Friday, November 6, 2015

When it comes to airplane
etiquette, there's a lot to know—including how not to get kicked off of an
You may think it's common sense, but it actually happens way more
often than you'd think.
The parameters for removing someone from a flight are
vague: they just must be disobeying flight crew instructions.
The New York Times recently chatted with George Hobica, the founder of
travel planning website Airfare Watchdog, on what it takes to actually be
kicked off of a flight.
(Spoiler: Just be on your best behavior, already).
Ahead, we pulled out what really happens when you get kicked off your flight:
Cause a Scene As mentioned above, it doesn't take a whole lot to fall
into this category considering the grounds for removing a passenger is defined
as "disobeying crew instructions." Now, before we instill any sense of panic
into flyers' minds, let's remember that flight attendants are very nice,
understanding people (most of the time).
That being said, there have been
instances of passengers being removed for things like crying babies, belting
Dolly Parton's hit "I Will Always Love You" (seriously), and inter-passenger
misunderstandings (think: choking someone over a reclined seat). You've
Been Warned Unless you're truly a danger to the rest of the flight, you're
(hopefully) going to get a warning or two.
If you decide to ignore the crew
after a few talking-tos, you probably deserve that humiliating escort off the
In fact, if you're sitting near someone causing a scene, there may be
some good fortune in it for you.
Hobica shares one instance in which being a
thoughtful flyer got a passenger a no-strings-attached upgrade: "A person, I
believe it was a seating arrangement question, wanted to sit next to someone
and another passenger offered to defuse the situation and he ended up sitting
next to me in business class.
The flight attendant came by and said, 'Thank
you so much for helping us out.' If you defuse a situation you will be treated
better than a passenger who tries to intervene.
So You Missed Your Flight: Now What? After it's been decided that you're
a true disruption to the flight—and the flight crew does have total
jurisdiction in making that decision—you can kiss your ticket goodbye.
According to Hobica, it depends on the violation.
Of course, you will be
arrested for any illegal actions you may have taken.
In other
situations—such as a crying child—you'll be put on the next flight
Many times, if you're ousted as an inconvenience to other flyers, you
won't have to buy a new ticket.
If you end up being arrested for your airplane
shenanigans, well, that's an entirely different story—one that doesn't
include a second boarding pass.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her
on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
So you've been kicked off of your flight for one reason or
What now? Read on to find out.

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