Let's face it. Air travel isn't what it used to be. Especially if you're travelling for work, it can be stressful. Consider these tips to make your next business trip more pleasant for you and those around you.
1. Dress nicely. You'll be treated differently (read: better) by airport and airline employees, as well as your fellow travelers if you're in a snappy business casual outfit as opposed to yoga pants and a sweatshirt.
2. Don't wear perfume. Even if it's Chanel No. 5. In tight quarters -- think coach -- even a lovely perfume can be at the least, irritating. And it could potentially cause health issues if a fellow traveler is allergic.
3. At boarding time, get to your seat and get settled quickly. A lot of people need to get on the plane and you can dig that book out of the bottom of your bag after you are seated.
4. Make sure you can handle your own carry-on luggage. As a woman, I can pretty much assure you that there will always be a nice gentlemen offering to help put said luggage in the overhead bin, but you should be able to do it yourself. Whether or not you accept the gentleman's offer of assistance is up to you.
5. Consider not reclining your seat. Especially if you're in coach where conditions are cramped, reclining will not make you any more comfortable, but it will impinge on the limited space the person behind you has. If you feel you must recline the seat, ask the person behind you if they object.
6. Don't make it difficult for your seatmates to leave their seats. You may want to set up your laptop, plug in your earbuds, and get all settled in for some work, but if you're on the aisle think about the guy next to you who may need to get up during the flight. It's fine to get some work done, just make sure you can easily accommodate others on your row who need to get past you.
7. Finally, be respectful of the flight crew. Even though most of what we see them doing is serving drinks and snacks, their main job is ensuring the safety of the passengers on the plane. Remember that and treat them accordingly.