Jet- ettiquete, or “Jetiquette” as it’s called, are the rules of the air when travelling by private jet. It is really important to know and understand the proper jetiquette if you are a frequent flyer or are just starting out with this type of travel. Flying private is certainly one of the most luxurious ways to get around but it can come with its hang ups. If you aren’t familiar with the process, you may be off to a bumpy start – but no need to worry – with just a few pointers your travel experience will be easy-breezy, and you can just kick back and sip some chilled champagne on the way to your next destination.
Whether you’re a billionaire businessman, A-list celeb, or occasional flier, these are the rules to follow when traveling by private jet:
- One of the biggest perks of flying private is being able to bring more luggage with you. It’s a lot more convenient because you don’t have to pack as lightly as you would boarding a commercial flight, and there are no long security lines or TSA procedures. However, just because you have the luxury of holding more cargo doesn’t mean there aren’t limits! So, if you decide to go on a shopping spree during your trip, be aware of the maximum number of bags and weight limits for your private plane.
- Read the fine print
- Before signing the private jet contract, read it thoroughly, including the fine print. Often, there will be information regarding extra charges for things like cleaning fees, de-icing, and catering. Some companies will actually charge you an additional feel if you smoke heavily or have a pet that sheds excessively.
- If you have a great experience on your flight, show the crew some appreciation. While tipping isn’t mandatory, crew members always appreciate gratuities. If you fly with the same company again, they will remember you and service you even better the next time around. So, whether you are flying as a guest or main passenger, always tip if you have good service, and remember, the size of the tip should reflect the number of passengers on board.
- Talk the lingo
- Don’t know where to begin when it comes to learning private jet lingo? Well, it’s actually not that difficult. For starters, remember the acronym YOM, which refers to the Year of Manufacture, and refurb dates, the condition of the aircraft’s interior and exterior. Knowing the refurb dates is important to find out before you book because it lets you know when the plane was last updated.
- Another popular term is seating config which is useful to know how many passengers the plane can fit. However, seating config does not refer to how well it comfortably fits passengers, so do specify that with the company. Also, if you really want to sound like a pro, the most proper way to tell someone you’re flying private is to say you’re arranging a flight, rather than saying you’re taking a jet.
- Ask about pet policies
- Certain private jet companies, such as Victor, do not charge you for a membership or extras like additional passengers or bringing pets on board. However, that’s not a given with all jet companies so, in keeping with good “jetiquette”, whatever you do, do not show up with your furry friend and just expect he can come along and sit in your lap during the ride. Instead, call the company and ask before you book if it’s okay to bring your pet along.
- Look sharp
- Some of the classiest and most influential people in the world fly private. Yes, you can pretty much wear whatever you like, even your pj’s or a robe. However, that doesn’t mean you should because frankly, you could very well embarrass yourself when you realize your favorite rockstar or politician is standing just feet away from you on the jet terminal. Always dress to impress when flying private because you never know who you’ll run into next.