Etiquette 101: How to travel with aplomb and courtesy?

Handpainted peace sign in dripping colors

How to travel with grace, aplomb, and ease

Can’t we all just get along? 

Everyone – since the Wright Brothers – has an airline horror story…

There are the horrific, unruly, screaming, jumping on the seats, children kicking the seat from SFO to NYC; the passenger in front of you reclining their seat into your lap debacle; your restless over-sized, seat-mate, snoring, burping, crawling over you-multiple times travesty…the list goes on.

Does the High Altitude Naturally Erase Good Manners and Civility?

Once Upon a Time….we wore suits on airplanes – our conversations were peppered: with Yes, Please and Thank you and  No, Thank you.

Flight Attendants were treated with respect – we conducted ourselves with a certain decorum. Shoes stayed on, we kept to our seats and gently reclined our seats and went out of our way not to bother another passenger.


When did the laws of the Jungle eradicate good manners and courtesy? What are the Fundamentals of Good Behavior?

Emily Post’s Big Blue Book was once the Bible for all proper behavior and etiquette. Tips on techniques  to write a Thank you note or a note of condolence, how to conduct yourself at a wedding, funeral, baptism, special event …which fork to use, how to dress for most events even an evening wedding, the proper way to introduce friends and acquaintances…

What? You say you don’t have the time to read a book on courtesy and the fundamentals of good behavior?  

Try the Golden Rule – simply treat other people exactly they way you wish to be treated…

and enjoy yourself as you fly the Friendly Skies…




Just as no chain is stronger than its weakest link, no manners can be expected to stand a strain beyond their daily test at home.

Those who are used to losing their temper in the bosom of their family will sooner or later lose it in public. Families which exert neither courtesy nor charm when alone, can no more deceive other people into believing that either attribute belongs to them than they could hope to make painted faces look like “real” complexions.

A mother should exact precisely the same behavior at home and every day, that she would like her children to display in public, and she herself, if she expects them to take good manners seriously, must show the same manners to them alone that she shows to “company.”



The Project Gutenberg EBook of Etiquette, by Emily Post

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Title: Etiquette

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Release Date: December 10, 2004 [EBook #14314]
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