8 Etiquette Tips for a Private Flight

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Etiquette Tips for Private Jet Travel

Taking your first Denver private jet flight will undoubtedly make you feel like a VIP. The luxury of a private flight can be both exciting and exhilarating, but in all the enthusiasm, be careful that you don’t forget to have etiquette. You can match the luxury of your flight with high-end behavior by simply following a few key tips on private jet etiquette.

By following some simple suggestions on proper jet etiquette, you can ensure that both you and others are able to enjoy their flight and make the most of the experience. Here are 8 things you should know before you take off on your first private flight. 

1. Be On Time (Or Just A Bit Early)

For any commercial flight, you are required to arrive one to two hours early for check-in, baggage check, and security. On a private flight, you are not required to go through all that, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on time.

It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your flight is scheduled to take off, rather than arriving right at your departure time (or after). This is a simple courtesy that ensures everything is prepared for an on-time departure, but it will also serves as an act of respect if you are traveling with a host.

2. Try Not to Over Pack

You may think that a private flight gives you the freedom to pack as many bags as you want, but in reality there are very strict safety-related weight restrictions for smaller airplanes. Luggage capacity and weight limitations will depend on the individual jet you are flying on, but as a general rule of thumb, try to pack lightly and pack smartly. Be sure to ask about restrictions on the number and weight of bags allowed prior to flying.

3. Choose Your Outfit Carefully

Do your best to dress the part when flying on a private jet. This doesn’t mean you have to dress uncomfortably or overly elegant, but try to choose clothing that will conservatively fit the occasion. If you’re going on a business trip, opt for business attire or business casual. If you’re taking a trip with friends or family, you might choose something just a bit nicer than flip flops and shorts. If you are traveling as a guest, it is best to dress up a little more as an act of respect for your host.

4. Behave Respectfully

Flying private isn’t an excuse to act wildly, drink heavily, or treat your flight crew poorly. In fact, you should always ‘err’ on the side of respectful, courteous, and mindful. This is especially true if you are flying as someone’s guest. Do not overindulge with alcohol or food, so that you do not risk embarrassing yourself or your host.

5. Seat Yourself Last

The first few rows of a private jet are typically reserved for the host or whoever has paid for the trip. If you are not that person, choose to board after them or at a minimum, choose a seat at the back of the aircraft.

6. Use Your Manners

Private travel is by nature a luxury, but keep in mind that it does not entitle you to act like you are above the crew or captain. Be polite when asking for something from your flight attendant and speak respectfully to the pilot when inquiring about the status of your flight. Kind words along with please and thank you can go a long way.

7. Make Specific Requests Ahead of Time

If you have dietary restrictions or specific requests for beverages, make sure to request these provisions before the day of your flight. If you wait to ask for these things after you have boarded, your crew will likely not be able to accommodate your wishes.

8. Don’t Forget Your ID

Although you won’t be required to go through a TSA checkpoint, you will still need to provide identification for yourself. If you’re flying internationally, you must be sure that you have your passport

Knowing what to expect and how to behave when you fly on a private jet from Denver will play a significant role in ensuring that you have a positive experience and a good flight. For any questions on etiquette, contact our friendly and courteous staff at International Jet today.

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