Kerrie's Blog: Friendly Skies?

Friendly Skies?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, going to RainCamps and getting to meet AR members face to face is my favorite aspect of my job.  To shake a hand or embrace a hug with you is the absolute best.

However....for every sweet there is a little sour?  For every triumph a caveat?  TRAVELLING!!!!

Gone are the days when people would dress to the nines and look forward to flying.  The scene in Catch Me If You Can where the flight attendants and the pilots look perfect and all have smiles is something I have yet to see.  Don't get me wrong, there are some seriously cool flight attendants that go out of their way and do it with a smile.  There are also some really great people you sit next to....and sometimes not.

A few things I think should go into the Flight Etiquette Handbook should anyone choose to publish one:

  • If dude behind you is 7 feet tall, don't recline your seat.  Yes, it's your right to do so but think of how uncomfortable it is for him.
  • Bring an apple.  People will be jealous of your juicy treat while they are eating stale pretzels.  Bring floss as said apple will most likely get stuck in your teeth.  Please use floss in bathroom and not at your seat.
  • Turn the overhead air directly on you.  This prevents the sneezes and coughs circulating the plane to land on your pretty face.
  • Dress warm!  Layers are best as they can be taken off.  Being a Seattlite, I usually fly somewhere much warmer and more humid.
  • Try not to stare at your neighbor's laptop.  Working on planes is a great way to pass the time and whatever they're working on is none of your business.
  • If you see a blonde chick struggling to put her rollerbag in the overhead compartment, don't stare....get up and help her.
  • Don't blast your iPod to the extreme volume.  Some people don't want to rock out to Black Sabbath for 5 hours.
  • While I find nothing sexier than an attractive perfume or cologne....don't bathe in it pre-flight.  We only have so much Advil.
  • Smile!!!  A smile goes a long way.

See you up in the air!

 

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager
ActiveRain

   

Comment balloon 27 commentsKerrie La Guardia • January 10 2011 07:19PM

Comments

How about a 30 minute in agadda da vida concert?  I promise to turn it down and help you with your bag if we fly together.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I can just see you struggling with your bag...I woulda helped!

One of my best listings was obtained from a seat mate on a flight..hmmm..I thing there might be a blog coming.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

Welcome to the friendly skies.  As a former road warrior you list is right on.  Wait until you get enough frequently flyer miles to upgrade. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Great list...Especially the one about the blonde.;-}  Have a good night.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

: )  I like your style, where you off to next?

Posted by John Whittinghill, Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta) over 7 years ago

Karrie~ Great list! I do not like to fly and have not been on a plane in a few years... After my husbands retirement from the military I now get to say will I will and will not go! Well until I joined Keller Williams and I am being hijacked to California next month! I get a little queasy even thinking about it...but to go to Family Reunion I guess I will get on the plane and follow all of your suggestions! ~smile~

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com (McKinney Realty Group) over 7 years ago

I'd help you with your rollerboard, and no loud music, but you wouldn't want to sit next to me. I tend to vibrate and sink my fingernails into the nearest arm every time we hit a bump.

Posted by Linda Humphrey, CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty (Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, such a great list. Flying can really be a challenge for sure. Hope you get all the help you need on your next flight.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) over 7 years ago

Karrie,

Very nice addition to to the inflight etiquette handbook but there are a few problems with some of them:

  • If dude behind you is 7 feet tall, don't recline your seat.  Yes, it's your right to do so but think of how uncomfortable it is for him.  Why, I want to be comfortable tooooooooooo!!!!!
  • Bring an apple.  People will be jealous of your juicy treat while they are eating stale pretzels.  Bring floss as said apple will most likely get stuck in your teeth.  Please use floss in bathroom and not at your seat.  As long as you share that apple with the person next to ya!!!! Mine was taken at check in going thru the screening machine.  Darn the luck that the blonde got away with it.
  • Turn the overhead air directly on you.  This prevents the sneezes and coughs circulating the plane to land on your pretty face.  This may cause a problem with the brunette that took a bath in that sexy smelling perfume if she turns the air directly on her......
  • Dress warm!  Layers are best as they can be taken off.  Being a Seattlite, I usually fly somewhere much warmer and more humid.  Just think if you are going to South Beach you will be ready when you land.  Oh Yeah!!
  • Try not to stare at your neighbor's laptop.  Working on planes is a great way to pass the time and whatever they're working on is none of your business.  As long as they are on my blind side I promise I won't stare.
  • If you see a blonde chick struggling to put her rollerbag in the overhead compartment, don't stare....get up and help her.  I will be right there no matter who I have to step on or over.  Thanks for asking!
  • Don't blast your iPod to the extreme volume.  Some people don't want to rock out to Black Sabbath for 5 hours.  AMEN AND AMEN
  • While I find nothing sexier than an attractive perfume or cologne....don't bathe in it pre-flight.  We only have so much Advil.  Please see #3 bullet point and forget about wearing any perfume at all.
  • Smile!!!  A smile goes a long way.  OK  ;-))

Thanks for sharing your ideas ma'am.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 7 years ago

"If you see a blonde chick struggling to put her rollerbag in the overhead compartment, don't stare....get up and help her."

