Airport Etiquettes for First Time Travelers
If you’re making your first big trip you’re bound to be extremely excited. And for good reason. Travelling is one of the best things one can do with their time. New experiences and things you’ve never seen before in your life lay behind a simple plane journey.
Experiencing new things can be daunting. It may be stressful to navigate airports. From juggling airport parking to navigating a new city. Maybe you’ve heard some real horror stories about bad things happening to tourists.
First off: it’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be. An airport can have thousands and thousands of people passing through it on a daily basis. How many of these people get a hard time? Proportionally you’re unlikely to face any trouble. You’re even less likely to if you’re doing the right things.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re behaving correctly at the airport:
- Be nice to staff. Just like waiters, just like retail workers and just like you before your trip. These people are doing a job. If they happen to ask you questions, be polite. There’s no reason to be rude to security or airport staff, they’re only trying to make sure that everybody stays safe.
- Respect other travellers. This means, putting your headphones in while listening to music, keeping your voice at a reasonable level, shoes off seats and controlling your temper! Everyone is in the same boat. They’re just trying to get to their destination. Try to make sure you don’t step on anybody’s toes. They may not have read this list.
- If you have kids, control them. This is really important. For the biggest reason, you want to make sure your kids stay safe. Keep an eye on them and make sure they don’t go missing or get lost. Airports can be really huge places, and quite confusing as many areas look identical. It’s very easy for those unfamiliar with the environment to get lost.
It’s also important to make sure that your kids don’t annoy everyone. Nobody wants to hear you kids crying. It’s just the utter worst. Do your best to try keep them comfortable and you may be able to avoid those dirty looks.
- Be on time. Don’t be that name that’s being called out over the loud speaker and holding up a flight. That’s in the best case scenario as well. Most of the time you’ll just be left behind. Be prepared and make sure you make it to the airport with enough time to spare.