Airline flights aren't what the used to be. Instead of a luxury service with nicely dressed passengers and easy boarding processes, today it can often run the risk of being unpleasant, no matter how prepared you are. And when you’re jetting off on the romantic trip of a lifetime—your honeymoon!—that’s really not the way you want it to go. The good news is, if you follow a few key airplane etiquette tips, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have a much better experience. These are the things our experts say you can’t forget.
Being prepared at every turn is key. Whether you’ve got TSA PreCheck or are standing in the security line, have your boarding pass and ID ready to go so you’re not holding up the line as you scramble for your driver’s license. Make sure anything you need to take out of your bag is easily accessible and you’ll be heading through those metal detectors in no-time. When it comes time to board, know which group you’re in and pay attention to announcements. Wait your turn (we promise the plane won’t leave without you!) and board when your group is called.
Once you’re on the plane, be respectful about space. Tuck your smaller bag under the seat in front of you, especially if people are still boarding. Then, once everyone has boarded, you can get up to see if it will fit in the overhead bin.
Hoping to take a nap? Recline respectfully. If there is meal service on your flight, wait until the meal has been served and cleared to tilt your seat back so the passengers behind you have space to dine. Then, for good measure, take a peek before pushing that button and leaning back. The last thing you want to do is spill someone’s drink or bump into a mother holding a sleeping toddler!
Your honeymoon deserves to be celebrated, but if you plan to drink on the flight, do so responsibly. These days passengers (and airlines) are much more sensitive to any sort of misbehavior around them, so make sure you don’t drink so much that you get out of control.
Hoping for an upgrade? While you can definitely mention your honeymoon to the gate agent, don’t get your hopes up. Upgrades for passengers who aren’t members of the airline’s loyalty group are unlikely, and even then, most flights today are over-booked, not under-booked. So drop a hint and you may get a free drink from your flight attendant, but don’t make a fuss if you’re treated just like everyone else.