Using an iPad is a great way to pass the time while traveling. You can surf the web, read e-books, listen to music, play games, and watch movies. However, no person is an island. Unless you have an entire plane or subway car to yourself, you’ll probably be traveling with other people, and your iPad usage may affect them. Keep the following rules of iPad travel etiquette in mind, and your fellow travelers will appreciate it.
Turn Down the Screen Light There’s nothing worse than sitting next to someone whose iPad screen is so bright it’s distracting, especially if you’re on a red-eye flight and trying to sleep. Keep the light intensity to a bare minimum. Even better, ask your neighbor, “Do you mind if I use my iPad? “Be Aware of Your Surroundings Even if you’re a great multitasker, you shouldn’t have your attention fixed on your iPad every waking moment. Always be mindful of your surroundings, and don’t use your iPad while walking through an airport, train station, or subway platform. At best, you might bump into people and annoy them. At worst, you could have a serious accident.
Talk to the People You’re Traveling With Ann Landers once said, “Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.” The same holds true for mobile devices. If you’re traveling with a friend, your family, or a business associate it’s rude to immediately dive into your iPad, unless it’s for a good reason. If you have work to do or an important email to read, that’s one thing. If you’re determined to get the highest score on Angry Birds Star Wars, that’s something else. If you do need to use your iPad, ask your traveling companion if they’re okay with it.
Use Earphones Traveling often involves being in close quarters with strangers, and even though you might think Carly Rae Jepsen is the best thing to come into the world since the electric razor, don’t assume that everyone wants to listen to “Call Me Maybe” at that exact moment. Always use headphones; you may even want to invest in a snug pair to reduce the amount of noise that leaks out. While we’re on the subject of earphones, if someone, be they an associate or a stranger, tries to talk to you while you’re listening to music, don’t attempt to communicate with them with your earphones still in your ears. You’ll wind up shouting, “Huh?” quite a bit and annoying the person.
Don’t take out only one earphone either; take both of them out so you can hear the other person clearly. Don’t Watch R-rated Movies One of the coolest features on the iPad is the ability to watch movies, but if you’re sitting next to someone, they’re probably going to see bits and pieces of what you’re watching. Be respectful to your neighbor and stay away from movies with ultra-violent or explicit sex scenes.