I'm linking up with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop this week for the first time, in response to her writing prompt The 10 Dos and Donts of Airline Etiquette. Since I went to college in Texas but my parents lived in Northern Virginia, I spent several holidays traveling back and forth. I had some super crazy experiences on flights, and these true life events have inspired my list.
1. As an adult, please be prepared to open your own food and feed yourself. Please do not expect the complete stranger who is seated next to you to do this for you.
2. Please do not reach over a passenger before the flight even takes off to pass off a barf bag and bulk package of peppermints to your daughter, while informing random passenger that she gets incredibly airsick every time she flies. Because believe me, said passenger is going to insist on switching seats with you immediately, and you'll be stuck dealing with your daughter's airsickness yourself.
3. Please do not wear massive doses of perfume. People who are prone to migraines will thank you.
4. Please don't fall asleep on the random person sitting next to you.
5. Please don't try to convert your seat mate to your religious cult. Believe me, they are not interested in joining your cult in California, no matter how awesome you think it is.
6. Do bring duct tape, particularly if you have stuffed 70 pounds worth of gear for a two week trip to Costa Rica is a sub-par duffle bag.
7. Do write letters of complaint to the airline that left you stranded in Milwaukee for 8 hours (because believe me, that airport has nothing to do and it will be the longest 8 hours of your life).
8. Do confiscate the passport and driver's license of your absent-minded husband so he doesn't realize he's lost them as you pull into the airport.
9. Do put everything you need in a carry on, because you know if you check baggage at least twice in your life, one of those times it'll be lost.
10. Do limit fluids and risk dehydration pre-flight. Because seriously, folks, those airplane bathrooms can be pretty scary. Use as last resort only!
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