In 2018 there were 1 billion flights operated worldwide. That’s a lot of time spent waiting in line by weary passengers. Flying by private air travel is safe, luxurious, and most importantly, saves your precious time. If it’s your first time flying private, you may have a few questions. We’re here to answer the most commonly asked questions about private plane etiquette below.
1) Arrival Time: When Should I Arrive at the Airport?
When you fly private, there’s no waiting in line, or need to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight. You can arrive at your departure airport as little as 30 minutes before the scheduled take-off. You will go through a quick check-in before being taken straight to your private plane. One of the many benefits of flying private is not having to wait around to board your aircraft. Not quick enough? Ask you advisor about available ground transportation options that will meet your aircraft directly on the ramp.
2) Identification: Do I Need to Show My ID at the Airport?
You will need to show your ID to board a private plane. Much the same as on commercial flights, you will need a photo ID for domestic flights and a passport for international flights. Your carrier should advise you if any visas or additional documentation are required for your trip. If you are flying with your pet, you may need to check for international restrictions. Your advisor will also be able to assist with required pet documentation.
3) Luggage: How Much Baggage Can I Bring on a Private Jet?
Another of the many benefits of flying private is no strict luggage restrictions. The amount of baggage you are allowed to bring on board will depend on the size of the aircraft you are chartering. The luggage allowance will also depend on the number of people in your party. If you have a full plane, you may only be able to bring one piece of luggage each. If you plan on traveling with an unusually large amount of luggage it is always best to let your Advisor know at the time of booking. They will verify exactly how much cargo space is available on your aircraft.
4) Lavatories: Is There a Restroom Aboard Private Jets?
Most private jets do have a lavatory on board. However, there are exceptions so it is important to ask your advisor prior to booking, particularly when chartering smaller jets and turboprops. The type of facilities depends on the aircraft model and experience my vary. Most light jets will have a small, compact toilet in the back of the plane with just a curtain for privacy. On larger jets there will be one or more fully enclosed bathroom facilities.
5) Tipping: Is It Appropriate for Me to Tip My Private Air Travel Pilot and Crew?
Our clients frequently ask us whether or not they should tip crew on board their private jet. We typically recommend doing so if they’re happy with the service they receive. While most companies don’t prohibit tipping, they also don’t want you to feel obligated. The attitude of most private jet crews is that tips are always appreciated, but never expected. If you do plan on tipping, the starting point tends to be $5 – $10 for handling agents, $30 – $50 for the flight attendant and $50 – $200 for the pilots.