Savoir Vivre on the flight

by Christos Zampounis

Air travel has evolved into the quickest and most efficient means of travel, dating back to the times of Icarus and moving on to the hundreds of daily arrivals and departures at “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport. As in all aspects of social life, knowledge of proper airplane behavior helps to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings


1. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, security measures have increased in airports worldwide so it would be prudent to arrive in due time before your departure.

2. Given the increased security measures it is our sole responsibility to arrive in due time before our departure.

3. Displaying our ID card for domestic flights is another enforced security measure that tends to be forgotten or avoided especially in the event of delays. In any case, complaints against the airport staff are not helpful. Patience and understanding are appropriate in these situations.

4. On the contrary, formal complaints should be expressed in case we miss our flight due to airline overbooking.

5. Once aboard the aircraft, it is impolite to talk on your mobile phone, especially after the crew requests to switch it off. The correct reaction would be to apologize and switch it off as soon as possible.

6. If we are sitting next to a “talkative” passenger who wants to analyze their personal life, we kindly explain that we are either tired or need to review some documents during the flight.

7. If the passenger’s behavior becomes intolerable, then we have the right to change our seat. The same applies in the case of sexual harassment. If we cannot resolve the situation on our own, then we should ask for assistance from a flight attendant.

8. We must sit in our pre-assigned seats. If we want to change seats, we ask politely but cannot demand to switch with a fellow passenger. The passenger is not obligated to accept our request so a complaint on our part would be unwarranted.