As an Internet web site for frequent fliers, milepoint.com is considered by many to be a friendly place to discuss travel, miles and points. However, in the real world of travel, I find that manners are generally lacking. I am by no means a person who strictly adheres to the good practices of etiquette, but I do wish that people would be more polite during travel, which can already be a stressful experience. For example, if I am seated in an aisle seat on an aircraft and the window seat is empty, the person who is assigned that window seat will come along and usually grunt “I’m in there”, expecting me to automatically get up upon command. Whenever I am the person who is assigned the window seat and a passenger is already seated in the aisle seat, I usually say “Could you please excuse me? That is my seat.” After compliance to my request, I always say “thank you” — something I rarely hear when I comply to a similar request. Another example is when a flight attendant approaches me requesting my order — for a drink, let’s say — I will reply, “May I have an orange juice, please?” The person sitting next to me will usually grunt a drink order without saying “please”. I will say “thank you” upon receiving my drink, whereas the person sitting next to me will not utter any form of appreciation for the service rendered. A third example can be at the front desk of a hotel, where the agent might feel free to call me by my first name without my consent instead of address me by a more proper salutation. None of these examples affect me all that much in the grand scheme of things, but I do believe that a little respect goes a long way and can help travel be just a little more civilized and a little less stressful. What are your thoughts?