Oh, the overhead bin hog, thoughtlessly jamming his belongings into three different bins. Or the flipped out passenger going on a pro-or-anti-Trump rant in the aisle, live streamed on Facebook.
No, they aren't near the top of Expedia's annual list of biggest and most annoying violations of air travel etiquette.
Each year the study attempts to isolate the passenger behaviors that make their fellow passengers want to scream. This year's study, which queried more than 1,000 adults, found the biggest etiquette breaches haven't changed all that much from last year's study.
Rear seat kicker
Number one on the list, mentioned by 64% of respondents, is “the rear seat kicker.” The guy behind you just can't seem to get comfortable and makes you uncomfortable in the process, kicking the back of your seat as he crosses and uncrosses his legs.
Cited by 59% of travelers is “the inattentive parents.” They have one or more children on the flight who are busy invading your personal space or screaming at the top of their little lungs. Their parents, meanwhile, remain buried in a magazine or blissfully entertained by a movie or music on headphones.
Both were high on the list last year.
"As we embark on 2017, millions and 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 at Expedia.com. "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."
In it together
Not only are passenger “in it together,” they are literally in a tightly enclosed space together. So “the aromatic passenger” shows up as number three on the list, mentioned by 55% of travelers. It's not that these passengers haven't bathed recently, it's that sometimes they've dowsed themselves with generous amounts of cologne or perfume to try and hide that fact.
Moving up the list at number four this year, at 40%, is “the audio insensitive.” This is the passenger who talks louder than necessary, or insists on listening to music without the benefit of headphones.
"The boozer" is no stranger to the list and ties for fourth at 49%. This is the guy who loaded up at the airport bar before boarding and has a couple more while airborne. If he would quietly take a nap no one would probably care, but his penchant for inebriated behavior is just as obnoxious in the air as it is on the ground.
Other sources of in-flight irritation include “chatty Cathy,” the seatmate who thinks you want to talk all the way across the Atlantic; “seat back guy,” the person in front of you who insists on reclining his seat all the way back; and “the amorous,” the couple engaging in public displays of affection, perhaps just before joining the Mile High Club.
Personal space is at a premium on an airliner, at least in coach, and passengers are quick to object to invasions, both physical and auditory. The study found 35% of U.S. airline passengers think the airlines should offer a designated quiet section of the aircraft, just as they once provided smoking sections in days gone by.
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