In-Flight Turbulence: Top 5 Types of People That Aggravate Other Travellers

January 30, 2017

In-Flight Turbulence: Top 5 Types of People That Aggravate Other TravellersAnnual Expedia survey shines a light on airplane etiquette faux pas.

Your luggage is checked, you’ve cleared security, boarded the plane, and you’ve pulled everything out of your carry-on that you need for the flight ahead when it hits you…or rather your chair. You’re sitting in front of the dreaded “Rear Seat Kicker”.

For the third year in a row, kicking the back of a seat came out on top as the passenger behaviour that rankled fellow travellers the most, according to Expedia’s latest Airplane Etiquette Study.

It’s All About Personal Space and Peace of Mind

The top five problematic types of passengers identified by the study are:

  1. The Rear Seat Kicker

    Whether it’s due to the lack of legroom or nerves, seat kickers are viewed as the most infuriating by 64 per cent of respondents.

  2. In-Flight Turbulence: Top 5 Types of People That Aggravate Other Travellers

  3. The Inattentive Parent

    Expedia defines inattentive parents as people who pay no attention to their crying, whining or misbehaved children, and by ignoring what’s going on, these parents get under the skin of 59 per cent of their fellow travellers.

  4. The Aromatic Passenger

    Passengers with poor hygiene, or those wearing excessive cologne or perfume, came in third, with 55 per cent of people saying that the assault on their sense of smell is just too much.

  5. The Audio Insensitive

    Loud talkers as well as those who crank up the volume on whatever it is they’re listening to, disturb the peace for 49 per cent of people.

  6. The Boozer

    Known to be drunken and disruptive, 49 per cent of travellers say they wish this certain passenger would just sleep it off.

Most Travellers Mind Their Manners

In-Flight Turbulence: Top 5 Types of People That Aggravate Other Travellers
Thankfully, most travellers mind their manners, and some even go above and beyond. According to the study, 79 per cent feel that “for the most part, fellow passengers are considerate of one another,” and 74 per cent “thoroughly clean their space before leaving the plane.” Four in 10 fliers report having helped another passenger with luggage, while 28 per cent have offered up their seat to another.

“Millions of people will be taking to the air this year, and should know that there’s no better gift you can give to a fellow traveler than respect and generosity,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, “The Airplane Etiquette study shows that small acts of decorum can go a long way. After all, as it relates to flights, we are quite literally all in this together.”

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