Who owns the middle armrest? Airline etiquette tips

Tuesday 28, September 2010


Who owns the middle armrest? Airline etiquette tips


Unless you're up the front end of the plane, long distance travel can be a bit of a pain. Here's a few tips brought to you by 1300 insurance travel insurance to make sure your flight is as hassle free as possible.


Ever wondered if it's ok to ask that three year old sitting behind you to stop kicking your seat, or who owns that middle armrest? 1300 Insurance solve the tricky questions for you. 


The first tip is to keep your stress levels down, or as low as possible. Being pleasant, courteous and flexible never goes astray and may help you deal with any difficulties your flight may have. 


If you have a seatmate that wants to chat for the entire trip, its perfectly okay to excuse yourself from discussion. Make sure you have a book handy and say 'It's been great to talk with you, but I have been dying to finish this book.' 


The middle armrest on a flight is shared property between all passengers. However, if you're in an aisle or window seat, its good manners to let the middle seat passenger claim it first. 


If a child is kicking the back of your seat, address the parents. Tell them you know it's a long and tough trip for kids, but if they could manage to stop kicking the back of your seat you would be very appreciative. 


If someone is reading over your shoulder, look directly at them and make sure that they get the point you aren't enjoying sharing your reading material. After all, in such a confined space, and personal privacy is a premium! 


To really keep your stress levels under control, make sure you have a travel insurance policy that meets your needs. That way, even if you do end up with passenger issues, at least you know you can be covered for peace of mind without breaking the budget! 


These tips on being a courteous flyer were brought to you by 1300 Insurance, a leading provider of Australian online and phone travel insurance.



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