Is it okay to take off your shoes while flying? Or what about switching seats? The truth behind plane etiquette revealed

If you’ve got an upcoming flight, you’ll want to make sure your plane etiquette is up to scratch… Is it acceptable to remove your shoes? Who gets what armrest? When is it okay to move to an empty seat? Read on to find out.

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Is it ok to take off your shoes? What about socks? The survey from British Airways shows that 87 per cent of respondents overwhelmingly agree that it’s unacceptable to remove your socks in-flight, however, 59 per cent of travellers surveyed said it’s fine to kick off your shoes.

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If you’ve got stuck with the middle seat, are both armrests yours? It only seems fair, with 47 per cent of Brits agreeing that if you’re unfortunate to be squashed into the middle seat you get ownership of both armrests.

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If you’re flying solo, you could find yourself sat with someone looking to engage in conversation, but 83% of travellers say that in-flight conversation should stop after a hello and a smile. If you’re looking to escape the grasp of conversation, popping headphones in or taking a toilet break could be your way out.

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Trapped on the inside of the row? This can be a tricky one, especially when your neighbour is sleeping but you need to head to the toilet. However, 80 per cent said that it’s okay to wake up a sleeping neighbour for a restroom break, but two out of five say you can only do it once a flight. When it comes to climbing over a passenger, plane etiquette would be to make a face-to-face exit.

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When it comes to grabbing some shut-eye yourself, the best sleep aid for 67 per cent of travellers was a good pillow. But if a snoring neighbour is keeping you up, 66 per cent of those surveyed say it’s best to ignore them and do nothing – so you might want to pack some noise-cancelling headphones, just in case.

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The biggest question when it comes to plane etiquette is, of course, when is it acceptable to switch seats? 53 per cent of travellers find that it’s only okay to do so after confirming it with the cabin crew, but 38 per cent of Brits will jump into new seats as soon as the seatbelt sign has been turned off.


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