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Air travel etiquette is a key part of ensuring a pleasant travel experience.

Nothing can ruin a flight quicker than a fellow passenger with zero manners, says travel and lifestyle writer Allison Foat.

Read: 3 things about airline industry practice every flyer should know

Foat says passengers can practice good etiquette even prior to the flight by ensuring that they are prepared and won't hold up the boarding queue.

Advice from Allison Foat:

  • do not bring/eat strong-smelling food on the flight
  • be mindful of how overpowering your perfume/fragrance is
  • only keep what you will need on your person and put rest in the overhead bins to save space
  • use the overhead space allocated to you, not the compartment four rows away
  • travel with a neck pillow to avoid falling asleep on a stranger's shoulder
  • do not talk loudly on board
  • be considerate when using the overhead lights if your neighbour is sleeping
  • check with the person behind you before reclining your seat
  • don't hog the loo when the plane prepares for landing

Advice from listeners:

  • brush your teeth on long haul flights
  • stay seated until you are told to disembark
  • make way for others at the baggage carousel

Also read: 8 tips on how to beat jet lag

Read up on some of Allison Foat's work on her travel and lifestyle blog, Cape Town Diva.

Listen to the useful discussion on The Pippa Hudson Show:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 12 tips on airplane etiquette to help guarantee a smooth flight

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