Seatback kickers are the most annoying in-flight passengers, according to this year's survey of the 10 worst kinds of people to sit around, followed closely by parents who don't pay attention while their kids bother everybody else.
Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study found seat-kickers narrowly beat out inattentive parents, with 61 percent of the 1,019 respondents polled in the U.S. agreeing that restless, seatback kickers make the worst type of seatmates, reported news service AFP.
Rounding out the top five complaints were clueless parents (59 percent), seatmates with poor hygiene and body odor (50 percent), the ‘audio insensitive’ who play their music or talk too loudly (50 percent), and the tipsy, in-flight boozer (45 percent).
Meanwhile, are you a ‘Chatty Cathy?’ Because in addition to being cited as one of the top 10 annoying in-flight behaviors, the survey found that most U.S. travelers (75 percent) prefer to keep to themselves for most of the flight.
In fact, two-thirds of respondents agreed that they “dread” sitting next to chatty flyers – the 16 percent who view flights as “an opportunity to meet and talk to new people.”
The survey also revealed current attitudes towards reclining seats – an ongoing flashpoint in travel – with interesting results.
About one-third of respondents said they’d like to see reclining seats banned entirely, or restricted to set times during short-haul flights.
The same percentage of travelers also said they refuse to recline.
The most common reason for adjusting seatbacks is to sleep.
And 13 percent admitted they recline immediately after takeoff.
Overall, American flyers were globally optimistic, with three-quarters of respondents agreeing that passengers are, for the most part, considerate.
As for the Mile High Club, membership is exclusive, with just one percent admitting to have engaged in sky-high sex, or knowing a traveler who did.
Here are the top 10 grievances for in-flight behaviors:
1. Rear seat kickers 61 percent
2. Inattentive parents 59 percent
3. The ‘aromatic’ passenger 50 percent
4. The audio insensitive 50 percent
5. The boozer 45 percent
6. Chatty Cathy 43 percent
7. Carry-on baggage offenders 38 percent
8. Queue jumper 35 percent
9. Seat recliner 32 percent
10. Greedy overhead bin taker 32 percent
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