Poor behaviour means air travel is nobody’s business
AIRLINE etiquette is now so bad business travellers can abandon any hope of getting any work done, a national workplace expert has said.
A combination of passengers reclining their seats, oversized luggage clogging overhead lockers, stinky feet and body sprawlers had made it near-impossible to concentrate on a work laptop, Professor Gary Martin, of the Australian Institute of Management, has said.
“Then there is the odoriferous seat mate who passes wind on the sly, the passenger who chats relentlessly and the inattentive parent who lets their toddler run riot,” he said.
“Etiquette standards are descending faster than an aircraft without engine power because most passengers view their time in the air through a prism of selfinterest with little regard for the comfort of others.’’
Budget airlines and limited business class seats meant that many small-business travellers were confined to cattle class.
“Unless you are up the pointy end of the jet, in-flight business productivity is dead and buried.’’
And the problems begin even before boarding, Professor Martin said.
“It starts with ‘gate lice’ who congregate around the departure gate way ahead of the scheduled boarding time.
“They push their way on board and hijack the overhead lockers with their oversized carry-on luggage to leave little space for the business traveller’s work tools.’’
Professor Martin urged fellow business travellers to put their laptop away and try to rest instead or simply upgrade.
“That’s why business class is called business class.”
Poor air etiquette.