You know how it is. You don’t have the aisle seat and your place is a few seats in. This happens in pretty much all spaces that require seating including theatres, planes, auditoriums, pews etc. So there you are, you need to get to your seat and have to pass by people who are already seated. Did you know there is etiquette surrounding the way in which you pass them? Do you pass facing the front or pass by giving them your back?
It was something I had never actually thought about and definitely had never been told. The Germ was the first to alert me to the fact that there is indeed protocol regarding passing someone. He alerted me because I had done the pass incorrectly–according to good form. Sacre bleu!
You always pass with your front. Never pass with your behind. No one wants a random butt starring them in the eye.
Now you know–and knowing is half the battle.