Flying Private Travel Etiquette
Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a casual jet setter, travel etiquette for flying private is different than traveling with public airlines. A key difference is that there are no long lines in security. That’s not the only thing that’s different when you choose to fly on a private airplane, though. While flying privately means you can do more of what you want and when you want, there are still some guidelines you'll want to know about and follow. Keep these tips in mind for flying privately.
1. Arrange to Fly
If you want to invite a friend to fly with you on a private jet, the common wording is that you are “arranging to fly,” not “taking a jet.” No need to brag about your ability to hire a private jet.
Common courtesy is not to allow your guests to contribute to the cost of the travel unless it’s a group holiday or trip. Without any standards on paying, these details must be worked out between you and your guests.
3. Liability for Goods
Once on the private charter jet, passengers should not exchange any goods or money. This could cause a legal issue for the person who arranged the private flight. Respect the other passengers on board by making such exchanges when on the ground.
4. Aircraft Choice
Not every aircraft is suited to your needs. Whether you are planning a quick morning business trip or a one-day shopping spree in NYC, you need to choose the right type of airplane for your trip. At Jet the World, our flight experts can help you choose the right aircraft for your needs.
5. Flight Details
Since flying private is so flexible, it is the details that can make or break your flight experience. While one person might consider luxury to be the food served, another may have other expectations for their private jet experience. Know what’s important to you so you can be certain that it’s a part of your travel. At Jet the World, we know that details are important, and our professionals will attend to all the key details of your flight with courtesy and efficiency.
6. Arrive for Your Flight
Although you don’t need to arrive two hours before your scheduled flight, you do want to aim to be at the airport at least fifteen minutes before your departure. You don’t have to fear missing your flight because it will wait for you, but your delay could cause additional airport fees to your total cost. Sometimes you may be unable to change the fact that you’re running late. If that’s the case, be sure to notify your private jet crew.
7. Parking Etiquette
For a private airport, you can usually drive up to the private plane and park your car nearby. Be sure to put the parking brake on. Unfortunately, it’s common for vehicles to roll toward the aircraft if the brake is not properly in place. From there, luggage is transferred as needed, and the car will be stored until your return.
8. Luggage Expectations
If your private jet is at capacity for passengers then luggage space is limited. Small jet planes have specific requirements for weight and size due to the shape of the luggage compartment. A good tip for maximum convenience for your luggage is to choose to pack in soft bags. Rigid suitcases can be difficult to store, creating a game of Tetris for the flight crew.
9. Pet Etiquette
You can bring your pet with you. In the US, pets need to be at least 8 weeks old and vaccinated for rabies to fly private. It’s considerate to have your pet groomed before the flight to cut down on shedding. Be sure to carry any clearance documents you may need for your pet, and keep the pet out of the aisle during the flight.
10. Drink White Wine
Alcohol is almost always an option onboard a private jet plane. However, red wine is not encouraged due to the possible spills during turbulence and the subsequent need for replacement of stained upholstery. Legally, passengers are permitted to bring alcohol aboard flights, but the alcohol must be served by the flight crew.
Yes, you get to skip the TSA security line when you fly private, but you still need to bring your identification documents. For domestic flights, all you need is a valid driver’s license; for international, bring your passport as well as your license.
12. Assigned Seating
On a private jet, seating isn’t assigned. If you are the guest of someone, however, you should wait to choose a seat until they have situated themselves. This is polite and considerate and will be appreciated by your host.
13. Service Tips
Jet pilots plan many aspects of a scheduled flight, as well as clean the plane and load the bags. Although a tip is not required for the pilot, it’s considered courteous to offer one. The gesture is always appreciated.
14. Schedule in Advance
Private jets can be booked on the day of a needed flight. However, when possible, book your flight in advance so that the right aircraft will be available for your travel goals. Some aircrafts can shorten flight time while others provide more space and amenities while onboard.
15. Dress Appropriately
Depending on the type of travel, passengers should dress accordingly. A business flight with business partners requires more formal dress while a casual trip to a family vacation may mean jeans and a t-shirt.
Proper private flight travel etiquette sets experienced travelers apart from the amateur. Be sure to be considerate of those you are with during the flight. And if you’re a guest on the flight, consider bringing a gift for the host as a thank you gesture.
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