The airport lounge is an interesting place to see a variety of characters. From the outside, travel is all glamorous no matter the stars or airplane ticket one has. However, there are hidden hassles and frustration of parking shuttles, airport drives, frisking, rude passengers, lines and more lines, lost luggage, you name it. Here are some dos and donts to guide you on your behavior at the airport lounge.
- Loud calls
Try as best as possible to keep your voice in check. A whisper is not necessary; your normal speaking voice will do. Nobody really wants to hear the details of your trip or adventures so keep it down.
- Share the power outlets
As only a number of power outlets are available in lounges, don’t be selfish if you happen to get a hold of them first. Sometimes other people need them urgently even for just a bit. If you happen to be the one requesting to use one, be polite and courteous to avoid unnecessary confrontations.
- Don’t hog on food and drinks
First off, if you have to drink before boarding a plane, make sure you are hydrated. A few drinks are okay but don’t overdo it and be labeled as the intoxicated passenger. You have to at least remain a sober mind for your safety and that of your luggage. Intoxication will lead you to become a nuisance to your fellow travelers.
- Clean after yourself
That they aren’t trash cans in many lounges is appalling but that shouldn’t be an excuse to make a mess of your area. Wrap up your peels nicely or whatever litter you have and dispose of it once you get the chance. But for pits sake don’t throw it on the floor.
- Check the bags you bring on-board
The staff is normally on the look-out for too big or too many bags. To save yourself the embarrassment or unnecessary arguments, follow the airport’s rules and policy for everyone’s peace of mind.
- Park your luggage well
The lounge is a pretty crowded place and so what might help matters and ease of access by other people is strategic placement of your carry-ons. Try not to put them along walkways rather prop them against the walls or the chairs if possible.
- Use earphones/headphones
If you are going to use your computer/phone to listen to music, play movies, or Skype, use some headphones. It can be quite annoying to be the one sitting next to people who assumes you are interested in whatever genre of music or movies they are listening to watching.
- Control your kids
Nobody wants a screaming child at the airport lounge. It’s understandable that kids do throw tantrums from time to time but you can help prevent this by warning them way beforehand to avoid the frustration and shame that comes with their public tantrums.
It takes at least 20 minutes before everyone settles in the plane so take your time and relax in the lounge. You don’t have to rush when the gate opens but be cautious and attentive so that you don’t miss your flight.