As we witnessed in this week’s unfortunate reclining seat controversy, cruising altitude is no place to lose your cool. Instead of reclining your seat and infringing upon the legroom of your fellow flyers, there are other ways to kick back and relax in flight. This Gogo video from our wayback vault (2011!) highlights a few easy ways to escape in flight.
But just because you’re surfing the skies doesn’t mean you suddenly have a pocket of private airspace all to yourself. Follow these 7 tips for in-air internet etiquette, and you should be able to enjoy your flight without your seatmate blowing a gasket.
7 in-air internet tips (to keep your seatmate from blowing a gasket)
1. We’re all in this together. Refrain from slurping up all the available bandwidth by streaming videos from the internet. You can always download a movie or show to your device before leaving the house. Better yet, if your flight has Entertainment On Demand, you can choose from loads of the latest movies and TV shows. For a few bucks, your video will be wirelessly delivered to your Wi-Fi device from an onboard server. No internet purchase required.
2. Line of sight. If you’re taking in a show, be aware of how the onscreen action might affect those around you. It may be your device, but remember: this is public space. Besides, you don’t want seatmates leaning over your shoulder and fogging up your screen. Remember, the idea is stay zen. Make selections that won’t spike heart rates or adrenaline levels.
3. Headphones. Whether you’re watching videos or queuing up your favorite travel tunes, break out the earbuds. Not only does this reduce cabin noise pollution, it offers a modicum of privacy in a public space. Just not so much privacy that you should be singing along or rolling in the aisle laughing (RITAL).
4. Hit the lights. It seems like screens are getting brighter by the hour these days. But when the cabin lights are dimmed, you should follow suit. That usually means folks are trying to catch some shut-eye.
5. Camera one, camera two. Do capture stunning out-the-window photos and video. Do not capture photos or video of your fellow travelers. No matter how hilarious they look while snoring on their tray table.
6. No!!! In the spirit of keeping cool, why not exercise some restraint with exclamatory punctuation in your electronic correspondence? (One slammer is sufficient!) This is sound advice in general, but it’s particularly important for maintaining an air of in-air calm. Emoticons, however, should be used liberally.
7. Talking to the hand. Avoid digital assistants and voice-to-text software to ensure a smooth flight. In an environment where phone calls aren’t permitted, such conversations with yourself could lead to fellow travelers making inaccurate assessments of your faculties.
Here’s another classic video. Give it a watch… as long as you’re not streaming from the sky! J