Airplane Etiquette All Travelers Should Follow, According to Anderson Cooper

By Hayley Panagakis, June 6, 2016

Some things are too good not to share. Reminiscing on last year’s Connect Corporate Marketplace in Orlando (it’s #FlashbackFriday, what can we say?), we remembered when keynote speaker and famed journalist Anderson Cooper discussed the more ridiculous passenger behaviors he’s encountered. “I’ve become a lot grumpier as I’ve traveled,” jokes the globetrotter who’s spent the past 24 years wayfaring. “I’ve become obsessed with how other people behave when traveling,” he admits. “There should be a list of etiquette for people on planes.”

We couldn’t agree more. Here, Cooper shares several rules to live by the next time you’re on a flight.

1. Don’t go barefoot.

Cooper’s biggest pet peeve on planes is bare feet. “I cannot tell you how many planes I have been on lately where people whip off their flip-flops and [perch] their gnarly hobbit feet on the food tray or wall,” he laughs in honesty. “I take off my shoes but I wear my socks. I make sure my socks are clean.”

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Not only are bare feet a cringe-worthy spectacle to anyone who hates feet, they’re also unsanitary. “You know the liquid on the bathroom floor? That’s not all water. You are aware of that, aren’t you?” adds Cooper.

2. Employ common courtesies… like hygiene.

“I promise you, I was on a plane and there was a person who not only let their dogs out to air, they were clipping their toenails,” says Cooper, mortified. “I sat there watching and hearing the sounds; I didn’t even know what to do. I wanted to call TSA. I hoped it was a TSA violation.”

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The decision to clip your toenails on a plane should be a no-brainer: Don’t do it. Also, take a shower before you fly, especially if it’s a long flight. Wear deodorant. Brush your teeth. Do all the things you’re supposed to do as a working adult and you’ll be A-OK.

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