Jet-iquette: Proper Private Jet Etiquette Will Enhance Your Luxury Travel Experience
With every lavish perk in life comes a certain level of manners or protocol that has come to be associated with it. The privilege of flying via private jet brings with it a composed cool and a politeness that reflects the heights of class and sophistication. Are you ready to fly? Sit back, relax, and enjoy our “jet-iquette” tips and take a polite flight to your destination!
There is no such thing as “fashionably late” with a private jet. Save yourself or your host extra fees by showing up early. Private jets are scheduled much like their commercial counterparts; consider that you’ll make your destination or appointment on time by being punctual with your flight.
What to Wear
Dress comfortably or in business casual as sloppy and unkempt never makes the right impression. Since you’ll be traveling with a small entourage and flight crew, skip the cologne or perfume. The best thing to take along with you on every trip is a smile. A sunny demeanor and a smile for the crew set you on a course for an enjoyable flight.
Curb the Drinking
Have a cocktail or two and enjoy yourself. Be careful to not be tipsy or arrive at your destination unable to function. Also consider that occasionally alcohol will affect you differently at a higher altitude.
Flight Crew Interactions
The pilot(s) and crew are paid and trained professionals who are there for your safety and security. Keep your interactions respectful and courteous. If you would like to speak with the pilot, check with your attendant to inquire as to the best time to approach and say “hello.” A polite “thank you” to the pilot and crew is always in high style.
When flying as the guest of another, show your appreciation with a personalized or monogrammed plush throw or blanket, a sweater from your host’s favorite clothing line, or a beautiful wine stopper. If traveling with a group, consider a bountiful fruit basket or assortment of decadent petite fours.
Leave the Jet and Flying Humor Grounded
The pilot and flight crew have heard every flight-related joke in the book, guaranteed. Never quip or make remarks about crashing, feeling unsafe, or questioning the credentials of those in charge. Relax and enjoy your flight and the company of those with whom you are traveling. Most people never have it this good!
Be Mindful of Kids and Pets
Keep children occupied with electronic games, a portable DVD player, books, and games and encourage quiet games and calm playtime. Do not bring writing utensils of any kind, including crayons and markers. The aircraft are beautifully outfitted, and any damage is very costly to repair. If traveling with a pet, bring a carrier to keep them happy and feeling safe. This also keeps any soiling of the plane and consequent clean-up bill to a minimum.
In-Flight Hobbies and Things to Do
Take advantage of your airtime to catch up on sleep, read, or just sit back and enjoy the view. Avoid tasks that are noisy or intrusive on others’ space. If flying with a group, use your time to get to know your host and other guests better.
In Sickness and in Health
If you are contagious or have the flu, remember that you will most likely expose all those with whom you are traveling. If you absolutely must fly while sick keep your nose and mouth covered or excuse yourself to use the restroom.
Gratuity and Billing
The pilot or the crew on a private jet do not necessarily expect a gratuity, but feel free to tip your pilots or attendants $50 or $100 as a gesture of thanks for a job well done or a comfortable flight. We are often asked about tipping, and we always advise our clients to think of any great service experience: if you loved it then reward the crew with any amount you see fit.
Reflect a flying etiquette that’s as smart and savvy as you are. Pay-as-you-go plans allow you to travel in style and brag about how much you saved—not how much you spent.