Holiday etiquette tips to ease the stress of traveling

POSTED: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 4:51pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:47pm

Travels experts have a few suggestions on ways to relieve stress while flying over the holidays: show up early, bring a smile, and maybe something else.

"I always bring them a box of chocolates. I bring them to the gate agents and to the flight attendants," stated Johnny Jet with JohnnyJet.com

Tips aren't necessary, but other experts say at the very least, remember the holidays are also stressful for those hired to help you.

"The more that you can ease their jobs, the more that they will thank you for it and spread the holiday spirit," said etiquette expert Anna Post.

Anna Post, the great-great granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post, is especially big, though, on watching your mobile manners during the holidays, now that practically everyone at the airport or mall has a smartphone handy.

"On average, an Intel survey found that people see other Americans use mobile devices badly about 5 times a day,” said Post. “I think that number gets exponentially worse at the holidays."

She and many others especially take exception to people in cramped public places taking or making a phone call.

Post said, “Not everybody wants to be listening to your phone conversation. Wait until you're through then pick up your device and find a quiet place to talk. Sure, you might need to check Santa's list with somebody; maybe that's a better time to use text messaging instead of a phone call in a crowded area."

So, to keep the rude from becoming reality, they say a little disconnecting during the holidays might work.

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