If you’re sentenced to the middle seat on an airplane, are you entitled to both armrests? For this answer (along with answers to a range of etiquette quandaries) consider Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition, by Peggy Post, Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel Post Senning. In this revamped 736-page volume, which is on-sale today, the authority on American manners tackles a range of issues—from tweeting and texting to online dating and adventure traveling.
latest edition—the first appeared in 1922—was largely influenced by a
younger generation of Posts who understand the changing nature of
communication, with smartphones now serving as portable media centers.
“As we’ve learned to live on the go, we are quicker and less attached to the things we post or send,” says co-author Lizzie Post, who explains that tips on polite communication are easy to digest in the book’s reformatted two-column layout.
For the globetrotter looking to brush up on good manners, a section devoted to air travel will do the trick. We got a sneak peek at “Airplane Etiquette 101,” which covers everything from the proper way to ignore the chatty passenger next to you (Emily Post endorsees the headphones bluff) to lavatory codes of conduct (avoid lingering: “the full makeover can wait until you’ve landed”).
And what about that middle seat dilemma? While Emily Post experts maintain that middle armrests are shared property, it is gracious for aisle and window seat-holders to give first dibs to passengers in the middle.
Briana Fasone is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.