Airline Etiquette ~ F-16’s escort a United Airline’s flight

Air­line eti­quette don’t leave home with­out it. Sun­day evening a Ghana bound flight was escorted back to Dulles Inter­na­tional Air­port escorted by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets after an argu­ment broke out. Appar­ently, a pas­sen­ger reclined his seat and was a lit­tle too close for com­fort to the pas­sen­ger behind him. Instead of ask­ing the reclin­ing pas­sen­ger to move his seat for­ward, he decided to take mat­ters into his own hands by strik­ing the reclin­ing passenger.

Hit­ting some­one is NEVER the answer espe­cially when you are thou­sands of miles in the air. Here are a few air­line eti­quette tips to keep in mind before, dur­ing and after your flight:


  • Do not linger in the aisle. Find your seat and take it.
  • If you are putting a coat in the over­head bin, put it on top of your suit­case. By doing this, you are leav­ing room for other people.
  • Store your items in the over­head clos­est to your seat. If you use one near the front, then peo­ple behind you will have to wait to exit until you retrieve your belongings.

In Flight:

  • Do not force your con­ver­sa­tion on the per­son sit­ting next to you.
  • Do not grab the seat in front of you when you are getting up.
  • Do not kick the seat in front of you. Par­ents should watch their chil­dren to make sure they do not do this.
  • If you are wear­ing head­phones, make sure you are the only one who can hear.
  • Don’t hog up the arm rests. Choose one.
  • When reclin­ing your seat — yes, you do have the right to recline your seat how­ever, if you see the per­son behind you is tall, you may not want to recline all the way back to leave them some space. As I men­tioned, it is your right, but I am sure the per­son behind you would appreciate it.
  • When using the bath­rooms remem­ber they are not a dress­ing room or a makeup station.

Leav­ing the Flight:

  • Wait your turn. Do not be the first to get out of your seat unless you are in the first few rows.
  • If some­one is fac­ing a tight con­nec­tion, let them off first.
  • If some­one needs help col­lect­ing their items from the over­head, help them.

Prac­tic­ing a lit­tle civil­ity will ensure that we all fly the friendly skies.