Flying etiquette, post-Covid-19
A lot of us have resumed travelling. While in some countries, international travelling is still prohibited, in most parts of the world, it is easing up slowly. As we gradually come to terms with the etiquette of the new world, we're also figuring out each step of the way.
Like any other code of conduct, travel etiquette now has a brand-new meaning. Remember, etiquette is all about consideration and respect for the other person. So, here are my top suggestions for those who are about to fly soon.
1. Human connection: We have never appreciated human connection as much as we have during the lockdown when we were all curfewed at home. Many who live alone craved talking or connecting with another human being. 2020 is a year of learning, reminiscing and appreciating whatever life offers without taking anything for granted. So, when you are travelling, have immense empathy and consideration when there is another human being around you. Go out of your way to practise the principles of etiquette, which is nothing but consideration, respect, empathy and making everyone feel happy and comfortable around you.
2. Social distance: Practise social distancing, but please do empathise with people around you. Emphasise on your facial expressions so that your smile is visible through your eyes when you are wearing a mask. What you should not be doing is brushing off the presence of another human being around you in the name of safe distancing. But, if someone brushes you off, don't take it personally. People might not be as receptive at this moment. We're all on the edge. Keep a smile on your face at all times.
3. Act of kindness: Of course, we all know by now that wearing a mask is non-negotiable. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to carry an extra pair of disposable gloves, masks and hand sanitiser in your bag, just in case you need to extend help to someone else. Be mindful when disposing of used masks. Ensure you do so in the trash; never on the floor. It's absolutely fine to ask other people to kindly put their masks on or offer some sanitiser, if necessary. But do it with a smile on your face and as politely as possible. Getting used to our current reality will take a while. But if you really think about it, a simple act of wearing a mask, or sanitising your hands while travelling is not only a safety measure, it's a symbol of consideration to others.
Be kind, be considerate and #beextraordinary.