Travelling on public transport can be a challenging and unpleasant experience for commuters. Whether making use of public transport at the beginning or end of the day, energy in the air is generally low, oddballs seem to be drawn to the environment, and we are confined in a relatively small space for what can be long periods of time with complete strangers.
It is therefore understandable that commuters want to pass their journey with a measure of comfort and keep some distance from said strangers and potential oddballs. However it is important to remember that many commuters would also like to have as comfortable a journey as possible and sit down rather than stand up.
Keeping this in mind and also remembering that seats are for paying commuters, please do not block use of any nearby seats by placing your bags and other belongings on the seat. If available, place your items in luggage racks which are designed for this purpose, or alternatively items may be placed at your feet or on your lap. It is also not acceptable to block use of the window seat next to you by sitting in the aisle seat and refusing to move; this is just downright rude.
Blocking seats and using seats to hold your belongings may be acceptable when travelling on quieter services, however when services are busy, failing to ignore the needs of those around you is considered to be rather impolite. This is especially true when people have to resort to standing up even though there is a seat available next to you. Be sure not to ignore people who are standing as this is a clear indication that your spare seat is required. Do not get huffy, irritated or annoyed at these people. After all you are enjoying a seat and you didn’t buy an extra ticket for your bags or for you to take up an additional seat unnecessarily.