Sharing a row of seats with strangers is one of the least pleasant aspects of flying.
However, there are one or two telltale signs that can tell you whether or not the person you’re sitting next to will annoy you.
Apparently, one should pay particular attention to one’s outfit, since smarter people are less likely to misbehave after the plane takes off.
It may seem odd that something like clothing can have such an effect on people, but it turns out that getting dressed psychologically makes us behave better.
So says Thomas Plante, a psychology professor at Santa Clara University.
He said United States today: “When people dress better, they tend to behave better.”
This is not something purely theoretical either, as airline professionals agree that it is better for passengers to deal with more elegant clothes.
Airline pilot Ken Schulte told Glamorous: “Well-dressed people never attract attention on a flight. One might think pilots would not notice any of this, but any incident of misconduct will result in a report to the flight deck.”
“The troublemakers are the ones who look like they just rolled out of bed.”
For such reasons, passengers and others are demanding that airlines implement dress codes.
One of those people is Christopher Elliott, who writes a travel column for the Seattle Times.
In one of his recent posts, he called for the introduction of rules on how passengers dress to make people “more respectful”.
He argued: “It’s time for a dress code for airline passengers. Seriously.”
“The manners on board have greatly decreased. Passengers and some psychologists believe people who dress smartly before their flight may be more respectful — and less likely to be hit.”
He recommended that passengers wear “a light version of business-casual attire.”
He added: “Long trousers, collared shirts, dresses. Please no bare feet or t-shirts with offensive logos. Dress modestly and respectfully. Remember, you are in a public place.”
Wearing less casual clothing could also have practical advantages on flights.
Tony Kuna, a former cabin crew member, explained that wearing flip-flops could cause problems in an in-flight emergency.
He wrote on Quora: “In an emergency, all sorts of debris and uncomfortable flooring will block your way to the exit and outside the plane.”
“If your feet [aren’t] If you are properly covered, you will have a hard time getting to safety.
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