Summer is finally here and with the school holidays approaching soon, it comes as no surprise that many families are jetting off over the next few months.
Now that travel restrictions aren’t standing in the way of getting on a flight, gone are the days of overthinking travel destinations.
However, one cabin crew member revealed their list of things not to do on a flight from the obvious to the extremely unhygienic.
Flight attendant Deanna Castro has over 15 years of experience under her belt and she spoke to InsideHook about her top recommendations for passengers. While Tommy Cimato also shared his top tips on TikTok.
The narrow aisles of planes make passing passengers difficult, so Deanna said you should always step into your row to let passengers pass. This goes for those placing bags into overhead lockers too.
She said: “When boarding, it’s polite to step into your row and allow other passengers to pass behind you.
“It’s okay to take a few extra minutes to get ready, but please step into the aisle and wait for a lull in traffic.”
Her second tip was one that was probably quite obvious and it involves keeping your sick to yourself.
“We can give you an extra bag to wrap it up in, but please don’t push that hot steaming bag of vomit into a flight attendant’s hands.”
Next up Tommy Cimato touched upon hygiene – or perhaps lack of it on some parts of a plane.
“Do not fall asleep or lean your head on the window,” Tommy said.
He warned that you never know how many people had done the same and whether the window had been cleaned or not.
He said: “You are not the only one that has done that and you don’t know how many people or children have wiped their hands or other things all over the window.”
Tommy went on to share the same idea when it came to wearing anything other than trousers on a flight.
As jet setters never know how clean the plane is and which bits would be, or would not be, cleaned, he recommended sticking to long items of clothing.
“Don’t or try not to wear shorts when you’re on an airplane,” he said.
“It’s the same thing as the window – you never know how clean it’s going to be, so if you have pants, you’re going to have less germs.”
The final recommendation from the flight attendants was simple: never touch the toilet flush.
Always flush they insisted, but never, under any circumstances, press the button. Tommy bluntly called it “pretty gross”.
He said: “Do not ever touch the flush button with your bare hands. It’s honestly just super unsanitary and pretty gross, so when you flush, use a napkin or tissue that’s in the lavatory.”