Talk:Flying in the United States

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Is there content from Low-cost airlines in North America that should be covered here?[edit]

I think this article here is a much better way of handling the complex topic of flying in the US than the failed (and outdated) effort the other article represents. Nonetheless, there might be something of worth over there. What do you think? Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:03, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

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I'm not sure, but I believe the current banner to be of Air Force 1, the presidential plane?

Is that the right choice for this article? Andrewssi2 (talk) 03:53, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

Addition of Respect Section[edit]

I'll admit that as a foreigner, I'm not that familiar with all aspects of flying etiquette in the US. Correct me if I'm wrong, but based on what I've been reading and hearing, supposedly these are points that you have to keep in mind when flying on a US airline.

  • Do not press the call button unless it's a medical emergency or you see the engine on fire. Apparently, US flight attendants absolutely hate it if you press the call button for any other purpose.
  • The job of flight attendants is to ensure safety, and service is not part of their job scope but just something extra they do out of goodwill. (As an Asian, I think both are part of their job scope, and we as customers are paying them to do both, but maybe Americans think differently.)
  • Do not recline your seats in economy class without asking for permission, as infringes on the right to personal space of the passenger behind you. (There seems to be a debate on this one, so I don't know what the consensus is.)

Let me know what you guys think. As someone from Asia, I don't find it rude to call a flight attendant if say, I'm coughing badly and need a glass of water, but apparently, to American flight attendants, that's the most annoying thing you could possibly do. The dog2 (talk) 17:42, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

I think all of these are good ideas, and I think some of the sensitive issues regarding travellers with small children on planes are also worth a mention (and in general, I think both sides of that issue could stand to be a little more understanding of their fellow flyers). -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:37, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
Service is certainly part of the job scope of flight attendants in the US. I think there's some truth to the seat reclining thing, though. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:49, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
How much should we underline that the US airlines have a horrible reputation for absolute lack of customer service? Hobbitschuster (talk) 00:24, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
That wouldn't fall under "Respect", but I think we have covered some of it in "Understand". Of course, it goes without saying that regardless of what airline you fly and where you're flying, you should always be polite to your flight attendants unless you want to be a jerk, but if there are any etiquette pointers that are specific to flying in the US, we should cover them here. I have heard anecdotes of people getting scolded for pressing the call button to call a flight attendant, so it way well be that Americans consider that to be rude. If you fly QF or BA, they might ignore you but you will not get scolded, while if you fly some of the Asian airlines (from experience, at least SQ, CX, BR and NH), the flight attendant will come immediately when you press the call button unless it is during violent turbulence of something. The dog2 (talk) 03:39, 26 January 2018 (UTC)