5 things you should stop doing on airplanes, according to a flight attendant

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Denise Kulhman has been a flight attendant for 38 years.
She has worked on hundreds of flights and with thousands of passengers during her career.
These are Kulhman's five passenger annoyances to avoid to improve your flight etiquette on airplanes.
Flying can be stressful for many reasons, from sudden delays to sitting next to unruly passengers. But for flight attendants whose job it is to tend to passengers and deal with challenges as they arise — from constant requests from customers to in-flight emergencies — it can be a job that requires extreme patience and a positive attitude.

Denise Kulhman has been a flight attendant for 38 years. Kuhlman, who currently works for Delta Air Lines, flies out of Los Angeles International Airport and makes frequent trips to the Hawaiian Islands, Miami, Seattle and Chicago.
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Over the years, Kulhman has worked on hundreds of flights with thousands of passengers — and she has five distinct annoyances that she wishes passengers would pay attention to. Here's a look at what this veteran flight attendant hopes will get more customers to ditch it in order to have better flying etiquette.
Ignore flight attendants
Most of the time, flight attendants and crew members leave passengers alone for the duration of the flight. However, there are some key moments when they communicate with passengers about important news, such as turbulence, seat belt announcements and during food and beverage service.
Kulhman says passengers often don't take out their earbuds or headphones to hear flight attendants speak.
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"Ignoring someone who's trying to talk to you and serve you drinks or food can be rude," Kulhman told Insider.
Instead, Kulhman says a good rule of etiquette is to simply remove the earbuds as a sign of respect. If passengers don't want anything to eat or drink, it's polite to say no verbally, Kulhman said.
Abusing space in the overhead compartment
One of the biggest obstacles for flight attendants early in the flight is dealing with passengers who stow their luggage incorrectly. Kulhman said nothing is more rude than someone putting their backpack in an overhead bin after announcing that space for roller bags or larger luggage should be prioritized.
"Flight attendants often have to ask passengers to slide their backpacks under their seats to fit another passenger's roller bag in the overhead compartment," Kulhman said.
To make the boarding process more efficient, Kulhman reminds passengers to place their backpacks or purses under the seat and reserve overhead bins for larger bags as a common courtesy.
Left the bathroom in a mess
Airplane lavatories are notoriously small, which is why Kulhman asks passengers to keep the space as clean and tidy as possible.
"Would you leave pee on the toilet seat at your house?" said Kuman. "Are you seriously splashing water on the floor when you wash your hands at home?"
When using the bathroom on an airplane, Kulhman said it's important to remember that basic politeness goes a long way. There are a few small things passengers can do that only take five seconds, like using the paper towels in the bathroom to clean up any messes or spills.
Expect free blankets
One thing you can usually feel on an airplane, Kulhman said, is cooler air. Because of this, it can be frustrating for flight attendants to see people in shorts or tank tops boarding the plane and then expect the flight crew to offer them free blankets.
"Duvets are no longer offered on US domestic flights since COVID-19," Kulhman said. “Today blankets are generally only offered on international flights. Be prepared, wear shorts to the airport and then switch to jeans or trousers for the flight if necessary.”
Kulhman also recommends bringing a light blanket and a sweater or jacket. If you're on a flight longer than three hours and want to sleep, socks are also a good idea, according to Kulhman.
Ask the flight crew to hold the flight for them
When a passenger is delayed for their flight or their next connection, they may turn to a flight attendant for assistance and ask them to find a way to hold the flight. However, Kulhman said the flight crew did not have the power to change the flight plan or departure time.
"It's not the flight attendant's decision to change the departure time by a few minutes or even 30 minutes -- that's a flight operations decision," Kulhman said. “They take into account how many passengers are transferring, how much time is left for transfers, how much space is left at the different gates (many planes have to leave on time to make gate space for the next flight landing), what type of traffic the tower is reporting , and additional factors."
Instead of asking flight attendants to hold the flight, Kulhman says passengers are better off asking a ticket or gate agent about alternative flight routes.
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