A new worldwide study reveals what people travelling by air find most irritating in their fellow passengers.
Taking a flight lasting however-many-hours seated next to someone whose behaviour is unpredictable can be unbearable. But there is some comfort in knowing that most people share a similar dread when boarding a plane.
A new global study by Expedia, the 2018 Airplane and Hotel Etiquette Study, reveals what travellers find most irritating in their fellow passengers.
Top of the list of annoyances – for the fourth year in a row – is passengers who kick, bump or grab your seat during the flight, with more than half of respondents naming this regular occurrence.
The highest ranking worst flight passengers on the list are:
1. The Seat Kicker/Bumper/Grabber (according to 51% of respondents)
2. The Aromatic Passenger (43%)
3. The Inattentive Parent (39%)
4. Personal Space Violators (34%)
5. Audio Insensitive (29%)
6. Pungent Foodies (14%)
7. Baggage Mishandler (13%)
8. Armrest Hog (13%)
9. Airplane Mode Violator (11%)
10. Security Newbie (9%)
As many as 90% of the worldwide pollsters say they don’t think it is appropriate to go barefoot during a flight. Taking off your shoes is fine, they say, but not socks.
More than half of those questioned, 54%, say they think it is acceptable to wake up a snoring passenger.
And, according to the survey, passengers from the USA, South Korea and Thailand admit they are most likely to take advantage of the plane bar and get drunk on a flight.