I would help you any time... even if you were a brunette!  ;-)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 7 years ago

Always good tips.  You forgot that tryring to sneak a F__rt into your blanket does NOT go undetected!  LOL

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 7 years ago

Everyone is being so funny to day. I have BAHhaHaHAhaHAha'ed all over the place here tonight! Thanks, Kerrie! :OD

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

This is so true.  Great tips.  The next to the last one is so true. Be kind, lend a hand. :)

Posted by Gail C. Harris, Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868 (Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, having spent hours on hours flying you list is right on, except for not staring at the blonde chick, and I would assume you're saying we don't have to help the red heads or brunettes? I knew I was travveling too much when the flight attendants would say good morning to me by name.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Not sure about the advice about the vent blowing directly on you.  That's recirculated air.  I think if you get on a plane, you're destined to get sick.  No two ways about it.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 7 years ago

Here's an in flight tip for you Kerrie. If the person next to you just won't stop babbling, ask them what they do for a living. They'll tell you and eventually they'll ask you what you do for a living. Respond by saying that you're an auditor for the IRS. Game. Set. Match. Conversation over!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 7 years ago

Alan - It would be a pleasure sitting next to you!

Miss Margaret - You're so sweet!

Cindy - I have MVP on Alaska which is so nice.  You get to board early and there's always a place for your bag.

William - :)

John - San Francisco next month for the Beach House concert....whoop whoop!

Melissa - You might want to have a glass of wine....that helps too!

Linda - You might want a double vodka cran!

Debra - Thanks doll!

Don - I'm still smiling!!!! :)

Steve - I know you would my angel!

Paula - Sick! 

Joni - :)

Gail - Exactly! 

Mr. Silva - Blondes before brunettes and redheads!  J/K

Chris Ann - Purell should be added to list of necessities. 

Craig - Hahaha priceless! "Get bent Tax man"....It's from Stranger Than Fiction....Maggie Gyllenhaal is awesome!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

Kerri ~ Flying much? lol... Was someone staring at your lap top?   I usually get stuck with a crying baby in front or right behind me.  They should put them in the back rows.  Maybe you will get a promotion and get to fly 1st. class.  

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 7 years ago

I tried to help a pretty brunette with the bag she was obviously struggling with...  I asked if she'd like me to put it in the bin... I put it in the bin, sat down across the aisle and never said another word to her...  Her girlfriend kept telling her I was trying to pick her up... 

I'll be nice again anyway.

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion...it is high on the list! :o)

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com (McKinney Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Lane #19, that's funny!

Kerrie,

Here's a few more...

  • Share your hand sanitizer with the person sitting next to you.  I picked up a new prospect that way.
  • Don't watch a movie without head phones. I had to sit next to a guy watching his movie on a dvd player without head phones. It wasn't enjoyable.
  • Coughers and sneezers need to cover noses and mouths so the rest of us don't have to deal with the overspray. Yuck!
  • The people in the seats in front of us get off first and we should wait our turn to get off the plane. Pushing past people is just rude and I've been seeing that more often. 
  • Please don't let your children kick the seats in front of them. It's doesn't feel like a massage and it's not cute, really.

 Happy Travels!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 7 years ago

I’m confused. How can you fly to some place that’s more humid than Seattle? Isn't rain just humidity by a different name? J♪♫♫♪

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 7 years ago

I guess the guests of KLM on my recent flight must have read your list because they were all very well behaved.  The gal next to me shared her food because she didn't think we would receive free meals on our international flight. Unfortunately, she didn't need a headphone and listened to her cell phone music without one.  I will add a tip or two.

If you are only allowed two bags don't put both in the overhead bins so the person next to you has no room and needs to check in one bag and have the other at their feet the whole flight.

Don't get the last smoke in before you rush onto the plane and pollute the air around you because even though you can't smell it the rest will.

Posted by Anja Kerstens, GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Kerrie-your list had me laughing you poor thing.  Doesn't it suck that people can be so inconsiderate?  On my last flight I helped two different males who couldn't get their bag into the overhead.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 7 years ago

I'm the 6'3 guy sitting behind you and appreciates that you don't exercise your prerogative to recline your seat. My knees hit the seat before you even hit the recline button. Cross country flights, oh boy, this is going to be long. Love the exit row seats when available. :)

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) over 7 years ago

Kerrie~ Great list! I will be thinking of it next time I fly.

I would add--Don't try to read my Kindle (e-reader, Ipad) with me.

I so agree with Jen (#21) about kids and kicking seats!

Posted by Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate (Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO) over 7 years ago

Kerrie:  This is such a good list.  I wish airlines handed it out.  The flipping the seat back is my favourite.  I wish all airlines would disable this feature so that we all sat and respected others' space. 

Posted by Valerie Zinger, Home Organizer (House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada) over 7 years ago

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