, possession is 9/10ths of the law.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:16 PM   #3
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My wife and I try and book two aisle seats across from each other so we both get an aisle yet sit next to each other. My rule is I sit down. If the person next to me takes the armrest, I let them have it. If they don't, its mine. So sort of first come, first serve.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:19 PM   #4
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My wife and I try and book two aisle seats across from each other so we both get an aisle yet sit next to each other. My rule is I sit down. If the person next to me takes the armrest, I let them have it. If they don't, its mine. So sort of first come, first serve.
Same here with first come first serve.
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I am glad I don't sit next to some of you on flights. The poor person who is stuck in the middle seat gets both arm rests in my opinion. I don't understand this first come first serve stuff. What happened to good manners and civility on a flight?
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What happened to good manners and civility on a flight?
Exactly. Which is why I always attempt to shower at least 2-3 months prior to any flight.
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A couple of airlines (not sure which ones) will be testing to a new seat layout next year where the middles seat is set back a few inches from the aisle and window seats. It's suppose to alleviate shoulder and arm rest issues, seems like it might make getting in/out of the row a hassle.
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I am glad I don't sit next to some of you on flights. The poor person who is stuck in the middle seat gets both arm rests in my opinion. I don't understand this first come first serve stuff. What happened to good manners and civility on a flight?
Yes, indeed, and don't let your big, fat knee drift into the poor middler's space.
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Thank you for posting this..when I first saw the post, I thought..."OH NO...HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!"
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I am glad I don't sit next to some of you on flights. The poor person who is stuck in the middle seat gets both arm rests in my opinion. I don't understand this first come first serve stuff. What happened to good manners and civility on a flight?
I usually sit at the window and always lift up the middle arm rest.

The poor person next to me usually attempts to put the arm rest down but it's tough to move after I'm settled
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... The poor person next to me usually attempts to put the arm rest down but it's tough to move after I'm settled
Because you have bulged into the space your seatmate has purchased?

You can be sure I will get it down.
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I usually sit at the window and always lift up the middle arm rest.

The poor person next to me usually attempts to put the arm rest down but it's tough to move after I'm settled
You might regret this, if it is a big person who now takes over some of your seat.

Personally, I always make sure the arm rest are down, for that reason, and I get an aisle seat, when possible.
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The most stressful part of flying these days, it least on American Airlines, is knowing whether you will be able to put your carry in anywhere near you or not. AA has so many pre boarding groups that two thirds of the people are on already with your group named priority or preferred. Some times that calculate this upfront and tell you. Sometimes not. I've started checking my carry on at the gate just to avoid the stress.
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Because you have bulged into the space your seatmate has purchased?

You can be sure I will get it down.
my shoulders encroach into the middle seat so i'm over the armrest

i tell people they are welcome to try but they usually give up
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You might regret this, if it is a big person who now takes over some of your seat.

Personally, I always make sure the arm rest are down, for that reason, and I get an aisle seat, when possible.
depending on the aircraft, I can lower the armrest - on some of the smaller planes, like a turboprop - no way that arm rest can come down
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You might regret this, if it is a big person who now takes over some of your seat.
it's happened - one time this big lady was in the middle seat - she had to use an extension lap belt and that armrest was ALL THE WAY UP lol
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it's happened - one time this big lady was in the middle seat - she had to use an extension lap belt and that armrest was ALL THE WAY UP lol
Not only do you have limited leg room but you get to pay full price for half a seat and the other person gets one and a half seats for the price of one. I might get a little miffed at this spill over.



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The most stressful part of flying these days, it least on American Airlines, is knowing whether you will be able to put your carry in anywhere near you or not. AA has so many pre boarding groups that two thirds of the people are on already with your group named priority or preferred. Some times that calculate this upfront and tell you. Sometimes not. I've started checking my carry on at the gate just to avoid the stress.
Just flew on AA and it was a miserable experience. We wanted the exit row (for added leg room) and that upgrade was $66 per person, each way. That still had us in group 5; if we wanted priority boarding, it was an additional $29 per person, each way. Total, that would be $380 in extra fees for a round trip. We didn't elect the priority boarding since we don't use the overhead, but the exit seats were about 8" in width with immovable armrests. And the flight attendants? Salty!!!
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Exactly. Which is why I always attempt to shower at least 2-3 months prior to any flight.
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