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We get it: Traveling is stressful. But it isn’t so stressful that it gives you license to behave like a jerk. The next time you hit the skies, keep these seven annoying habits in mind and do whatever you can to avoid them.

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Drinking Too Much
A glass of wine (or cocktail) or two is fine, but once you get into drunk territory, it’s probably not going to end well. (And might end with a comedy writer live Tweeting your midair meltdown.)

Watching Someone Struggle with Their Luggage
Don’t be a jerk. If you see someone clearly having a hard time getting their luggage into the overhead bin and you’re physically able, lend a hand. It’s excellent karma, and you have our full permission to count this heavy, albeit brief, lifting as the day’s exercise.

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Forcing Conversation
If you and your seatmate gel instantly, becoming lifelong friends en route to Houston, great. But don’t force it. If the people sitting around you are clearly disinterested in conversation (you know, if they’re reading or listening to music), leave them be.

Reclining with Abandon
We’re not saying you shouldn’t recline your chair at all, just do so cautiously. So, instead of aggressively thrusting your seat backward, turn around to make sure the person sitting behind you doesn’t have food or a drink on their tray table that will be thrown onto their lap if you don’t recline smoothly.

Letting Your Kids Watch an iPad Without Headphones
Make that letting your kids run free in general. We understand that traveling with little ones is a challenge, but do your best to keep them from wreaking havoc on the cabin. Yes, even if that means resorting to bribery. (The promise of a trip to the toy store goes a long way.)

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Being Rude to Flight Attendants
Common courtesy, folks. Flight attendants have to deal with a lot of people every day. The least you can do is treat them the way you’d like to be treated if you had their job. So turn off your phone when they ask and throw in a "please" and "thank-you" when you get your drinks and snacks—it’s really not that difficult.

Eating Smelly Food
There’s a time and a place for a tuna sandwich. Crammed with a bunch of people in a tiny, semi-claustrophobic space is neither that time nor that place. On a plane, try to stick to food that’s not so aggressively pungent.

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